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 permanently archive Time Machine backup?

I have an external hard drive where my Time Machine backups are located. My OS is El Capitan. I would like to permanently archive this entire TM backup and move it to another hard drive, and it would ...
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Wrong file group for various files and folders after restoring from Time Machine

After I change to an SSD and restored my computer form a Time Machine backup, all the files and folders in my users home folder have a wrong file group. They all have the file group set to 503, which ...
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migrating to 250GB SSD, need to dump local Photos

I just purchased a new iMac with 250GB Flash storage, and need to dump some media on my old desktop to make the Time Machine backup fit onto the new Flash drive. I have a 200GB iCloud plan, and all ...
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Access to MacBook Air backup files

I am trying to access some lost photos from a MacBook Air backup (I no longer have the computer). I am denied acess to pictures folder because I don't have permissions. How can I log in with password ...
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Changing from Virtual Hard Drive to Blank External Hard Disk [closed]

I have a blank hard disk (1 TB) that has more space than the virtual disk I am running OS X El Capitan on (89 GB). My OS is running on VMWare Player version 12, being used on Windows 10 single ...
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automatic ZFS Snapshot after successful TimeMachine Backup

My setting is the following, i backup my MacBook Pro via TimeMachine to a Netatalk Share on a FreeNAS to a ZFS Dataset. Because TimeMachine sparsebundles corrupt easily, when backing up over network, ...
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Time Machine Network Connected to USB Connected Hard Drive

I have a Seagate 2TB hard drive that I connected to my router and have been using for Time Machine backups for the past two years. Recently I have disconnected this hard drive and attached it ...
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AirPort Time Capsule Connection to Internet

I bought an AirPort Time Capsule to store my backups and read that it can also improve the speed of my Wi Fi; I have a mini Mac, a mini iPad2, an iPhone5 and until now I go in Internet with the Wi Fi ...
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How to remove external disk backup from Time Machine?

On my Time Machine, I have a backup of my external disk. I want to remove it. I don't have that disk anymore and don't need data. Apple support page basically says enter Time Machine and delete the ...
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Airport Extreme shared disk will not show on desktop

I have an airport extreme 802.11n (7.6.4), with a 3TB drive attached via USB and shared "With device password". I formatted the drive "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" attached directly via USB to my Mac, ...
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Restore home from Time Machine local snapshot

I was playing with a Makefile and because of a mistyped path ~/.... it created a ~ folder. Well, I had the brilliant idea to do: rm -rf ~ instead of rm -rf ./~. I have a snapshot on Time Machine ...
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How to get another user's data restored from Time Machine

Short question: I can my backup on my Time Capsule, but it includes only some user folders. They seem to match the name of the account under which I'm currently logged in. How do I access all user ...
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Seagate is not allowing me to make partition on MS-DOS (FAT) Or ExFAT!

I just bought an external hard drive (Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2 TB) for my Mac (Yosemite installed) for professional photography. I wanted to make partitions for both Mac and Windows, but it only ...
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How can I backup a VirtualBox VM with TimeMachine

I've read lots of different things about using TimeMachine with VirtualBox, but I haven't been able to find a very clear answer about what an acceptable configuration is. Some folks say "include up ...
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Restore Mac from Time Machine while in Safe Mode. Password protected, not seen

When I boot to safe mode and try to restore my Mac from Time Machine, OS X can't find my WD My Passport External Drive as it's password protected. Unless I unlock the drive, OS X won't be able to ...
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Infinite Time Machine Backup on Apple Time Capsule

I've got a (old "flat" version) 1TB Apple Time Capsule and I've configured my Macbook Pro (running El Capitan) to backup data on the Time Capsule, through Time Machine. From the top-right information ...
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How to pair data disks and Time Machine disks?

I want to setup my MacMini as a fileserver (similar to a NAS). I have 6 USB-HDD drives. My plan is: 3 drives - Data Disks 3 drives - Time Machine Backup How can I configure a 1:1 Time Machine ...
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Find Differences between Time Machine backups

I would like to list all the changes between 2 backups in Time Machines for a specific drive. Is there anyway to do it?
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Can I use Time Machine to restore MacBook Pro after replacing hard drive?

I am about to replace the hard drive in my MBP. What I would like to ask is once I have replaced the drive can I use Time Machine to restore it back to how it was? I have no other way to back it up. ...
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How can I set up two separate Time Capsules for two separate Macs who don't share?

There are two people living together. Each person has an iMac. They each want their own Time Capsule to back up to without sharing with each other. Can this be done? If so, how is this accomplished?...
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How can I ensure continuity of Time Machine history from Yosemite to El Capitan?

I know this is a notoriously difficult problem to solve on OS X, but I'll try again, circa El Capitan era. I have used the disk shown below as Time Machine disk with Yosemite. Yet when I select it ...
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Consequences of excluding applications from my Time Machine backups

After running Grand Perspective this week I've learned that a lot of the space in my Time Machine backups is actually consumed by application files. Xcode in particular is a troublemaker. The ...
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OS X Time Machine keeps getting disabled

For some reason my Time Machine keeps getting disabled in OS X. Every time I look at it, it's disabled. Why would this happen? It is an office Time Machine server I am backing up to and only when I am ...
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About This Mac > Storage shows 10GB Backups, but Time Machine is Disabled

I'm trying to figure out what's going on with my storage. About This Mac > Storage shows that there's ~11GB of Backups. Disk Utility seems to sort the same files as "Other". Googling tells me that ...
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How does the visible storage on a Time Machine disk work?

