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

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Time Machine error - backup disk image could not be created

I get this error and was wondering if anyone knew what the issue might be. It is supposed to be backing up to Time Capsule but not sure if it's ever worked. It's actually not mine but if there was ...
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Why is Time Machine over-stating the amount of data that needs to be backed up?

I shuffled my home directory around and moved it back to my spinning platter drive in my MacBook. Ever since, Time Machine has been running my machine hot (the fan comes on when Time Machine starts up)...
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Time Machine performing a mobile Backup to a location I can't find anywhere

First of all: I'm running OS X Lion 10.7.4 on a recent MacBook Pro, have a local USB hard drive (1TB) Time Machine is configured to use for backups – this works perfectly fine. Additionaly, I once ...
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How Do I Target an Airport Extreme Shared Disk for Time Machine?

It looks like Apple may have changed something since I last configured this... Some time ago (maybe two years?), I bought an Airport Extreme and plugged an external hard drive into it. From my ...
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How do I copy a TimeMachine backup to an encrypted disk?

I want to replace my current TimeMachine backup disk with a new disk, but I also want to copy the existing contents to the new disk after encrypting the new disk. How can I best do that? Are there ...
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Time Machine from networked Mac?

Is it at all possible to setup Time Machine so that it backs up to a disk image on my external Mac? Here's my setup: My MBA which will be backed up MBP which is connected to the wireless network ...
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(Batch) moving iTunes songs to ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Artist/SongName

I have three albums by Jack Singer. They are in ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Jack Singer/SongName. I also have one album by Jack Singer and his band. Those files are in ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/...
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Where does Time Machine store its cache? Mine is sometimes corrupted

Whenever a backup is run, Time Machine says "Preparing Backup...". During this stage, it looks for what files have been changed since the last backup by comparing changes in the Event Log (I assume) ...
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Continuously backs up same files as if this was the first time doing a backup

On Snow Leopard 10.6.8, TimeMachine keeps backing up the same files over and over again, as if they were not backed up the first time. As a result, each time I get a full backup of 300 GB! I checked ...
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Time Machine keeps asking to create new backup?

Every time a backup completes I get this message - 'Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you.' I am backing up to ...
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Restoring iTunes/iPhoto Libraries After a Clean Install

I have an iMac i7 that's got a collection of files, settings, etc. that's the culmination of being transferred from past machines (originally an iMac G4, then a PowerMac G5). I finally decided to ...
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Will Time Machine back up new data and bypass OS back up?

Since Time Machine will back up new data as a higher priority, what if the Mac's hard drive is 800MB full, and the back up drive is only 500GB? Since the OS system files are the "old data", will Time ...
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How to get Time Machine disk to backup itself?

How to get Time Machine disk to backup itself (ie, non-Backups.backupdb on the Time Machine disk)? Specifically: I moved my /Users folder to a separate parition, a parition that also houses Time ...
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Restoring my current Time Machine (Lion) with my DVD of Leopard?

I have bought a new HD and I want to remplace the one I have in my MBP. In wonder if I will be able to restore my current backup made by Time Machine, since I've upgraded my OS to Lion (Using Apple ...
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Data Storage Using Dual-Boot System

It's probably not pertinent, but I'm a Mac user since the 1980's. I freely confess that as a middle-aged dog I find it increasingly harder to keep up with the latest and greatest in available Apple ...
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Recovering iWork from backup

I recently changed my MBP 13" 2009 to the newer MBP 13" 2012. I decided not to recover from Time Machine and install everything manually as to make a clean start. Although I do not have my iWork '...
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Move external HD to a new drive, but have Time Machine think it's the same?

