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

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How do I pass a password to hdiutil attach?

How do I pass a password to hdiutil attach? I have an encrypted sparsebundle (test.sparsebundle) and it's password is "test", with no quotes. I'd like to automate opening that file. I have tried ...
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Networked Time Machine backup does not grow after switching backup disk to a larger one

My Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule (.sparsebundle) has reached the size of the disk it was stored and started cleaning up older backups after each backup session. I have switched the disk to ...
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Time Machine backup from external hard drive stuck in trash

I got a new iMac after my old one died. As my old one was dying I made several Time Machine backups to a 1T G-Drive external. Unfortunately, I must have done it incorrectly because the backups have ...
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What can I do when my Time Machine password is not accepted, although it's correct?

Having troubles with a botched system upgrade on OS X 10.10.3, I tried to restore my MacBook Pro, 15" Early 2011 version, using an encrypted Time Machine backup made on an external USB drive. The ...
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OS X: how to rollback from EI Captain to Yosemite, with user data kept? [on hold]

By 'user data' there are mainly: Applications: like Reeder/Pocket local archives, PyCharm and its license, and so on; and Development environment: installed packages of homebrew and their settings, ...
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My MacBook Air keeps saying my startup disc is full. [on hold]

I just turned of TimeMachine as advised. In "About this Mac" it says 120.47GB are taken up by "Other"…??? Help!
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Missing a year of iMessages. How to recover without necessarily doing a restore?

I noticed that anything before near the beginning of this month all the way to the end of June last year is just gone. There are plenty of messages before all that, but the parts of conversations ...
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Transfer SSD from MBP 2009 to MBP 2012

I'm upgrading from a MBP 2009 to MBP 2012. I installed a SSD drive on the 2009 unit. A few days ago, I got the black screen of death due to the logic board failing. I back up every 30 days using Time ...
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Initialize 6 TB internal hard drive

I've found it both economical and flexible to use a docking station with internal hard drives (the ones that look "naked", i.e., have no plastic casing) for backups. I use this docking station to ...
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add /home to time machine backup list

I would like to backup the /home directory on a macbook pro running osx 10.8.5 using time machine, unfortunately this is directory is ignored by default. According to this post: On OS X, what files ...
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Why would Time Mac Machine delete the most recent backup after canceling a backup?

I recently plugged in my external hard drive, and opened up Time Machine. I noticed that Time Machine had started backing up automatically, and so I cancelled the backup. But then I noticed that the ...
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Can I connect my time capsule wirelessly to my mobile router?

I've just received a router with my new internet. This router is wireless and therefor has no ports except power. How can I connect my time capsule to this router now that I can no longer connect it ...
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How many partitions should I make and what formatting schemes should be used on those partitions?

I am thinking of buying a 2 TB WD My Passport Ultra External Hard drive and I'll be using it with both OS X and Windows. I am planning to use this drive for my Time Machine data backup after creating ...
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Does Time Machine backup programs like Photoshop and iWork?

I want to upgrade my OS X to Yosemite from Lion and also upgrade my HDD to a SSD but im worried about loosing my programs since I don't have the installers or serial keys. Specifically Adobe cs5 ...
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How do i get old external drive data onto new external drive (but not also on computer HD) [closed]

EDIT:Let me try again. Sorry guys I'm fairly adept at understanding things in regards to these machines, but I'm by no means a pro. Just looking for some advice. MacBook Pro 2007 ==> Backed up to G ...
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Time Machine Backup to Raspberry Pi NAS crashes when backup being deleted

I hope this is the right place to put this as I'm not sure if it's a RPi issue or a Time Machine issue. Basically, what's happening is I have Raspberry Pi Model B set up with an external hdd to ...
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Files Deleted After Accidental Time Machine Restore

I keep all my important schoolwork in different folders on my desktop, and i accidentally entered Time Machine while i was in Finder. Following this, three of my six folders disappeared (they are not ...
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OS X 10.10 File Vault - Restore from Time Machine Backup

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, from a Software and Hardware stand point prospective, if for any reasons I can not retrieve my Mac File Vault Password and luckily I have a Time Machine Backup ...
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Automatically mount AFP for Time Machine (without saving a password in plaintext)

I have a Linux box running Netatalk that I use to store Time Machine backups. My machine running OS X sees this as an AFP service and Time Machine is happy with this arrangement. The only issue is ...
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Migration Assistant Failing

I'm trying to transfer my information from a mid-2012 Macbook Pro Retina running the latest version of Yosemite (10.10.3). The new machine is a 2015 Retina also running Yosemite. The first time ...
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Time Machine local backups still taking space?

I have followed the instructions on this page : http://jonathanadaley.com/post/81410190765/delete-local-snapshots-backups-osx The local snapshots were taking more than 50 GB of data, according to ...
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Does Time Machine reserve additional disk space?

I have a 1.25TB partition that I use for Time Machine backups. When I am in the system preferences for Time Machine on my Mac, it states there's 525GB of 1.25TB available. But when I browse to the ...
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Moving lots of data between a Linux server and a MacBook: what is the fastest way possible?

Time Machine restoring is getting on my nerves. Last time my Mac refused to boot it took me a few days to restore the image from my backup server to my Mac. Bear in mind that all related hardware is ...
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Applications Folder on Macintosh HD Shows Empty

Before attempting to migrate data from my Time Machine, I looked in to see if my Adobe applications and others were there to transfer. The folder is empty. Is this normal? Thanks.
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Externals listed in Time Machine options as excluded ARE being backed up

I just noticed that two external (Tbolt) drives are listed in the options (exclude) list of Time Machine's pref pane (10.10.4). But they ARE being backed up, and I WANT them to be backed up. So I'm ...
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Is there a way to automatically update a folder in external hard drive without deleting missing files?

