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

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How to restore time machine backup to a new machine running a different version of the Mac OS?

The hard disk in my wife's iMac, which was running Leopard, just died. She has an up to date Time Machine backup. I want to restore the backup to her new MacBook Pro, which is running Lion. I ...
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Are TimeMachine backups password protected?

If someone was to steal my external hard drive would they need to input my password to be able to read the TimeMachine backup data on there?
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Time Capsule and multiple Macs

Does the Time Capule support Time Machine backups from multiple macs out of the box?
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With File Vault ON are time machine backups encrypted?

I have been using time machine to back up to a wireless external drive since I got my mac. Today I used filevault to encrypt my hard drive. Will this affect how Time Machine backs up my files? Will ...
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Does Apple provide disk space that I can back my hard drive up to?

As I understand, with Time Machine I need to provide a drive to back data on to. Is there also an option to use a server managed by Apple to back up on to? Either using Time Machine or another ...
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Will Time Machine backup portions of my file system that come from mounted drives?

I have used the mount command to mount non-primary drive storage in to my the file system on my primary hard drive. So the path /remote-mounts/some-directory actually places me on a USB-attached drive ...
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Making Time Machine Backups while Mac is in Sleep Mode

I'd like my Mac to be able to save a Time Machine backup even when I have it in sleep mode. Is there a way I can have my Mac wake up at a certain time automatically in order for Time Machine to run?
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Does the D-Link DIR-857 support streaming Time Machine backups from multiple machines?

I'm looking to replace my aging DIR-655 and the new DIR-857 looks appealing. This C-Net review has this to say about the USB port on the device: SharePort is a useful feature of D-Link ...
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Can I encrypt data on an external hard drive without reformatting it first?

I back up to an external NAS drive with 2 partitions, one using time machine and the other superduper to make a bootable copy of my mac. I would like to encrypt the data on there but from what I've ...
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How can I install OS X Lion on a new HDD?

I need OS X Lion on a new HDD that I am preparing to install in a MacBook. Since I don't have an existing disk to boot up and Apple isn't selling flash drives with it (or are they?), how do I use it ...
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How do you access the content of the iPhoto bundle from Time Machine?

I would like to access the files of the iPhoto library bundle to retrieve just some of the files to help solving this question about corrupted iPhoto db files properly. In time machine mode there is ...
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Restoring one system file from Time Machine backup

I have this file that I want to restore, that is a system file, normally stored on /tmp. If I open Finder, and select GO > GO TO FOLDER I type /tmp on the window and it opens /private/tmp (???? why ...
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restore from time machine without a mac

I want to restore a couple files from a time machine chronicle of backups, but I don't have the mac to restore them to. How do I search for files within just using the folder structure
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fseventsd is at 100%CPU when time machine on external hard drive is connected

When I connect an external hard drive with storage space and also time machine on it, in activity monitor it shows a process call fseventsd taking up 100% CPU and it slows down my computer to a halt ...
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How would enabling FileVault alter my system and TM performance?

What are the pros and cons, performance-wise, of enabling and using FileVault? Is there any at all, or does it slow a computer down significantly or on the contrary speed it up? Also, what effect will ...
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How do I stop my Mac from attempting Time Machine Backups?

I have a 2005 PowerBook running 10.5.8 that, in its previous life, was my personal, full time machine that I used all the way through graduate school. It has been relegated to very light duty in the ...
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Does restoring from Time Machine also restore installed applications?

I am planning to upgrade my late 2009 MacBook Pro (running Snow Leopard) by replacing the 250GB hard drive with a new 1TB drive. I have been maintaining Time Machine backups. I plan to install the ...
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Disable Time Machine hourly backups

Can the hourly backups by Time Machine be stopped? I'm on Lion and if it matters, each hour it tries to backup about 30GB (I don't know where this 30GB comes from, as today I've only modified a few ...
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How to force a Time Machine deep traversal?

After a few kernel panics and an accidental hot-unplugging of my Firewire Time Machine drive, I'd like to make sure that my Time Machine exactly matches my Macintosh HD, much like rsync -a. Is there ...
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Time Machine Drive Failure

So, I started up my computer a couple days ago, and OS X reported that my Time Machine Drive had some damage and that I could view files, but not copy anything to the drive. After verifying with disk ...
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Cloud Backup Options for HD Attached to Time Capsule

I connected an external HD to my Time Capsule and I've relocated my iPhoto and iTunes libraries to this HD. Time Machine is only backing up my computer's HD and I'd like an offsite backup of the ...
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An undefined volume appears out of nowhere?

Today, I noticed another mounted volume on my computer: This volume is the size of my whole hard disk. I can only see it in the iStat widget. I cannot see it in Finder or the Terminal. $diskutil ...
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Time Machine and the dreaded negative sign

I am about to modify the file ownerships in my Time Machine disk, which uses ACLs. Since it is my (only) backup disk, I thought I'd solicit comments on the script before I run it. The objective is to ...
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Failing hard drive – Will it affect the integrity of my data?

I have a failing hard drive on my current MacBook Pro (it is having a symptom that I previously had on a failing hard drive on a MacBook – clicking drive noises). I'm backing up my hard drive quite ...
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Migration Assistant and USB Time Machine disk

Mavericks Update Sadly this issue remains unresolved in Mavericks. End Update When I run Migration Assistant (from an admin account) in Lion, M.A. hangs at the message "Looking for Other ...
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Mounting a disk as though it were an external disk

Here's the setup: We have a corporate Time Capsule (or series of them, rather) with encrypted backups in the server closet. My Mac currently backs up to that. I've just completed encrypting an ...
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How to restore from a Time Machine backup when there is already a user account set up?

