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

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Backing up a NAS (In my case a Drobo b800fs)

TL;DR: We have a NAS that I'm trying to back up. I want to use a Yosemite server to back up one network share to another, with nice indexed incremental backups providing point in time recovery. The ...
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Time Machine space

I have a iMac with a hard drive of 1TB. Used 536 GB. It has an external hard drive of 1TB with Time Machine and the normal copies. The computer had a problem that did not afected the hard drive and ...
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What to do when I cannot boot the Recovery partition?

tl;dr When I hold alt during boot, and select the Recovery partition, the computer displays the bright grey screen with an Apple logo, and a spinning work indicator. But after a few hours nothing has ...
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Time Machine to NAS, over internet

I have a Synology DiskStation NAS that I use for Time Machine backups on my LAN. I want to be able to back up when I'm away from home. I've tried: Connecting via L2TP VPN running on Synology ...
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Spotlight/Search Not Indexing, MBP Running Too Hot

Short version: Since installing Yosemite on my (mid'12) MacBook Pro, I have seen issues with battery life cut in half and the computer running excessively hot. Symptoms: In the Activity Monitor, ...
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Time Machine backup of home directory is missing

2 days (on Sunday) ago I performed clean OS X Yosemite installation over OS X Yosemite that was upgraded from Mavericks previously. I have a time machine backup. So, latest backups in time machine was ...
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How can I manually delete old backups to free space for Time Machine?

I use a Time Capsule for backup and now I want the drive to back up data from an extra Mac. But the drive is filled up with old backups from Mac 1. There simply is not enough space available for the ...
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Black screen when open Time Machine on Yosemite

I use a 13 Macbook with a thunderbolt display on Yosemite. Since the installation of last osx version, if I try to open Time Machine I can only see a completely black screen on laptop screen. The ...
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Time machine deletes old backups when still >2 TB of 3 TB are free

I get messages that my Time Machine backup volume is full and TM has deleted older backups. But my backup target disk is an external 3 TB HD and Finder reports that over 2 TB of it are free (only some ...
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What is happening when time machine refuses to travel for Chrome local storage?

I wanted to retrieve a backup of /Users/MYNAME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Local Storage. however, TM seems to be claiming that the entire folder came into existence about 30 ...
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No Applications after Backup recovery

I used to backup my data via Airport Time Capsule and configured my backup, so that no Applications are part of the backup. In case of a broken HDD etc. I would prefer to install only those ...
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How to search Mail in Time Machine?

I'm looking for a specific email I may have deleted, but I don't remember when I received it (it was at least a couple months ago). Digging through my Mail history in Time Machine for a single email ...
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Move existing USB Time Machine backup to OS X Server Time Machine

How can I move an exiting OS X (10.10.1) USB Time Machine backup history to an OS X (10.10.1) Server (version 4) Time Machine service?
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Time Machine files cannot be erased

I put Mavericks on my iMac and Time Machine quit updating. I just want to erase all the TM files on the external HD, but cannot. Looks like reformating is the only answer. Any solutions? Using ...
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Migration Assistant very slow - Can I see what files it is stuck on?

I am migrating to a new machine from a time machine backup from a USB3 drive. It is currently transferring the applications folder and is taking a small eternity and quoting me 100+ hours remaining. ...
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Time Machine won't backup a folder that was previously excluded

I was troubleshooting my wifes iPhoto library and rebuilt a duplicate library. I didn't want to fill up the 2TB external hard drive used for Time Machine, so I excluded the folder that contained only ...
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Can't navigate Time Machine interface (going backwards/forwards in time) since upgrading to Mac OS X Yosemite

Since upgrading to Mac OS X Yosemite, when I open Time Machine on a folder, I can't navigate backwards in time anymore, on any folder. The arrows are grayed out. Usually, this is because Time Machine ...
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Time Machine Strategy?

I just finished a tough weekend of getting my Mac back. For whatever reason, it would no longer boot. I am running 10.6.8 on a 2010 MacPro. I installed a new copy of the OS, and migrated, then ...
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Completely new Time Machine backup?

I made use of Time Machine to restore my Mac's OS and data to a new drive after the old one failed. Time Machine doesn't seem to recognize that the new drive and the back ups are related. Is there a ...
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Time Machine started to backup files, it is still working and data is larger than actual disk data

I cleaned backup disk as it was full and started a clean (empty) Time Machine backup. On a disk of 465Gb my data occupies 321Gb. Time Machine has started backuping files and I found interesting that ...
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Entering Time Machine on an external drive does not work

If I open an external drive, or an folder on that drive, in the Finder, then enter Time Machine by clicking on the menu bar icon and selecting "Enter Time Machine", then Time Machine runs, but it ...
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Recover certain files from Time machine from previous Mac

I just got my new Macbook Pro Retina and update it to Yosemite. I now want to recover/get some files from my Time Machine backup of my previous Macbook but don't want to migrate my whole Time machine ...
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How does Time Machine work for a photographer

I am a photographer and I use photos that are about 15Mb each. I take hundreds of these per month and edit, let's say, about 500 per month. And sometimes I'll go back a week later and tweak a batch ...
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How to automatically make Mac shutdown after Time Machine Backup

How can I make my Macbook automatically shutdown after a Time Machine backup? I have a 40GB worth backup to do but I keep having to cancel it to go to bed. Would be great if I could leave it on to do ...
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Programmatically mark file(s) to be ignored by Time Machine [closed]

I'm writing some code that produces a kind of package file, however it includes a kind of working database that isn't strictly necessary (as it can be re-computed) but is best kept bundled with the ...
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Time machine troubles

I have 2 time machine backups on two different hard drives. One drive is formatted non case sensitive, and the other is formatted case-sensitive. I recently bought a 3rd drive, that I wanted to put ...
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How to erase Time Machine backups in trash?

