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

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Directories showing as files when browsing a Time Machine backup on Windows

I have to grab some files from a time machine backup and I only have a Windows PC. I downloaded the HFS+ filesystem drivers from MacRoumers (here) and plugged in my Time Machine Drive. Everything ...
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Excluding Chrome's session storage from Time Machine

Is it advisable to exclude ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Session\ Storage/ from Time Machine backups? It certainly sounds like a prime candidate, but I am unable to find ...
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RAW images not supported in Aperture after Time Machine restore

After restoring from a Time Machine Backup all of the RAW images in my aperture library show as "Not supported", even though they did work on my old laptop (where the backup was made). Here is what I ...
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How can I select a complete folder instead of a single file while cloning user SuperDuper in OSX for backup?

I want to select the who lang comp lab folder for backing up (cloning) using SuperDuper software in OSX but it just allows me to select one file as an image. lang comp lab folder is inside mgserver ...
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Time machine backups not recognised after OS upgrade

I finally updated my OS from 10.6.8 to Mavericks 10.9 yesterday on my late 2009 iMac 27", but when I got to the point of switching back on my Time machine (connected to a time capsule 2 Tbytes) it ...
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Time Machine and an Unmounted Internal Drive

A couple of weeks back I put an SSD in my macbook, keeping the old spinning disk drive around using an expansion bay. Everything went fine, and I got it backing up. However, having the SSD around, I ...
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Do I need a special external hard drive to use with Time Machine

I am searching for a hard drive but I wonder if just about any will allow me to partition it so that I can use a part of it for Time Machine only. Thanks.
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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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Missing backups from Time Machine

A have a MacBook running Mountain Lion that backups up to a Linux machine over afp (netatalk) using Time Machine. In Time Machine preferences I can see that the Oldest backup was on 5th March 2012 ...
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Time Machine backing up more data than I can physically have

I have a Retina MBP with a 512 GB SSD. Today, Time Machine shows me this: Does anybody know how Time Machine can be backing more data than I can fit on my hard disk? For what its worth, I still ...
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Time Machine Could not complete the backup

I am getting this error: The backup disk image "Volumes/Data-1/studio@iphotographic.sparsebundle" could not be accessed (error (null)).<
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How can I automatically mount an external HD connected via USB to Airport Time Capsule every time I connect to my LAN?

I make Time Machine backups on an external 2TB HD connected via USB to my Airport Time Capsule. PROBLEM When I come back to home and I reconnect to my wi-fi LAN, Time Machine is not able to ...
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Alignment error with external hard drive, Time Machine

While trying to backup via Time Machine, I am seeing the following errors in 'sudo dmesg' output: CODE SIGNING: cs_invalid_page(0x1000): p=8425[GoogleSoftwareUp] clearing CS_VALID USBMSC Identifier ...
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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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How to access IPhoto on my external hard drive

I can't access my Iphoto libraries from my hard drive. Every time I go to open the IPhoto file in the hard drive the error pops up as follows: "You can't open Iphoto Back up because it is in Time ...
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TM Backup Drive shows smaller size than internal Hard drive on iMac

I am helping a friend that has an iMac running 10.7.5 with a TM backup drive. External HDD is formatted as Extended Journaled Case Sensitive.( Default via TM grabbing the disk initially and setting it ...
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Mavericks - Tell application “Preview” open PDF - strange permission issue

I have recently moved a large research collection of PDF files, from a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 TimeMachine disk, to my new rMBP (to the internal flash storage). I did this manually, not through the ...
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Odd Problem: Duplicate user with identical name listed twice

I restored files onto my new computer using Time Machine (from my old computer). I manually restored specific files and folders. The user name was the same on the old MacBook Pro and the new MacBook ...
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Restoring data from Time Machine backup created on second Mac

I have a desktop Mac and MacBook Air. The MacBook Air has decided to die, so I want to restore the back up files in my Time Machine to my Mac desktop. How do I do that? It must be simple, but I ...
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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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Export iphoto library onto time machine?

I have time machine, and am looking to have iphoto continuously and automatically back up my pictures. (I have so many images and would like them safely on a hard drive) I had to drag/copy my iphoto ...
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Time Machine not backing up iTunes

I have a new quad core i7 MacBook and my Time Machine is not backing up my iTunes. How can I fix this? I did not have this problem with my older laptop with Time Machine
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Time Machine restores and network settings

Not sure if this has already been asked (I didn't find the question in my search) but I am really curious to know if a Time Machine restore restores my network settings. I have a broadband Internet ...
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How Do I Start Over With Backups Using Time Machine?

I have a Mac Mini Server running the latest version of Mavericks and OS X Server. I would like to do a full backup of my server. I have no business need to keep the backups currently on the disk. ...
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How do I delete Time Machine backups of my Trash?

