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

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Time Machine Partition gone from external hard drive, can't repartition

I've got a 1TB external drive which used to have two partitions: One formatted in NTFS to share files between Mac and Windows, and one for Time Machine Backups. I haven't used it in quite some time. ...
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Is it possible to prevent specific backups from being deleted?

I develop on a Mac and want to use Time Machine to move between different versions of OSX so that I can use different versions of Xcode to support older iOS versions. The idea being that, in a few ...
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cannot turn off spotlight indexing on external drive

I know this question has been asked before, but the solutions suggested are not working for me. I just finished attaching a brand new external hard-drive and waiting for 14 hours for Time Machine to ...
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Use backup drive with Snow Leopard

I have two Macs, one is running Snow Leopard and can't be updated any further. The other is running El Capitan. I use FileVault on the latter and I also want to backup the latter to a 1TB external ...
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Cant recover from Time Machine Disk because [UPDATE NEEDED]

I have an external drive with a bunch of backups and I want to make a restore from that disk. I've always been able to restore by starting the computer while pressing the option key and selecting the ...
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Switching MBP from hard drive to SSD

I have a mid 2010 13" MBP that I am wanting to last me a couple more years. It was suggested I get a SSD to replace my hard drive, so I bought it but need to know some stuff before switching to it. ...
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Time Machine over the network fails and reports incorrect available space

I use Time Machine to backup my iMac to a MacBook Pro which is running OS X server. Both are running 10.11.1; the Server version is 5.0.15. Time Machine had been running fine using a 4TB USB drive ...
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iPhoto to Photos issue

I just took my computer into the Mac store and had it upgraded to El Capitan. I had iPhoto on my old version, I believe it was Lion. Before I took my computer in, I backed my computer up to a Seagate ...
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New drive + new OS, but will Time Machine restore old OS?

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro and it was running OS 10.7. I use Time Machine regularly. Just had the harddrive replaced with an SSD and OS 10.11. If I restore from Time Machine instead of Migration ...
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Backing up External Drive without Time Machine

I'm not too familiar with Time Machine. I cannot recall if Time Machine creates full version-controlled images, or just changes what's different since last time. I'm interested in the latter, I ...
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Keeping two computers completely synched

I have a 2011 iMac and am in the process of buying a new MacBook Pro. Assuming I have the same hard drive space, I could clone the iMac hard drive to the new MBP using Time Machine, but after that ...
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How does Time Machine backup the snapshots made by Parallels 11

When setting up a VM in Parallels 11 (and previous versions) one can enable "SmartGuard" and then further "Optimize for Time Machine" What's not clear is exactly what's happening "under the covers" ...
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How do I use time machine to access system files like /etc/hosts?

Time Machine makes it easy to recover older versions of your personal users files; How do you restore an older version of a system file (such as /etc/hosts) using Time Machine?
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Time Machine Icon on Desktop showing the yellow icon

My Time Machine in Finder shows the correct icon, however, on my Desktop, it shows the Yellow icon that is used for normal external hard drives. It only changes on the desktop to the time machine icon ...
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Time Machine not restoring properly, System Preferences not saving or malware?

Yesterday, I wiped the drive on my Macbook Pro and reinstalled OS X 10.11.1 using Internet Recovery on my home wifi network (a Netgear router that had just set up before I reinstalled with my sister's ...
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Full, encrypted, point-in-time Mac OS X (including data) backup and restore employing Drobo as backup-storage device?

Summary I want to restore any of the OS and data files my Mac OS X computers to any previous state I "save" (aka "backup"), so I can revert back to a known-working software state when a change causes ...
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Time machine: moving a source external disk to a new computer

I have two external 4TB disks, one for data and the other for TM backups. I recently moved from a MBP2010 (10.8.4) to a MBP2012 (10.10.5, fresh install). On the backup drive, TM adds a root folder ...
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rsync to duplicate/sync Time Machine backups?

I backup multiple Time Machine backups to an NAS. Now I want to sync these backups with an external backup (USB drive connect to a Mac). But I don't want to run multiple TM backups directly to ...
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Parallels Desktop 9 Time Machine HDS backup is old

I had a problem with a Window XP VM and restored from Time Machine. Much to my dismay the backup is from 8 months ago. I looked at the contents of the Time Machine and I have about 15 copies of the ...
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Importing new photos in Photos for OS X makes Time Machine copy the whole Photos library instead of just the added photos

I have an elderly but fully updated MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11. I have rebuilt my Photos library this summer to regain the space wasted by the iPhotos->Photos migration. It is around 22 GB. I ...
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How can I restore user accounts from a Time Machine backup to different volume?

I have a mid-2011 iMac, running El Capitan. Everything (OS, Applications, Home Folders, and data) was on a single volume, a 1.0TB HD which failed. In addition to replacing the HD with a new 1.0TB ...
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Time machine stuck in 'waiting' when trying to restore

I recently updated to El Capitan and now when I enter my Time Machine click on past backups, it just sits there stuck 'waiting' and no files are visible in the backup. Any ideas what to do to be able ...
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Drive does not stay mounted

I created an encrypted RAID 0 disk following Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume? on a WD My Passport Pro $ diskutil cs createLVG TimeMachineLVG disk5 Started CoreStorage operation ...
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How to exclude everything from TimeMachine backup except one folder

TimeMachine backs up all my mac and also if I have external hard drives will back them up too. My goal is to add some general exclusion list that basically stops it from backup my mac and ONLY want ...
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Access denied on TimeMachine after formatting OSX

I formatted a Mac and installed the latest OSX. This Mac was using Time Machine with an external hard drive. Now, I am unable to access folders on that disc that were created before the formatting. ...
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Time Machine offers to erase disk data (format), will it delete all my partitions?

