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

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Airport Extreme: How to share a hard drive over the guest network?

I'm offering my Internet to somebody living in another apartment and used an Airport Express to extend my Airport Extreme signal. Since the Aiport Express only extends the "main" network, the other ...
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Console reports “sandboxd deny mach-lookup” … Should I modify system.sb?

I'm getting two errors in the console at the same time TimeMachine is running and taking FOREVER to make any progress. 1/4/13 9:41:38.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: sandboxd(5838) deny mach-lookup ...
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Backing up to an internal drive of another machine

I have a mac laptop that I want to back up to an internal drive on my Mac Pro. The drive I want to back up to is blank and not the OS drive. They are connected via ethernet, but I do not see the drive ...
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Time Capsule: “There was a problem connecting to the server”

I have a dream: The dream of using my MBP inside and outside my office, and having it backup to my 2TB Time Capsule when on its wireless network, or postpone backups when not on the Time Capsule's ...
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Time Machine: Can I back up different clients to different disks?

I've got a Mac Pro that I use as, among other things, a Time Machine server. This is currently backing up three machines, including itself. Can I install two disks into the server and have Time ...
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Couldn't Modify Partition Map using external disk

Seems the most common relationship to this error is using Windows on a separate partition. Here is my problem. I have a 1 TB external disk that was used half for Time Machine and half for general ...
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Tracing the source of “There was a problem connecting to the server” alerts

After upgrading from MacOS 10.6 to 10.8, I keep getting alerts on my MBP saying "There was a problem connecting to the server xyz". The thing is, there is no longer a machine called "xyz" on my ...
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Time machine error backup failed with error 11

I have a western digital 2TB hard disk (wd caviar green) connected through a unitek sata hdd docking station with my macbook air (10.8.2). When I try to backup with time machine, the backup fails ...
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Time Machine - can it share external drive with Windows backups?

I just got a 2TB external hard drive, and I want to use it to backup my 3 Windows computers and my MacBook Pro. If possible, I would like to create 4 subdirectories on the external drive - one ...
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Correct way to free up Time Machine space

I manage a Time Machine backup for a photographer. We had a 2TB drive for photos and a 2TB drive for the Time Machine backup of those photos. The Time Machine backup drive has run out of space and ...
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What would cause Time Machine to back up my entire Applications folder again?

I just noticed a great deal of activity with my backup disk, and found Time Machine copying some 30 GB+ of files. A routine (~100 MB) backup had just occurred an hour before, and I hadn't made any ...
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Will restoring from Time Machine carry over hard disk error?

The Disk Utility detects some hard disk errors(inode problem, size mismatch). I am going to upgrade to a new hard drive and use Time Machine to restore the system, but I am worried that these existing ...
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Restore OS X 10.6 Time Machine backup to OS X 10.8 iMac

I just got a new iMac and have tried to use Time Machine from Snow Leopard, but Mountain Lion does not see the older back up (it is on a USB drive). All of my music and photos are in my back up and my ...
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Install a smaller new disk from a big Time Machine backup

i have a MacBook Pro (2012) with a 500GB hard drive. I would like to install a 250GB SDD drive and i want to reinstall via Time Machine. The problem is obvious : my Time Capsule contains more than ...
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How can I restore my system, using Snow Leopard, after hard-drive replacement?

I had a nearly full 500GB drive in my MacBook Pro, running Snow Leopard. As the near-full capacity was becoming problematic, I bought two 1TB drives, went home, ran Time Machine on one of them, and ...
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Time Machine drive encryption going for 22 hours. Is it stalled?

I set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion by plugging in a newly formatted 500GB USB drive, selecting that from the Time Machine dialog, and checking the box to encrypt my backups. A window appeared that ...
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Can't find Excel 2011 Auto-recovered spreadsheet

Yesterday morning my colleagues Excel 2011 (on Mac OSX 10.8) crashed. He reopened Excel and was asked if he wanted to recover the previous document. Yes, he said and then got a document named ...
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Using Time Machine with Virtualization (Parallels, VirtualBox, VMWare, etc…)

Since a single small change to a VM file should (I think) cause the entire multi-gigabyte file to be backed up again, are there any ideas I can use to more effectively backup my machine? Assume that ...
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Where do Safari or Chrome store the flash media data

Where do Safari and Chrome store the flash media files? For example, I use Safari/Chrome to listen Pandora during work time, and all my work is done through ssh to other computers. However, in such ...
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Can I use the same Time Machine drive with OS X 10.5 and 10.8?

I have an external 500 GB hard drive that I used to use for Time Machine backups with my PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.5 (Leopard). However, I now use it with a white MacBook running 10.8 (Mountain ...
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Backup MBP to a network attached Disk Drive

Im kind of stuck with this... im following this link? I get these errors that are in the image. aka they timed out for some reason. im upto 5b, stackexchange wont let me put a image... image ...
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Mac OS X Server: automount encrypted drive before login

I have a 4TB Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) hard drive hanging off a Mac OS X Lion (soon to be Mountain Lion) Server that is dedicated to networked Time Machine backups. I'd like to be able ...
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Why does Time Machine estimate a 109GB backup size, but then need 235 GB?

I'm running Time Machine on a new NAS. Until today, I used to run it on an USB drive. I am reusing the old job using the new 10.8 feature that allows me to add new backup targets. When I configure ...
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How to open time machine progress bar window

I know that there is a window where time machine can display its current progress, along with an estimate about how long it will likely take till the current backup is complete. This window did ...
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Can I use a time machine volume to store additional data?