Time Machine (external hard drive) backed up some files in my Trash folder and I'd like them removed from my backup. I know how to normally remove backed up files from within Time Machine (right click ...
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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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Backup Failed - Time Machine couldn't back up to “disk name”

I have a 2013 MacBook Air running Mavericks. I bought a Nifty drive and a top of the line micro sd. When I shutdown my computer, turn it back on and go to backup no problem, but if the lid is shut and ...
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How can I access my time capsule through ssh?

I am trying to reach the time capsule on a remote network. After following the advice of another question I realised the router/network doesn't support NAT-PMP/UPnP and thus I get to configure the ...
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Can I flag a time machine backup so it never gets overwritten

I'm about to upgrade to lion and at some point in the future I might want to restore back to a snow leopard time machine backup. However, recently my first time backups have been overwritten. Is ...
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Can I set up quotas on my Time Capsule?

I have got the mid 2013 AirPort Time Capsule. Is it possible to set it up so that each user has a certain quota on the device? Either that, or even limit the size of the Time Machine data sets, so ...
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Delete selected E-mail from Time Machine Backup?

How do you permanently delete selected E-Mail messages from "Apple Mail" from a Time Machine Backup?
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Time Machine - How does it work?

I understand how Apple advertises Time Machine to work, but I want to know more in-depth. Does it keep track of all file changes in a database or flat file that you make as you work so that it knows ...
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Help! Lost admin password for Mac OS X server 10.9

While our netwrokd administrator was admitted to a hospital for an emergency surgery (he is now in coma), being as a temporary delegate, I was ordered by our Institution to turn OFF Mail funciton and ...
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What folders can be safely excluded from Time Machine backup?

I want to know list of folders that can be safely excluded from Time Machine backups while ensuring that full restore can get me a same machine running immediately. The reason why I want to do this ...
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Migration Assistant and USB Time Machine disk

Mavericks Update Sadly this issue remains unresolved in Mavericks. End Update When I run Migration Assistant (from an admin account) in Lion, M.A. hangs at the message "Looking for Other ...
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Timemachine works from some stations, but not from others

We have 5 Macs in our network (Active Directory) I have installed a TimeMachine server, and want all mac's to use that as a backup/snapshot disk. I was able to activate it only on 2 stations, while ...
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Clean install of Mavericks via Snow Leopard using Time machine dat recovery

When purchased, my iMac came with Snow Leopard, plus installation disks, but I recently upgraded the OS to Mavericks, in order to use the latest iteration of Garageband, i.e. Garageband 10.1. ...
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Restoring apps and preferences to a clean install

I have a mid-2009 MBP currently running Mavericks and suffering from the slow performance problems that others have been mentioning. Initially I thought it might have been something to do with a ...
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Where do applications store local settings?

Where does OS X store local settings for applications such as license keys, Skype favorite contacts, etc. Yesterday I was troubleshooting an issue with an Apple rep and he had me delete a bunch of ...
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Find & Recover correct iTunes ratings etc. & Library from Time Machine

I have at least 13 backups of my entire 7000 song iTunes library on an external drive using Time Machine. Unfortunately, a Sr. Rep. at iTunes support was misinformed and had me delete a folder that I ...
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Restoring selected files from time machine backup of a different mac

Here's the situation so far: 20" Alum iMac 2007 HDD has died (3 days after I got a new Macbook Pro - coincidence, or suicide?) It had a time machine backup on a regular external drive I have ...
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Unknown Error -22 When Trying to Copy Files from Time Machine

Somehow I've managed to accumulate a bunch of files in Time Machine that don't seem to be capable of being copied out of Time Machine, citing "Unknown Error -22", like-so: sudo cp ...
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How to properly backup OS X Server (Mavericks)

I've been reading various articles from a Google Search on this topic and it seems there is no clear solution as many debate what works/doesn't work. I'm hoping to get a definitive answer here. I ...
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Mavericks Time Machine is stuck in the middle of backing up, other times stop unexpectedly

After upgrade to Mavericks I fail to complete a single backup with Time Machine. Tried it both for third-party NAS (QNAP TS-210) having a Time Machine service, and for a simple external HDD enclosure ...
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Can't find contacts in Time Machine

I'm trying to restore lost contacts information from Time Machine. Where is the data stored on the HD? I've searched the Library, Documents and other likely places, but can't find the actual cards ...
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How can I back up my iMac from the Recovery Partition?

Things in my iMac are failing, most notably the hard drive. I can only reliably boot to the Recovery Partition. Booting to the regular system, either normally or in Safe Mode, does not work, and ...
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Partition Time Machine volume already used

I want to partition/reduce size my Time Machine volume to use it also with another Mac. Now I've this situation I want to change the partition and do this But the two tips of the partitions says ...
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How should I restore a backup of my user account from a .dmg?

I have on my external hard drive a .dmg which is a backup from when my internal hardrive was breaking. Fixing the (internal) hard drive I then went on to erase it. And reinstall OSX in the process it ...
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I can see network printers when connected via ethernet, but not through a Time Capsule

I wish to print to a network printer. When I plug the ethernet cable directly into my laptop (macbook pro 2013, OS X Mavericks) I see all printers available. However when I try to connect via Time ...
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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 ...