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

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Display Time Machine Menu Bar Icon Only When Time Machine is Enabled

At my office, I've got an external hard drive I plug into any time I'm at my desk. It's used exclusively as my backup drive. I use the Control Plane application for separate contexts for home and ...
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Can I decrease the 20% of drive space that Time Machine won’t use for local snapshots?

The Apple support article “About Time Machine local snapshots” says that “if less than 20% of the total storage space on your startup drive is available, Time Machine removes local snapshots, starting ...
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Clean install Mac, restore backup without command line tools

So, I'm a developer with brew installed along with several other programs installed from source(openCV, boost etc.). I want to do a clean install of OSX(to get rid of some other issues as well), then ...
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Time Machine backup to run my MacBook on another

My MacBook is in the shop for repair. I have my Mom's MacBook, but the hard drive has failed. I'm wondering if I can use the time machine backup of my computer via USB to basically run my hard drive ...
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Unable to use G-Drive 4TB external drive for TimeMachine backups

I want to use my G-Drive 4TB external drive for my TimeMachine backups. I have a iMac 27" and a MacBook Pro, both are running OS X Yosemite. I have tried almost everything (I think...) but the drive ...
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Can I keep 1 specific backup on an external hard drive as it fills up and deletes older backups? [duplicate]

I've just moved 262GB of photos to a new external hard drive (1 TB), freeing up my MacBook Pro, 1 year old, which was dangerously low on space. I first backed them up on an existing external hard ...
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Wireless Time Machine Backup Without Time Capsule

Is there an alternative to Time Capsule to do a wireless time machine backup. My mom already has a router and doesn't want to replace it but I still want to make sure she has a backup. She never has ...
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Why is this AirPort+TimeCapsule disappearing from the network?

All was well for months, then suddenly Time Machine reported it hadn't backed up for 20 days because the disk was unavailable. When I cycle the power the Time Capsule is green in AirPort Utility, for ...
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Don't have Time Machine back up a file again if a Tag is added to it

If I have a large file, let's say a 1 GB ISO file, and I add a tag to it through the Finder, so that there's a blue circle next to the filename now, then Time Machine will consider that the file has ...
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Eject button in Finder does not work

Every now and then (it seems to me especially after TM backups, but that is about the only reason I plug them in), I am unable to eject and external hard drive by clicking the eject button in Finder ...
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Time Machine drive doesn't mount; exit code 8

My Time Machine backup disk is borked. Normally, I'd just reformat and re-run the backup, but that disk also has a folder of pictures separate from the Time Machine files that I need to recover. The ...
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Apple's `mtmfs` process is accessing the network. Should I be scared?

I understand that mtmfs is the Mobile Time Machine file system daemon. But why would it be accessing my network? In Activity Monitor, under the Network tab, it shows up as having sent 14MB and ...
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Time Machine fails to backup certain files

A few months back I did a clean install of Yosemite, followed by restoration of user files via Time Machine. Weeks later, I was horrified to find that several dozen files (seemingly random) were ...
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OS X Server Time Machine: remotely storing backups on Linux server

I have an iMac running 10.10 Server that I want to use to run a Time Machine backup service, and a Linux server where I want to actually store the backups. I've tried using NFS, since I thought it ...
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OS X 10.10.. . backup program does not recognize/read prior backups

The backup program does not recognize data I copied to a new 3T TimeCapsule disk. When I select the folder containing the data, the program tells me there are no prior backups, but there are over ...
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Impossible deactivate the disk

Some time ago I split the hard drive (500gb) in two partitions (250 each), now I have first successfully erased one partition but I still have the second one (Mac HD 2, which runs Mavericks) but I can ...
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How do I connect user account with Time Machine back up?

I have reinstalled my OS and copied my user account from a Time Machine backup using Migration Assistant. However, now when Time Machine starts a back up, it says that it is copying 200 GB, which is ...
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How to Recover a gone OSX (mavericks) on MacBookPro?

I shutdown my computer for some reasons with power button (cold shutdown). Unfortunately, my OS i.e.,mavericksis gone at the moment and I have no backup from the Data and settings of that Hard drive ...
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How to restore screwed Yosemite from time capsule?

In order to do a recovery with Time Machine i have to restart MBP and hold CMD+R while booting, then i have to choose OSX recovery, but then i have to attach usb hard drive to choose backup from it, ...
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Migration assistant plus TimeMachine clean, plus incremental

Is it possible to use the migration assistant to migrate Mac 10.10.3 from a mid 2012 MacBook Pro Retina 15" to a 2015 MacBook Pro Retina 15": Using a Time Machine backup (probably will take 24 hrs) ...
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time machine - replace backup disk

My backup drive (named seagate) kept getting the error- not enough space - although the size of the backup is the same as the HD. I am at 60% capacity on my HD. The error continued even though I ...
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Netatalk: It was successfully completed a full Time Machine backup?

I am use netatalk on my cent os server. I want to know whether successfully Time Machine finished creating backup or not. I need monitor this on the server-side because many people use my Time ...
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I screwed up manually deleting TimeMachine backup

My TimeMachine backups need to be deleted. I should have been wise and followed this advice, deleting the backups from within TimeMachine. Can't delete old TimeMachine backup I didn't do that. I ...
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Restore Photos library from Time Machine

Using my Mac Mini was like wading through treacle so I decided to perform a totally clean install, wipe it and start again. I made a Time Machine backup and let that run for a couple of days to make ...
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Can I backup a Time Capsule to a HDD drive connected to its USB port?

