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

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2012 iMac stuck at grey screen after reinstall, plus the inability to restore from backup prior to this. Please help!

Okay I'm just going to list out what has happened over the past 24 hours: Lost a bunch of files. Tried to restore from backup. After waiting for about an hour, it just randomly stopped at around ...
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Failing Hard Drive

I have a Mac Pro I got in 2008. The original hard drive is failing. I have purchased a replacement drive and have backed up all my data using Time Machine. I will want to put the Mac OS on the new ...
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Large Time Machine Backups 10.9.4. Excluded Dropbox and VirtualBox

Issue: Time Machine wants to take 60Gb, 40GB, etc. when that is not the amount of data change. I have excluded Dropbox and my VirtualBox VMs from the backup via the GUI. I tried this previously via ...
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Backing up networked iMacs

I have an iMac connected by wire to an external (non-Mac) hard drive which is used to store back-up images via Time Machine. I want to buy a second iMac and network the two together. As far as I ...
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Time machine/capsule read-only error

I just got a new logic board installed on my Macbook Air (running OS X 10.9.4). Before the repair, I used a time capsule for backup (which has plenty of storage left). When my newly repaired MBA came ...
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Portable hard drive free space partition

I have a Toshiba 1TB portable hard drive that had 2 partitions. I erased one of them (previously used for time machine backups) and it changed into a non-erasable or -changeable "free space" ...
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Cannot mount HDD used in Time Machine

My HDD was working perfectly fine until recently. It began when my mac tried to perform a time machine back up, but it failed saying that the back up directory could not be created. So i restarted my ...
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Gained space on reformat and restore?

I was killing a Ubuntu partition, and had to do a full reformat to repartition properly. The operation would recover 20GB of space. I then took the following steps: I made a recover disk I backed ...
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Access to Time Capsule via Internet

Can I access data on a current Time Capsule via the internet? If so, how does it work? Would I be able to make Time Machine Backups then as well? Does it appear as a disk in Finder?
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OS X Mavericks system restore from external drive using Time Machine

I have a 3TB Seagate USB external drive (MBR scheme), divided in 2 primary partitions: one of ~500 GB has been created and formatted on Windows using Paragon Partition Manager with HSF+. I did a ...
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Time Machine Backup huge since SD Extension

I recently bought a 128GB SD Card extension for my MacBook Pro Retina. It's one of these SD Cards which fit into the SD Slot so they don't overlap with the body. Since I added this SD Card and moved ...
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Cannot erase HD partition - Could not find partition to expand, first partition on the disk?

My current HD status is When I try to remove the "Free" partition, the log returns "Could not find partition to expand, first partition on the disk?" What can I do?
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Migrating from MBA 2013 to Mac Mini Mid 2011 using Carbon Copy Cloner

I've been using my 2013 MBA for music production using Logic Pro X, and I've downloaded all the additional Apple content for it. Also, the MBA has a few other apps and docs I use. I've recently ...
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Slow Wireless Network via Time Capsule

I have a wireless network set up at home via Time Capsule. I also have Time Machine installed on two laptops and they backup to the Time Capsule. I have noticed that whenever a backup is running the ...
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Time Capsule external USB drive - as second Time Machine Drive?

I have a 3TB Time Capsule ac. Which is used for Time Machine wirelessly. I would like to connect an external USB Hard Drive to the Time Capsule and use it as an extension to TimeMachine to backup more ...
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OSX Time Machine: deletion of backup folders

I saw this question and was hoping that someone could expand upon the chosen answer (which I understood): Can you sudo mv Time Machine backup files as sudo from the trash to their original ...
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Mac server keeps “disappearing” and “reappearing” on local network

I'm hoping someone can help me figure out a really perplexing issue we've seen with a Mac server on our local ethernet network. What we're seeing lately is that the server (which we use for Time ...
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How can I make Time Machine do a full backup?

Recently, my Time Machine disk exhibited some filesystem errors. Disk Utility was able to correct them, but I don't trust the existing backup content much, and by extension, don't trust incremental ...
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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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Make Time Machine backups erasable

An external drive has TM backups from two Macs running OS 10.6.8 which held thousands of files in common, one copy on each. Now I want to repurpose that drive, but keep a lot of the files from the TM ...
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How to combine an older Time Machine backup with a newer one

I have a client who was using a certain external drive as their Time Machine drive for a while. Then, they misplaced it. So, they got a new external drive and started using that. Now, they've found ...
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Network Time Machine backups, OS X vs. OS X Server

I'm trying to back up several notebook Macs in an office. I'm currently trying to backup various iterations of OS X (Snow Leopard through Mavericks) on client machines to a central Mac Mini running ...
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Can I move Time Machine files from an external disk, reformat it, then restore the TM files?

I have an external USB disk which is backing up my Mac using Time Machine. I need to reformat the external disk for an unrelated reason. If I: temporarily move the Time Machine files off the ...
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Partitioning an encrypted time machine hard drive

I recently got a 1TB external hard drive. My intention was to partition half for time machine to do backups, and half for general storage. When setting up time machine there was the option to encrypt, ...
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Will Time Machine backup of an encrypted HDD be encrypted?

