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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to search Mail in Time Machine?

I'm looking for a specific email I may have deleted, but I don't remember when I received it (it was at least a couple months ago). Digging through my Mail history in Time Machine for a single email ...
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How to restore a missing Recovery HD partition

I bought a second hand Macbook Pro which came with OSX Lion installed, when I wanted to clean it I found out that it had no Recovery HD partition. I confirmed this through the Disk Utility (enabled ...
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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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Recovering files from Time Machine backup disk after wrong dd

I made a horrible mistake: I ran dd on an external hard drive, that was the Time Machine backup storage, to make it bootable. After a few seconds I cancelled the command, but the hard drive is shaped ...
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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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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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If I encrypt a Time Machine backup disk, is the entire disk encrypted or just the Backups.backupdb directory?

If I check the "Encrypt backup disk" checkbox in Time Machine (in OS X Lion), I get this warning: Will just the Time Machine "Backups.backupdb" directory be encrypted, or the entire disk? In other ...
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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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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 ...
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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 can I restore my system, using Snow Leopard, after hard-drive replacement?

I had a nearly full 500GB drive in my MacBook Pro, running Snow Leopard. As the near-full capacity was becoming problematic, I bought two 1TB drives, went home, ran Time Machine on one of them, and ...
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How do you access the content of the iPhoto bundle from Time Machine?

I would like to access the files of the iPhoto library bundle to retrieve just some of the files to help solving this question about corrupted iPhoto db files properly. In time machine mode there is ...
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Should I use time machine to migrate from one mac to another?

I have had my blackbook for a little over 4 years now and think it's time to upgrade to a new macbook pro. I'm currently running leopard on the blackbook with time machine. I'm wondering if time ...
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Time Machine automatic backups fail, manual backups succeed

Short Description Automatic Time Machine backups fail (with an error code of '19'), but manual backups succeed. Does anyone know what would cause this behavior? Long Description & ...
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Time Machine backup to Airport Extreme AirDisk

I thought it was NOT possible to use the USB hard disk attached to the Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) as a backup destination for Time Machine backups. This was mostly due to Google results as ...
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Clean Lion install, keeping Time Machine history?

I have a 2011 unibody MacBook Pro, and have been gathering kludge on it for some time, and on previous machines (2007 MacBook Pro, 2004 Powerbook) whose data I've migrated over using the Migration ...
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Does restoring from Time Machine also restore installed applications?

I am planning to upgrade my late 2009 MacBook Pro (running Snow Leopard) by replacing the 250GB hard drive with a new 1TB drive. I have been maintaining Time Machine backups. I plan to install the ...
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Does my Time Machine backup disc need to be dedicated?

I have an external HD that's about 60% full. The remaining space is more than enough for a Time Machine backup of my hard drive. If I enable Time Machine using that disc, will it erase my existing ...
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Is it possible to use Time Machine on a shared USB Hardrive?

I've a iMac with an external HD derserved to Time Machine. I also have a MacBookPro. Is it possible to make this config : Share the disk on the iMac so that the MBP sees it on the network Ask Time ...
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How to restore pre-update OS from Time Machine?

I've never actually restored with Time Machine, not sure how it works. My machine is messed up since updating to a Yosemite Beta and installing nvidia drivers. How do I go back a few days? I ONLY ...
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Mac OS X Server: automount encrypted drive before login

I have a 4TB Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) hard drive hanging off a Mac OS X Lion (soon to be Mountain Lion) Server that is dedicated to networked Time Machine backups. I'd like to be able ...
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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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Scripting the unhiding of Library folders on Time Machine disks

Here's the context: I have about 400 students with Time Machine backups from Lion computers. We wiped and re-imaged their laptops with new software AND with Mountain Lion. We just discovered that you ...
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Time Machine and the dreaded negative sign

I am about to modify the file ownerships in my Time Machine disk, which uses ACLs. Since it is my (only) backup disk, I thought I'd solicit comments on the script before I run it. The objective is to ...
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Migration Assistant and USB Time Machine disk

Mavericks Update Sadly this issue remains unresolved in Mavericks. End Update When I run Migration Assistant (from an admin account) in Lion, M.A. hangs at the message "Looking for Other ...
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Airport Extreme + USB Drive vs Time Capsule

The price between an airport extreme and 2TB Time Capsule is quite a lot (£100) and as far as I can see the only different is that the Time Capsule has a hard drive built in. Is there any problems ...
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Why is the HFS Plus attributes file unusually small, for only a while, after using Time Machine to restore a Lion system?

Once after using Time Machine in Lion Recovery OS to restore a system, I noticed that the attributes B-tree was unusually small. Initially I was worried (had Time Machine failed to backup some ...
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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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Backing up to an Airport Timecapsule over non-Airport WiFi

I recently upgraded some gear and I am no longer using my Airport as a wireless host. Instead, I now have another device acting as the primary server for DHCP, Router, and WiFi. The old Airport is ...
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Downgrading OS X from Yosemite to Mavericks

I stupidly downloaded the new OS X Yosemite 10.10 on my 2011 iMac that does all of my Pro Tools work and now some of the things I use aren't compatible yet. So I'm trying to figure out how to ...
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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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Time Machine not detecting changes in certain folders

I recently noticed that TM does not update its backup from certain folders any more. I have a deep sub folder inside ~/Documents, and when I create new folders or files in it, they do not appear in ...
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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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Can I backup using Time Machine and restore to another account?

I am planning to re-install the OSX when Mavericks release. I am also actually planning to change my username after re-installation. I need to backup my whole personal folder under username "a", but ...
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Clicking help on Time Machine “to improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you” message cancels it?

On a fairly new machine running 10.8.3 I'm getting the message: Time Machine completed a verification of your backups on “<disk>”. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new ...