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

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Reset different computer's Time Machine backups to certain time

I have two Macs on Yosemite, and one got a malware/adware bug that will not go away. I am going to do a fresh install, and would like to use Time Machine to restore to the point before the malware was ...
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What folders does the “all my files” finder view pull from?

A relative of mine managed to delete all of the files under "All my files." I am restoring from a recent time machine backup, but am trying to figure out which folders need to be restored. So far I ...
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Cannot mount encrypted Time Machine

I've an encrypted Time Machine with the password saved on the keychain. Now, trying to plug in, it ask me the password and it's always wrong. I've checked hundreds of times and it also allowed me to ...
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trying to restore contacts in yosemite with time machine

ok -- so my wife lost her contacts on her macbook pro (and icloud as well), but we use time machine -- i was trying to look around for help in how to restore ALL her contacts using time machine -- is ...
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Time Machine: Local Snapshots and Backup while on Battery

I like the idea of local Snapshots for having the possibility to restore accidentally deleted or changed files. My question is, when unchecking "Backup while on Battery Power" is Time Machine still ...
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Hide backup drive from guest user

I have a backup drive connected to my mac mini, which I just upgraded to yosemite. I created a guest account, and unfortunately, the guest can browse the backup drive. Is there an easy way to prevent ...
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How to configure different Time Machines to backup different drives?

I have a Mac with an external drive for medias and project files (say, it's volume 'Medias'). I want to backup my computer (volume 'MacOSX') with one external drive (volume 'TimeMachine1') using Time ...
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Can you help me reformat my disk in recovery mode? Seriously botched Yosemite/FileVault installation

I have a mid-2011 macbook air. When I start up my computer, it automatically goes to recovery mode. I have a backup of my data, so I don't care what I have to do to get OS X working again. Disk ...
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Time Machine cannot locate external disk

I have an iMac11,2 running MacOS 10.8.5. Time Machine (TM) has made backup on a LaCie 320GB Firewire400 HDD for almost 2 years now. It stopped working 2 weeks ago, stuck on 'looking for drive'. My HDD ...
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Major difficulty restoring Time Machine backups/accessing .sparsebundle on newer Mac Mini

Alright so here's my issue. I've searched the web for quite some time and hopefully I can find some better info here. I used to have a Time Machine that was set to backup an older Macbook Pro. The ...
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Can I Time Machine An External Hard Drive?

I have an external hard drive that I have time machined before but its not current. However, my old iMac has broken down but the hard disk is still ok. So I took out the old hard disk & start up ...
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Time machine restore says files are ready to use but files are nowhere to be found

My brand new MacBook pro just died on me so I'm trying to revive my old one to retrieve my time machine backup and keep working. The trouble is that my new laptop has a 1TB hard drive and the old one ...
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How to copy old Hard drive to new SSD [duplicate]

I have a 2013 Macbook pro with SSD 256gb. I'm would like to upgrade the SSD to 512gb.So I want to copy all its contest on the 256gb to the new 512gb. What is better way for this? additionally, MAC OS ...
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Can anyone access Time Machine backups from a stolen HDD?

My external drive with all my Time Machine backups has been stolen. Can anyone access this data or will they need my Apple ID and/or password?
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Time Machine Backup not working on Yosemite

Time Machine backups worked perfectly on Snow Leopard until I installed Maverick then Yosemite. Fails through "lack of space" on clean 500GB backup disc with only 300GB on HD. Seems to be trying to ...
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What is the proper way to save Application Information Before Reformatting My macbook?

My mid-2009 17" Macbook running Mavericks is running really slow and constantly freezes. I went to Disk Utility and ran "Repair Disk," but after about 3 minutes it said: "Disk utility can't repair ...
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How can I use time machine to backup to a local sparse bundle?

I want to use time machine to have something like a "system version control" as these only requires incremental backups I would like to save them locally to a sparse bundle. How do I set time machine ...
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Black screen when open Time Machine on Yosemite

I use a 13 Macbook with a thunderbolt display on Yosemite. Since the installation of last osx version, if I try to open Time Machine I can only see a completely black screen on laptop screen. The ...
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No option to restore system

I recently setup my Time Machine so I can easily restore my system if I break it. Problem is that when I start the installer from my USB-drive the option "Restore from a Time Machine Backup" is not ...
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Time Machine seems to think my MacBook Pro is a new backup after Yosemite upgrade

I've been regularly backing up my 2011 MacBook Pro using Time Machine with two separate external drives (1Tb at work, 2Tb at home) while running Mavericks. Today I upgraded to Yosemite, and Time ...
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External HDD works connected to Airport Extreme but not recognised on MBP

I've a strange problem I can't seem to figure out. I have a 1TB external USB HDD connected to an Airport Extreme base station that is used as a time machine backup and general external HDD. Works ...
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Time Machine Restore Button Greyed Out For External Hard Drive

I guess I will give the short long story to whats going on. I recently brought my computer (Mid 2010 Macbook pro) in to the apple store cause its been crashing for some time. The first time around ...
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My SSD Drive has been converted to a Core Storage drive and cannot be erased/reformatted?

I put an SSD drive into my macbook pro. I should say that this drive hadn't been formatted and was a bootable drive with Yosemite OS on it, taken from another macbook pro... I booted the system up in ...
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Cannot locate 173 GB backups on hard drive

About my Mac Storage states that I have used 173 GB of my hard drive in backups. Where are these? My iPhoto library disappeared, and I have been unable to restore through Time Machine because it ...
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How to let Time Machine automatically delete older backup files to free up disk space?

