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

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Automatically mount AFP for Time Machine (without saving a password in plaintext)

I have a Linux box running Netatalk that I use to store Time Machine backups. My machine running OS X sees this as an AFP service and Time Machine is happy with this arrangement. The only issue is ...
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Migration Assistant Failing

I'm trying to transfer my information from a mid-2012 Macbook Pro Retina running the latest version of Yosemite (10.10.3). The new machine is a 2015 Retina also running Yosemite. The first time ...
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Time Machine local backups still taking space?

I have followed the instructions on this page : http://jonathanadaley.com/post/81410190765/delete-local-snapshots-backups-osx The local snapshots were taking more than 50 GB of data, according to ...
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Does Time Machine reserve additional disk space?

I have a 1.25TB partition that I use for Time Machine backups. When I am in the system preferences for Time Machine on my Mac, it states there's 525GB of 1.25TB available. But when I browse to the ...
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Moving lots of data between a Linux server and a MacBook: what is the fastest way possible?

Time Machine restoring is getting on my nerves. Last time my Mac refused to boot it took me a few days to restore the image from my backup server to my Mac. Bear in mind that all related hardware is ...
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Applications Folder on Macintosh HD Shows Empty

Before attempting to migrate data from my Time Machine, I looked in to see if my Adobe applications and others were there to transfer. The folder is empty. Is this normal? Thanks.
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Externals listed in Time Machine options as excluded ARE being backed up

I just noticed that two external (Tbolt) drives are listed in the options (exclude) list of Time Machine's pref pane (10.10.4). But they ARE being backed up, and I WANT them to be backed up. So I'm ...
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Is there a way to automatically update a folder in external hard drive without deleting missing files?

I have a 250GB macbook air. I do a lot of photography, so my SSD gets filled up with photos really quickly. I've been using a 2TB external hard drive to archive the older photos that I no longer need ...
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Why does mdworker segfault when scanning files owned by root?

While investigating a disk with ever-dwindling free space and a CPU pegged at >100%, I eventually determined that the problem was mdworker repeatedly segfaulting, keeping syslogd and CrashReporter ...
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Initialize Time Machine backup without clicking the menu bar icon

Is there a way to start 'Backup now' without going to System Preferences, enabling Time Machine Menu bar and clicking it if I have the icon hidden? Clicking on the drive doesn't let me backup:
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I have reset my iPhone, now many contacts are lost, though I synced them through iCloud. Are they still in an old backup?

I reset my iPhone 4 because it was terribly slow after 3 years of continuous usage. Now it's much faster again, but many of my contacts are lost, although I used to sync them using iCloud and I had ...
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How would one restore iCloud Drive documents from a local backup?

Unfortunately, I had to suddenly replace a lost MacBook. It has about 200GB of documents (almost anything that matters) in iCloud Drive. Open new MacBook Full Time Machine restore via Migration ...
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Corrupt EFI Partition or Error b/c of Encryption? & Ghost Partition

I have a 2012 Mac Mini Server with two internal SSDs. Until recently, I had Mt. Lion installed on one of the SSDs, as my only boot drive, and used the other, rarely, for file storage. I created a ...
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Trying to restore Time Machine. Lost boot disk

I just bought a new Macbook Air after giving mine to my wife. Before gifting the old laptop I created a Time Machine backup. Now that I have my new MBAir, I went into Apple+R and chose to restore ...
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Access emails from Time Machine backups of old machine

Killed my old MacBook in November last year, and was able to access everything I needed for the new MacBook Pro using Time Machine, apart from emails. This Time Machine drive now has backups for the ...
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Convenient way of maintaining differential backup of a large file

I'm interested in maintaining differential backup of a file (~2GB). I have Time Machine set up to cover the whole system but in case of this particular file, I would like to have a convenient backup ...
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Restored from time machine, photos in one big pile

Our iMac (OS X Yosemite 10.10) got a new hard drive a few weeks ago, and I used Time Machine to restore from LACIE. Everything seems fine, except for the photos (I guess it's iPhoto '11, it says ...
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New all-out installation of an old computer with time machine from another computer

I understand that time machine sometimes makes troubles when recovering thing it took from one computer to another computer that’s why the following question arises: I have two Macs with the same ...
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How can I disable the “no backup in x days” from TimeMachine? [duplicate]

I'm running OS X Yosemite, and I want to disable the notifications from Time Machine. I rarely do a hard-drive backup because all of my essential files are in the cloud. I don't need to run ...
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How can I tell if my Time Machine backup is encrypted?

Is there a method to determine if a Time Machine backup disk is already encrypted?
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Move single user Time Machine backup drive to OS X Server

I have an external hard drive which is currently used as a Time Machine backup drive for a single machine. I'd like to move the drive to my Server machine and use it for network backups for all my ...
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Time Machine on Mac

Does the Time Machine program backup system plus data ? Will is restore the computer exactly to what is was including both system and data (ie. emails, photos, documents) ?
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how does Time Machine restore?

I imagine Time Machine is an incremental backup tool. So while restoring it probably: Restores to latest full backup applies incremental changes since than is this correct assumption?
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Why is Time Machine (in 10.10.4) waiting for Spotlight to finish indexing?

I upgraded to 10.10.4 (from 10.10.3) yesterday … I've noticed since then that the hourly backups to my Time Capsule (4th gen, 2 TB) seem to take forever to get started ("Preparing …"). I took a look ...
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Could a 'damaged' TimeMachine backup still be of any use?

I've got a Synology NAS here and a few months ago I sadly got the message, something like Time Machine backup is corrupt and therefor has to start a new backup. However, as my NAS is starting to ...
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Upgrading Mac HD to OWC SSD for a MBP i5 Mid 2012 9,2 . Is Time Machine enough?

The SSD is yet to be delivered but I have already created a bootable USB install of OS X (yosemite) and have done a time machine back up. The question that is haunting me is - Do I need the ...
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Time Machine on Time Capsule over the internet

I have a Time Capsule (the Apple hardware) at home that I use for Time Machine (the OSX software) backups. It's configured with my Apple ID and I am able to access the disk with the backups over the ...
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How do I solve the Error Code -36?

I deleted some photos from iPhotos and Photos libraries that I should not have. I want to restore these from my Time Machine back of a couple days ago. When I do this I keep getting the following ...
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How to change owner of Time Machine HD?

I have a Time Machine HD from my old Mac. It has a different owner. drwx------+ 9 admin staff 374 Jan 13 13:02 Desktop drwx------+ 11 admin staff 476 Jan 11 15:56 Documents ... ... I try ...
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Migration Assistant problem

Replacing a failing HD with an SSD in an early 2011 MBP 13". Made a Time Machine backup to an external USB HD with original disk, installed the SSD, installed OS X from the install DVD that came with ...
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Time Capsule shows up as (null) when used with OS X Server

So I have a Time Capsule here, and an OS X Server. I enabled the Time Capsule service, and added my Time Capsule as a backup destination. I can see the following showing up on a client machine in the ...
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Why is my empty sparsbundle so big (1,5 GB)?

I just followed the instructions here to create a encrypted sparseimage for Time Machine backups. The empty sparsebundle ended up being 1.4 GB (and after enabling encryption it grow to 1.6GB). Why is ...
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backup failed: problem connecting to server

My problem appears identical to that described here: airport utility shows green for time capsule and internet, but backup fails with "there was a problem connecting to the server NameOfServer". The ...
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time machine refuses to backup to time capsule

I'm trying to backup my hard drive to the time capsule, but it gives me the following error: Time Machine couldn’t complete the backup to “aaragon's Time Capsule”. The backup disk is not available. ...
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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 ...