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

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On Lion, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine backup?

In addition to whatever files I may choose to exclude, what files does the system exclude by rule or classification? It might make sense not to backup Trash or Caches, but I'm looking for a way to ...
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How can I manually delete old backups to free space for Time Machine?

I use a Time Capsule for backup and now I want the drive to back up data from an extra Mac. But the drive is filled up with old backups from Mac 1. There simply is not enough space available for the ...
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How to fix slow Spotlight and Time Machine after upgrading to 10.7.5?

Since updating to 10.7.5 both Spotlight and Time Machine are very slow. To index a normal system drive Spotlight calculates to need several days. As a result Time Machine takes up to an hour or more ...
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Time machine wants to backup too much

Time Machine stopped this morning, stating it has too little disk space left. It wants to back up 200 gigs, but my local hard drive has 240 gig used and 150 gig are excluded in the Time Machine ...
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Upgrade time machine storage?

I'm going to buy 2T external HDD to replace my already full 1T HDD external. I want to keep the time machine backup data. In this case, is it just OK to copy all the time machine backup data in 1T HDD ...
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Is there a bash command to check to see if Time Machine has finished backing up?

I'm writing a script that will rsycnc my Time Machine directory to a remote server using ssh. I've switched from a shell script to an AppleScript and then back to an Apple script and I don't really ...
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Is there a faster way to copy time machine files from one disk to another?

I'm trying to move my time machine backup files all under Backups.backupdb to another drive. I initiated a file copy overnight (b/c I saw that it took OSX forever to prepare for the copy...it ...
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Enabling Time Machine for a USB HDD with NTFS

When I've plugged in my USB HDD (WD Passort Elite) for the first time, the system had asked me whether I want to use this HDD as time machine drive. I've chosen smth like 'decide later' and continued ...
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How can Time Machine in Lion backup the volume content of a sparse bundle disk image?

Using Mac OS X 10.7 (Build 11A511), attempts to backup volume content with Time Machine have failed. With a simple non-encrypted image I tried three approaches: the traditional workaround, which ...
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Where does Time Machine store its settings?

I'm looking for the file that contains all the Time Machine exclusions entered in its Options dialogue. I know that (some of?) the scheduling related settings are stored in the ...
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What is time machine backing up?

Is there a way to find out what time machine is backing up? My time machine has been running fine, but it suddenly started to back-up 20GB a few days ago when I have not changed that much since last ...
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Time Machine Backing Up Large Amounts of Data Each Time

I've got 2 time machine drives. I have one at home that gets used on the weekend and another that gets backed up to during the week. I recently replaced the one at my office. The only thing that is ...
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How can I get Time Machine to back up the contents of a File Vault while logged in?

Disclaimer: this question and answer are targeted to the Snow Leopard implementation of FileVault where the user home folder is only encrypted in a bundle. Lion's implementation of FileVault doesn't ...
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How do you access the user library on a time machine backup

With Lion 10.7, how does one access the user library on a time machine backup through the Finder?
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Time Machine: “Enter Time Machine” menu command does not do anything

I have Time Machine running on an external hard drive and it reports happily that it is doing backups and I have no reason to doubt it. But when I try to look at the backups by clicking "Enter Time ...
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Time Capsule and multiple Macs

Does the Time Capule support Time Machine backups from multiple macs out of the box?
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How can I use tmutil to figure out which files just got deleted?

I'm on Lion and until ten minutes ago I didn't know that the nifty new tmutil existed. But now I'm a little uncertain with all its options and sub-commands which to use to try and figure out what went ...
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Time Machine + FileVault on Lion or Mountain

If I stop the backup it says: "now encrypting...", is the data saved "not encrypted" before being encrypted? Can I make it "always encrypted"? Non-encrypted transfers are a problem for me.
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How to restore from a Time Machine backup when there is already a user account set up?

I can't figure out how to access my Time Machine backups since Apple replaced a defective hard drive. Some Background: My setup: iMac 24" (Early 2009), 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo, OS X 10.7.3. I have been ...
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Why is Time Machine over-stating the amount of data that needs to be backed up?

I shuffled my home directory around and moved it back to my spinning platter drive in my MacBook. Ever since, Time Machine has been running my machine hot (the fan comes on when Time Machine starts ...
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How do local TimeMachine backups work exactly?

Since Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) TimeMachine performs local backups to /.MobileBackups if enabled (tmutil enableLocal, default enabled on portable macs). The different types of backups are color encoded in ...
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How can I get my laptop's existing system onto a new replacement drive?

I'm planning to swap out my early 2011 MBP's drive for a larger capacity one. I'm running Mac OS 10.7.5. I have available a 1 TB external USB-connected drive that I'm using for Time Machine backups. ...
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Command Line method to backup using two Time Machine disks

Does anyone know of a command line method to select the active Time Machine disk? I would like to alternate between two backup disks for redundancy. I would like this to be automated, presumably via ...
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Why won't Time Machine work with a drive connected to an Airport Extreme?

Is there any technical limitation or engineering reason that could possibly be behind the inability to RELIABLY use a connected USB drive with Airport Extreme for Time Machine?
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Time Machine stuck on “Preparing backup” whenever returning from Boot Camp to OS X

I have Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. Whenever I go into Windows 7 and then go back to OS X Lion, and then run a Time Machine backup, Time Machine is stuck on the "Preparing Backup" stage for a ...
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How to make Time Machine backups over network without OS X server?

At our institute, we have several Macs (from 10.6 to 10.8) but not one is running a server version. In the one running 10.8 there are 4.5 TB of hard-drives from which 2 x 2 TB are raided together ...
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Upgraded to Lion: Time Machine spends a LOT of time indexing backup

I upgraded my MacBook Pro to Lion and one of the problems I've had is that Time Machine keeps running and running, and the fans go on. This usually seems to be in the state where it indexes the ...
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MTMFS consuming an entire CPU core and fans running full bore with Lion

You may be aware that Lion introduced MTMFS, the Mobile Time Machine File System. I've had a couple of instances now where MTMFS has been chewing up an entire core of my dual-core (mid 2009) MacBook ...
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Can I configure my Macbook to unmount all external drives when I close the lid?

I have a new 13" Macbook Pro running Mavericks. This computer is connected to an external USB drive which I use for my Time Machine backups and for external storage Time Machine backups occur a few ...
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How to see what files were changed in TimeMachine?

I tried TimeTracker, tms and timedog but none of them works with OS X 10.6 Any suggestions?
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How can I “clean out” my Time Machine backups if Time Machine won't backup because the disk is full?

When Time Machine tries to make a backup, it informs me that it can't because the backup disk is full. What it's mostly full of (about 700GB of 1TB) is prior backups of the same machine. Time ...
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Time Machine keeps asking to create new backup?

Every time a backup completes I get this message - 'Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you.' I am backing up to ...
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With File Vault ON are time machine backups encrypted?

I have been using time machine to back up to a wireless external drive since I got my mac. Today I used filevault to encrypt my hard drive. Will this affect how Time Machine backs up my files? Will ...
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Backing up a Boot Camp partition

I see in the Time Machine options that my Boot Camp partition is excluded. I haven't even tried to remove it from the list of exceptions since I have read that Time Machine will not work with NTFS ...
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Can Time Machine volumes be easily encrypted with FileVault 2?

Now that File Vault 2 can encrypt the entire disk and encrypt external drives, can I have a fully encrypted Time Machine volume?
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How do I make Spotlight stop indexing my Backup drive?

I have a 2TB external drive I use for Time Machine. At random intervals, it will decide to spin up and my entire UI freezes until it's finished. This is incredibly annoying. It appears that this is ...
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huge Chrome Time Machine backups

My 1TB Time Machine drive just filled up, apparently due a bug in Chrome. Since this issue has been open for a year and a half, I don't expect that Google will fix it any time soon. Can anyone offer ...
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How to prevent sleep while a Time Machine backup is in progress?

I'm one of those greatly suffering from the problem with TM in which the entire backup sparsebundle on a NAS gets corrupted if the Mac goes to sleep in middle of a backup operation. There's a long ...
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How to force a Time Machine deep traversal?

After a few kernel panics and an accidental hot-unplugging of my Firewire Time Machine drive, I'd like to make sure that my Time Machine exactly matches my Macintosh HD, much like rsync -a. Is there ...
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Why are some backups grey and others purple in Time Machine in Lion?

I started Time Machine for the first time in Lion (you know, to make sure everything was working properly), and I noticed something odd – on the timeline on the right side of the screen, some backups ...
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How would enabling FileVault alter my system and TM performance?

What are the pros and cons, performance-wise, of enabling and using FileVault? Is there any at all, or does it slow a computer down significantly or on the contrary speed it up? Also, what effect will ...
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Can I restore a Snow Leopard backup onto a Lion machine?

So I am a little confused and slightly worried, and I was wondering if someone could answer this. I have a Time Machine backup saved on an external HD for my Mac mini that is running the latest ...
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Can I simply manually delete individual Time Machine backups from the Finder or command line?

I have moved from a Mac running Snow Leopard to a new Lion machine. Since there was a lot of cruft on the old machine, I set up the new one from scratch, only copying the data over I need. I still ...
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Copying Time Machine backup, destination takes more than original size, are hardlinks being expanded?

I'm copying the backup folder of Time Machine, but it's taking too long, the backup is 90GB and the copy already reports 160GB and there's 60% to go yet, so I suspect it's copying hardlinks as ...
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How do I repair a corrupt Time Machine sparsebundle that is only showing the most recent backup?

I am trying to recover a nearly-2TB backup of a Mac, whose sparsebundle file was located on a NAS and suffered some corruption. I have followed the steps here, and the sparsebundle is now accessible ...
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Time Machine drive encryption going for 22 hours. Is it stalled?

I set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion by plugging in a newly formatted 500GB USB drive, selecting that from the Time Machine dialog, and checking the box to encrypt my backups. A window appeared that ...
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Why is “Verify Backups” in the Time Machine icon menu disabled?

I learned in Upgraded to Lion: Time Machine spends a LOT of time indexing backup that if I hold down the option key and click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, the "Back Up Now" menu item changes ...
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Can Time Machine back up to an external HD connected to another Mac?

Is it possible to use Time Machine to back up to an external hard drive connected to a Mac on same wifi network?
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Can I use my Time Capsule with other OSes?

I have two Macs at home which use Time Machine to back up to a shared Time Capsule. Does anybody know of any tools or methods for other operating systems to perhaps make use of that back-up facility? ...
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How can I use an existing Time Machine backup with my new computer?

I've just replaced my existing MacBook Pro with a new MacBook Air. I've got 18 months of Time Machine backups from the old computer. I'd like to configure my new computer to use the old computer's ...