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

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Can't delete copied Time Machine files

I'm trying to move my time machine backup files all under Backups.backupdb to another drive. I initiated a file copy overnight. In the morning I saw that only certain backups(folders with dates) got ...
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What is a typical transfer rate for a Time Machine backup over FireWire?

I am doing a TM backup for the first time to a portable disk from my macbook Pro(mid 2010) over a firewire connection (both ends). The disk only contained a folder of around 20GB of manually backed up ...
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Can I flag a time machine backup so it never gets overwritten

I'm about to upgrade to lion and at some point in the future I might want to restore back to a snow leopard time machine backup. However, recently my first time backups have been overwritten. Is ...
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Use a network Time Machine drive locally

I typically backup over a network to a networked hard drive on another machine. For some unknown reason, backups tend to get incredibly slow over the network (the first few backups work fine and ...
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Time machine is not including new directories in its backup [closed]

My Time Machine is going for a year quite strong, but I recently noticed it is not including new directories in its backup. Basically new directories are being excluded by rule or error and I'd like ...
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Where does System Preferences store the name of the Time Machine Destination

I am trying to create a script to determine the destination of time machine on a number of computers I manage. It shows very clearly via Time Machine Settings in System Prefs. I need to be able to ...
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Time Machine Backing Up Large Amounts of Data Each Time

I've got 2 time machine drives. I have one at home that gets used on the weekend and another that gets backed up to during the week. I recently replaced the one at my office. The only thing that is ...
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Files on new computer are locked after using Migration Assistant and Time Machine

I have an MacBook with OSX and backed up everything in a Time Capsule with Time Machine. Now I bought a MacBook Pro with Lionn and then migrated everything from the old computer to the new using ...
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10.7 FileVault & TimeMachine

I would like to know if turning on FileVault affects TimeMachine Backups; if yes how? (E.G. Do the backups become encrypted? etc.)
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Where does Time Machine store its settings?

I'm looking for the file that contains all the Time Machine exclusions entered in its Options dialogue. I know that (some of?) the scheduling related settings are stored in the ...
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How do you open the “purple sticks” on the right areas in time machine?

Well i'm a bit confused. Cause I heard that the purple areas are because its backed up in an external HD. Then why doesn't the purple areas turn white ( white= available i think) when i connect my ...
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Fastest way to delete all Timemachine Backups for a machine

What is the recommended way to get rid of a whole TimeMachine archive (aka Backups.backupdb)? Using Disk Utility to erase the whole disk is not an option. I moved everything to the Trash, but ...
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Finder too optimistic about free space?

Below is a storage overview from "About this Mac" on Lion, running on a Macbook Air. It says: backups 71.07 GB. No data is in the "Other" area, which seems a bit weird, because I have at least 20 GB ...
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Why does Time Machine only backup after a reboot?

I have a Mini running Lion Server that has a USB hard drive attached to it for backups. I also have a MBP running Lion that I've set to use that same drive as a remote backup destination over the ...
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How can I use an existing Time Machine backup with my new computer?

I've just replaced my existing MacBook Pro with a new MacBook Air. I've got 18 months of Time Machine backups from the old computer. I'd like to configure my new computer to use the old computer's ...
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Spotlight indexing of back up drive

I've seen some posts about whether you can stop spotlight constantly indexing your time machine backup drive. It seems you can't have it attached to your computer and not have it indexed. I have been ...
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external hd mac ntfs 3g could not mount

I got an external hd "clickfree hd" but when trying it with my Mac I get the following error: ntfs 3g could not mount, error I have tried NTFS-3G, MacFuse and FuseOSX. I'm running Lion but this ...
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Time Machine Backup to a Windows computer

Is it possible to do a time machine backup from a MacBook Pro to a Windows 7 PC? (i.e. use Windows 7 as a time capsule)
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Problems with Parallels and backing up with Time Machine

I use Macbook Air and Lion. I use Time Machine to back up on my Drobo FS. All seems to be ok until I use Parallels. The Time Machine seems to take my virtual machine as one file so every time I open ...
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How can I use more than one connected drive for Network Time Machine backups on Lion Server?

In Leopard Server, via Server Admin, you were able to enable multiple partitions to be Time Machine Backup Destinations. In Lion Server, there seems to only be an option to have one Time Machine ...
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Send background email alert if Time Machine backup fails

Curious if there is an easy way to send a background email alert if a Time Machine backup fails (or continuously fails rather than just one time) I've found TM Error Logger however, it cannot run in ...
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How do I use tmutil to figure out what's wrong with my Time Machine?

How do I use tmutil to figure out what is wrong with my Time Machine as it keeps backing up huge amounts of data each time it back-ups although nothing has changed since the last back up? I'm ...
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Can Time Machine restore from one large hard drive to two smaller ones?

I'm about to put a SSD (60GB) into my MacBook Pro, the disc drive is coming out and the current drive (320GB) will sit in a bracket in its place. I'd like to use the SSD as the main drive for the OS, ...
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Is using Time Capsule better than using an external hard drive because it won't stress the hard drives? (for using Time Machine)

I just plugged in an external hard drive that has Firewire 800 and started Time Machine, but it seems that both the internal hard drive and external hard drive work frantically copying about 75GB of ...
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Experience surviving a change of file ownership on time machine

After upgrading to Lion, the owner of my files on the time machine disk is no longer myself but some user '501'. This makes all the backups that preceded Lion inaccessible. I would like to run a ...
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How do I make Spotlight stop indexing my Backup drive?