I have a 250GB macbook air. I do a lot of photography, so my SSD gets filled up with photos really quickly. I've been using a 2TB external hard drive to archive the older photos that I no longer need ...
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Why does mdworker segfault when scanning files owned by root?

While investigating a disk with ever-dwindling free space and a CPU pegged at >100%, I eventually determined that the problem was mdworker repeatedly segfaulting, keeping syslogd and CrashReporter ...
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Initialize Time Machine backup without clicking the menu bar icon

Is there a way to start 'Backup now' without going to System Preferences, enabling Time Machine Menu bar and clicking it if I have the icon hidden? Clicking on the drive doesn't let me backup:
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I have reset my iPhone, now many contacts are lost, though I synced them through iCloud. Are they still in an old backup?

I reset my iPhone 4 because it was terribly slow after 3 years of continuous usage. Now it's much faster again, but many of my contacts are lost, although I used to sync them using iCloud and I had ...
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How would one restore iCloud Drive documents from a local backup?

Unfortunately, I had to suddenly replace a lost MacBook. It has about 200GB of documents (almost anything that matters) in iCloud Drive. Open new MacBook Full Time Machine restore via Migration ...
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Corrupt EFI Partition or Error b/c of Encryption? & Ghost Partition

I have a 2012 Mac Mini Server with two internal SSDs. Until recently, I had Mt. Lion installed on one of the SSDs, as my only boot drive, and used the other, rarely, for file storage. I created a ...
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Trying to restore Time Machine. Lost boot disk

I just bought a new Macbook Air after giving mine to my wife. Before gifting the old laptop I created a Time Machine backup. Now that I have my new MBAir, I went into Apple+R and chose to restore ...
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Access emails from Time Machine backups of old machine

Killed my old MacBook in November last year, and was able to access everything I needed for the new MacBook Pro using Time Machine, apart from emails. This Time Machine drive now has backups for the ...
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Convenient way of maintaining differential backup of a large file

I'm interested in maintaining differential backup of a file (~2GB). I have Time Machine set up to cover the whole system but in case of this particular file, I would like to have a convenient backup ...
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Restored from time machine, photos in one big pile

Our iMac (OS X Yosemite 10.10) got a new hard drive a few weeks ago, and I used Time Machine to restore from LACIE. Everything seems fine, except for the photos (I guess it's iPhoto '11, it says ...
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New all-out installation of an old computer with time machine from another computer

I understand that time machine sometimes makes troubles when recovering thing it took from one computer to another computer that’s why the following question arises: I have two Macs with the same ...
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How can I disable the “no backup in x days” from TimeMachine? [duplicate]

I'm running OS X Yosemite, and I want to disable the notifications from Time Machine. I rarely do a hard-drive backup because all of my essential files are in the cloud. I don't need to run ...
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How can I tell if my Time Machine backup is encrypted?

Is there a method to determine if a Time Machine backup disk is already encrypted?
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Move single user Time Machine backup drive to OS X Server

I have an external hard drive which is currently used as a Time Machine backup drive for a single machine. I'd like to move the drive to my Server machine and use it for network backups for all my ...
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Time Machine on Mac

Does the Time Machine program backup system plus data ? Will is restore the computer exactly to what is was including both system and data (ie. emails, photos, documents) ?
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how does Time Machine restore?

I imagine Time Machine is an incremental backup tool. So while restoring it probably: Restores to latest full backup applies incremental changes since than is this correct assumption?
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Why is Time Machine (in 10.10.4) waiting for Spotlight to finish indexing?

I upgraded to 10.10.4 (from 10.10.3) yesterday … I've noticed since then that the hourly backups to my Time Capsule (4th gen, 2 TB) seem to take forever to get started ("Preparing …"). I took a look ...
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Could a 'damaged' TimeMachine backup still be of any use?

I've got a Synology NAS here and a few months ago I sadly got the message, something like Time Machine backup is corrupt and therefor has to start a new backup. However, as my NAS is starting to ...
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Upgrading Mac HD to OWC SSD for a MBP i5 Mid 2012 9,2 . Is Time Machine enough?

The SSD is yet to be delivered but I have already created a bootable USB install of OS X (yosemite) and have done a time machine back up. The question that is haunting me is - Do I need the ...
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Time Machine on Time Capsule over the internet

I have a Time Capsule (the Apple hardware) at home that I use for Time Machine (the OSX software) backups. It's configured with my Apple ID and I am able to access the disk with the backups over the ...
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How do I solve the Error Code -36?

I deleted some photos from iPhotos and Photos libraries that I should not have. I want to restore these from my Time Machine back of a couple days ago. When I do this I keep getting the following ...
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How to change owner of Time Machine HD?

I have a Time Machine HD from my old Mac. It has a different owner. drwx------+ 9 admin staff 374 Jan 13 13:02 Desktop drwx------+ 11 admin staff 476 Jan 11 15:56 Documents ... ... I try ...
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Migration Assistant problem

Replacing a failing HD with an SSD in an early 2011 MBP 13". Made a Time Machine backup to an external USB HD with original disk, installed the SSD, installed OS X from the install DVD that came with ...
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Time Capsule shows up as (null) when used with OS X Server

So I have a Time Capsule here, and an OS X Server. I enabled the Time Capsule service, and added my Time Capsule as a backup destination. I can see the following showing up on a client machine in the ...
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Why is my empty sparsbundle so big (1,5 GB)?

I just followed the instructions here to create a encrypted sparseimage for Time Machine backups. The empty sparsebundle ended up being 1.4 GB (and after enabling encryption it grow to 1.6GB). Why is ...