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

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I screwed up manually deleting TimeMachine backup

My TimeMachine backups need to be deleted. I should have been wise and followed this advice, deleting the backups from within TimeMachine. Can't delete old TimeMachine backup I didn't do that. I ...
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Restore Photos library from Time Machine

Using my Mac Mini was like wading through treacle so I decided to perform a totally clean install, wipe it and start again. I made a Time Machine backup and let that run for a couple of days to make ...
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Can I backup a Time Capsule to a HDD drive connected to its USB port?

I have a 2TB Time Capsule and multiple external HDDs. I recently bought a 4TB external drive, now I'd like all my files, in all my HDDs to go to the 4TB drive that is connected through USB to the ...
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Running Time Mechine Backup from Recovery HD

My MacBook seems to be getting kernel panics when booting up. I've decided to create a backup, reinstall OS X, and restore from the backup. But I can't create a Time Machine backup because I unable to ...
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How to backup with Time Machine in Single User Mode?

Is there any way to enable Time Machine / tmutil and perform a backup from inside the Single User Mode? I have a Late '11 Radeongate-affected MBP that won't boot beyond the gray boot screen anymore, ...
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Change Time Machine backup Password

How can I change the Time Machine Backup Password? Over the Disk Utility it doesn't work. I get the error message "Das Passwort für „MacBook“ konnte nicht geändert werden. (Ungültiger „ioctl“ für das ...
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Transfer external hard drive Time Machine data to a replacement

My Western Digital external hard drive is full. How do I transfer data to its replacement? I want all the data to be saved to the new external hard drive so Time Machine will continue where it left ...
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NTFS support for Mac

I am long time windows user with who just started using Mac. All my external drives(1 & 2tb 2.5 portable drive ) are formatted in NTFS. But I found that my mac cannot read or write on that. So, ...
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My MacBook won't recognize my external hard drive (Passport - that I use to back up the Mac!)

I'm not techie at all. But I manage the basics. I've always backed up my MacBook (2009) on a Passport. I just plug it in while the Mac is connected to power source & click the icon & it ...
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How do other Macs in the network see my Freenas 9.3 backup drive attached to iMac via Ethernet?

I have a Time Machine back up setup on a Freenas 9.3 server. It works really slowly via WiFi attached to my broadband router. So, I attached it directly to my iMac via Ethernet instead - a full backup ...
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Time Machine fails to create an incremental backup

I use Time Machine to create incremental backups to an external USB hard drive. Backups used to complete properly, but now Time Machine wants to backup much more data. Instead of the couple of GB of ...
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Backing up data to an NTFS drive

I have a 2TB external hard drive that is about half full of various photos and other things that I use it to hold. Now, I'd like to backup my MacBook Air to it, as I have no more room on my computer. ...
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Reduce the backup from Linux configured TimeMachine

I have created Time Machine server on CentOS and forgotten to set size limit to backup. Now I want to set the limit to 700G but my backup already 800G. Can I reduce the backup without deleting it ...
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Error with Android usb. Working Macintosh HD not repairable. Alternatives to backup?

I have to say first, I have almost zero experience is the use of Terminal, an usually I'm very careful with what command I use. I have tryed to create a bootable Android x86 usb and it was a success, ...
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How to replace internal HDD with SSD in Mac Mini?

I'm a complete nube to Mac (bought Mac Mini 10/Apr/15). So far I have cloned OSX from Internal HDD to USB SSD which is to become my Boot Disk. The HDD is solely to hold a recovery partition, and Data ...
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Any way to access FileVault account after Time Machine restore on Yosemite?

I have an Early 2011 MackBook Pro, currently running Yosemite after many upgrades over the years. I had two user accounts, one of which, "account2", had FileVault encryption enabled. Both were backed ...
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How to use Time Machine backup when hard drive is broken?

I have a MacBook Pro which I use Time Machine to back up usually weekly. Its hard drive broke recently. I got an exactly same hard drive and installed it into the laptop. How do I restore the ...
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Will a Airport Utility archive action delete files on the target disk?

Will an Airport Utility archive action delete files on the target disk? I have an older Apple Time Capsule 2TB and I have a Laccie 6TB USB3.0 drive connected to it in "safe 3TB" configuration. In my ...
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Reformat a Partitioned Mac OS Extended External Disk?

One of my backup disks is full. How can I Erase & Reformat the drive? I use Yosemite OS. The External Hard Drive was formatted as Partitioned Mac OS Extended (case sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted ...
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Can I use Time Machine to dump Photos?

Can I use Time Machine to restore my machine to the iPhoto app without destroying the files that Photos has converted? I don't find Photos intuitive and I'm up against the clock on a project ...
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Restore Firefox & Thunderbird user data from Time Machine

I have a fresh installation to which I want to transfer my Firefox and Thunderbird user data. I have my Time Machine backup available from Other backup disk and could in principle restore the hidden ...
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Is it safe to delete my Time Machine sparse bundle? Can a fresh one be recreated?

Is it safe to delete my Time Machine sparse bundle file? Can a fresh time machine backup be recreated WITHOUT reformatting the drive or affecting any other files on my external Time Machine drive? My ...
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Automatically shrink existing Time Machine Backup to a fixed size

I googled for hours to find a solution for this issue, but I couldn't find an answer that fitted for my problem. My setup: I have an iMac with a ~1TB Hard Drive I'm backing it up via Time Machine ...
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Restore Mac from Time Machine Backup via Terminal

I ran into some major problem today when trying to delete old TM backups from an external drive. Now that I have a Time Capsule I wanted to clear the old backups from another external drive. At some ...
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Backup Disk 'doesn’t contain an EFI system partition'

I have a 750GB Western Digital external HDD which I use for Time Machine backups (MBP, OS 10.10.3). Today I had the need to boot to recovery, which I did from said backup. But I was unsuccessful in ...
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Hard Drive Issues with MacBook Pro 13-inch mid-2012

I'm trapped in a HDD nightmare with my MacBook Pro mid-2012. I updated to Yosemite 10.10.3. A couple of days after the update, I was watching a movie on my TV screen via HDMI. In the middle of the ...
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Apple Time Machine doesn't see my WD My Passport 2 TB using USB 3.0

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 on my Early 2008 24". Time Machine has been backing up to my WD external hard drives for years. I just purchased a new 2TB My Passport using USB 3.0. It's formatted in Mac ...
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What happens if I create a file while Time Machine is backing up?