I have a 2TB Time Capsule and multiple external HDDs. I recently bought a 4TB external drive, now I'd like all my files, in all my HDDs to go to the 4TB drive that is connected through USB to the ...
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Running Time Mechine Backup from Recovery HD

My MacBook seems to be getting kernel panics when booting up. I've decided to create a backup, reinstall OS X, and restore from the backup. But I can't create a Time Machine backup because I unable to ...
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How to backup with Time Machine in Single User Mode?

Is there any way to enable Time Machine / tmutil and perform a backup from inside the Single User Mode? I have a Late '11 Radeongate-affected MBP that won't boot beyond the gray boot screen anymore, ...
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Change Time Machine backup Password

How can I change the Time Machine Backup Password? Over the Disk Utility it doesn't work. I get the error message "Das Passwort für „MacBook“ konnte nicht geändert werden. (Ungültiger „ioctl“ für das ...
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Transfer external hard drive Time Machine data to a replacement

My Western Digital external hard drive is full. How do I transfer data to its replacement? I want all the data to be saved to the new external hard drive so Time Machine will continue where it left ...
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NTFS support for Mac

I am long time windows user with who just started using Mac. All my external drives(1 & 2tb 2.5 portable drive ) are formatted in NTFS. But I found that my mac cannot read or write on that. So, ...
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My MacBook won't recognize my external hard drive (Passport - that I use to back up the Mac!)

I'm not techie at all. But I manage the basics. I've always backed up my MacBook (2009) on a Passport. I just plug it in while the Mac is connected to power source & click the icon & it ...
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How do other Macs in the network see my Freenas 9.3 backup drive attached to iMac via Ethernet?

I have a Time Machine back up setup on a Freenas 9.3 server. It works really slowly via WiFi attached to my broadband router. So, I attached it directly to my iMac via Ethernet instead - a full backup ...
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Time Machine fails to create an incremental backup

I use Time Machine to create incremental backups to an external USB hard drive. Backups used to complete properly, but now Time Machine wants to backup much more data. Instead of the couple of GB of ...
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Backing up data to an NTFS drive

I have a 2TB external hard drive that is about half full of various photos and other things that I use it to hold. Now, I'd like to backup my MacBook Air to it, as I have no more room on my computer. ...
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Reduce the backup from Linux configured TimeMachine

I have created Time Machine server on CentOS and forgotten to set size limit to backup. Now I want to set the limit to 700G but my backup already 800G. Can I reduce the backup without deleting it ...
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Error with Android usb. Working Macintosh HD not repairable. Alternatives to backup?

I have to say first, I have almost zero experience is the use of Terminal, an usually I'm very careful with what command I use. I have tryed to create a bootable Android x86 usb and it was a success, ...
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How to replace internal HDD with SSD in Mac Mini?

I'm a complete nube to Mac (bought Mac Mini 10/Apr/15). So far I have cloned OSX from Internal HDD to USB SSD which is to become my Boot Disk. The HDD is solely to hold a recovery partition, and Data ...
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Any way to access FileVault account after Time Machine restore on Yosemite?

I have an Early 2011 MackBook Pro, currently running Yosemite after many upgrades over the years. I had two user accounts, one of which, "account2", had FileVault encryption enabled. Both were backed ...
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How to use Time Machine backup when hard drive is broken?

I have a MacBook Pro which I use Time Machine to back up usually weekly. Its hard drive broke recently. I got an exactly same hard drive and installed it into the laptop. How do I restore the ...
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Will a Airport Utility archive action delete files on the target disk?

Will an Airport Utility archive action delete files on the target disk? I have an older Apple Time Capsule 2TB and I have a Laccie 6TB USB3.0 drive connected to it in "safe 3TB" configuration. In my ...
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Reformat a Partitioned Mac OS Extended External Disk?

One of my backup disks is full. How can I Erase & Reformat the drive? I use Yosemite OS. The External Hard Drive was formatted as Partitioned Mac OS Extended (case sensitive, Journaled, Encrypted ...
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Can I use Time Machine to dump Photos?

Can I use Time Machine to restore my machine to the iPhoto app without destroying the files that Photos has converted? I don't find Photos intuitive and I'm up against the clock on a project ...
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Restore Firefox & Thunderbird user data from Time Machine

I have a fresh installation to which I want to transfer my Firefox and Thunderbird user data. I have my Time Machine backup available from Other backup disk and could in principle restore the hidden ...
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Is it safe to delete my Time Machine sparse bundle? Can a fresh one be recreated?

Is it safe to delete my Time Machine sparse bundle file? Can a fresh time machine backup be recreated WITHOUT reformatting the drive or affecting any other files on my external Time Machine drive? My ...
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Automatically shrink existing Time Machine Backup to a fixed size

I googled for hours to find a solution for this issue, but I couldn't find an answer that fitted for my problem. My setup: I have an iMac with a ~1TB Hard Drive I'm backing it up via Time Machine ...
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Restore Mac from Time Machine Backup via Terminal

I ran into some major problem today when trying to delete old TM backups from an external drive. Now that I have a Time Capsule I wanted to clear the old backups from another external drive. At some ...
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Backup Disk 'doesn’t contain an EFI system partition'

I have a 750GB Western Digital external HDD which I use for Time Machine backups (MBP, OS 10.10.3). Today I had the need to boot to recovery, which I did from said backup. But I was unsuccessful in ...
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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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Apple Time Machine doesn't see my WD My Passport 2 TB using USB 3.0

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 on my Early 2008 24". Time Machine has been backing up to my WD external hard drives for years. I just purchased a new 2TB My Passport using USB 3.0. It's formatted in Mac ...
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What happens if I create a file while Time Machine is backing up?

Will the file be saved onto my backup drive? Is there a possibility that I might corrupt my backup?