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

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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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Time Machine Could not complete the backup

I am getting this error: The backup disk image "Volumes/Data-1/studio@iphotographic.sparsebundle" could not be accessed (error (null)).<
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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 ...
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Upgrading MacBook Pro 17" - do I need to connect old drive externally?

I am upgrading the HDD of a MBP 17" Mid-2009 to an SSD. I have an Airport Time Capsule with Time Machine backups in it. Do I still need to purchase a USB/SATA connector for my old drive or can I ...
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Profiling Time Machine on OS/X Mavericks

I know that it's possible to end up wasting a lot of space in Time Machine with backing up huge files that have changed only a little (like a Parallels image that is not optimized for time machine) ...
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Why TimeMachine defaults to case sensitive?

I've just had some problems with a disk that was formatted with HFS+ case sensitive while every else by Apple was non case sensitive. After a long time moving things away from my biggest disk, ...
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Disk Utility not opening in Mavericks

I had used a Seagate external HD as Time Machine back up for a year or so. Since I got a gift of a better EHD now I wanted to erase all data in the old EHD. I thought a simple Format through Disk ...
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How to update Time Machine's recovery partition?

The backup disk used by Time Machine has a recovery partition you can boot from. Since I started using Time Machine with OS X Snow Leopard, the recovery disk is a Snow Leopard recovery disk, and will ...
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Entering Time Machine on an external drive does not work

If I open an external drive, or an folder on that drive, in the Finder, then enter Time Machine by clicking on the menu bar icon and selecting "Enter Time Machine", then Time Machine runs, but it ...
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How can I mount a Time Machine sparsebundle so I can modify it?

TL;DR: I have a Time Machine backup that I want to modify before running Migration Assistant, but when I try to delete a directory from it either with rm or unlink I get "operation not permitted". How ...
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Shared library between Macbook Air, iMac, Airport Time Capsule

My Early 2008 iMac alu 24" HD drive has finally died and I'm in the process of replacing it. I've also recently got a 2013 Mac Air. The MacAir SSD drive is small so I want to share the iTunes/iPhoto ...
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How can I delete the Time Machine backup files on a Netgear ReadyNAS?

I use a Netgear ReadyNAS as a Time Machine server. I recently bought a new Mac, and I want to delete the old backups. How do I delete them? It's not possible from the Time Machine interface.
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Time Machine backup of legacy filevault encrypted homedir?

I have recently upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Given that I don't have a lot of space left on disk, it was not feasible to migrate from Filevault to Filevault 2. I have just noticed ...
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Restored a file from Time Machine when Backup Disk not available

I found I had deleted a file I needed to keep, so I used the File Vault icon in the top right, and selected "Enter Time Machine". After successfully restoring the deleted file from a snapshot from ...
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What's the difference between enabling Time Machine's “Encrypt Backups” option, and encrypting my disk from Disk Utility?

I'm setting up Time Machine backups on a new external hard disk. I chose to first encrypt the disk via Disk Utility: But I also see these options: Is there any difference between an "Encrypted" ...
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fsck_hfs keeps crashing when trying to repair my Time Machine volume

I've got my Time Machine volume (direct attached, USB) corrupted by accidentally flicking the switch while it's running. Now neither Disk Utility nor fsck_hfs can repair the drive. Investigating it ...
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Why is it that I can no longer access some folders in my old time machine backups and how can I get access?

So I recently had IT reformat my Mac OS 10.6 laptop to put a 10.8 image on it. When I first got it back I could still access all folders in my old backups, including the Library folder under my old ...
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Restoring OS X Server Data from Time Machine

How does one restore OS X Server data from time machine on another server? I had a Mac mini with OS X Server (Mountain Lion). It had Time Machine backups and this weekend the server experienced a ...
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Dual TIme Machine backups; “Delete all backups of a file” applies to only one drive? (Bug?)

Asked at Apple Discussions but the silence is deafening... I'm using two 2TB internal drives in tandem for Time Machine and deleted some files while in Time Machine. They deleted from drive A, but ...
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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 ...