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

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Does the D-Link DIR-857 support streaming Time Machine backups from multiple machines?

I'm looking to replace my aging DIR-655 and the new DIR-857 looks appealing. This C-Net review has this to say about the USB port on the device: SharePort is a useful feature of D-Link ...
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What are the advantages of Time Capsule over Airport Extreme with an external hard drive?

I would like for someone to outline the differences between buying a time capsule vs. just getting an airport extreme and attaching an external harddrive. The latter seems more flexible (easy to ...
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Does erasing Macintosh HD then restoring from Time Machine result in the HDD being reformatted?

I recently had a problem with the Macintosh HD that could not be repaired using the disk utility so I erased the disk (using disk utility) then restored from time machine (most recent backup) Does ...
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Why does Time Machine's backup size not equal the size of my hard drive?

I'm using Time Machine to back up my data on my Mac to an external HD, so I can restore my data on a fresh OS installation, but Time Machine's resulting backup is only 43 GB. My laptop's HD is 113 GB ...
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Same external hard drive for time machine and storage

I have a MacBook Pro (250GB with about 100GB free). I'm planning to get an external hard drive (1 TB). Is it possible to use the external hard drive for both time machine's purposes and as a general ...
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What setup is needed to stay backed up and online after retiring the TimeCapsule?

My friend has the following kit in the house (although not all at the same time): His MacBook Pro 15" with 500gb HD Her MacBook Air 13" with 256gb SSD Daughter's MacBook white with 500gb HD His and ...
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Using Time Machine with a already used NTFS disk

I have just updated to Mountain Lion 10.8.2; I have done a clean install. Now after I have installed all my apps and configure them I would like to create a Time Machine backup; so I could have the ...
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Problems with Parallels and backing up with Time Machine

I use Macbook Air and Lion. I use Time Machine to back up on my Drobo FS. All seems to be ok until I use Parallels. The Time Machine seems to take my virtual machine as one file so every time I open ...
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Can't delete old Time Machine backups

I changed hard drives for my Time Machine backup. I can't delete the backups on the older hard drive. I get an error code after I use "Move to Trash": -8072. It spends 45min deleting some 1,000,000+ ...
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Best approach to offsite backups with Time Machine and USB Disks

What is the best approach to using multiple USB disks and Time Machine to achieve a backup methodology with one drive being used for current backups and one stored offsite and updated periodically? ...
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Why can't I get my Time Capsule to connect to a new wireless network?

[Backstory for this question: I'm staying in someone else's apartment currently. All equipment mentioned in this post is being connected to their existing wireless network. That network is broadcast ...
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Time Machine backup taking a loooong time, is this normal?

I bought an external hard drive, plugged it into the USB port of my Airport Extreme base station, turned on Time Machine, set it to use that drive for backup. It's backing up 350Gigs of data and it's ...
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Is it normal for it to take hours to delete a Time Capsule “sparsebundle”

I'm trying to make room on my time capsule to make backups (it currently tells me it's full). I got help in this question with how to delete individual backups, but it didn't solve the problem. ...
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Time Machine is Frozen

I am running Mac 10.8.5 on a 2008 MacBook Pro, I have my time machine save to an external hard drive. Recently I have been unable to back up my machine because it gets hung up on 'Preparing Back Up' I ...
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My available disk space does not make sense. Why?

I have a 256 GB SSD installed in my Macbook Pro. Today I observed that Finder tells me that I have a free disk space of 247.51 GB, which is unquestionably wrong. At the same time, in System → ...
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delete all backups of all machines and reset time machine drive

Delete all backups of all machines and reset time machine drive. As you can see I just want to start over. There are some great discussions on deleting one backup at a time. I have 30 or so. I am ...
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Time machine backups on external HDD over WiFi

I like to do backups via Time Machine since my TimeCapsule vaporized after 3 years of service. It's only the power supply which is broken but Apple can't fix it they tell me in an Apple Store. A ...
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Lost first backups - time machine

I seem to have lost my first backups, they disappeared from time machine!.... Is there a way to get back to them?
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Custom Scheduling of Time Machine backups

How can I customize the schedule at which time machine backups. I am annoyed by looking at the number of times I see the TimeMachine backing up several MBs every hour and then the cleanup.
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Time machine out of space / Merging time machine backup

I have a 15 inch Mac Book Pro that is my main machine. At some point, in the second half of 2011 I purchased a 750GB external hard drive to configure Time Machine on my laptop. This is my main method ...
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Faster than Time Machine for Backup

I want to do a full backup of my Mac to an external disk AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. Does that mean I should use something other than Time Machine or set some settings?
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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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Account on Mac restored from Time Machine has FileVault turned off

My Mac book pro was stolen. ML 10.8.2. I successfully restored all system from Time Machine backup. I remember having turned on FileVault on my user account on original system. But on restored system ...
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Lost Time Machine Password - Unable to Format Disk

I lost my password to my Time Machine backup. It's on a Seagate FreeAgent USB drive. I don't mind losing the data, I just can't figure out how to format the drive. I found this thread, however, the ...
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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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Matlab on the command line error in Lion

I constantly get this warning in Matlab, which I run on the command line: This process is attempting to exclude an item from Time Machine by path without administrator privileges. This is not ...
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Does Time Machine make a backup of Windows if using Boot Camp?

