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

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When Time Machine says it's 'Verifying Backup…' what is it actually doing?

I have a third-party NAS drive (Western Digital MyBook World II) which I used for time machine backups in Snow Leopard. I've upgraded to Lion and the first backup has spent over an hour 'Verifying ...
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How can I back up 2 internal drives to a single Time capsule?

I recently reinstalled Lion on an SSD and have all my media on the original HDD on my MBP. I was hoping Time Machine would recognize my existing backups in Time Capsule but it wants to start a new ...
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What are the downsides to using time machine?

I hear a lot about the good aspects of using Time Machine, particularly the fact that it's so easy to use that people actually do backups! What are the downsides to using Time Machine compared to ...
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How can I use tmutil to figure out which files just got deleted?

I'm on Lion and until ten minutes ago I didn't know that the nifty new tmutil existed. But now I'm a little uncertain with all its options and sub-commands which to use to try and figure out what went ...
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External drive for Time Machine and sharing files cross platform

I have read through this question and the associated apple kb article. I know that I can use an existing external hard drive and time machine can backup to it without affecting the other files. ...
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How can I relocate an iTunes library from a Time Machine backup?

I have used Setup Assistant from my last Time Capsule backup on my old iMac to start my new iMac. The new iMac has a 256 GB SSD and a 2 TB HDD. The old iMac had a nearly full 1 TB HDD. This means ...
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Why is “Verify Backups” in the Time Machine icon menu disabled?

I learned in Upgraded to Lion: Time Machine spends a LOT of time indexing backup that if I hold down the option key and click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, the "Back Up Now" menu item changes ...
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Why won't disk utility let me remove a partition from my external hard drive?

I have an external 1.5 TB hard drive split evenly with a partition for backup and a partition that was used for Time Machine on my previous computer (OS X Lion). Now I'm using this hard drive with a ...
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Does Time Machine make a backup of Windows if using Boot Camp?

I'm using Windows 7 on my Mac. On the Lion OS I installed Time Machine to keep a backup of my Laptop. Does this backup also cover the Windows partition?
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How does Time Machine handle an external drive shared between two Macs?

I have a new MacBook Air (13" with 128Gb SSD) and my wife has an old MacBook (120Gb HDD) and we're planning to both use the same 1Tb external HDD to store our iTunes and iPhoto libraries and the same ...
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Can't delete old Time Machine backups

I changed hard drives for my Time Machine backup. I can't delete the backups on the older hard drive. I get an error code after I use "Move to Trash": -8072. It spends 45min deleting some 1,000,000+ ...
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Why is mds using so much Real Memory?

I notice that mds is almost always on top for use of Real Memory. I wouldn't mind if this wouldn't be also the case when Free Memory runs out. Usually mds uses over 600MB on a system with 4GB (I ...
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Time Capsule and multiple backup drives

Right now we have a single iMac in the house and I have two external hard drives. One is connected to the iMac and used for TimeMachine backups. The other is a few miles away (thanks Mom!) to act ...
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Can Time Machine remove some files completely, and/or sync only to within 6 months?

I wonder for Time Machine, if I delete 3 files on the hard drive that I will for sure never want to use again (for example, that are 1GB each), can I tell Time Machine that please don't archive these ...
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Will backing up using time-machine also backup all the users?

I have two users on my MBP, and IIRC, both are Admin accounts. I want to upgrade to Lion GM, and have the dmg to do that. However, to be safe, I want to have a backup. I am not familiar with ...
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Time Machine backs up a huge quantity of data on every run

I have a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard and a Time Capsule. In the last few days every backup took over 100GB of data. I don't know if there is some issue with permissions or something similar, but to ...
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Can I use 2 harddisks to backup using time machine (not duplicate, but to extend)

I have 2 x 500 GB external Harddrives and 500 GB internal harddrive . I use time machine to backup from the internal 500GB and one external 500GB HD to the second 500 GB HD. This is good till date ...
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Backing up a Boot Camp partition

I see in the Time Machine options that my Boot Camp partition is excluded. I haven't even tried to remove it from the list of exceptions since I have read that Time Machine will not work with NTFS ...
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Why is the HFS Plus attributes file unusually small, for only a while, after using Time Machine to restore a Lion system?

Once after using Time Machine in Lion Recovery OS to restore a system, I noticed that the attributes B-tree was unusually small. Initially I was worried (had Time Machine failed to backup some ...
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Time Machine can't find AFP/SMB shares

I have an Ubuntu NAS setup with both SMB and AFP shares, both of which I can access from my Windows machines and Macbook Air. I have also verified that I can copy files to these shares from my MBA. ...
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How do local TimeMachine backups work exactly?

Since Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) TimeMachine performs local backups to /.MobileBackups if enabled (tmutil enableLocal, default enabled on portable macs). The different types of backups are color encoded in ...
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Why do I not have sufficient permissions to restore my Library folder?

My machine with Lion installed failed to wake from sleep the other day, and all sorts of nastiness was in evidence after a power-button shutdown and restart. Not to worry, I thought, I'll use Time ...
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How do you access the user library on a time machine backup

With Lion 10.7, how does one access the user library on a time machine backup through the Finder?
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If I encrypt a Time Machine backup disk, is the entire disk encrypted or just the Backups.backupdb directory?

If I check the "Encrypt backup disk" checkbox in Time Machine (in OS X Lion), I get this warning: Will just the Time Machine "Backups.backupdb" directory be encrypted, or the entire disk? In other ...
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External hard drive buying advice? [closed]

I am trying to create a backup 'strategy' for my MacBook Pro (I have important files on Dropbox but want a bootable clone of my entire HD) using Carbon Copy Cloner. However I need an external hard ...
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Desktop icon for drobo changes

I have a Drobo which is attached to my MacBook Pro via USB. When I boot into OSX Lion (and Snow Leopard before it) I would get a Drobo icon on the desktop. The icon looks like a shiny rendered picture ...
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How do I encypt Time Machine with Mac OS X Lion?