Will the file be saved onto my backup drive? Is there a possibility that I might corrupt my backup?
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Is it possible to use Time Machine with iCloud?

I have a MacBook Pro (early 2011) with a 320 GB hard disk, and I have a 200 GB storage plan on iCloud. The problem is that I cannot simply copy the Applications folder to iCloud Drive and restore it ...
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Time Machine on a local drive, then make that drive a network drive (via Server.app) on a different computer

I have two macs running OS X 10.10.3. One has Server.app installed, is connected to the internet via ethernet, and also has a 2 TB disk attached via USB, with two partitions - "Backup" and "Storage". ...
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Time Machine not backing up

Suddenly T.M. posted 'delayed' when backing up to an external 250 gb drive. I have deleted perhaps 10 old back-ups but freed up space does not show on T.M. Shows 47 gb of space out of of total 214 gb. ...
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How to get Time Machine to include files in /var/log in a backup

I have Apache2 web access logs that are created in /var/log/apache2/ that I want to preserve forever so that a web statistics analyser can process them and show me how page hits are changing over a ...
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TimeMachine backup over network - are OSX Server or Time Capsule more reliable than TM -> NAS?

Time Machine famously has problems backing up to a network drive ...just the other day I got the dreaded message where TM wants to wipe my existing backup and start from scratch again :( (that's from ...
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Restore gmail messages to mail.app after TimeMachine restore

I have a dozen different email accounts for different roles, all of which I interact with through mail.app. I had a hard drive disaster, and restored from TimeMachine. It did an impressive job of ...
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Can I create a backup of a specific partition and restore it later?

I have my beta partition on my SSD and I want to create a backup of it so I can identically restore it on a different partition, later. My simple question is: Can I? I've got multiple partitions and ...
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Is my Time Machine backup encrypted or not?

As you can see, I use Time Machine to backup on drive "Data" on "ZRH" which is a Time Capsule. To the best of my knowledge, I selected "Encrypt backups" when I configured this backup a few weeks ago. ...
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Recover deleted Time Machine older important backups

Time Machine deleted older very important backups and I want to know if it's possible to retrieve the deleted information in a way. Seeing that deleted files are only deactivated information on the ...
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How do you lengthen the amount of time that Time Machine keeps hourly backups?

Time Machine keeps hourly backups for 24 hours by default before purging for daily backups and I'd like to extend this further (to a week of hourly backups). Is there a way to change the backup ...
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Erasing and Partitioning Hard Drive from Internet Recovery

So. My MacBook Pro (mid 2012) was encrypted and running Yosemite 10.10.3 (the last update with Photos ruined it) Yesterday, all of a sudden, everything freezes. I forced Shut Down and since then, ...
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How do I change the ownership of files backed up with Time Machine

I have a Mac which was reinstalled from scratch, and the owner accidentally changed her username when installing it. Current user id is "Jane" but old time machine backups were made when her user name ...
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Time Machine: Include files and folders from another drive

Is there a way to include folders and files to a Time Machine backup, say, because they are on another drive? I am using Yosemite version 10.10.2.
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Can I restore a system upgrade from a Time Machine backup?

I created a full backup from OS X 10.10.3 and I'd expect that sub-minor upgrade to be included in the backup. However this seems not true when I apply that backup in the initial setup-process of a ...
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Finder keeps crashing even in Yosemite 10.10.3

I have had a lot of crashes by Finder especially when trying to delete a file. At first I thought it may be because of "Quicklook extensions" I installed e.g. to quickly look at markdown file and ...
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Is it possible to use `tmutil delete` or another command to prune one file from multiple backups?

I'm having problems clearing our a backup drive. I want to get rid of a couple large files so I can preserve the other incremental backups. I can't use the tmutil delete command on entire backups ...
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Installing SSD using time machine & external hard drive

I am wondering if someone could help me with the following: I have a 15" macbook pro late 2011 and I am trying to find a way of changing to an SSD. I have backed up my machine using time machine onto ...
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Freeing up space on time machine external hard drive

My external 500Gb drive is full. I had an older machine that was backing up for a few years. I then started with new machine so I had two directories in the Backups.backupdb folder. My machine is ...
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Retaining specific Time Machine backups

I created several Time Machine backups while I was running Mavericks. I upgraded to Yosemite and also backed it up on the same backup drive. I now have multiple backups of Mavericks and Yosemite on ...
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Creating a OS backup image for an easy restore on a new system

I have set up my macbook with all the files, apps and configurations I like. In about a week, I am upgrading to the 15" model. Is there a way to create an easy-to-restore backup file / iOS image that ...
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Auto unmount time machine drive on sleep

I keep a drive attached to my MacBook for Time Machine backups when I'm at my desk. I also regularly work from places other than my desk. Most of the time, if I close the laptop lid I intend to leave ...
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Time Machine: What files and folders are affected when excluding System Files and Applications?

When you put System Files and Applications in the exclusion list, it is not clear what specific files and folders are being concerned. Is it just the /Applications and /System folders? Are /private ...