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 see what files were changed in TimeMachine?

I tried TimeTracker, tms and timedog but none of them works with OS X 10.6 Any suggestions?
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Can I configure my Macbook to unmount all external drives when I close the lid?

I have a new 13" Macbook Pro running Mavericks. This computer is connected to an external USB drive which I use for my Time Machine backups and for external storage Time Machine backups occur a few ...
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How to prevent sleep while a Time Machine backup is in progress?

I'm one of those greatly suffering from the problem with TM in which the entire backup sparsebundle on a NAS gets corrupted if the Mac goes to sleep in middle of a backup operation. There's a long ...
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With File Vault ON are time machine backups encrypted?

I have been using time machine to back up to a wireless external drive since I got my mac. Today I used filevault to encrypt my hard drive. Will this affect how Time Machine backs up my files? Will ...
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Enable/disable Time Machine depending on network connection type

I've not got a great Wi-Fi setup here at home and it sometimes results in failed Time Machine backups. Is there a way of specifying that Time Machine only backs up under certain circumstances - i.e. ...
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Backing up a Boot Camp partition

I see in the Time Machine options that my Boot Camp partition is excluded. I haven't even tried to remove it from the list of exceptions since I have read that Time Machine will not work with NTFS ...
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What are the downsides to using Time Machine?

I hear a lot about the good aspects of using Time Machine, particularly the fact that it's so easy to use that people actually do backups! What are the downsides to using Time Machine compared to ...
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How can I use an existing Time Machine backup with my new computer?

I've just replaced my existing MacBook Pro with a new MacBook Air. I've got 18 months of Time Machine backups from the old computer. I'd like to configure my new computer to use the old computer's ...
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Can Time Machine volumes be easily encrypted with FileVault 2?

Now that File Vault 2 can encrypt the entire disk and encrypt external drives, can I have a fully encrypted Time Machine volume?
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Use a network Time Machine drive locally

I typically backup over a network to a networked hard drive on another machine. For some unknown reason, backups tend to get incredibly slow over the network (the first few backups work fine and ...
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huge Chrome Time Machine backups

My 1TB Time Machine drive just filled up, apparently due a bug in Chrome. Since this issue has been open for a year and a half, I don't expect that Google will fix it any time soon. Can anyone offer ...
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Time Machine stuck on “Preparing Backup”

I have a MacBook Pro from 2009. It came with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) but I upgraded to 10.8 (Mountain Lion). A few days ago, I tried to backup my files on an external hard drive, like I have ...
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Time Machine Full, But Only One Backup (or, what are .RecoverySets and why do they take up so much space?)

Something crazy is going on with Time Machine. I upgraded to Mavericks yesterday with no issues. After performing a final backup on Mountain Lion, I disconnected my backup drive out of an abundance of ...
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how to store Time Machine backups on NFS and keep metadata?

There is a Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) desktop, it stores Time Machine backups on a separate partition. Also there is an Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) server with NFS daemon running, it exports a /BACKUP disk. This ...
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How would enabling FileVault alter my system and TM performance?

What are the pros and cons, performance-wise, of enabling and using FileVault? Is there any at all, or does it slow a computer down significantly or on the contrary speed it up? Also, what effect will ...
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Why are some backups grey and others purple in Time Machine in Lion?

I started Time Machine for the first time in Lion (you know, to make sure everything was working properly), and I noticed something odd – on the timeline on the right side of the screen, some backups ...
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Time Machine drive encryption going for 22 hours. Is it stalled?

I set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion by plugging in a newly formatted 500GB USB drive, selecting that from the Time Machine dialog, and checking the box to encrypt my backups. A window appeared that ...
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Can I simply manually delete individual Time Machine backups from the Finder or command line?

I have moved from a Mac running Snow Leopard to a new Lion machine. Since there was a lot of cruft on the old machine, I set up the new one from scratch, only copying the data over I need. I still ...
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Can I restore a Snow Leopard backup onto a Lion machine?

So I am a little confused and slightly worried, and I was wondering if someone could answer this. I have a Time Machine backup saved on an external HD for my Mac mini that is running the latest ...
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Merge Time Machine Backup

Is it possible to merge to Time Machine Backups? When I look inside the sparse-bundle which Time Machine generates then I see that the folder-structure ordered by dates. So theoretically I could copy ...
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Copying Time Machine backup, destination takes more than original size, are hardlinks being expanded?

I'm copying the backup folder of Time Machine, but it's taking too long, the backup is 90GB and the copy already reports 160GB and there's 60% to go yet, so I suspect it's copying hardlinks as ...
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How do I repair a corrupt Time Machine sparsebundle that is only showing the most recent backup?

I am trying to recover a nearly-2TB backup of a Mac, whose sparsebundle file was located on a NAS and suffered some corruption. I have followed the steps here, and the sparsebundle is now accessible ...
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Is it easy to mount my Time Capsule after a clean install (without any restore) so that I can copy individual files from it?

