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 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 ...
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i think my harddrive died? did an internet recovery, whats the status of my computer? can't restore from backup until i get home

so for some reason my 2011 MBP died on my way to work this morning? when i got in and booted it up, it froze. i restarted it and got a flashing folder with a question mark on it. what does this mean ...
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Backing up a disk image with Time Machine

I'm storing backup of my Gmail account in a disk image, to cut on number of files on the main HFS+ volume. This makes Time Machine ignore the existence of this volume, just because it's in a disk ...
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Time Machine External Backup Disk Icon

I bought a new external hard drive to use with Time Machine: The Western Digital "My Passport for Mac" 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Drive. This is the second hard drive Time Machine uses, the first one being ...
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access and recover leopard time machine backups in mountain lion

I will be upgrading a MacBook Pro (late 2008) from leopard to mountain lion soon with a a complete wipe by booting and installing from a self made mountain lion USB stick. That MacBook Pro has ...
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Time machine: network hard drive vs Time Capsule

I read that is possible to set up a Network Hard Disk in order to connect it to the router and perform wireless Time Machine backups on the Hard Disk. What are the pros and cons of using a Network ...
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Time Machine Error - The backup disk is not available

Problem My automatic backups for my Macs have recently started failing with the following message (same error if I attempt to "Backup Now"): Time Machine couldn't complete the backup to ...
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Permissions for /Volumes are different with Network vs Local Time Machine folders?

I've been running local Time Machine backups to an external FireWire drive since I got my MacBook a few months ago. But now that my wife picked up a MacBook as well, I'd like to move to a solution ...
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Browse another encrypted time machine backup that's on a NAS

I have a Time Machine backup of my MacBook Pro pro that's encrypted and saved on a Synology DS212j NAS (OS X detected my NAS as a possible location to save my backup). Right now I'm on my MacBook Air. ...
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how to store Time Machine backups on NFS and keep metadata?

There is a Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) desktop, it stores Time Machine backups on a separate partition. Also there is an Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) server with NFS daemon running, it exports a /BACKUP disk. This ...
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Spotlight's Privacy tab not backed up by Time Machine?

I just did a full restore from Time Machine and noticed that my Spotlight Privacy tab was empty. Am I correct in assuming that this information is not backed up by Time Machine? I believe it's stored ...
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Backups.backupdb folder is greyed out on my external time machine drive

I use two separate backup drives to backup my iMac and MacBook. I call one drive Time Machine and the other drive Mobile. On Mobile, it shows a folder called Backups.backupdb and inside it has a ...
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What setup is needed to stay backed up and online after retiring the TimeCapsule?

My friend has the following kit in the house (although not all at the same time): His MacBook Pro 15" with 500gb HD Her MacBook Air 13" with 256gb SSD Daughter's MacBook white with 500gb HD His and ...
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Can I use TimeMachine with a Thunderbolt hard drive?

The Apple technicians told me that I needed a specific device to use Time Machine... namely a wireless device that had a relatively small hard drive. Since I use Oracle Virtual Box and have very ...
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Almost all files are locked in my Time Machine backups?

For some reason my files are getting locked in my Time Machine backups. I mean, when you "Get Info" on one of them, the "Locked" box is checked. Folders are NOT locked, though. Is this normal? This ...
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Force Time Machine to perform a deep traversal?

How do I force Time Machine to perform a deep traversal? I've had this happen when I needed to once before, when it took about 120 minutes to go through 500 GB and Time Machine found about 10 GB worth ...
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What external HD can I use to my Airport Extreme Base Station for use of wireless Time Machine?

The title pretty much says it all. I currently have an Airport Extreme Base Station and I want to be able to use the USB port on it to hook up an external hard drive and use it as a wireless means of ...
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How to disable or delay “Time Machine hasn't backed up your computer in x days” message? [duplicate]

Mountain Lion has a very useful feature where it can alternate between multiple backup destinations. I use this to back up to both a network share at home and an external drive I keep offsite. Because ...
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Problems with Time Capsule full restore from Leopard to Mountain Lion

I have a backup of my OS X Leopard on Time Capsule. In the meantime I've upgraded to Mountain Lion. When I try to restore from Time Capsule in full it takes me back to Leopard. In Mountain Lion they ...
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Can I restore individual iCal appointments using Time Machine?

I use Time Machine to backup my Mac. While it is very easy to restore files and folders, I can't do the same with appointments in iCal. I am trying to recover an entire calendar that was accidentally ...
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Moving individual specific applications from Leopard to Mountain Lion

I'm moving from an old 2007 MBP running Leopard OS X 10.5.8 to a new MBP running OS X 10.8.2 and I want to keep the new system as clean as possible. Therefore, I chose not to use the Migration ...
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Is is possible to add tag, notes or labels to backups made by Time Machine?

Is it possible to add label, tag or notes to Time Machine backups. Lets say after fresh reinstall of OS X - label it as "Base System 1" then after few days (at some point with more software/work) ...
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Time Machine not fully encrypted. Is it safe to use?

I'm going to format my iMac today and I've just backed up to an external drive using Time Machine. But I am using encrypted backup, so Time Machine needs to encrypt the whole drive (after it has ...
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Getting Time Machine backups working with an Iomega Home Cloud Edition NAS

I'm getting some strange behaviour from Time Machine since upgrading to Moutain Lion using the Iomega Home Cloud Edition NAS as the end point for the backups. Getting the first backup to complete ...
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Time Machine - List of Files that were backed up

I'd like to know to see which files are getting backed up by my time machine? I often see a large amount of data being transfered and I'm not sure sure what it is.
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How can I copy Time Capsule backups to a remote location?

Time Machine backups are great, but the disk they are on is located at home and therefore vulnerable to being stolen, lost in fire, etc... Additionally the backups are on a NAS drive where I use one ...
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Why is Mountain Lion saying it can't do time machine backups to my time capsule hard drive?

I've got a MacBook Air that has been successfully backing up via Time Machine to my Time Capsule hardrive. Since I updated to Mountain Lion I'm getting the following error: the backup disk is not in ...
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huge time machine backups with mountain lion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Time Machine Backing Up Large Amounts of Data Each Time I have an external 2TB USB disc set up for Backup and experience huge backups. Backing up once a week would ...
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Time Machine target disk over WiFi?

I have a Macbook and I need an incremental backup solution over WiFi. Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme with attached HDD is perfect fit. But I want to find cheaper solution if exist. How about Mac ...
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Keep backing up when I put machine to sleep?

I use Time Machine, with an external hard drive connected by USB, to back up my MBA. If Time Machine is in the middle of backing up my drive and I close the lid of my computer, Time Machine will stop ...
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Time machine for hd upgrade

Does time machine work well for hd upgrades? Looking to go to ssd but don't want to lose things like custom plist settings, init.d items, .profile items and all my brew installed items. Is times ...
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Missing Time Machine Files caused by FSEvents Failure?

I recently did a clean install/upgrade to Mac OS 10.8.2. I did a final update of my ongoing Time Machine Backup and verified Disk Integrity. After reinstalling and restoring my files, I have learned ...