Time Machine is Apple's built-in backup software. Time Machine was first introduced on OS 10.5 Leopard.

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Time Machine Backups - Very Slow and inaccurate size

So about 1 1/2 years ago, I bought a WD My Passport for Mac as my Time Machine backup disk and a place to store files. When the drive gets around 5 or so backups, I still have plenty of free space ...
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Slow progress of Time machine backup

I am backing up my hdd with the Time machine. Even small incremental backups take several hours. For an hour or so I am in the state "50.3 MB of 496.3MB", while in Activity Monitor I notice that ...
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Is there a way to do anything else while Time Machine GUI interface is working?

I love Time Machine's functionality. However, I just hate that while the GUI is displayed, I cannot do anything else. It's slow. Slowness is more or less* understandable, given I am using it over Wi-...
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Network TimeMachine backup errors - System keychain problem?

I've been using Time Machine to backup my MacBook Pro to my local OS X Server for years, but I recently started getting errors when attempting to backup. When running either an automatic or manual ...
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How to downgrade macOS and restore settings from newer time machine

I tried macOS Sierra and now I want to go back to El Capitan. I have backups from both OS versions on the drive but Time Machine is saying that I can't restore from that drive. How do I restore my ...
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Does Time Machine take advantage of two backup disks to backup more fine-grained snapshots?

I use Time Machine with two backup hard discs. Does Time Machine create an identical copy of the data on both disks, or does it back up more fine-grained snapshots to different disks, so that I have ...
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Can I ask Time Machine to backup only some data to a smaller disk?

I have two backup hard discs for Time Machine: 1.5TB, and 1TB. My backup fits in 1.5TB, but Time Machine sometimes complains that it can't backup to the 1TB disk, because the space is not enough. Can ...
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Is it possible to boot from a TM backup that is not on a dedicated or partitioned drive?

I am about to replace my old early 2011 Macbook HD with a new SSD and would like to use the TM backup that I have on my non-partitioned external HD. However, I've done my backup a bit naively: the /...
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Can one restore a Time Machine backup to a new computer?

I am currently backing up my MacBook Pro late 2013 to a Time Machine. If something happens to my Mac (I can't use it anymore), can I retrieve my files and data onto another Mac? Thanks.
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Routers that are compatible with Time Machine

I'm looking for a router that provides file storage requirements for OS X Time Machine to see the router as a backup destination. I found that Netgear R7000 is supporting it. While unfortunately, ...
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Cannot find files following Super Duper Clone, can I restore from Time Machine?

Hopefully I can explain my predicament with enough clarity so that someone can help me out. I am feeling a bit panicky. I had a Mac mini that I was selling so needed to wipe. I first backed it up ...
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Copy latest TM folder to server

I would like to copy my latest TM folder to a server. Copying 2016-07-05-110333 would be fine, right? Would this be enough to recover my entire mac?
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How to fix Toshiba external hard drive with missing EFi system partition?

I plugged my sister's Toshiba hard drive into our TV. After I unplugged it and plugged in back to our computer it says that the disk cannot be read so I tried to repair it using the Disk Utility on ...
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How to preseve FileVault after restoring from time machine backup

Last time I restored the main partition from time machine backup, the main partition previously encrypted with FileVault 2 no longer has it enabled. I have to reenable the FileVault, resulting in a ...
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No longer able to start Time Machine on NAS

Well, Time Machine used to work just fine to our Synology NAS. Today I got the message that Time Machine needed to restart, so I let it. It has not been able to successfully start, much less complete, ...
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Time Machine backup time

Time machine keeps daily snapshot for past month and hourly for the last 24 hours. My question - I am only seeing backups at the rate of anywhere from 3-6 per day. Looking at the TM folder I see ...
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default /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto.plist file

i have messed up my time machine backup file and did not back it up. Can anybody please post the default file from /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.backupd-auto.plist for el captain (10.11....
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How can I delete Time Machine backups, moved into trash?

I was going to delete the Time Machine backups. I made a mistake and instead of deleting them using Time Machine, I just moved the Backups.backupdb folder to the trash. Now, if I try to empty the ...
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Can't connect to Time Capsule

My MacBook (running El Capitan 10.11.4) does not connect to my 2 TB Apple Time Capsule. Upon trying to force a backup, my Mac responds by asking me to eject the MacBook sparse bundle media. How do I ...
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Screwed up my 1TB HD iMac27 - I am running OSX 10.11.5 need to rebuild it in Terminal

** Not sure what I did but I need to regain the space on my 1TB HD. I have made a full back up and need to know the step by step commands in TERMINAL to do this. As you can see I have access to only ...
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Time Machine External Hard Drive stopped being recognized

So I got a 2015 rMBP last year and also got a WD MyPassport External Hard drive with it for Time Machine backups. It ran perfectly a few times a week until yesterday when I plugged it into my Mac. It ...
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Why does new Time Machine & Migrate fail with SD

My MacBook Air had a Time Machine backup of my 60g partition on 80g partition of SD card. The drive needed reformatting, but when I tried to restore the TM backup after disk was erased, CMD-R wouldn't ...
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Renamed old Time Machine folder, is there a way to recover

I have an old Time Machine backup that I did when I was still using Yosemite. Today I wanted to make a Time Machine backup of my current El Capitan install. I didn't want Time Machine to overwrite my ...
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Changed Time Machine hard drives

Wander if anyone can help. I changed over hard drives to use for my Time Machine backups of my mac and have completed a new backup on my new external hard drive. On the old external drive that i ...
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How to set a folder as an time machine backup?

I updated my MacBook Pro and it now it won't boot. I am using my hard drive in an enclosure and an external hard drive to extract the data from the SSD that's inside the Mac. The HD that's in the ...
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Encrypt Time Machine backups without deleting old backups?