I'm using Windows 7 on my Mac. On the Lion OS I installed Time Machine to keep a backup of my Laptop. Does this backup also cover the Windows partition?
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Can I use 2 harddisks to backup using time machine (not duplicate, but to extend)

I have 2 x 500 GB external Harddrives and 500 GB internal harddrive . I use time machine to backup from the internal 500GB and one external 500GB HD to the second 500 GB HD. This is good till date ...
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TimeMachine and an External HFS + NTFS HDD

Can I partition my external HDD into 2 HFS + NTFS? and use HFS+ partition for TimeMachine backup. I already lost my info once in this way, this is why I have to ask now, before doing some stupid ...
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Can I keep 1 specific backup on an external hard drive as it fills up and deletes older backups? [duplicate]

I've just moved 262GB of photos to a new external hard drive (1 TB), freeing up my MacBook Pro, 1 year old, which was dangerously low on space. I first backed them up on an existing external hard ...
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Time Machine fails to backup certain files

A few months back I did a clean install of Yosemite, followed by restoration of user files via Time Machine. Weeks later, I was horrified to find that several dozen files (seemingly random) were ...
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Impossible deactivate the disk

Some time ago I split the hard drive (500gb) in two partitions (250 each), now I have first successfully erased one partition but I still have the second one (Mac HD 2, which runs Mavericks) but I can ...
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MobileBackups is using too much space

I am running short of space on my OS partition for some large files I want to install. I note that du shows 15G /.MobileBackups I have 2 Time Machine drives. One attached to my MacBook Pro (at least ...
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Restoring Time Machine backup made on a previous OS X version

My macbook pro, running OS X Lion (10.7.5) got stolen last night. Luckily they didn't take my external drive, where I have a Time Machine back up of all my data, which is extremely important to me ...
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How to reformat a time machine drive to use on a PC

My sister used to be a mac user and recently switched to a PC. She has her mac stuff backed up on two hard drives, one is formatted as a time machine. We've transferred all her important files to the ...
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Is there a way to merge Time Machine backups?

Last year, I switched from an iMac to a MacBook Pro, and I restored from my Time Machine backup. I've been using Time Machine since then, and never checked it until now. I just found out that my ...
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How to restore individual files from TM backup after clean install?

My teenage daughter's Mac Mini (running OSX 10.8) was cluttered with all sorts of stuff, even unwanted and inappropriate popup windows when using Safari, and more. So I made a final TM backup. Then I ...
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What would the downside be of excluding “Saved Application State” from Time Machine?

I've noticed using BackupLoupe that stuff under ~/Library/Saved Application State/ pops up in my Time Machine backups. I can't find that much about this folder online, but one site describes it as ...
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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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Script to activate “Enter Time Machine”

I'm trying to get rid of the Time Machine icon in the menubar. Is there a way activate "Enter Time Machine" using a script or something along those lines? I know that we have tmutil, but it can not ...
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Time Machine to NAS, over internet

I have a Synology DiskStation NAS that I use for Time Machine backups on my LAN. I want to be able to back up when I'm away from home. I've tried: Connecting via L2TP VPN running on Synology ...
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Time Machine Backup accidentally unplugged, can't repair

I accidentally removed my Time Machine backup without ejecting. It didn't show up in Finder after I plugged it back in and Disk Utility cannot repair it. Disk Utility recommends reformatting the disk, ...
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(Custom Build) Super Time Capsule - am I missing something

I received an interesting request today. Namely, is it possible to setup a networked Time Machine to backup the Desktops of 11 workstations on a LAN. While I'm familiar with OSX, I haven't attempted ...
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Time Machine menu bar Icon Location

I'm trying to find the Time Machine menu bar icon resource so I can change how it looks a bit. Where is that icon? In Time Machine's package contents > resources, all I see is backup.icns (the Finder ...
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Excluding Chrome's session storage from Time Machine

Is it advisable to exclude ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Session\ Storage/ from Time Machine backups? It certainly sounds like a prime candidate, but I am unable to find ...
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Time Machine restores and network settings

Not sure if this has already been asked (I didn't find the question in my search) but I am really curious to know if a Time Machine restore restores my network settings. I have a broadband Internet ...
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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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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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Time Machine: Mobile incremental Backup

Imagine I do backups using Time Machine at home just like everybody else. But as I travel often and of course also work on the road I also need to have a mobile backup solution. I thought about the ...
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Reformat and then use Time Machine?

I want to reformat my MacBook late-2008 unibody aluminium with HDD. Can I do that and then after I have reinstalled OS X go to Time Machine and recover everything? Is this possible?