I have a lot of backup data from TM (>800Gb) in my trash and I can't delete it. Trying everything what I find in "AskDifferent" & also this. It's too long - over 2 hours left and nothing! I can ...
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Why did restoring a system from a recent Time Machine backup fail to restore recent files?

I used a recent Time Machine backup to restore a Late 2008 MacBook Pro system for a family member today. She had been backing up faithfully about once a week to an external HDD using Time Machine for ...
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How to wipe huge .MobileBackups folder?

I found my .MobileBackups folder quite large, it weights 160 Gi. Shouldn't the .MobileBsckups folder be wiped after the TM 'backup session'? Since I have backup done on my external drive how can I ...
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Time Machine won't erase incomplete backup

Mac 10.8.6 I stopped the last backup, but it didn't erase the InProgress backup from then. Now when I try to back up it gives me "Node requires deep traversal:/ reason:contains changes|must scan ...
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How to restore an account from a lost mac from time machine?

I have 2 computers : an iMac and a MBP. My old MBP is dead. I've Time Machine backups from the accounts of this computer. How can I restore those accounts on my iMac to have access to their data?
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After Yosemite 10.10.1, Time Machine will not recognize cifs://goflexhome.local

I cannot get my iMac to see goflexhome.local as a shared device in finder, so Time Machine will not offer it as a drive I can use to backup my machine. I can mount it and talk to it, even create ...
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Problems with TM after moving backup to a new disk

I am running OS X 10.6.8. I bought a new external hard drive and copied the accumulated backups from the old TM disk to this one. Now I am trying to do a backup on the new disk. It logs ...
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Time Machine asks for a backup disk by the wrong name

I have a time machine backup drive that I have renamed to Home Backup. Whenever I forget to take backups, OS X tells me "you haven't backed up to the drive My Passport for 10 days" Running tmutil ...
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Deleting all but the most recent Time Machine backup

I just bought a new Mac and I'm manually migrating everything over given that it's been a while since I did a clean install and that the new Mac has less storage than my existing one. I will be wiping ...
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Time Machine Changed My External Hard Drive's to MBR and now I can't access it!

On Yosemite, I was using Bootcamp to install Windows on a part of my internal hard drive. When, bootcamp was finished (before booting into Windows), Time Machine popped up and asked me if I wanted to ...
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Is encrypting an external hard drive prior to Time Machine equally secure as TM encryption?

It's more it less an order of operations, but should I format and encrypt the external hard drive first without any data and then run TM? I figured that way would be faster rather than TM having to ...
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Unable to connect to Seagate goflex_home network share in mac

I have a 2TB GoFlex Home Network Share. I'm able to connect and access it using my windows machines and as well as using my ipad. I'm not able to connect it via mac using finder, smb. The browser is ...
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Continue time machine backup with another Mac

I recently bought a new MacBook. It's running Yosemite and I managed to transfer my old user profile from the old computer via migration assistant. Now I want to seamlessly continue my backup on the ...
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Do I need my Time Machine backup if I copied my home directory to an external drive?

MacBook running slow. I want to do a wipe, clean install (OS X Yosemite) and restore. I've copied my home directory to an external drive and could transfer it back after clean install. I'm also ...
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How to Safely Delete an in-progress Time Machine Backup on Snow Leopard

Okay, so somehow a computer I'm helping to manage has got a total of three .inprogress backups on its Time Machine drive that it doesn't seem to be able to tidy up; it's creating new backups without ...
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SD memory for Time Machine?

I am running a MacMini 2013 that has Mac OS X 10.9.3 installed and I want to use SD memory cards with Time Machine. Can I use the SD flash memory for a backup drive? What is the maximum size ...
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Time Machine cannot locate external disk

I have an iMac11,2 running MacOS 10.8.5. Time Machine (TM) has made backup on a LaCie 320GB Firewire400 HDD for almost 2 years now. It stopped working 2 weeks ago, stuck on 'looking for drive'. My HDD ...
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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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How to transfer files from a non-Mac formatted external HD

In haste I did not format my WD Passport 1TB External HD for Mac. Need to transfer the files from my old 2008 MacBook to my 2014 MacBook Pro. Any help or tips would be so appreciated. When I plug ...
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OS X Yosemite & Time Machine: identity of the backup disk has changed

From time to time (I did not yet figure out a systematic way to reproduce the error) I get an error message when a new Time Machine backup begins: it says that the identity of my Time Machine backup ...
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Yosemite 10.10 after installation: Desktop grey, minimize functions not working on windows, dock not visible

So i finished installing Yosemite 10.10 (or at least it said it was completed before my mac restarted) but now that its restarted: the desktop background is grey, desktop icons are not visible, i ...
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Why does Yosemite want to throw away all my backups?

Huh? “To improve reliability, ... will remove your existing backup history” Doesn't that kind of miss the point of having backups?? Time Machine is set to use a network share dedicated to that ...
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How can I avoid repeated “Time Machine must create a new backup” errors when backing up to a third party NAS?

My backups seem to go well backing up to my NAS however randomly after a few weeks I get the following error. Several users get this error intermittently however I have yet to find a solution. Any ...