I am thinking about upgrading to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, because it offers full disk encryption. However, if I use Time Machine with on an external hard drive, will the Time Machine backups be encrypted ...
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Clean Install of Lion OS X / Optimizing My Machine

I downloaded Lion OS X (an upgrade on top of Snow Leopard) but my MacBook pro is becoming quite slow now. I'd like to install a fresh new copy of Lion OS X. I know how to do that, I can just ...
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How do I delete just the Time Machine files on my Drobo external filesystem?

I have a folder on my Drobo called "HFS+ Private Directory Data" and it contains old Time Machine data. I cannot delete it and do not want to reformat my drobo. I have tried 'option' trashing and ...
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Best approach to offsite backups with Time Machine and USB Disks

What is the best approach to using multiple USB disks and Time Machine to achieve a backup methodology with one drive being used for current backups and one stored offsite and updated periodically? ...
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TimeMachine and an External HFS + NTFS HDD

Can I partition my external HDD into 2 HFS + NTFS? and use HFS+ partition for TimeMachine backup. I already lost my info once in this way, this is why I have to ask now, before doing some stupid ...
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How can Time Machine in Lion backup the volume content of a sparse bundle disk image?

Using Mac OS X 10.7 (Build 11A511), attempts to backup volume content with Time Machine have failed. With a simple non-encrypted image I tried three approaches: the traditional workaround, which ...
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Can I simply manually delete individual Time Machine backups from the Finder or command line?

I have moved from a Mac running Snow Leopard to a new Lion machine. Since there was a lot of cruft on the old machine, I set up the new one from scratch, only copying the data over I need. I still ...
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Why can't I get my Time Capsule to connect to a new wireless network?

[Backstory for this question: I'm staying in someone else's apartment currently. All equipment mentioned in this post is being connected to their existing wireless network. That network is broadcast ...
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What redundant, on-site, low-downtime backup strategies exist for servers?

I'm helping manage a OSX snow leopard server for a small company and one of the first things we did was setup time machine to get backups going. However, having at least one more of the copy of the ...
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Do encrypted Time Machine backups work across a network?

I see that Lion offers the option of encrypting TIme Machine backup volumes, which seems like a Good Thing. After reading up a bit on this, it seems clear that it will handle the situation where the ...
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How / is it possible to compare files on your hard drive with those in your time machine backup?

I have snow leopard and have been using time machine to regularly backup files. How / is it possible to compare files on your hard drive with those in your time machine backup? I know you can ...
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Backing up Time Machine to an external disk also used by other machines - no sparsebundle?

I moved to using an external disk (a Drobo) on 1 machine as a Time Machine backup for all of my machines. I've got 2 of the machines backing up perfectly, but the problem is with the machine that the ...
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Does my Time Machine backup disc need to be dedicated?

I have an external HD that's about 60% full. The remaining space is more than enough for a Time Machine backup of my hard drive. If I enable Time Machine using that disc, will it erase my existing ...
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MTMFS consuming an entire CPU core and fans running full bore with Lion

You may be aware that Lion introduced MTMFS, the Mobile Time Machine File System. I've had a couple of instances now where MTMFS has been chewing up an entire core of my dual-core (mid 2009) MacBook ...
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how to get Time Machine backup overnight instead of every hour?

My (older) iMac runs 24/7 and it seems like it's constantly doing Time Machine backups which slows down things considerably. My wife is always complaining about beach balls. Is there a way to ...
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How does the new “local snapshots” feature of Time Machine in Lion work?

Apple's advertising for Lion highlights a new "local snapshots" feature of Time Machine: OS X Lion lets you take the Time Machine experience with you when you’re away from your Time Capsule or ...
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Using time machine backup data from newly installed OS X Lion

I need to replace my HDD to SDD, and I think of upgrading to OS X Lion. Can I use my old backup in time machine HDD from Snow Leopard when I have clean install with Mac OS X Lion? I mean, can I open ...
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Repair Time Machine sparsebundle that will no longer mount

I messed up my Time Machine backup in some way. I'm no longer able to mount the sparsebundle file as I get an error stating that there are no mountable filesystems. I used the hdiutil command to ...
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Upgraded to Lion: Time Machine spends a LOT of time indexing backup

I upgraded my MacBook Pro to Lion and one of the problems I've had is that Time Machine keeps running and running, and the fans go on. This usually seems to be in the state where it indexes the ...
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Use Time Machine via AirPort Disk without using sparse bundle?

Is it possible to use Time Machine via AirPort Disk without storing the backup in a sparse bundle? I've had bad experience with sparse bundles and would like to avoid them.
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Should I restore my data before or after upgrading the OS?

(Part 3 in my ongoing Lion upgrade/hard drive replacement saga...) When I get my computer back in a few days, it will have a brand new hard drive with a clean Snow Leopard install. I will be ...
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Time Machine Backup to Samba Share under Mac OS Lion

In earlier versions of Mac OS you could enable TimeMachine to use Samba-Shares as a Backup-Target using this: defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 and create ...
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How do I remote backup while waking up my computer from sleep?

I am backing up remotely from a Macbook Pro to an external backup drive on a PowerMac G5 via Time Machine and AFP. When the G5 goes to sleep, the Macbook Pro can't back up because the drive is made ...
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Repairing Time Machine volume taking forever

Over 18 hours and counting, currently in the "Checking multi-linked directories" phase, but it's been there all night long. I see disk I/O, not a lot, but some. I assume its from the TM drive as the ...