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

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How to undo a Time Machine restore?

I just attempted to restore a folder from TimeMachine. I was expecting that TM would ask me where to put the restored folder (as it has done in the past, IIRC), but this time it didn't, and instead ...
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Using TimeMachine backups after changing (short) username on OS X?

I changed my (short) username on OS X Mountain Lion using the instructions mentioned here. I am guessing that would sort of invalidate all the TimeMachine backups I had till now. Is there a way to ...
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Time Machine sharing external hard drive with windows

Is it possible to backup both Windows 7 and Mac OS X to the same Time Machine?
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Use time machine for backing up a different computer

I've been over many faq's and troubelshooting but can't seem to find an answer to this. I'm currently running my mac from an external HD. My internal got corrupted, I can't repair it with disc ...
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Eject disk and get error message “Disk not ejected properly” when unplugging disk

I have an external USB Western Digital disk I use for Time Machine backups. I eject the disk, the disk icon disappears. I wait a few minutes, then unplug the disk. I end up with a "The disk was not ...
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Having trouble deleting old Time Machine back-ups after a restore

Due to migrating several computers over time, my MacBook Pro was bogged down with lots (and lots!) of old apps, files, etc. that I wanted to get rid of. So, I backed up to Time Machine as usual, then ...
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Time Machine and Storage

I have a 3TB external HD that works both Mac and PC for storage. I understand the "best" way to back up the Mac would be partition the external as explained here: Time Machine - can it share external ...
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Time Machine: many different Macs on one disk?

I'd like to get a 2TB external USB drive and put Time Machine backups for 3 different Macs on it. Is there any configuration I need to do for this? Or do I just start a new TM backup on Mac 1, wait ...
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Time Machine backup to remote disk at night

I would like to set up energy saving schedule such that my computer is woken up at 2:58 AM. At 3 AM, stuff that is really, really important to me is backed up to Amazon Glacier. I'd also like to ...
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Time machine error backup failed with error 11

I have a western digital 2TB hard disk (wd caviar green) connected through a unitek sata hdd docking station with my macbook air (10.8.2). When I try to backup with time machine, the backup fails ...
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Why does Time Machine estimate a 109GB backup size, but then need 235 GB?

I'm running Time Machine on a new NAS. Until today, I used to run it on an USB drive. I am reusing the old job using the new 10.8 feature that allows me to add new backup targets. When I configure ...
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How to detect from a script that a TimeMachine backup is running? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a bash command to check to see if Time Machine has finished backing up? To run some syncs to remote servers to have their data included in TimeMachine backups I ...
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Why does time machine backup take “3 days” over USB 3?

I have an external hard drive connected using USB3 to my macbook pro retina and I am running time machine for the first time. It is going very slow and estimate says "3 days". I don't understand why ...
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One text file is not being backed up by Time Machine

I have this strange problem where a single text file (Notes.txt, where I keep random notes) is, as of yesterday, not being backed up by Time Machine. It exists in the many backups that I have dating ...
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What to do when Time Machine backup is taking forever?

Yesterday I bought a 500Gb external USB drive for the sole purpose of backing up my laptop, which has 45Gb of data. After turning on Time Machine, it began the first backup, but after an hour or so ...
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My OS X Mac Mini server crashed - How can I restore it?

I have a 2011 Mac Mini Server. It is the unibody model that has two hard drives and no optical drive. I got this second hand so I don't have anything other than the machine itself. The way I ...
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Need to restore applications folder from an old time machine backup

I have a macbook air running OSX 10.7.5. I have had a problem with the App Store not connecting. Apple could not resolve it, so I have done a clean install. Now I wish to restore various folders from ...
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Time Machine deleting backups from several months ago (but not the oldest)?

During its "Cleanup" phase, Time Machine has recently been deleting backups from several months ago—even though these aren't the oldest backups, and my backup drive isn't full. My backups go back to ...
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MobileBackups not being backed up

My .MobileBackups folder is 32GB. I've plugged in my Macbook Air to the power and have already forced time machine to backup. However, the folder is still 32GB even after restarting...Did Time Machine ...
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Time Machine External Backup Disk Icon

I bought a new external hard drive to use with Time Machine: The Western Digital "My Passport for Mac" 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Drive. This is the second hard drive Time Machine uses, the first one being ...
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Spotlight's Privacy tab not backed up by Time Machine?

I just did a full restore from Time Machine and noticed that my Spotlight Privacy tab was empty. Am I correct in assuming that this information is not backed up by Time Machine? I believe it's stored ...
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Moving individual specific applications from Leopard to Mountain Lion

I'm moving from an old 2007 MBP running Leopard OS X 10.5.8 to a new MBP running OS X 10.8.2 and I want to keep the new system as clean as possible. Therefore, I chose not to use the Migration ...
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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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Can I use Time Machine to backup to a Ubuntu File Server?

I have two Mac book Pros (10.7) at home, and no current back up plan at all. Since I expect the older one to start having problems shortly, I decided I should get my act together and set something up. ...
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Disable sparsebundle backups on Network-attached time machine (Lion)?

I am running OS X Lion/10.7.4 and have set up a network disk hosted on an Ubuntu server using directions I found online. Time Machine recognizes the disk and backs up to it. However it backs up as ...
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Does Time Machine fix ownership of files when restoring from another Mac?

My computer recently crashed with no backup of Time Machine. I'm having issues getting a clean install to install on my hard drive (it won't let me do a fresh install from my Boot USB disk). I am ...
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How to allow users to reset passwords in Time Capsule accounts?

