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 Backup Failed

Ive been using my Time Machine for almost 3 years without any problems. It's a 3 TB LaCie. This week it has decided to stop backing up my work. I tried repairing the disk and unmounting and remounting ...
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Clear large .MobileBackups files/folder?

Got some issues with temp files from Time Machine which is filling up my boot disk with over 400GB of files. MacBook Pro 10.7.5 I have tried the command sudo tmutil disablelocal, restarting the mac ...
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Back up to time capsule on public network

I would like to have wireless back ups of my computer to a time capsule that has been added to my school network. Because of school rules, the time capsule can only be connected to the network via ...
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My available disk space does not make sense. Why?

I have a 256 GB SSD installed in my Macbook Pro. Today I observed that Finder tells me that I have a free disk space of 247.51 GB, which is unquestionably wrong. At the same time, in System → ...
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Network Intermittency with Time Machine causes a 'Completed Verification' dialog

It appears that when disconnecting from a network while a TM backup is in progress results in the "Time Machine has completed a verification of your backups" message once the connection to the backup ...
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Inherit Time Machine backup after changing source hard drives

I am using Time Machine to backup an external HDD (A) (2 TB) linked to my computer to an external 6 TB HDD drive. I now had to shift the data from HDD (A) to a new 3 TB one (B). Is there a way to ...
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Mac server keeps “disappearing” and “reappearing” on local network

I'm hoping someone can help me figure out a really perplexing issue we've seen with a Mac server on our local ethernet network. What we're seeing lately is that the server (which we use for Time ...
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Time Machine says not enough space but there is plenty of space, please help!

I'm not sure what happened but I used to be able to backup to a drive shared with a networked mac mini using OSX server. Now all of a sudden it says there is not enough space. So I reformatted the ...
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System logs backup with Time Machine

It seems that Time Machine does not backup system.log in /private/var/log. Mac OS X 10.9.5/Six core Intel Xeon Can I force that file to be backed up?
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Internal (Apple SSD) hard drive problem

I'm having terrible issues with my Mac since I tried to restore the entire system from a Time Machine backup, which ended up showing a "an error occurred while adding a recovery system to the ...
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Unable to mount Time Machine partition

I have a WD external HDD which is plugged into my MacBook Air more or less all the time; it has two partitions one of which is my Time Machine disk. Just today I noticed that the hard drive is not ...
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an error occurred while adding a recovery system to the destination disk

I have a late 2013 retina macbook pro that came up with OS X mavericks. I have tried to restore my macintosh hard drive from timemachine backup, I followed these steps: rebooted mac holding cmd+R, ...
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Can't restore Time Machine backup to Macintosh HD

Today I found my Mac shut down. It won't boot again anymore. When I try to turn it on, it just shows the Apple logo, a loading bar and after 1/3 progress it just shuts down again. After some research ...
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Timemachine Mac Mini with 2 Hard Drives

I have a mac mini server with 2 Hard Drives, one for the system and active files (Server HD) and one serving as an archive (Archive HD). Is it possible to use Time Machine to back up both disks and ...
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Computer doesn't recognize hard drive for Time Machine

Using Macbook Pro with Yosemite 10.11.3. For more than a year I have used a WD My Passport external hard drive (1 TB) for Time Machine. Beginning two weeks ago when I plug in to get a Time Machine ...
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How to restore backups manually from Time Machine?

I bought a new mac a few days ago. Before my new mac I had also an mac. I back upped everyday using TimeMachine. I did a clean install, so I can start blank. Now I want to restore some files back to ...
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Make Time Machine-like backups of Photos onto external drive

I don't need to backup my whole disk but I want to backup my Photos once a month. From what I've read, Time Machine seems to work amazingly well so I was hoping for a similar solution for Photos. I ...
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Couldn't Modify Partition Map using external disk

Seems the most common relationship to this error is using Windows on a separate partition. Here is my problem. I have a 1 TB external disk that was used half for Time Machine and half for general ...
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tmutil associatedisk -a has no effect

I used this method often in the past and it always worked well. Now, however, tmutil will not re-associate my external disk. I copied the contents from drive A to drive B. Now I would like to continue ...
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Time Machine sparsebundle mounting problems

Problem I have a Time Machine backup which contains a lot of valuable information and I'm trying to access it. What's the problem? I'm trying to mount it and nothing1 happens. Nothing happens? So I ...
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Passport couldn't back up

I have had my passport for a couple of years and yesterday I got a message that it couldn't back up. (see below) Time Machine couldn’t complete the backup to “My Passport”. Unable to complete ...
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New SSD and how restore backup on it

iMac 2009 HDD failed so I installed a new SSD. I have a TM backup on an external drive, but now I can't figure out how to get the system up and running. I tried cmdR to bring up the recovery mode but ...
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Encrypted Hard Disk troubleshooting

I have problems to read an encypted hard disk. Unfortunatly I do not remember if I did encryted with Time machine or Disk Utitlity. I think I did it with the first one (Time Machine) as I used the ...
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After upgrade to Yosemite Time Machine says “Disk Full” even if there's 350GB free space [closed]

I upgraded to Yosemite yesterday, and just now I got a Time Machine alert Disk is Full although there are 350+ GB on the backup disk according to Finder. It said it had deleted an old backup ...
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Keep whole Time Machine backup plus incremental Photos backup on external HDD

I have a 320 GB HFS+ external HDD. My MacBook Air only has 128 GB of storage which is why I want Time Machine to back up my Photos to that external drive in order to be able to delete the Photos off ...
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Time Machine complains of changed identity of backup volume

I had to reboot my TimeCapsule, since it was non-responsive. After the reboot, everything seemed to work fine. Except for TimeMachine on my iMac. It complains about a changed identity of the backup ...
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Remove hidden iCloud folder from Time Machine backups

Problem: Inspecting my Time Machine backups using BackupLoupe, I found that a hidden folder in iCloud drive is taking up a lot of my backup space. I don't want to backup this specific hidden folder, ...
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Data recovery/overwritten files?