I've had a computer failure and had to replace my computer with a new one. I have a Time Machine backup that I want to use to restore a large number of files from, but I don't want to do a full system ...
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Are there tweaks in Time Machine or VirtualBox by Oracle to make Time Machine better handle small files within a .vdi?

Within a very important VirtualBox, which was at the time approximately 400 Gigabytes, Time Machine is not backing many files inside this machine, for even several months, despite them being changed ...
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Manually deleted Time Machine backup files to trashcan…undo?

I was trying to free up space on my TByte external drive connected to my iMac by dragging files (folders for each "day", directly under "iMac" hard drive in Finder) to my trashcan. I even provided ...
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Time machine always needs to restart

Time Machine says 100% of the time after a backup that verifcation failed and it needs to re-do the backup. I use a 4TB WD MyCloud and backup over wifi. The SAN itself is connected to the router ...
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How to remove my local Backupdb.backupsdb?

On my local harddrive on my MBP retina (2014, 10.11.3) there is a Backupdb.backupsdb folder: drwxr-xr-x+ 5 root wheel 170B 2 Jan 03:32 Backups.backupdb/ I thought that folder only exists on ...
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My Macbook storage is full even after deleting all my photos

So I only got my MacBook Air last year and I am travelling so am taking a lot o photos but I have a 1TB hard drive that I transfer the photos over to every now and then, my time machine also backs up ...
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List Time Machine backups of a file

If I have a file or directory path, how can I list all Time Machine backups of that path?
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Back up a network share with time capsule

I have a TimeCapsule with a 8TB drive in it. I have an iMac, a MacBook and a ubuntu server, that has the latest version of netatalk/avahi for AFP sharing. I want to store my Photos and Movies ...
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Booting iMac in Recovery partition takes forever

I'm trying to boot the recovery partition on my Mid 2010 iMac 27 to do a Time Machine recovery. OSX is installed correctly already and I can boot that quickly. However, when I try to boot the ...
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Force users to backup to second time machine destination?

Background Server: 10.10.5 Server version: 4.1 All users are created within Windows AD, the Mac server uses Directory utility to speak to the DC. We recently encountered issues with using a ...
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Exclude Time Machine backup from “Open With” menu

I have an external USB drive that I use for Time Machine backups. I've noticed that when I right-click on an item the Open With menu lists not only apps in my Applications folder, but also apps in the ...
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Time Machine disk is filling up to quickly

Every time Time Machine does a backup of my Yosemite working disk (140 GB), it adds about 20 GB to the size of the contents of my backup disk, and it fills up very quickly. This happens even during ...
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One Time Machine server on two different addresses

I have a netatalk based Time Machine server set up at home. Right now, it is accessible only from my local home network. It only allows me to do backup, when I am at home. Sometimes, I'd like to ...
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How do I force Spotlight to stop corrupting my external hard drive and destroying my time machine backups?

I am at my wits end with this horrible technology. I've been through this cycle over and and over again. I explicitly tell spotlight not to index my external hard drive. It ignores my wishes and ...
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Getting all versions of a file from a Time Machine backup

I have 2 terabytes worth of TM backups on my external hard drive and I need all versions of a specific folder (more specifically, all the files from that folder). Is it possible to extract all backups ...
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Hardening Time Machine Security

In face of the news that there is now a ransomware for mac in the wild I thought about the security of my time-machine backups. Permissions First, I had a look at the permissions of the files that ...
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backing up my backups…what to backup?

sorry about the facetious title... I am writing a script to backup my time machine backups in the event that my external HDD fails, and my HDD partition with the backups looks like this... My ...
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Time Machine shows different backup size

I used Time Machine for the first time and it said it was backing up 41 GB but my drive has 70 GB. Does that mean that it's not all backed up?
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hdiutil compact failed - internal error

I am trying to compact a TimeMachine sparsebundle (to reclaim space) using sudo hdiutil compact /Volumes/TimeMachine/MyMac.sparsebundle and the error message that I receive is: hdiutil: compact ...
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How can I delete Time Machine backups of a particular file when that file is locked?

I am trying to get rid of all backups of XCode.app in my Time Machine backup. When I enter Time Machine and select "Delete all Backups of XCode" in the context menu, it shows some deletion progress in ...
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Is there a way to list the largest files and folders in Time Machine backups?

I would like to clean up my backups since there are a lot of files which I don't need to access anymore (e.g. videos, podcasts and installation packages). The problem I am facing is however that I don'...
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Macbook acting weird

My 2015 Macbook pro 13" is acting weird, after restoring from a Time Machine backup my mac is running slow and I have a lot of bugs: The reaction time of the system is very slow, sometimes when I ...
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Why is Time Machine backing up to .sparsebundle file?

In the past, I had used only an external hard drive for my backups. It worked great, and it backed up to folders, in a way that I could go to individual files in the backup. I decided that since I was ...
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Recover Notes from TimeMachine

I have deleted an information in a note I need to recover. The note is purely local (not synched in the cloud or on any other device). I'm using Mac OS X El Capitan V10.11.3 and the Apple app "Notes" ...
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Back up to time capsule on public network

I would like to have wireless back ups of my computer to a time capsule that has been added to my school network. Because of school rules, the time capsule can only be connected to the network via ...
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Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you

since upgrading to El Capitan, every time my machine tries to make a backup to my Time Capsule, it prompts me with this message. Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve ...