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

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Rename home directory without causing double Time Machine backup

I want to rename the my home directory (/Users/thisone), using this technique. However, I just started using Time Machine, and with 200 GB of data in my home directory; what will happen? Will the ...
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Can I backup using Time Machine and restore to another account?

I am planning to re-install the OSX when Mavericks release. I am also actually planning to change my username after re-installation. I need to backup my whole personal folder under username "a", but ...
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Time Machine hasn't been backing up the full system since before 10.8.3

Look at your hard drive. Now look at me. Now look at a recent snapshot in your Backups.backupdb directory from after the 10.8.3 release (March 14th-ish); now look at mine. Hopefully, your snapshot ...
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Why does Time Machine hang/freeze on “Backing up…”?

Lately, whenever I try to back up Time Machine to one particular external drive, it gets past the "Preparing..." stage (most troubleshooting documents talk about fixing problems with hangs in this ...
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Time Capsule doesn't show all time machine backups

My Mountain Lion iMac was affected by the Seagate disk recall. I backed up to my trusty Time Capsule (as per norm) before the disk replacement, planning to restore from said Time Capsule. However, ...
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What differences are there between using the Server.app Time Machine server and simply sharing the attached backup HDD?

I'll get a Mac mini next week and apart from other things, I'd like to use it as a backup server via Time Machine and an external HDD. As I want to be able to access the HDD from remote anyway, I ...
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Time Machine is doing very large backups

Background: I bought new drive for Time Machine backup. First backup took about an hour and backed up about 80 GB (let's considered as good behaviour). Second backup was supposed to be above 70 GB ...
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Is a 10.8 Time Machine backup restorable under 10.7

I want to revert my system from 10.8 Mountain Lion to 10.7 Lion. Will Time Machine (or Migration assistant) gracefully restore my users and files created under 10.8?
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Correct way to free up Time Machine space

I manage a Time Machine backup for a photographer. We had a 2TB drive for photos and a 2TB drive for the Time Machine backup of those photos. The Time Machine backup drive has run out of space and ...
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How effective is a Time Machine backup?

I'm having a problem with Office not installing correctly and not being able to update. I have one last resort which is Backing up and formatting my system. However I would like to know how effective ...
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Time machine: network hard drive vs Time Capsule

I read that is possible to set up a Network Hard Disk in order to connect it to the router and perform wireless Time Machine backups on the Hard Disk. What are the pros and cons of using a Network ...
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Browse another encrypted time machine backup that's on a NAS

I have a Time Machine backup of my MacBook Pro pro that's encrypted and saved on a Synology DS212j NAS (OS X detected my NAS as a possible location to save my backup). Right now I'm on my MacBook Air. ...
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What external HD can I use to my Airport Extreme Base Station for use of wireless Time Machine?

The title pretty much says it all. I currently have an Airport Extreme Base Station and I want to be able to use the USB port on it to hook up an external hard drive and use it as a wireless means of ...
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Can I restore individual iCal appointments using Time Machine?

I use Time Machine to backup my Mac. While it is very easy to restore files and folders, I can't do the same with appointments in iCal. I am trying to recover an entire calendar that was accidentally ...
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Keep backing up when I put machine to sleep?

I use Time Machine, with an external hard drive connected by USB, to back up my MBA. If Time Machine is in the middle of backing up my drive and I close the lid of my computer, Time Machine will stop ...
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Where is the config (application properties) file for TimeMachine settings and the path excludes?

Where is the config (application properties) file for TimeMachine settings and the path excludes? You know, that what you might click and add in TimeMachine Settings > Options ... Can't find ...
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Reinstalling OS X Lion vs restoring from Time Machine backup

If the system doesn't boot up (it was due to this issue), is it better to reinstall OS X Lion, or restore from a Time Machine backup? I do see a Time Machine backup from 3 AM last night, so if that ...
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restore from time machine without a mac

I want to restore a couple files from a time machine chronicle of backups, but I don't have the mac to restore them to. How do I search for files within just using the folder structure
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fseventsd is at 100%CPU when time machine on external hard drive is connected

When I connect an external hard drive with storage space and also time machine on it, in activity monitor it shows a process call fseventsd taking up 100% CPU and it slows down my computer to a halt ...
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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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How do I access the user Library from a Time Machine backup? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you access the user library on a time machine backup I need to access my library folder in a time machine backup that is from a different mac. How can I do this? ...
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Files on new computer are locked after using Migration Assistant and Time Machine

I have an MacBook with OSX and backed up everything in a Time Capsule with Time Machine. Now I bought a MacBook Pro with Lionn and then migrated everything from the old computer to the new using ...
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external hd mac ntfs 3g could not mount

I got an external hd "clickfree hd" but when trying it with my Mac I get the following error: ntfs 3g could not mount, error I have tried NTFS-3G, MacFuse and FuseOSX. I'm running Lion but this ...
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Time machine multiple hard disk drives

I have a internal drive containing 640gb of storage with the operating system on it, my external time machine drive is ~720gb. I am thinking about installing another internal 1tb hard drive, and ...
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Calendar backup while away from time machine

I am occasionally away from my time machine disk. During these periods I would still like to backup my calendar in case the hard disk (MacBook's) crashes. Which file or directory should I copy to ...
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Can Time Machine remove some files completely, and/or sync only to within 6 months?