I have a large external hard drive that I am using as a time machine backup volume. Since I don't need all the storage space for backups, I'm considering storing additional data on the drive. Is there ...
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Requirements for backuping large OSx to some larger external storage? Some easy Apple way to do it? [closed]

My iTunes stores my OS X, iPhone and iPad settings. I got this kind of problem in OS X that stores the essential things such as settings and backups. According to this thread here, I need to format ...
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How effective is a Time Machine backup?

I'm having a problem with Office not installing correctly and not being able to update. I have one last resort which is Backing up and formatting my system. However I would like to know how effective ...
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How to restructure TM backup drive without losing backups?

I had some hard drive problems a little while ago, so installed a new drive system, and restored data from my Time Machine Backup. However, the mount point is very different from the one originally ...
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How to detect from a script that a TimeMachine backup is running? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a bash command to check to see if Time Machine has finished backing up? To run some syncs to remote servers to have their data included in TimeMachine backups I ...
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Is there anything to worry about with time machine on my macbook pro laptop?

I have a macbook pro laptop using mountain lion. I just setup time machine onto a WD My Passport and it worked fine (took about 2 hours over USB 3.0 for 333 GB of stuff). My question is, given its a ...
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Why does time machine backup take “3 days” over USB 3?

I have an external hard drive connected using USB3 to my macbook pro retina and I am running time machine for the first time. It is going very slow and estimate says "3 days". I don't understand why ...
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How to make Time Machine backups over network without OS X server?

At our institute, we have several Macs (from 10.6 to 10.8) but not one is running a server version. In the one running 10.8 there are 4.5 TB of hard-drives from which 2 x 2 TB are raided together ...
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Time Machine - Is it backing up system files, preferences, etc?

Problem My iMac is one which falls under a hard disk replacement program due to a possibly faulty disk made by Seagate in 2010. Because of that I will be soon sending it off to Apple for the disk to ...
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Time Machine thinks “Latest Backup” is same as current version even though its not?

I've noticed an interesting thing with Time Machine and how it compares the current version of a folder with the Latest Backup version. I have a folder with a single text file. For some reason, when I ...
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One text file is not being backed up by Time Machine

I have this strange problem where a single text file (Notes.txt, where I keep random notes) is, as of yesterday, not being backed up by Time Machine. It exists in the many backups that I have dating ...
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SSD lifetime, hibernation, and mobile TM

I've recently gotten a 2012 MacBook Air 13". It is wonderful, however, I've been stressing about the life of the SSD. I understand that Apple probably would not sell an SSD machine with defaults that ...
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Time machine freezes mac?

I had just installed new SSD on main bay and move HDD instead of SuperDrive on my 2011 MBP. All works perfectly but Time Machine. It freezes entire mac when I trying open Options on Time machine ...
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What to do when Time Machine backup is taking forever?

Yesterday I bought a 500Gb external USB drive for the sole purpose of backing up my laptop, which has 45Gb of data. After turning on Time Machine, it began the first backup, but after an hour or so ...
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My OS X Mac Mini server crashed - How can I restore it?

I have a 2011 Mac Mini Server. It is the unibody model that has two hard drives and no optical drive. I got this second hand so I don't have anything other than the machine itself. The way I ...
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Need to restore applications folder from an old time machine backup

I have a macbook air running OSX 10.7.5. I have had a problem with the App Store not connecting. Apple could not resolve it, so I have done a clean install. Now I wish to restore various folders from ...
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Where does a Fusion Drive store Time Machine local backups? Should I disable local backups?

Time Machine in OS X does store local backups (snapshots) on the local harddrive if you have Time Machine enabled. Even if you backup regularly, the size of the local backups increases steadily. In a ...
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Time Machine backup permissions set to 711 after a restore

Had to erase and restore my internal drive on my MacBook Pro. I selected restore from Time Machine my settings, User accounts, and Applications after doing a fresh install of 10.8. Now my Time Machine ...
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How to get rid of nuisance time machine popup dialog

Every hour the Time machine pops up a dialog window. It takes the focus off of what I am doing and is generally a nuisance. The external disk drive is connected via a thunderbolt cable. It is an ...
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Time Machine deleting backups from several months ago (but not the oldest)?

During its "Cleanup" phase, Time Machine has recently been deleting backups from several months ago—even though these aren't the oldest backups, and my backup drive isn't full. My backups go back to ...
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MobileBackups not being backed up

My .MobileBackups folder is 32GB. I've plugged in my Macbook Air to the power and have already forced time machine to backup. However, the folder is still 32GB even after restarting...Did Time Machine ...
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How to cleanup HDD after installing a new OS X version using TimeMachine?

A very nice feature of TimeMachine is the possibility to configure a new Mac automatically. Nevertheless, when you switch from OS 10.6 to OS 10.8 using TimeMachine during installation, there are a lot ...
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How can an iPhoto Library be shared between users in a way that facilitates backing up to Time Machine?

I'm aware that there has been a similar question that points towards Apple's own guidance on sharing iPhoto Libraries. Apple's solutions aren't compatible with Time Machine - it can't be used to back ...
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Is it easy to mount my Time Capsule after a clean install (without any restore) so that I can copy individual files from it?

People say it is possible but I am suspicious. I want to clean install and start fresh with nothing. Then I can access my Time Capsule that has my backup and copy any files I want. How easy or ...
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Apple Time Capsule will not start -up, light stays amber

I unplugged my Time Capsule today to tidy up the wires. After plugging back in it refuses to start. Have tried resetting by sticking pencil in the back Tried leaving, it's been stuck in Amber for 3 ...
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How do I erase an encrypted TimeMachine drive on Mountain Lion if I've forgotten the password?

My question is similar to this question. I have a USB drive that contains an old encrypted backup. I don't remember the password and don't care about loosing the backup - I just want to be able to use ...