I have two external drives, one for data and one for Time Machine backups. Time Machine backs up both my internal HD and my external HD. My external HD is dying, so I bought a new one and plan to ...
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Time machine backup/restore: “This user's data doesn't need to be transferred”

So, I had a MacBook Pro 15", Late 2011, that I've been using daily since I got it last October. I set up time machine and every day after work, I would bring my laptop home and plug it into my time ...
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How select date of full backup to restore with Time Machine - NOT the latest backup

My hard drive died after files started disappearing for a couple days. I ended up getting a new Mac since the computer was old anyway. I'm worried that the last couple days of Time Machine backups ...
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Time Machine on Time Capsule backup verification never seems to complete

I have a MacPro running Mac OS X 10.7.4 with a Time Capsule connected by Ethernet. When Time Machine runs a verify of the backups it seems to stall at 72%, and if I let it run a LONG time I think I ...
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Is Time machine able to restore my Windows Partition?

I have 2 partitions on my computer. One with mac os x, another for Windows XP. I want to replace the disk with another one and I wanted to know if Time Machine will be able to restore the Windows ...
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Time Machine stuck on “Preparing backup” whenever returning from Boot Camp to OS X

I have Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. Whenever I go into Windows 7 and then go back to OS X Lion, and then run a Time Machine backup, Time Machine is stuck on the "Preparing Backup" stage for a ...
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Restoring a MacBook from backup

I have a MacBook Pro that is just being ridiculous, so I'm planning on erasing the hard drive and restoring from a Time Machine backup. I hear that Time Machine will only restore from backups that ...
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After Time Machine restores a system: what's the permissions fix; why is it needed; what happens without it; why is it not integral to restoration?

There are two places that a permissions fix is mentioned, needed after Time Machine restored the system: story 1 and story 2. But what is a permissions fix and why is it needed? What if you don't do ...
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How will the free update to Mountain Lion work? [closed]

I am planning to buy a MBP 13" in the coming days. Although as soon as I buy it I will remove its HD and replace it with Crucial M4 256 SSD. Will that stop me from getting free update to ML? If so, ...
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How to backup NAS using Time Machine

I just purchased a new Iomega NAS IX2-200 4TB. I need to regularly backup this NAS. Time Machine would be the best option. How do I setup so the Time Machine will backup this NAS to my external Hard ...
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After a Time Machine restore, now it won't do incremental back up

Due to the Thunderbolt 1.2 update, I had to restore from a Time Machine Backup, but after that, Time Machine won't do incremental back up any more. The hard drive has 250GB of free space... It was ...
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Reinstalling OS X Lion vs restoring from Time Machine backup

If the system doesn't boot up (it was due to this issue), is it better to reinstall OS X Lion, or restore from a Time Machine backup? I do see a Time Machine backup from 3 AM last night, so if that ...
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Time machine stuck on cleaning up/ Error -47

I have been using time machine with the same disk for a year or so and until now it was fine. But since yesterday, it gets stuck at "cleaning up" and if I say "stop backing up" nothing happens. I ...
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Configuring OS X Lion as server (without server.app)

I purchased a Mac Mini Server (2x500 GB) with Snow Leopard Server. I upgraded to Lion (not Server). The Mac Mini should act as a Homeserver for my development. My needs are: Time Machine on HD2 for ...
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Time Machine says disk is full, but it was fine before! [duplicate]

I have a 4TB external Time Machine disk. There are three internal volumes totaling 3.3TB that have been actively backed up to that external drive for a few weeks. I was troubleshooting something and ...
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Time Machine don't show my old backups after recovery in Mac OS Lion

I am using Time Machine. Then I started Lion in recovery mode with CMD+ R and choose "Restore from Time Machine Backup". All worked fined and my Mac started. But now when I want to use Time Machine ...
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Mail.app: weird, huge numbers of messages in title bar, Time Machine quit working

A friend has been having problems with Mail. Notably, Time Machine is no longer working within Mail, and Mail says it has huge and seemingly arbitrary numbers of messages in the title bar. For ...
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If my timemachine was done with lion, but my host is snow leopard, how will it restore?