I have a Time Capsule that I share with others in the office. I control the base station and create accounts for others to backup their machines with Time Machine i.e., using Airport Utility > ...
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Does Time Machine check that old backed up files are present and not corrupted?

My only copy of my (large) iTunes library (and all my personal files) is on my MacBook, and I was thinking about using Time Machine to back it all up to an external hard drive (a Western Digital ...
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Will Time Machine back up new data and bypass OS back up?

Since Time Machine will back up new data as a higher priority, what if the Mac's hard drive is 800MB full, and the back up drive is only 500GB? Since the OS system files are the "old data", will Time ...
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How to get Time Machine disk to backup itself?

How to get Time Machine disk to backup itself (ie, non-Backups.backupdb on the Time Machine disk)? Specifically: I moved my /Users folder to a separate parition, a parition that also houses Time ...
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Time Machine on Time Capsule backup verification never seems to complete

I have a MacPro running Mac OS X 10.7.4 with a Time Capsule connected by Ethernet. When Time Machine runs a verify of the backups it seems to stall at 72%, and if I let it run a LONG time I think I ...
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If my timemachine was done with lion, but my host is snow leopard, how will it restore?

What I want is for my Mac to go back to exactly as it was, which was with lion. Of course, there's no lion disk, so I've done a clean reinstall with snow leopard (new drive). Should I restore from a ...
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Time Machine: How can you confirm a backup? Can you just delete the backup and it will automatically redo it?

I use Time Machine to backup to an external hard drive. That external drive also has a lot of other photos and unique info on that drive, too. I'm not sure my Time Machine backed up my whole ...
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How to restore time machine backup to a new machine running a different version of the Mac OS?

The hard disk in my wife's iMac, which was running Leopard, just died. She has an up to date Time Machine backup. I want to restore the backup to her new MacBook Pro, which is running Lion. I ...
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Time Machine Drive Failure

So, I started up my computer a couple days ago, and OS X reported that my Time Machine Drive had some damage and that I could view files, but not copy anything to the drive. After verifying with disk ...
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An undefined volume appears out of nowhere?

Today, I noticed another mounted volume on my computer: This volume is the size of my whole hard disk. I can only see it in the iStat widget. I cannot see it in Finder or the Terminal. $diskutil ...
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Leopard Backup downgrades Snow Leopard installation upon recovery

I did a Time Machine backup on my Macbook running OS X 10.5.8. Then I installed Snow Leopard and tried to restore all apps, files etc. using Time Machine but it restored the system back to 10.5.8. ...
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Can MacDrive break my Time Machine backups?

I'm running Lion and also have bootcamp Win7 installed. I haven't booted win 7 for a several month but some days ago was urged to do it. After successful boot in Win 7 I got some weird MacDrive error ...
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What is a typical transfer rate for a Time Machine backup over FireWire?

I am doing a TM backup for the first time to a portable disk from my macbook Pro(mid 2010) over a firewire connection (both ends). The disk only contained a folder of around 20GB of manually backed up ...
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Spotlight indexing of back up drive

I've seen some posts about whether you can stop spotlight constantly indexing your time machine backup drive. It seems you can't have it attached to your computer and not have it indexed. I have been ...
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Experience surviving a change of file ownership on time machine

After upgrading to Lion, the owner of my files on the time machine disk is no longer myself but some user '501'. This makes all the backups that preceded Lion inaccessible. I would like to run a ...
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Reformatting and restoring just data on Lion

I have a Time Machine backup but, as I understand it, it backs up everything. I wish to do a reformat to get rid of a lot of useless clutter I have, a lot of which I'm not even sure where it has been ...
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External drive for Time Machine and sharing files cross platform

I have read through this question and the associated apple kb article. I know that I can use an existing external hard drive and time machine can backup to it without affecting the other files. ...
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Why do I not have sufficient permissions to restore my Library folder?

My machine with Lion installed failed to wake from sleep the other day, and all sorts of nastiness was in evidence after a power-button shutdown and restart. Not to worry, I thought, I'll use Time ...
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What redundant, on-site, low-downtime backup strategies exist for servers?

I'm helping manage a OSX snow leopard server for a small company and one of the first things we did was setup time machine to get backups going. However, having at least one more of the copy of the ...
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Use Time Machine via AirPort Disk without using sparse bundle?

Is it possible to use Time Machine via AirPort Disk without storing the backup in a sparse bundle? I've had bad experience with sparse bundles and would like to avoid them.
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Should I restore my data before or after upgrading the OS?

(Part 3 in my ongoing Lion upgrade/hard drive replacement saga...) When I get my computer back in a few days, it will have a brand new hard drive with a clean Snow Leopard install. I will be ...
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How do I remote backup while waking up my computer from sleep?

I am backing up remotely from a Macbook Pro to an external backup drive on a PowerMac G5 via Time Machine and AFP. When the G5 goes to sleep, the Macbook Pro can't back up because the drive is made ...
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How to undo SetFile -a V?

I used SetFile -a V "/Volumes/Backup di Time Machine"/ to get rid off the time machine's icon on the desktop but it seems that I don't see it in the finder too and Time Machine stops working, it can't ...
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Using Existing Time Machine Backup over Time Capsule

I have an external 2TB drive that I've been using for Time Machine Backups directly connected to my Mac. I've recently gotten a Time Capsule and would to continue backing up with the existing backup, ...