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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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Encrypt External Hard Drive for Mac and Linux

I have an external hard drive that I backup with Time Machine. I'm trying to determine the best way (or if it's even possible) to encrypt it so that Time Machine can still back it up and it can be ...
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Inherit Time Machine backup after changing source hard drives

I am using Time Machine to backup an external HDD (A) (2 TB) linked to my computer to an external 6 TB HDD drive. I now had to shift the data from HDD (A) to a new 3 TB one (B). Is there a way to ...
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Network Intermittency with Time Machine causes a 'Completed Verification' dialog

It appears that when disconnecting from a network while a TM backup is in progress results in the "Time Machine has completed a verification of your backups" message once the connection to the backup ...
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Clear large .MobileBackups files/folder?

Got some issues with temp files from Time Machine which is filling up my boot disk with over 400GB of files. MacBook Pro 10.7.5 I have tried the command sudo tmutil disablelocal, restarting the mac ...
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Time Machine says not enough space but there is plenty of space, please help!

I'm not sure what happened but I used to be able to backup to a drive shared with a networked mac mini using OSX server. Now all of a sudden it says there is not enough space. So I reformatted the ...
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System logs backup with Time Machine

It seems that Time Machine does not backup system.log in /private/var/log. Mac OS X 10.9.5/Six core Intel Xeon Can I force that file to be backed up?
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Internal (Apple SSD) hard drive problem

I'm having terrible issues with my Mac since I tried to restore the entire system from a Time Machine backup, which ended up showing a "an error occurred while adding a recovery system to the ...
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an error occurred while adding a recovery system to the destination disk

I have a late 2013 retina macbook pro that came up with OS X mavericks. I have tried to restore my macintosh hard drive from timemachine backup, I followed these steps: rebooted mac holding cmd+R, ...
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How can I safely clean up open files left by spotlight on my external hard drive?

Spotlight decided to index my external hard drive that I use for backups without asking my permission. This made it impossible for me to safely eject the external hard drive without potentially ...
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Timemachine Mac Mini with 2 Hard Drives

I have a mac mini server with 2 Hard Drives, one for the system and active files (Server HD) and one serving as an archive (Archive HD). Is it possible to use Time Machine to back up both disks and ...
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Computer doesn't recognize hard drive for Time Machine

Using Macbook Pro with Yosemite 10.11.3. For more than a year I have used a WD My Passport external hard drive (1 TB) for Time Machine. Beginning two weeks ago when I plug in to get a Time Machine ...
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How to restore backups manually from Time Machine?

I bought a new mac a few days ago. Before my new mac I had also an mac. I back upped everyday using TimeMachine. I did a clean install, so I can start blank. Now I want to restore some files back to ...
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tmutil associatedisk -a has no effect

I used this method often in the past and it always worked well. Now, however, tmutil will not re-associate my external disk. I copied the contents from drive A to drive B. Now I would like to continue ...
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Time Machine sparsebundle mounting problems

Problem I have a Time Machine backup which contains a lot of valuable information and I'm trying to access it. What's the problem? I'm trying to mount it and nothing1 happens. Nothing happens? So I ...
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Passport couldn't back up

I have had my passport for a couple of years and yesterday I got a message that it couldn't back up. (see below) Time Machine couldn’t complete the backup to “My Passport”. Unable to complete ...
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New SSD and how restore backup on it

iMac 2009 HDD failed so I installed a new SSD. I have a TM backup on an external drive, but now I can't figure out how to get the system up and running. I tried cmdR to bring up the recovery mode but ...
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Encrypted Hard Disk troubleshooting

I have problems to read an encypted hard disk. Unfortunatly I do not remember if I did encryted with Time machine or Disk Utitlity. I think I did it with the first one (Time Machine) as I used the ...
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Keep whole Time Machine backup plus incremental Photos backup on external HDD

I have a 320 GB HFS+ external HDD. My MacBook Air only has 128 GB of storage which is why I want Time Machine to back up my Photos to that external drive in order to be able to delete the Photos off ...
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Time Machine complains of changed identity of backup volume

I had to reboot my TimeCapsule, since it was non-responsive. After the reboot, everything seemed to work fine. Except for TimeMachine on my iMac. It complains about a changed identity of the backup ...
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Remove hidden iCloud folder from Time Machine backups

Problem: Inspecting my Time Machine backups using BackupLoupe, I found that a hidden folder in iCloud drive is taking up a lot of my backup space. I don't want to backup this specific hidden folder, ...
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Data recovery/overwritten files?

I was troubleshooting how to install boost and came across a thread on stackoverflow that seemed to be about vaguely the same thing. I ran the terminal commands written in the thread, and realized ...