What I want is for my Mac to go back to exactly as it was, which was with lion. Of course, there's no lion disk, so I've done a clean reinstall with snow leopard (new drive). Should I restore from a ...
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Time Machine Backups are incredibly slow, not doing what they should

I have a Late 2008 MacBook Pro that got a new HDD, top case, and RAM within the last week. The previous HDD failed and was replaced by Apple. Using Carbon Copy Cloner and restoring various directories ...
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Why did time machine not backup all my iPhoto pictures, how can I know when my backups are incomplete?

My iPhoto library recently became corrupted to the point iPhoto wouldn't load and none of the repair options would fix it (those that come up if you are pressing option+command when you launch iPhoto)....
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Time Machine tries to connect when I'm away from home

Recently when I'm away from home, my MacBook Pro keeps displaying the following message "There was a problem connecting to the server" and the name of my AirPort Extreme with a hard drive connected. ...
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Is it possible to retrieve a single application from a Time Machine backup?

I've got a Time Machine backup from an old machine. I don't want to over-write all the content from the backup, I'd just like to retrieve a couple of applications that were on my old machine - ...
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Western Digital external hard drive is constantly ejected

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups, and recently my iMac has started to randomly eject the hard drive, preventing backups. It tends to happen while ...
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Restoring to previous state: concerns with Carbon Copy Cloner and Time Machine conflict

One week ago I experienced an odd and catastrophic failure of my MacBook Pro. The details of the failure are not important, and the relevant parts have been replaced, among them a new HDD. Side note: ...
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Can I restore a Lion Time Machine backup from a MacBook Air onto a MacBook Pro (currently) running Snow Leopard?

My MacBook Air w/Lion is getting sent in for repairs, and IT gave me a MacBook Pro w/Snow Leopard. I have a current backup of my Air, and I'd like to get this MBP to run Lion with all my apps, files, ...
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Is AFP (specifically Time Machine) encrypted on the wire?

I've been hunting for the answer to this, but I have not found it. When I back up my laptop using Time Machine to a remote Time Machine server (Time Capsule, or Mac Mini with an external drive), is ...
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Time Machine Backup freezing computer

Time Machine on my computer is trying to backup onto a external hard drive, but the only thing I get is the famous beach ball of death which makes my computer extremely slow. When I go to cosole.app ...
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HOME dir on another disk, how do I restore from TM backup?

I have two disks in my MBP. One is small SSD for the OS and applications, and the other is slow HDD for my HOME folder, downloads and stuff like that. I have Time Machine set up. Everything seems to ...
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Reinstall or Time Machine? How do I get back up and running?

I just got an SSD for my White Unibody MacBook. What's the fastest way to get back up on running on 10.7.3 with a Time Machine backup (on an external disk via usb 2.0) and a Lion 10.7.0 DVD? Can I ...
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Can I use my Time Capsule with other OSes?

I have two Macs at home which use Time Machine to back up to a shared Time Capsule. Does anybody know of any tools or methods for other operating systems to perhaps make use of that back-up facility? ...
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Clean Lion install, keeping Time Machine history?

I have a 2011 unibody MacBook Pro, and have been gathering kludge on it for some time, and on previous machines (2007 MacBook Pro, 2004 Powerbook) whose data I've migrated over using the Migration ...
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Time Machine keeps excluding my hard drive

I have Time Machine set up on a FireWire 800 external drive on my MacBook Pro. I have another USB external drive (formated NTFS with Paragon drivers so that I can store files bigger than 4 GB and ...
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Restoring a new Mac Mini from TM Backup on a Pegasus R4 Drive

Trying to restore a new Mac Mini which just crashed from its Time Machine backup which is on a Promise Pegasus R4 drive. On first boot up the repaired Mac Mini does not see the Pegasus drive, so ...
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Restoring Time Machine backup do a different user folder location

I have a 27" iMac. Its original 1Tb drive failed a few days ago. I decided to replace it with a 2Tb drive and replace my CD/DVD drive with an SSD drive. The SSD drive is small - 128Gb. I intend to ...