I can't figure out how to access my Time Machine backups since Apple replaced a defective hard drive. Some Background: My setup: iMac 24" (Early 2009), 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo, OS X 10.7.3. I have been ...
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Two Time Capsules in one network, Macbook connects to the slower one when backing up

I have two time capsules. They are connected via an ethernet cable and are part of the same wifi network. My devices connect to the one which has the better signal. The problem is that my Macbook Pro ...
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Does loading a bootcamp partition in VMWare fusion affect Time Machine?

Recently I upgraded the RAM on my MacBook Pro and did a fresh install of Windows 7 using BootCamp. I partitioned 200MB out of my 500MB drive to be for Windows 7. I then had VMWare Fusion setup the ...
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Restoring Lion/iCloud iCal from Time Machine

Well I managed to delete my calendar, which was being synched via iCloud with my Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Can I repopulate my iCal calendar from a Time Machine backup? ~/Library/ contains a folder ...
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Can you repair a Leopard sparsebundle in Lion?

I have a MacBook that runs Leopard and uses Time Machine to backup to a linux based server. For a long time this setup has worked perfectly, but apparently it stopped working over a week ago. It ...
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How to force include files in Time Machine

I'd like to force-include some files in Time Machine. Specifically I want to force-include "iPod Photo Cache" and "Thumbnails" in my Aperture Library. I have checked this file: ...
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Can Time Machine back up to an external HD connected to another Mac?

Is it possible to use Time Machine to back up to an external hard drive connected to a Mac on same wifi network?
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How to restore Airport settings?

I've just reverted from Lion to Snow Leopard while maintaining a time machine backup of Lion. In Lion I used to 'remember' many wireless networks, and also have configuration for connecting from my ...
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Deleting undated files from Time Machine

I just bought a new MacBook Pro with Lion. I restored my files and apps from the MacBook with Snow Leopard, etc., from Time Machine. All seemed to have uploaded correctly, but after using several ...
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How to set up encrypted Time Machine backups to a remote drive?

I have an external drive which I used to do encrypted TM backups to, via a direct USB connection (i.e. the entire drive became encrypted - Lion). I would like to switch to wireless backups but ...
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Does Time Machine Copy Renamed Files?

Okay - so I have a relatively simple question but can't find a clear answer. Say for instance I have a large video file in FolderA named something.avi. Time Machine then makes a pass and backs this ...
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Move an old Time Machine folder (NOT volume!) to a different disk

I have an old Time Machine backup that I moved from its volume to a folder on a different disk. Now I want to move it to yet another volume. The problem is that the volume where the backup folder is ...
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Leopard Backup downgrades Snow Leopard installation upon recovery

I did a Time Machine backup on my Macbook running OS X 10.5.8. Then I installed Snow Leopard and tried to restore all apps, files etc. using Time Machine but it restored the system back to 10.5.8. ...
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How can I automount a shared network drive for Time Machine backups?

At home, my primary computer is an iMac with an external USB hard drive. The external drive is shared so that other computers can use it for Time Machine. I have a MacBook Air that I take to work ...
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Is it okay to install OS X on an external drive, and then install that drive as an internal drive?

My internal drive is suffering hardware failure, so I bought OS X Snow Leopard (to upgrade my iMac from Leopard), a new drive, and a cheap external USB 2.0 enclosure. My plan is to install a clean ...
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Can I use a ZFS ZEVO-managed USB hard disk for Time Machine backups and does it offer de-deduplication?

ZEVO support for Time Machine Can I use a ZEVO-managed USB hard disk for Time Machine backups? ZFS dedup Will ZEVO and Time Machine give me de-duplication (which is sorely missing from Time ...
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How can I manually delete old backups to free space for Time Machine?

I use a Time Capsule for backup and now I want the drive to back up data from an extra Mac. But the drive is filled up with old backups from Mac 1. There simply is not enough space available for the ...
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Time Machine forgets old backups?

I use a 2 TB drive for Time Machine and have used the disk for about a year or two. Today I wanted to check on an old file (an old version of MonoDevelop) and found out that my oldest backup is from ...
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How do I access the user Library from a Time Machine backup? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you access the user library on a time machine backup I need to access my library folder in a time machine backup that is from a different mac. How can I do this? ...
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Can a Netgear ReadyNAS be used as a Time Machine Backup Destination?

We have a NAS (a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+) in our office with tons of free space that we'd like to connect to our Mac Mini Server, mount as a disk and then use as a Time Machine Backup Destination. This ...
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Warn if a Time Machine backup is still in progress before shutting down or sleeping a Mac

Before I shut down or sleep my Mac, I want to be warned if a Time Machine backup is still in progress. Is there such a thing? Or at least something that makes it very obvious that a backup is in ...
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TimeMachine fails about once a month on Western Digital NAS

Using Time Machine (Lion 10.7.3) [ EDIT: or 10.7.2 see my comment below ] with an Airport Extreme and Western Digital MyBookLive NAS seems to work well but then fails about once a month with the ...
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File Sharing hangs Time Machine on Snow Leopard Server

I administer a Mac mini server for a small school. It's running Snow Leopard Server with all the latest updates installed. I'm backing it up via Time Machine and periodic SuperDuper clones. Time ...
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Any side-effects when sharing a Time Machine backup disk between Lion and Snow Leopard?

Is there anything to consider if I want to share a Time Machine backup drive between a Lion machine and a Snow Leopard machine (a USB drive that I would be rotating between the two computers)? ...