My MacBook is running Mac OS X Mavericks with FileVault HDD encryption. I use Time Machine to backup this drive to an unencrypted USB HDD. Will this backup be encrypted? Or does Time Machine decrypt ...
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Using Linux computer as time capsule - possible but any experiences?

have a Linux computer running as a server on which I also installed a time capsule (see for Vortexbox (my setup) but also for Ubuntu). Before using this as my main backup, has anybody any experiences ...
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DiskInventor & OmniDiskSweeper shows different size as Disk Utility

I am running 10.9.4 and have a 120 GB hard drive. Disk Inventory X shows only 51.9 GB of data, but About this Mac and Disk utility show less than 10 GB free space. I tried these items: Timemachine ...
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How to free space on Time Machine on a Netgear NAS?

I have obsolete time machine backup file in Netgear NAS with another one. I cannot so just format or erase whole disk. I just need to delete the non-used file from taking disk space. I am running ...
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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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Sudden proliferation of 'Too many open files in system' errors. Can't do backup

My computer is showing signs of impending hard drive disaster. Time Machine recently killed all my backups and has not cooperated since. I tried backing up with Super Duper, but it quit after about a ...
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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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Restoring a backup HD on a Mac without restoring OS X Mavericks

I recently downloaded Mavericks and this made my Mac slow down a lot. So I took it to the technical service and they reinstalled 10.8.5. Now I want to restore my information on the Mac through Time ...
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine - can't find data file?

I followed the instructions in this question but still cannot restore my address book and iCal data. I found what I thought was the data file for the address book, AddressBook-v22.abcddb, but when I ...
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine?

I accidentally deleted my ~/.zshrc file and I'd like to get it back from a Time Machine backup. When I enter Time Machine I can see my home directory, but all the dot-files in the directory are hidden ...
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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 was never set up

I can't find a disk to back up Time Machine files. According to this I need an external HD. I have imac 10.6.8. Various directions seem to say I can find a disc on my computer except I get no prompt ...
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Mac OS X Time Machine recovery lost Data

I did a backup with Time Machine on a Netgear ReadyNAS to save complete System(OS X Mavericks). Because I have installed OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Now I recovered this backup. But I lost about 200 GB of ...
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Old Time Machine backups visible but inaccessible

I recently had to reformat my computer's disk and then restore from my Time Machine backup, which is on a 2 TB Time Capsule. This went fine. However, when I go into Time Machine now, I'm unable to ...
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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 IP Change Loses Backup History

I have a time machine setup where the backup location is on a Synology NAS drive; having recently moved house, and ended up with a different router, I setup the NAS drive again, and it has a different ...
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Macbook pro - does time machine restore to original state or just add removed files?

Macbook pro OS X 10.9 If I backup using time machine and 3 months later decide to restore it back because I have a virus, would it be able to eliminate the virus? Also does time machine delete all the ...
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Time Machine deleting non-Time Machine files from disk?

I recently enabled time machine by adding an external drive as a location for Time Machine to back up to. However, before enabling Time Machine I took a few old files (totally about 500GB) which I ...
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View Time Machine backup drive on Windows 7

I use an external hard drive to regularly backup my Mac using Time Machine. However, I wanted to copy the data on this drive to a Windows 7 machine which does not work. It seems, that the PC ...
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My Toshiba hard drive doesn't work on Windows machines

At first I was struggling to get my Toshiba Hard drive to appear (so I could use it) on my MacBook Pro (as I wanted to put all my photos, iMovie videos etc on there) so I eventually found a way by ...
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Restoring from Yosemite Time Machine backup on Mavericks

Is it possible to restore a Yosemite backup to Mavericks? I downgraded and want to access my most recent restore, or else I'll have to use the Mavericks one from a month ago. I am on a Macbook Pro ...
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Access to NAS mount during Power Nap wake up

On my mac I have Time Machine configured to backup to a Sparse Disk Image Bundle that is located on my Raspberry pi, which it connects to over SMB and mounts on boot. As long as the mac is awake there ...
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OS X Yosemite Beta - How to restore to OS X Mavericks without Time Machine [duplicate]

So... I've been really stupid and I forgot to do a backup of my Time Machine before I updated to Yosemite Beta. Some of the programs I have don't really work, and I want to restore back. After ...
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Can I backup my MacBook Pro onto my Dell Laptop?

I've used 40 GB of space on my MacBook Pro, and I want to back it up. The only thing I have with enough space is my Dell laptop (500 GB). Is there any way I can back it up onto there? If so, how?
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Macintosh HD no longer shown in ⌥-boot menu after creating partition in Boot Camp

Today I was in Boot Camp Windows 7 creating a partition from some free space for Time Machine backups (I know this isn't the best way to store backups, but that's not the problem). I clicked to create ...
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Time Machine permissions changed after reinstalling OS X?

I recently reinstalled OS X on my iMac. I was having problems, so instead of restoring to a backup, I did a clean install of OS X and manually copied - or tried to copy - the files I needed. However, ...