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

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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 ...
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Will a Time Machine backup drive still be recognized as such if I add a USB hub between it and my Airport Extreme?

When I first set up my Time Machine backup, I did the initial backup by connecting the USB backup drive directly to my Mac. To my dismay, I discovered that I couldn't then unplug it and then move it ...
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How should I copy OS X server environment to another machine for update?

I have a server running Server.app (3.2.2) on Mac OS X 10.9.5. It hosts File Sharing, Mail, VPN, Websites, DHCP, DNS, and Open Directory etc. It also hosts phpBB3 bulletin boards. Because the OX ...
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Storing data on a external drive used for backup

Is it safe to store data on HDD which I selected to use as a backup device in time machine? Or should I add another partition for that? I do not know how does time machine behave when there is not ...
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Back up different folders to different drives

In Time Machine one can back up to several drives at the same time. It is also possible to control which folders are backed up and which are not. However, it seems to me that the same folders have to ...
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Make Time Machine-like backups of Photos onto external drive

I don't need to backup my whole disk but I want to backup my Photos once a month. From what I've read, Time Machine seems to work amazingly well so I was hoping for a similar solution for Photos. I ...
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Disk not ejected properly message since started to use El Capitan

I use an external LaCie hard disk as my Time Machine backup drive for MBP. But since I have upgraded to El Capitan, every time I opened the laptop, I'm getting greeted by at least two notifications: ...
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Can I access an OS X Yosemite Time Machine backup if I revert to OS X Mavericks?

I've had problems with Yosemite since I've installed it but I'm also wondering if it is even worth it to revert since I've done everything on Yosemite?
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How (in)vulnerable is OS X to encryption ransomware?

These days, malicious software seems to be infecting Windows computers, encrypting their data against their will, and asking for a Bitcoin ransom in exchange for the encryption key. In order for ...
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MacBook turned off during Time Machine initial back up - What do I do?

My external hard disk was partitioned to 3 partitions and one of which (300 GB) was set up with Time Machine. The initial back up started and was 3 hours through (around 65% of 211 GB complete). I ...
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How to rollback and override to a specific date within a Time Machine backup

my situation is kind of weird. I've totally crashed my system yesterday after installing bootcamp/windows 8.1 (bad partition format). Fortunately, I have a full backup Time Machine on a Drobo 5D ...
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User permissions problem after restoring from Time Machine to a new user Mac OS X El Capitan

My old MacBook Pro died so I did a restore from a Time Machine backup to an iMac. I did the restore to a new user so the info already in the iMac would not be lost. Everything went smoothly and I have ...
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MacBook Pro, iCloud Drive, Time Machine and Time Capsule 2

Can I use Time Machine and Time Capsule 2 to backup not only my MacBook Pro files, apps, etc. but also the files stored on my iCloud Drive for sharing with my other MacBook Pro and others?
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OS X prefers case insensitivity but TimeMachine seems to require case sensitivity?

As per What are the downsides to using Time Machine? the first item reads Time machine requires an Apple specific HFS+ filesystem to store backups. Which is a Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, ...
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disable Time Machine scripts

My 2013 iMac was recalled by the factory for some issue with the drive. The drive was changed and I started afresh - I thought. It turns out that I was running some schedule on Time Machine which ...
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Can there be two separate Time Machine Backups on the same external drive?

I'm interested in buying an external hard drive. I'd like to know whether if it's possible (and simple if so) to have two separate Time Machine Backups from two different MacBooks at the same time?
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OS X Server & Time Machine for Active Directory Users

In my setup, we have an OS X server, where the machine is bound to our Active Directory domain. I am able to log onto the machine using AD users/credentials locally, with no problems. However, when ...