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

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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 ...
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Lion AFP Time Machine Backups

I have a MacBook Pro & a Mac Pro, both have fresh installs of Lion. I've also set up the Mac Pro as a Lion Server. I've set up a few AFP shares on the Mac Pro & I notice there's no "Time ...
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Migration Assistant fails to recognize a Time Machine disk (itself migrated using Disk Utility)

So I outgrow my Time Machine disk. I listen to the advice (repeated in multiple places) that one can simply use Disk Utility's Restore tab, select the old time machine disk as source and the new one ...
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How can I make Time Machine work with my Netgear WNDR3700 router?

The story is this: I just upgraded to Mac OS Lion and as it turns out it won't work with my Samba share in the way Snow Leopard used to, for TimeMachine backups. After a bit of Googling I found that ...
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Can Time Machine volumes be easily encrypted with FileVault 2?

Now that File Vault 2 can encrypt the entire disk and encrypt external drives, can I have a fully encrypted Time Machine volume?
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Can I restore a Snow Leopard backup onto a Lion machine?

So I am a little confused and slightly worried, and I was wondering if someone could answer this. I have a Time Machine backup saved on an external HD for my Mac mini that is running the latest ...
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How to undo SetFile -a V?

I used SetFile -a V "/Volumes/Backup di Time Machine"/ to get rid off the time machine's icon on the desktop but it seems that I don't see it in the finder too and Time Machine stops working, it can't ...
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What happens with my external drive upon using Time Machine?

So I got a USB drive I want to use with Time Machine. This USB drive has some files of mine. If Time Machine creates the backup in it, what happens to such files? Are they deleted?
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Time machine wants to backup too much

Time Machine stopped this morning, stating it has too little disk space left. It wants to back up 200 gigs, but my local hard drive has 240 gig used and 150 gig are excluded in the Time Machine ...
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Using Existing Time Machine Backup over Time Capsule

I have an external 2TB drive that I've been using for Time Machine Backups directly connected to my Mac. I've recently gotten a Time Capsule and would to continue backing up with the existing backup, ...
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How does Time Machine estimate required space for backup?

For over 6 months now, every Time Machine backup requrests around 15GB of space for backup, but sometimes only backups up 200MB. That is a big difference. Does anyone know exactly how the required ...
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Time Machine not starting when I connect the HDD

I have a 500 GB WD My Passport with two partitions on it, one of which is set as a Time Machine backup drive. The problem is that the backup doesn't start automatically when I connect the HDD. Any ...
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Repartition an AirDisk

When I first set up my 1Tb external disk with my AirPort Extreme I partitioned it into two 500Gb disks, one for Backup and one for Media storage but I have no memory of how I did this. I seem to ...
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Time machine backups and deleted files

If I delete photos from my current iPhoto library which have been backed up on time machine, will it be possible to recover these photos from my time machine backup once they've been deleted from my ...
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Is it possible to use Time Machine with Airport Express + USB External Drive?

I'm wondering if it's possible to connect an external USB drive to my Airport Express and then run Time Machine backups onto that? A bit like a makeshift Time Capsule.
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How can a standard user backup everything using Time Machine?

I have concern regarding this behavior. When I use Time Machine as a standard user, it backs up everything (including data of users I do NOT even own). I realize that I still cannot access it, but ...
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How to see what files were changed in TimeMachine?

I tried TimeTracker, tms and timedog but none of them works with OS X 10.6 Any suggestions?
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huge Chrome Time Machine backups

My 1TB Time Machine drive just filled up, apparently due a bug in Chrome. Since this issue has been open for a year and a half, I don't expect that Google will fix it any time soon. Can anyone offer ...
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Copying Time Machine backup, destination takes more than original size, are hardlinks being expanded?

I'm copying the backup folder of Time Machine, but it's taking too long, the backup is 90GB and the copy already reports 160GB and there's 60% to go yet, so I suspect it's copying hardlinks as ...
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Can I restore only selected files from Time Machine Backup after a fresh OS X re-install?

I'm thinking to reinstall my Mac OS X on my Macbook Pro and starting fresh (instead of recovering from a Time Machine backup) The question is: If I do that, after OS X is reinstalled, will I be able ...
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Network Drive for backup (and archive and iTunes)?

I have several Macs (10.6) on a wireless home network and want to add a network HDD, primarily as a drive for Time Machine to back up to. Having heard bad things about Apple's Time Capsule, I'm ...
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Time Machine sparsebundle corrupted on disconnect

I've been using Time Machine over wifi and have had a recurring problem with corrupted sparsebundles. The scenario is a relatively new Airport Extreme, a MacBook with Leopard, and a partitioned ...
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Alternative backup solution for a mac?

I know that we can easily use time machine. However, i wonder if there exist any other way to backup the data on my macbook? Since I do a lot of modification to the system and sometimes make it has ...
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Cleaning up time machine

Is there a way to remove some of the absurdly old back ups from my time machine so I can continue using the disk that is now too full? Or is this even the best idea?
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Any way to extract notes from iPod Touch backup?

Is there any way for me to extract notes from an iPod Touch backup? I had forgotten to back up the notes on my old iPod Touch and subsequently lost all my notes on it. It's been a year and a half now, ...
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Time Machine backup taking a loooong time, is this normal?

I bought an external hard drive, plugged it into the USB port of my Airport Extreme base station, turned on Time Machine, set it to use that drive for backup. It's backing up 350Gigs of data and it's ...
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Time Machine External Drive

What factors are important when selecting an external hard drive for time machine backups?
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TimeMachine over network without TimeCapsule

Are there any good/easy solutions for using TimeMachine over the network? I am currently unplugging the backup drive from the desktop to backup laptops but would like to do this wirelessly instead if ...
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Time Machine fails to backup FileVault home directory on logout

I am using FileVault to encrypt my home directory, and Time Machine for backups. This is a typical workflow: I am logged on. I plug in the USB hard disk drive that I am using for my Time Machine ...
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Move Time Machine backup from local disk to Airport Extreme disk and share with others

I recently picked up a Drobo for storage and light backup, and want to clear the 1TB Western Digital external drive I have off my desk. I would like to still use Time Machine, but possibly off a share ...
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Time Machine: disk was not ejected properly

I have an external hard drive (Verbatim #47576) setup as a Time Machine drive. Everyday, at random intervals, the computer warns me that the disk was not ejected properly. Why? How to prevent that? ...
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Encrypting/protecting Time Machine backup drive?

How do you guys secure/protect your Time Machine backup drive? Even though it's an external drive, it's still susceptible to physical theft though. What do you guys do for precautions?