I'm on Mavericks (10.9.5). I have an external USB drive that I use exclusively for Time Machine backups. I just realized that the backups are unencrypted. Is there a way to configure Time Machine to ...
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How can I see progress in BackupLoupe?

I'm relieved to discover that BackupLoupe exists, probably for the same reason everyone else is: Time Machine Restores correct system errors but wipe all recent data from your hard drive. BackupLoupe ...
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How can my mac access a time capsule on a different router?

My home has 2 networks, the first one is 192.168.1.X and this network is connected to the modem for internet, and connected to this network is a different wireless router elsewhere in the home with ...
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Recover backup set up of two external hard drives

My backup set up consists on two external hard drives. They are named HDD1 and HDD2. This kind of set up what originally started by another question: Second HDD backup for OS X External HDD1 is now ...
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Can I use Time Machine for multiple different backups?

I have my Macintosh HD 500 Gb who backs up on two external hard drives (both 500 GB), so i have always two backups! But i have an other external hard drive (1TB) with a lot of footage on it which i ...
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Time Capsule appearing as Shared Drive instead of Device

Background I made some changes on my iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) recently, including removing a Windows partition. These changes which appear to have caused the machine to lose track of my Time Machine ...
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Restore Time Machine onto smaller SSD drive

I have a 2012(?) macmini at home and last night I backed up my HDD to Time Machine then moved the 1TB HDD to the 2nd bay and installed a new 250GB SSD into the 1st bay. I formatted the new drive to ...
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Lost Gmail inbox, can't restore with TimeMachine

Friend woke up today to find only 15 of his 9000+ emails in his Gmail Inbox. Have confirmed on iPhone and Gmail website that for whatever reason, these emails are gone -- they don't show up in "All ...
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Rootless custom scheduling of Time Machine backups

It has been asked how to customize the backup schedule of Time Machine, but the solutions in the answers only seem to work in releases of OS X that weren’t “rootless”, i.e. before 10.11 El Capitan (or ...
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Is this external USB3 drive really this slow for my Macbook TimeMachine backup?

I got myself this WD 2TB USB3 external harddrive for backups: http://amzn.to/1X8b3a8 I connected it to the USB 3.0 port of my mid 2015 Macbook Pro 15". When I run Time Machine, it really takes ...
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Can't access External Drive (time machine), no EFI partition system. How to manually rewrite it?

tried to back up my Mac to time machine yesterday but I couldn't mount the drive. I have a Lacie 3TD hdd that is partition into msdos(for transfer between pc and mac) and hfs(time machine). I am able ...
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Moving Time Machine backup between two local disks results in full backup instead of incremental

The Problem After migrating the entirety of a a Backups.backupdb to a new hard drive as recommended by Apple by simply copy-pasting within Finder between two local disks, Time Machine encountered ...
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Read specific file in Time Capsule from someone else's computer

I recently lost my macbook, and fortunately I have all my backups in a Time Capsule. At the moment I only have an old window PC, and a friend who has a macbook. The question is: how do we recover ...
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Best file system for USB stick for backup purposes

I bought a 128GB stick to back up my MacBook Air (Time Machine). This way I don't need to re-format my external HDD I use for backing up files from my Windows machine. Since I won't be using the stick ...
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How to convert & deduplicate Time Machine backups

I have an external hard drive that I used with Time Machine on a couple of Macs that are now obsolete. A lot of files existed as duplicate copies on both machines, so in some cases the backup data ...
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TimeMachine backups on multiple volumes?

My TimeCapsule's file system got damaged and I lost my TimeMachine backups. It it possible to backup to two different volumes, for redundancy?
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Recover QuickTime 7 Pro registration from backup?

I recently had a disk corruption simultaneous with my Time Machine backup failing to execute for a period of 3 weeks. So I wiped the drive and reinstalled the OS and have been dragging and dropping ...
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Can different user accounts have separate Time Machine Backup drives?

If I have two users accounts on one Mac is it possible to automatically use a different Time Machine drive for each user's data?
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“Backup Disk Not Available”, Time Machine can't find Time Capsule any more

I have a 2 TB Time Capsule and it was used by Time Machine for many months. Some days ago the Time Capsule was disconnected from its power supply and today is now connected again. Time Machine ...
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Time Machine partition won't mount in OSX El Capitan, but mounts in Bootcamp Windows 10

Not sure what happened. Two days ago I just did a Time Machine backup and today the partition won't mount. The external disk is a WD My Passport bought several years ago and total 2 TB. I partitioned ...
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Move user folder (HDD) back to main drive (SSD)

Since large SSDs were quite expensive a while ago, I've moved my User directory to a 1 TB HDD back then. Now I'm going to upgrade to a 1 TB SSD and am thinking about the best and safest way to move ...
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Will iCloud Remote Wipe of MacBook erase system restore on different hardware?

My 2012 MacBook Pro was stolen, but it had Find My Mac enabled through iCloud prior to that event. I have not issued a remote wipe with hopes that I'd be able to use Find My Mac to track it down. Alas,...
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Will Time Machine store the same data twice in this situation?

I had 80 GB of movies on my internal HDD. Time Machine backed them up to an external HDD, along with everything else on my drive. I then moved those movies to another external HDD (which is not being ...
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Does a slow Time Machine disk affect general Mac performance?

Say a Mac Pro tower has OS X + Apps installed on a blazing fast PCIe SSD. It also has Time Machine enabled on a slow 5400rpm mechanical drive. The TM drive is internal and connected at all times. ...
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Is there really no way to force Time Machine to do a second, independent backup?

Edit: I originally asked this in terms of forcing TM to do a "full" backup. After getting answers about how every backup is a "full" backup, I realized I asked the wrong question. The problem is that ...