People say it is possible but I am suspicious. I want to clean install and start fresh with nothing. Then I can access my Time Capsule that has my backup and copy any files I want. How easy or ...
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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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Why is “Verify Backups” in the Time Machine icon menu disabled?

I learned in Upgraded to Lion: Time Machine spends a LOT of time indexing backup that if I hold down the option key and click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, the "Back Up Now" menu item changes ...
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Can Time Machine back up to an external HD connected to another Mac?

Is it possible to use Time Machine to back up to an external hard drive connected to a Mac on same wifi network?
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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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Recover certain files from Time machine from previous Mac

I just got my new Macbook Pro Retina and update it to Yosemite. I now want to recover/get some files from my Time Machine backup of my previous Macbook but don't want to migrate my whole Time machine ...
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Can I use my Time Capsule with other OSes?

I have two Macs at home which use Time Machine to back up to a shared Time Capsule. Does anybody know of any tools or methods for other operating systems to perhaps make use of that back-up facility? ...
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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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Restoring selected files from time machine backup of a different mac

Here's the situation so far: 20" Alum iMac 2007 HDD has died (3 days after I got a new Macbook Pro - coincidence, or suicide?) It had a time machine backup on a regular external drive I have ...
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How do I continue to use Time Machine backups after switching my hard disk?

I replaced my HD with an SSD (256 GB), and restored the contents from my Time Machine backup (external HD 320 GB). Now, after a day of working, I plugged in my external HD to make the next backup. ...
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How do I encypt Time Machine with Mac OS X Lion?

I am thinking about upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, because it offers full disk encryption. However, if I use Time Machine with on an external hard drive, will the Time Machine backups be encrypted ...
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Alternative backup solution for a mac?

I know that we can easily use time machine. However, i wonder if there exist any other way to backup the data on my macbook? Since I do a lot of modification to the system and sometimes make it has ...
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Time Machine External Drive

What factors are important when selecting an external hard drive for time machine backups?
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Time Machine is skipping files and folders. How to fix?

Running OS X 10.10.2 on a Early 2009 Mac Pro. System installed on a 256 GB solid state drive. 10 GB of memory. I'm having a problem with Time Machine where it's not backing up some of my files and ...
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13" Retina MacBook Pro completely freezes

Every once in a while, my 13" retina MacBook Pro completely freezes while I'm in the middle of working on something. And I do mean completely: it won't respond to any keyboard input, I can't even move ...
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backing up an OSX image to an NTFS drive?

I would like to make an image of my entire OSX install, so that I may restore to it if necessary. I'd LOVE to have incremental backups, so bonus points if anyone can figure out how I can do this! ...
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Erasing and Partitioning Hard Drive from Internet Recovery

My MacBook Pro (mid 2012) was encrypted and running Yosemite 10.10.3. (The last update with Photos ruined it.) Yesterday, all of a sudden, everything freezes. I forced Shut Down and since then, it´s ...
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Why does Back Up Now work from Time Machine Preferences but not from the status bar?

I am backing up to a Western Digital network drive (via Ethernet LAN), but my Time Machine won't run automatically. Whenever I run it manually from the status bar, selecting Back Up Now it fails with ...
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How can I omit FCPX Render Files from a Time Machine backup?

I want to be able to add my Final Cut Projects and Events folders to Time Machine, but annoyingly Apple have decided to put a Render Files folder within each and every Events folder. Is there a way ...
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Time Machine from networked Mac?

Is it at all possible to setup Time Machine so that it backs up to a disk image on my external Mac? Here's my setup: My MBA which will be backed up MBP which is connected to the wireless network ...
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Time Machine backs up a huge quantity of data on every run

I have a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard and a Time Capsule. In the last few days every backup took over 100GB of data. I don't know if there is some issue with permissions or something similar, but to ...
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Unable to restore/reinstall/erase from recovery

I've just tried to install the El Capitan GM, which failed half way through with the error "This Core Storage operation is not allowed on a sparse logical volume group" and gave me the option to ...
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recover/restore files with specific extension from Time Machine with OSX

I would like to recover/restore only *.GIF files from my most recent backup. They were accidentally deleted from everywhere in My Computer instead of just the intended folder. I currently have only 6 ...
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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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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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Hard Drive Issues with MacBook Pro 13-inch mid-2012

I'm trapped in a HDD nightmare with my MacBook Pro mid-2012. I updated to Yosemite 10.10.3. A couple of days after the update, I was watching a movie on my TV screen via HDMI. In the middle of the ...
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Encrypting/protecting Time Machine backup drive?

How do you guys secure/protect your Time Machine backup drive? Even though it's an external drive, it's still susceptible to physical theft though. What do you guys do for precautions?
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TimeMachine with multiple disks (one at a time)

I have backed up my Mac to an external disk using TimeMachine. When I plug in a different external disk the Mac still expects to backup to the first disk. Is it possible to backup to two external ...