So, I'm trying to perform my Macbook backup on my 3TB drive. This drive is currently has a GPT table with 4 partitions: BackupMain BackupKubuntu BackupWindows BackupMac Before BackupMain, there ...
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How can I eject my external Time Machine hard disk attached to a MacBook Pro?

I used the external hard disk with Time Machine for the first time. After that when I tried to eject the disk, I got a message saying that it can't be ejected because it is being used by some ...
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Corrupt Time Machine

I have an external disk partitioned in three /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: FDisk_partition_scheme *1.0 TB ...
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Time Machine says “Waiting” for any backup copy.

I run three backups on three different drives and I can't excess any of them after installation of El Capitan. What to do? Gert G.
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CloudKeyChainProxy eating CPU

I have the CloudKeyChainProxy process eating my cpu and I can't use keychain any more nor sync with iCloud, I have a backup in time machine, would suggest an action ? EtreCheck version: 2.6.3 (223) ...
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Using Apple Time Capsule as Backup only

I had Apple AirPort Time Capsule which also has a 2TB hard drive for backup. Now I have another router and modem and don't need the Apple one as my main router but still can benefit from its 2TB space ...
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Back up parts of my computer with 2 disks and TimeMachine

I saw a thread a bit similar. But it didn't quite answer my question: I need to separate the contents of my computer to 2 disks because there's too much data etc for one. (Well, I can get it all on ...
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Sparsebundle backups displayed as folders with cryptic name on network drive

I just updated from Yosemite to El Capitan. I have two backups, one being done with Time Machine and one with Carbon Copy Cloner. Both sparsebundles are stored on a NAS (Synology DS213). After the ...
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Any way to 'migrate' a Time Machine external for use with CCC?

I have an external which I'm using with Time Machine, and I'd like to 'migrate' it and start using just CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner). Is there a good way to essentially mv the contents of LatestTM to the ...
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Is removing network access to a shared Time Machine drive mid-backup similar to unplugging a physical drive?

I'm considering using FreeNAS to provide Time Machine network shares for Time Machine backups of 5-10 Macbooks. One thing I like about this approach is that users simply have to join the network ...
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Separate, personal time machine backup locations for every user on OSX Server?

I have a Yosemite Server running and I have about four different backup disks, each for a different user. However, no matter what I do with permissions (setting the user's backup disk to be read/write ...
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External Time Machine drive fails to mount or initialize

I have two Seagate 3TB External Thunderbolt drives attached to my 27 iMac - one I use as a regular storage disk and the other I use as a Time Machine Drive. I recently needed to do a clean ...
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Notifications stuck after Time Machine restore

After restoring my entire system from a Time Machine backup, there are two notifications stuck in notification centre. The "X" to remove them is missing and they return even after disabling and ...
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How to change Time Machine settings of a partly broken OS (e.g. by manipulating configuration files)

I have a broken Mac OS 10.6.8 here. Startup is normal, login works, but most programs can't be started Repair of OS with install disks fails Backup via Time Machine is working System Settings ...
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Airport Extreme 11ac w/USB HDD: Time Machine not recognizing old backups

Some time ago I bought the new 802.11ac Airport Extreme (like the one pictured here). I connected a USB hard drive to the Airport Extreme and used Airport Utility to enable file sharing. I chose the ...
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El Capitan upgrade issue

I've downloaded the OS X El Capitan Installer, but when I try to put it into action, the machine refuses access to my MacIntosh HD because it says Time Machine is using the drive for backups. How do ...
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El Capitan and old iPhoto backup

Migration from time machine back up. OS of old and new El Capitan) What will happen with all my photos in iPhoto of the back up? Will they be transferred with migration, or should I first install ...
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Can I re-fuse a Fusion Drive?

Prior to doing a TimeMachine recovery, I got confused and did some stuff in diskutil I probably shouldn't have. I deleted the cs and expected OSX to recreate it but it didn't, and now my HDD is ...
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Migration from Time Machine backup to new MacBook

My MacBook that backed up to Time Machine was stolen. El Capitan was installed. On the new MacBook I first had to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan. Then I started migration. It was nearly ...
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How to recover from Time Machine “error creating the backup folder”

Today TimeMachine crashed: it isn't making backups... when I try to start a newbackup, I get this error: Time Machine could not complete the backup "Drive Name". Could not complete the backup. There ...
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Time Machine backup not progressing

I'm experiencing issues running backup on an external encrypted USB 3.0 HDD. The backup starts and stop proceeding random. I'd tried to wait many hours without any progress. For example in these ...
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Password protected drive gives error when moving from a time machine partition

Goal: Move from time machine partition Problem: Password protection gives an error. Partitioned my wd elements 500 gb into two equal sized backups, elements1 and elements2. I perform time machine ...
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How to specify backups destination folder in TimeMachine

In TimeMachine settings I can choose only device where to store backups. But I don't want to see backups in the root directory of my external hdd. I have directories like: - Backups - Movies - ...
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Mounting Time Machine .sparsebundle fails

I have a Time Machine backup volume that is not mountable anymore. I tried to repair it with: fsck_hfs -drfy /dev/disk1s2 It showed the following error: ** Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume. ...
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Time Machine Encryption Specs

I'm looking for specs on Time Machine (TM) encryption. Does TM encrypt before transmitting over network? (i.e. 128-bit AES) What level of file encryption does it store the files as? (i.e. 128-bit ...