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: “Enter Time Machine” menu command does not do anything

I have Time Machine running on an external hard drive and it reports happily that it is doing backups and I have no reason to doubt it. But when I try to look at the backups by clicking "Enter Time ...
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iPhoto to Photos issue

I just took my computer into the Mac store and had it upgraded to El Capitan. I had iPhoto on my old version, I believe it was Lion. Before I took my computer in, I backed my computer up to a Seagate ...
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Backing up External Drive without Time Machine

I'm not too familiar with Time Machine. I cannot recall if Time Machine creates full version-controlled images, or just changes what's different since last time. I'm interested in the latter, I ...
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Keeping two computers completely synched

I have a 2011 iMac and am in the process of buying a new MacBook Pro. Assuming I have the same hard drive space, I could clone the iMac hard drive to the new MBP using Time Machine, but after that ...
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How does Time Machine backup the snapshots made by Parallels 11

When setting up a VM in Parallels 11 (and previous versions) one can enable "SmartGuard" and then further "Optimize for Time Machine" What's not clear is exactly what's happening "under the covers" ...
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Full, encrypted, point-in-time Mac OS X (including data) backup and restore employing Drobo as backup-storage device?

Summary I want to restore any of the OS and data files my Mac OS X computers to any previous state I "save" (aka "backup"), so I can revert back to a known-working software state when a change causes ...
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Are Time Machine backups to an external disk attached to a Time Capsule supported?

My 1 TB Time Capsule drive is full with Time Machine backups. I'd rather spend $130 on a 3 TB drive than $500 on a new 3 TB Time Capsule. Is an external drive attached to a Time Capsule supported ...
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Time Machine Icon on Desktop showing the yellow icon

My Time Machine in Finder shows the correct icon, however, on my Desktop, it shows the Yellow icon that is used for normal external hard drives. It only changes on the desktop to the time machine icon ...
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Migration Assistant completely broken on Yosemite?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro with a 500GB SDD. It has been backed up on a regular basis to two different external disks - one is a 4TB Thunderbolt HDD, the other a 4TB WD Black drive connected via a USB ...
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Time Machine not restoring properly, System Preferences not saving or malware?

Yesterday, I wiped the drive on my Macbook Pro and reinstalled OS X 10.11.1 using Internet Recovery on my home wifi network (a Netgear router that had just set up before I reinstalled with my sister's ...
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Time machine: moving a source external disk to a new computer

I have two external 4TB disks, one for data and the other for TM backups. I recently moved from a MBP2010 (10.8.4) to a MBP2012 (10.10.5, fresh install). On the backup drive, TM adds a root folder ...
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rsync to duplicate/sync Time Machine backups?

I backup multiple Time Machine backups to an NAS. Now I want to sync these backups with an external backup (USB drive connect to a Mac). But I don't want to run multiple TM backups directly to ...
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Parallels Desktop 9 Time Machine HDS backup is old

I had a problem with a Window XP VM and restored from Time Machine. Much to my dismay the backup is from 8 months ago. I looked at the contents of the Time Machine and I have about 15 copies of the ...
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Files on new computer are locked after using Migration Assistant and Time Machine

I have an MacBook with OSX and backed up everything in a Time Capsule with Time Machine. Now I bought a MacBook Pro with Lionn and then migrated everything from the old computer to the new using ...
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Importing new photos in Photos for OS X makes Time Machine copy the whole Photos library instead of just the added photos

I have an elderly but fully updated MacBook Pro running OS X 10.11. I have rebuilt my Photos library this summer to regain the space wasted by the iPhotos->Photos migration. It is around 22 GB. I ...
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How can I restore user accounts from a Time Machine backup to different volume?

I have a mid-2011 iMac, running El Capitan. Everything (OS, Applications, Home Folders, and data) was on a single volume, a 1.0TB HD which failed. In addition to replacing the HD with a new 1.0TB ...
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Lost files on hard drive after Time Machine back up

I did my Time Machine back up using my hard drive. After that, I didn't realize that I lost all my files that were in the hard disk. How can I get the files back? MacBook Air
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Time Machine says “Waiting” for any backup copy.

I run three backups on three different drives and I can't excess any of them after installation of El Capitan. What to do? Gert G.
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CloudKeyChainProxy eating CPU

I have the CloudKeyChainProxy process eating my cpu and I can't use keychain any more nor sync with iCloud, I have a backup in time machine, would suggest an action ? EtreCheck version: 2.6.3 (223) ...
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Drive does not stay mounted

I created an encrypted RAID 0 disk following Why doesn't FileVault work on a RAID volume? on a WD My Passport Pro $ diskutil cs createLVG TimeMachineLVG disk5 Started CoreStorage operation ...
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Time Machine is skipping files and folders. How to fix?

Running OS X 10.10.2 on a Early 2009 Mac Pro. System installed on a 256 GB solid state drive. 10 GB of memory. I'm having a problem with Time Machine where it's not backing up some of my files and ...
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Enabling Time Machine for a USB HDD with NTFS

When I've plugged in my USB HDD (WD Passort Elite) for the first time, the system had asked me whether I want to use this HDD as time machine drive. I've chosen smth like 'decide later' and continued ...
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Move of time machine backup: unable to “restore”

I want to use a new hard drive for time machine. I try to restore the old backup into the new disk using disk utility. It fails with the following error : source volume is read-write and cannot be ...
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How to exclude everything from TimeMachine backup except one folder

TimeMachine backs up all my mac and also if I have external hard drives will back them up too. My goal is to add some general exclusion list that basically stops it from backup my mac and ONLY want ...
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Access denied on TimeMachine after formatting OSX

I formatted a Mac and installed the latest OSX. This Mac was using Time Machine with an external hard drive. Now, I am unable to access folders on that disc that were created before the formatting. ...
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Time Machine offers to erase disk data (format), will it delete all my partitions?