I was troubleshooting how to install boost and came across a thread on stackoverflow that seemed to be about vaguely the same thing. I ran the terminal commands written in the thread, and realized ...
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Will a Time Machine backup drive still be recognized as such if I add a USB hub between it and my Airport Extreme?

When I first set up my Time Machine backup, I did the initial backup by connecting the USB backup drive directly to my Mac. To my dismay, I discovered that I couldn't then unplug it and then move it ...
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How should I copy OS X server environment to another machine for update?

I have a server running Server.app (3.2.2) on Mac OS X 10.9.5. It hosts File Sharing, Mail, VPN, Websites, DHCP, DNS, and Open Directory etc. It also hosts phpBB3 bulletin boards. Because the OX ...
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How long (time/duration) should a complete restore on an iMac from Time Machine take?

I was getting long boot times when I would log onto my account and even my kids' accounts on my iMac (2008 Intel Core 2 Duo). Then I could not launch Disk Utility and other standard, pre-installed ...
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Will Time Machine work effectively with a WD MyCloud NAS device? [closed]

I recently purchased a Western Digital MyCloud NAS device. I'm wondering if there would be a problem with using it for backups with Time Machine on a Mac mini (late 2012) running OS X 10.9.5. Is there ...
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Storing data on a external drive used for backup

Is it safe to store data on HDD which I selected to use as a backup device in time machine? Or should I add another partition for that? I do not know how does time machine behave when there is not ...
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How can I omit FCPX Render Files from a Time Machine backup?

I want to be able to add my Final Cut Projects and Events folders to Time Machine, but annoyingly Apple have decided to put a Render Files folder within each and every Events folder. Is there a way ...
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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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Disk not ejected properly message since started to use El Capitan

I use an external LaCie hard disk as my Time Machine backup drive for MBP. But since I have upgraded to El Capitan, every time I opened the laptop, I'm getting greeted by at least two notifications: ...
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Can I access an OS X Yosemite Time Machine backup if I revert to OS X Mavericks?

I've had problems with Yosemite since I've installed it but I'm also wondering if it is even worth it to revert since I've done everything on Yosemite?
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How (in)vulnerable is OS X to encryption ransomware?

These days, malicious software seems to be infecting Windows computers, encrypting their data against their will, and asking for a Bitcoin ransom in exchange for the encryption key. In order for ...
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My NTFS formatted external Toshiba drive is unreadable since update to Yosemite OS X 10.10.1

My portable external Toshiba hard drive is now unreadable on my MacBook Pro early 2008 aluminum computer. Since updating to Yosemite OS X 10.10.1, I cannot recover my files stored as Time Machine ...
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MacBook turned off during Time Machine initial back up - What do I do?

My external hard disk was partitioned to 3 partitions and one of which (300 GB) was set up with Time Machine. The initial back up started and was 3 hours through (around 65% of 211 GB complete). I ...
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How to rollback and override to a specific date within a Time Machine backup

my situation is kind of weird. I've totally crashed my system yesterday after installing bootcamp/windows 8.1 (bad partition format). Fortunately, I have a full backup Time Machine on a Drobo 5D ...
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How to open time machine progress bar window

I know that there is a window where time machine can display its current progress, along with an estimate about how long it will likely take till the current backup is complete. This window did ...
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User permissions problem after restoring from Time Machine to a new user Mac OS X El Capitan

My old MacBook Pro died so I did a restore from a Time Machine backup to an iMac. I did the restore to a new user so the info already in the iMac would not be lost. Everything went smoothly and I have ...
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Can there be two separate Time Machine Backups on the same external drive?

I'm interested in buying an external hard drive. I'd like to know whether if it's possible (and simple if so) to have two separate Time Machine Backups from two different MacBooks at the same time?
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MacBook Pro, iCloud Drive, Time Machine and Time Capsule 2

Can I use Time Machine and Time Capsule 2 to backup not only my MacBook Pro files, apps, etc. but also the files stored on my iCloud Drive for sharing with my other MacBook Pro and others?
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OS X prefers case insensitivity but TimeMachine seems to require case sensitivity?

As per What are the downsides to using Time Machine? the first item reads Time machine requires an Apple specific HFS+ filesystem to store backups. Which is a Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, ...
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disable Time Machine scripts

My 2013 iMac was recalled by the factory for some issue with the drive. The drive was changed and I started afresh - I thought. It turns out that I was running some schedule on Time Machine which ...
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OS X Server & Time Machine for Active Directory Users

In my setup, we have an OS X server, where the machine is bound to our Active Directory domain. I am able to log onto the machine using AD users/credentials locally, with no problems. However, when ...
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How to give custom name to Time Machine backup

I have used Clonezilla when I was a windows and linux user. I really liked how Clonezilla allows you to rename your backup to anything. It is possible to do so during Time Machine backup? I want to ...
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Time Machine failing with (null) error

I'm getting the following after about half an hour of Preparing Backup: Setting security information: Operation not permitted Error processing extended attributes: Input/output error Error moving - ...