How to let Time Machine automatically delete older backup files to free up disk space? It does not seem to automatically do it as it starts a backup and failed at the middle complaining not enough ...
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Downgrading OS X from Yosemite to Mavericks

I stupidly downloaded the new OS X Yosemite 10.10 on my 2011 iMac that does all of my Pro Tools work and now some of the things I use aren't compatible yet. So I'm trying to figure out how to ...
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Attempting to revert to Mac OS X Mavericks, now can't get out of OS X Utilities!

Here is my situation: I have an MBP Retina 2013 with an SSD drive which I ran with Mavericks with no problems for about almost a year now. I recently upgraded to Yosemite which seemed to work well ...
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Unable to do Time Machine backups from MacBook Pro on Mavericks

I purchased a MacBook Pro Retina on March 2014 to replace my old MacBook. Both were running Mavericks, but I decided to clone the disk into a partition on the new MacBook Pro and keep the ready ...
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SD memory for Time Machine?

I am running a MacMini 2013 that has Mac OS X 10.9.3 installed and I want to use SD memory cards with Time Machine. Can I use the SD flash memory for a backup drive? What is the maximum size ...
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OS X Yosemite install error / Harddrive is used for backups?

I'm trying to install Yosemite onto a 15" Macbook Pro / Late 2008 model with OS X Mountain Lion on it. I've checked Apples site and it says I can install Yosemite on this machine with these specs. ...
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Time machine backups on a USB HDD show as “Other”

As the screenshot shows the TM backups are listed as "Other" in the storage overview. The actual backups are shown taking measly 131 MB. The disk is used exclusively for backups and has no other data ...
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Cannot restore located file from TimeMachine

I'm trying to restore a handful of photos from my TimeMachine on Mavericks. Here's what I've been doing: Connect back up drive Go to Finder, search for file name "S0077"... (which has been deleted, ...
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How to downgrade to Maverics with Time Machine

I've just "upgraded" to Yosemite, but I really hate the design and I want to go back to Maverics. I have a copy of my MBA in Time Machine (made before upgrade). My question is - how to downgrade and ...
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Time Machine turns of automatically with sleep

Whenever my MacBook (with OS X 10.9.5) wakes from sleep i.e. when I open the lid I notice that "automatic backups" is turned off. I switch it on again but that setting just won't stick... Why could ...
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OS X Yosemite & Time Machine: identity of the backup disk has changed

From time to time (I did not yet figure out a systematic way to reproduce the error) I get an error message when a new Time Machine backup begins: it says that the identity of my Time Machine backup ...
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Difference between back-up computer vs. complete copy of everything?

What is meant by backing up computer vs. creating a copy of entire hard-drive? Are the meanings the same? How to create entire bootable copy of my computer using time machine? I have a time capsule. ...
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How can I restore the Time Machine exclusion list from a Time Machine backup?

I reinstalled Yosemite clean, reformatting the disk before. I want to recover the Time Machine settings, specially the exclusion list, from the time machine backup of Maverics. Any idea how to do ...
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After upgrade to Yosemite Time Machine says “Disk Full” even if there's 350GB free space

I upgraded to Yosemite yesterday, and just now I got a Time Machine alert Disk is Full although there are 350+ GB on the backup disk according to Finder. It said it had deleted an old backup ...
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Restoring a Time Machine backup on Yosemite's clean install

If I want to perform a clean install of OS X Yosemite, can I restore my Mac with a Mavericks Time Machine backup after the Yosemite installer finishes?
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Time Machine exclusions I can't remove

I have a problem in that any sparsebundle I create in my home folder tree is not getting backed up to time machine. It is like an 'exclude by path' but I can't remove it or see where it is defined ...
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Time Machine stars background image back

I want the space and stars image of Time Machine back in Yosemite. Anyone figured out how to do this please? Why? I think it is such a great metaphor.
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Why is Time Machine only using 20% of its partition allocation

rMBP Late '13, running Mavericks, 128GB SSD. I have a 1TB drive, partitioned equally via Disk Utility to two drives. One is used by Time Machine, the other by Copy Carbon Cloner. I think my concern ...
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Time Machine stopped working after upgrading to Yosemite

I have upgraded my Mountain Lion system to the latest Yosemite release in the App Store. When I click the Back Up Now link in the Time Machine menu it says it's preparing the backup but it never ...
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Am I able to retrieve document from time machine after a clean install and setup new account with same username?

I used time machine previously and I have done a clean install to get back some space on my mac. At setup process I skipped to use time machine I just wanted to get my machine up and running and set ...
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Frequently get “The backup disk image “/Volumes/TimeMachine/MyMBPro.sparsebundle” is already in use” message

I have been plagued with this problem for well over a year, and am hoping someone can shed some light on what is going on. My setup is that I have a Macbook Pro that I use with a monitor while I'm ...
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How do yo use time mashine when needs clean up system [closed]

I have set up time mashine for one HD drive to backup Mac and there is two other HD drive to backup only important documents, songs, projects etc. Data are mirrored on the two HD drives. Usually the ...
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Does time machine use internet

I'm not very computer savvy. I recently got my MacBook back after getting a new hard drive. I've now just starting using time machine to back up everything. I live in rural texas and I only have 10gb ...
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rm -rf /* recovery - restoring deleted files from unknown folders

I accidentally typed $ rm -rf /* (backslash was NOT intended). Fortunately it was without sudo and I aborted it quickly. Nonetheless, it removed a number of files. Most of things seems to work (it ...
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Which backups does Time Machine keep or delete?

I know Time Machine promises to keep one backup per hour for the past 24 hours, a daily backup for the past month and a backup per week beyond that. What I’m wondering is: if you’ve connected an ...
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Run script before every Time Machine backup?

I would like to be able to run a bash script just before Time Machine runs, every time This script generates some content to be written on a file which needs to be backed up by TM. I have looked ...