So, I'm trying to perform my Macbook backup on my 3TB drive. This drive is currently has a GPT table with 4 partitions: BackupMain BackupKubuntu BackupWindows BackupMac Before BackupMain, there ...
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Apple Time Machine doesn't see my WD My Passport 2 TB using USB 3.0

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 on my Early 2008 24". Time Machine has been backing up to my WD external hard drives for years. I just purchased a new 2TB My Passport using USB 3.0. It's formatted in Mac ...
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How can I eject my external Time Machine hard disk attached to a MacBook Pro?

I used the external hard disk with Time Machine for the first time. After that when I tried to eject the disk, I got a message saying that it can't be ejected because it is being used by some ...
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Corrupt Time Machine

I have an external disk partitioned in three /dev/disk1 #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: FDisk_partition_scheme *1.0 TB ...
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Time Machine restore to new partition, different computer

I split my macpro disk into 2 partitions. I wish to continue to use partition 1 as a 10.6.8 (Mountain Lion) system. I wish restore everything (O/S, data, etc.) from a Time Machine backup, from a ...
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Does Apple provide disk space that I can back my hard drive up to?

As I understand, with Time Machine I need to provide a drive to back data on to. Is there also an option to use a server managed by Apple to back up on to? Either using Time Machine or another ...
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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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Using Apple Time Capsule as Backup only

I had Apple AirPort Time Capsule which also has a 2TB hard drive for backup. Now I have another router and modem and don't need the Apple one as my main router but still can benefit from its 2TB space ...
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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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Sparsebundle backups displayed as folders with cryptic name on network drive

I just updated from Yosemite to El Capitan. I have two backups, one being done with Time Machine and one with Carbon Copy Cloner. Both sparsebundles are stored on a NAS (Synology DS213). After the ...
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Back up parts of my computer with 2 disks and TimeMachine

I saw a thread a bit similar. But it didn't quite answer my question: I need to separate the contents of my computer to 2 disks because there's too much data etc for one. (Well, I can get it all on ...
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How to use Time Machine backup on a different computer?

I had a MacBook Pro, Mid-2010, which I regularly made weekly Time Machine backups of. The computer accidently got destroyed. When it died it was running OS X 10.10.4. I then got a new MacBook Pro, ...
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Any way to 'migrate' a Time Machine external for use with CCC?

I have an external which I'm using with Time Machine, and I'd like to 'migrate' it and start using just CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner). Is there a good way to essentially mv the contents of LatestTM to the ...
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Is removing network access to a shared Time Machine drive mid-backup similar to unplugging a physical drive?

I'm considering using FreeNAS to provide Time Machine network shares for Time Machine backups of 5-10 Macbooks. One thing I like about this approach is that users simply have to join the network ...
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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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Can I restore items from a Mavericks Time Machine after upgrading to Yosemite?

If I upgrade from Mavericks to Yosemite, will I still be able to recover items from my Time Machine backup?
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What does Time Machine back up?

Does Time Machine backup system files, kernel files and other OS-related files? I have corrupted system drivers and files and I want to do a fresh install of OS X but I also want to back up my ...
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Separate, personal time machine backup locations for every user on OSX Server?

I have a Yosemite Server running and I have about four different backup disks, each for a different user. However, no matter what I do with permissions (setting the user's backup disk to be read/write ...
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External Time Machine drive fails to mount or initialize

I have two Seagate 3TB External Thunderbolt drives attached to my 27 iMac - one I use as a regular storage disk and the other I use as a Time Machine Drive. I recently needed to do a clean ...
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How to change Time Machine settings of a partly broken OS (e.g. by manipulating configuration files)

I have a broken Mac OS 10.6.8 here. Startup is normal, login works, but most programs can't be started Repair of OS with install disks fails Backup via Time Machine is working System Settings ...
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Notifications stuck after Time Machine restore

After restoring my entire system from a Time Machine backup, there are two notifications stuck in notification centre. The "X" to remove them is missing and they return even after disabling and ...
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Airport Extreme 11ac w/USB HDD: Time Machine not recognizing old backups

Some time ago I bought the new 802.11ac Airport Extreme (like the one pictured here). I connected a USB hard drive to the Airport Extreme and used Airport Utility to enable file sharing. I chose the ...
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Time Machine backup not progressing

I'm experiencing issues running backup on an external encrypted USB 3.0 HDD. The backup starts and stop proceeding random. I'd tried to wait many hours without any progress. For example in these ...
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Is it possible to use Time Machine with iCloud?

I have a MacBook Pro (early 2011) with a 320 GB hard disk, and I have a 200 GB storage plan on iCloud. The problem is that I cannot simply copy the Applications folder to iCloud Drive and restore it ...
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Time Machine: What files and folders are affected when excluding System Files and Applications?

When you put System Files and Applications in the exclusion list, it is not clear what specific files and folders are being concerned. Is it just the /Applications and /System folders? Are /private ...