I have a 2TB external drive I use for Time Machine. At random intervals, it will decide to spin up and my entire UI freezes until it's finished. This is incredibly annoying. It appears that this is ...
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Can I backup my Time Machine drive to the cloud and restore it to any other drive?

I currently backup my Mac to a local Time Machine drive. I'd like to start periodically backing up that drive to the cloud, using an as of yet unchosen solution. Once it's backed up to the cloud, ...
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Can I setup a single Sparsebundle in RAID 1?

My goal is the following: use my iMac as a TimeMachine Server (under OS X Lion Server) to backup my MBP via the network. What I did is to choose, in the TimeMachine Server configuration, the internal ...
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Airport Extreme + USB Drive vs Time Capsule

The price between an airport extreme and 2TB Time Capsule is quite a lot (£100) and as far as I can see the only different is that the Time Capsule has a hard drive built in. Is there any problems ...
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How to backup a Mac running Tiger?

I need to do a full backup of a Mac running Tiger. If I use Time Machine will it capture everything I need to restore a user's data after a clean install of Lion? Are there other better mechanisms I ...
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What is the right way to maintain Time Machine backup history for a HDD with two partitions?

I have two user partitions (not counting any hidden/system ones like Lion Restore etc.) on my MacBook Pro's internal HDD: Volume_A (100 GB) and Volume_B (20 GB). My Time Capsule has been keeping ...
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Time machine backup on another mac in my network

In my network I have: a Macbook Pro (running Lion) an iMac (running Lion) and I want to use the internal drive of the iMac as a Time Machine "target" for my Macbook Pro. What I did is create a ...
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Time Machine: “Enter Time Machine” menu command does not do anything

I have Time Machine running on an external hard drive and it reports happily that it is doing backups and I have no reason to doubt it. But when I try to look at the backups by clicking "Enter Time ...
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Time Machine fails backup to a time capsule's attached hard disk

I've been backing up my Lion OSX system using Time Machine to an second, external drive connected to a time capsule. It has worked but stopped working. The menu says "Faied" and the time machine ...
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Limit the number of versions time machine stores of particular files

Is there any way to limit the number of versions time machine keeps of files? In this case, I want time machine to back up some of my Virtual Machines. However, Since VM images are very large and ...
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Time machine multiple hard disk drives

I have a internal drive containing 640gb of storage with the operating system on it, my external time machine drive is ~720gb. I am thinking about installing another internal 1tb hard drive, and ...
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Calendar backup while away from time machine

I am occasionally away from my time machine disk. During these periods I would still like to backup my calendar in case the hard disk (MacBook's) crashes. Which file or directory should I copy to ...
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Importing preferences from a Lion time machine backup to Snow Leopard

I've recently installed Lion on my macbook, and did not back up any of my files. I did a Time Machine backup under Lion, and wish to go back to snow leopard. What can I import from my time machine ...
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Can the Time Capsule back up multiple drives (internal and external) at the same time?

I have a 500 GB internal HDD on my MacBook Pro and a second 500 GB external USB drive as well. Is it possible to tell Time Machine to back both the internal and external drives up to one Time ...
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Why are some backups grey and others purple in Time Machine in Lion?

I started Time Machine for the first time in Lion (you know, to make sure everything was working properly), and I noticed something odd – on the timeline on the right side of the screen, some backups ...
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Matlab on the command line error in Lion

I constantly get this warning in Matlab, which I run on the command line: This process is attempting to exclude an item from Time Machine by path without administrator privileges. This is not ...
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Snow Leopard Time Machine backups are not visible in Lion

I upgraded to Lion recently. I noticed tonight that backups performed on Snow Leopard do not show in the Time Machine interface so I cannot restore from them. If I browse my backup volume I can see ...
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How to coerce Lion Time Machine into offering backup history migration?

This article describes a feature I heard about from multiple sources about an automagic backup migration process that Lion will do for you. Essentially, when migrating to a new machine, you can ...
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Reformatting and restoring just data on Lion

I have a Time Machine backup but, as I understand it, it backs up everything. I wish to do a reformat to get rid of a lot of useless clutter I have, a lot of which I'm not even sure where it has been ...
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On Lion, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine backup?

In addition to whatever files I may choose to exclude, what files does the system exclude by rule or classification? It might make sense not to backup Trash or Caches, but I'm looking for a way to ...
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How do I restore a case-sensitive, journaled Time Machine backup to a case-insensitive, journaled filesystem?

I would effectively like to switch from a case-sensitive journaled filesystem to that of a case-insensitive journaled filesystem. Booting into Lion's recovery allows me to format the drive as I wish, ...
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Time Machine over SMB/CIFS share?

As far as I understand there's no way to make Time Machine with SMB/CIFS; you have to connect using AFP. Is that true ? Is there a way to make it work ? I'm using OS X Lion.
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Why is my Time Machine backup failing to fire at the hourly interval?

At some point after upgrading to Lion my Time Machine backups have stopped firing on the hourly interval. It works manually, but not automatically. It also works first thing in the morning when I ...
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Can I use Time Machine to restore to a smaller disk

I have used Time Machine to restore my MBP to a larger HDD with great success, but am about to purchase a smaller SSD for it. With the obvious caveat of not having more data than the SSD can hold, is ...
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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 ...