I wonder for Time Machine, if I delete 3 files on the hard drive that I will for sure never want to use again (for example, that are 1GB each), can I tell Time Machine that please don't archive these ...
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How can a standard user backup everything using Time Machine?

I have concern regarding this behavior. When I use Time Machine as a standard user, it backs up everything (including data of users I do NOT even own). I realize that I still cannot access it, but ...
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Any way to extract notes from iPod Touch backup?

Is there any way for me to extract notes from an iPod Touch backup? I had forgotten to back up the notes on my old iPod Touch and subsequently lost all my notes on it. It's been a year and a half now, ...
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How can I restore the Time Machine exclusion list from a Time Machine backup?

I reinstalled Yosemite clean, reformatting the disk before. I want to recover the Time Machine settings, specially the exclusion list, from the time machine backup of Maverics. Any idea how to do ...
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Am I able to retrieve document from time machine after a clean install and setup new account with same username?

I used time machine previously and I have done a clean install to get back some space on my mac. At setup process I skipped to use time machine I just wanted to get my machine up and running and set ...
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Does time machine use internet

I'm not very computer savvy. I recently got my MacBook back after getting a new hard drive. I've now just starting using time machine to back up everything. I live in rural texas and I only have 10gb ...
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Run script before every Time Machine backup?

I would like to be able to run a bash script just before Time Machine runs, every time This script generates some content to be written on a file which needs to be backed up by TM. I have looked ...
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TimeMachine Keychain backup

Does timemachine backup all keychain access keys for xcode security? Or does that need to me configured to work correctly? We want to back up a IOS App build machine.
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Reformat Time Machine backup drive back to an ordinary external hard drive

I have a WDC Passport external drive which I used as a time machine backup. However, I do not want to use it as Time Machine backup anymore, I just want to use it as a regular external hard drive. ...
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Encryption of the whole Time Capsule drive

I would like to encrypt the whole content of my Time Capsule HDD. I selected "Encrypt backups" in Time Machine settings but I am not sure if encryption applies to the whole drive or just to the Time ...
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License Keys not Transferred in Time Machine Restore

I have just restored a Time Machine backup to a new disk, and I am finding that I need to re-enter scores of licenses for specific applications (while others seem to be retained without issue). ...
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How Do I Start Over With Backups Using Time Machine?

I have a Mac Mini Server running the latest version of Mavericks and OS X Server. I would like to do a full backup of my server. I have no business need to keep the backups currently on the disk. ...
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How can I access my time capsule through ssh?

I am trying to reach the time capsule on a remote network. After following the advice of another question I realised the router/network doesn't support NAT-PMP/UPnP and thus I get to configure the ...
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How should I restore a backup of my user account from a .dmg?

I have on my external hard drive a .dmg which is a backup from when my internal hardrive was breaking. Fixing the (internal) hard drive I then went on to erase it. And reinstall OSX in the process it ...
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Unable to mount Time Machine partition

I have a WD external HDD which is plugged into my MacBook Air more or less all the time; it has two partitions one of which is my Time Machine disk. Just today I noticed that the hard drive is not ...
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RSYNC recursive over Time Machine Backups identify unique files

i have an issue with my Time Machine Backup. To fix the mess i thought about waling recursively over all TimeMachine Backup folders. Oldest Backup RSYNC to NEW_TARGET Recursively go over every ...
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How to disable Time Machine for an external hard drive

My wife has a MacBook Pro and two external hard drives; both of which currently contain a Time Machine backup of her MacBook Pro hard drive. Now she wants to "turn off" Time Machine for one of her ...
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How to restore lost contacts/address book?

I suddenly have only 2 contacts in my Contacts! I have a MacBook Pro, am using OS 10.9.2. Following instructions from another answer, I looked for Address book folder in the library/App. Support ...
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You do not have the necessary read, write and append privileges on the selected network backup disk

I have OSX Server running on a mac mini in my home. I've been using it for doing Time Machine backups from my MacBook. This worked fine until I changed the password for my user account on the mac ...
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Backing up to an existing Time Machine sparsebundle

I have been using OS X Mavericks Server Time Machine Backup service to backup my laptops. I recently had to move my backup sparsebundles to a new drive. I've reconfigured Time Machine server to point ...
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How does Time Machine make room for new users?

This is more of a hypothetical question, but we've been using a Time Capsule to back up our Macs, and it has steadily been filling up since the year or so that we've had it. We've since brought a few ...
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How restore my Mac with boot camp partition from time machine

I have my Mac boot camped with windows 7, unfortunately my hard drive was corrupted on the Mac partition, the windows partition is OK, I fixed the Mac partition but right now I can restore my Mac from ...
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Scripting Timemachine exclusion lists

Is it possible to script the exclude lists for Time Machine when setting up a new machine? For example, for a new machine I would like to setup the following exclusion list:
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Time Capsule showing backups date in pink

I have tried a lot of net to find, why does time machine shows pink icons of the date. But not a solid answer i have found. I don't have a new computer, as i heard when you change hard disk. The Time ...
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How do I stop my external hard drive from using all my RAM?

I'm running OSX Mavericks, and have an external 500Gb HD connected via firewire. I have 24GB's of RAM, and fairly often my RAM usage will spike to 23.95 GBs in use and literally leave me with only 50 ...