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

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Can't find Excel 2011 Auto-recovered spreadsheet

Yesterday morning my colleagues Excel 2011 (on Mac OSX 10.8) crashed. He reopened Excel and was asked if he wanted to recover the previous document. Yes, he said and then got a document named ...
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Modem + Switch + Airport Time Capsule

We are using the following structure in our network: modem (DHCP server) -> switch -> access point We bought Airport Time Capsule. We changed our access point with time capsule, but time capsule not ...
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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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Encrypt Time Machine backup data sent over the network

I have three relevant machines: An iMac running 10.10 as my Time Machine server. A MacBook Pro running 10.10, which backs up to the server. Backup encryption is enabled. A PowerBook G4 running ...
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Is there a way to recover an older version of my iPhoto database?

I tried uploading a photo from iPhoto to Facebook and the upload failed. I tried again, and it appeared to fail. Blaming my internet connection, I tried again. The upload worked. Then I took a look at ...
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Unable to boot into recovery mode on Mavericks Mid 2009 17" Macbook Pro

I am trying to restore a new SSD I placed into my MBP using a Time Machine backup on an external HD. In order to do this, I read I need to be able to go into recovery mode as I boot my system up. To ...
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Old Time machine backups stored on GoFlex storage not visible

How to find older Time machine backups stored on my GoFlex storage drive? I have been using GoFlex as my primary backup once my original Airport TC was full. Recently I upgraded to Yosemite and after ...
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Restore parts of time machine backup

I currently have a MacBook Pro that I'm using at work, but it has now become so slow that I wish to do a reinstall of the OS. It has a recovery partition that offers such a reinstall. I do not want ...
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Why can't Time Machine see shared drive?

I am having trouble setting up a Time Machine backup to a shared network drive. I have an external drive plugged into a MacBook Pro (MBP), and I want to use Time Machine to remotely back up a MacBook ...
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iMac Time Machine HDD and Internal HDD failed at same time

My 2008 iMac, which has been extremely reliable for several years now, began to show the spinning 'beach ball' one day, and then would become unresponsive. After a couple of forced reboots, the ...
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Folder content recovery

I just got a new mac book and took a hard drive to make a backup file of my documents (I used time machine). One of the Folders did not get saved the way it was before, When I now click on the folder ...
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Restore TimeMachine emails from Mavericks Mail app to Snow Leopard Mail app

Early 2008 iMac 4GB RAM was running Mavericks. Due to memory limitation, I've gone back to Snow Leopard. I'm trying to recover email folders that were "On My Mac" in Mavericks Mail app from ...
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Going back to Mavericks: will i lose my files that I have created on Yosemite?

FileVault slowed my MBP. So, I am going back to Mavericks. How can I make sure that my files saved on Yosemite will not be lost? If I go back using Time Machine, how do I access my files that were ...
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How to setup and backup in Time Machine when there is only one hard drive showing?

then other window open which shows internet written their and they says no airpot found searching for it....!2 and if i go to disk utility there is only one hard drive shows "machinetosh hd"!2 i ...
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Spotlight fails to load after Time Machine restore - crashes continuously

Problem description: After having made the mistake of running a Unix command that altered more files than I intended and possibly damaged the file system, I decided to restore to a previous state with ...
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Attempting to revert to Mac OS X Mavericks, now can't get out of OS X Utilities!

Here is my situation: I have an MBP Retina 2013 with an SSD drive which I ran with Mavericks with no problems for about almost a year now. I recently upgraded to Yosemite which seemed to work well ...
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Time machine one folder?

I want to back only one or some of my folder with time machine. Is it possible somehow to back them? And so I can maybe push down the datastore requirement down below 8GB, and so a flash drive will be ...
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Time Machine often says, “No Backups for # Days” even though it should back up every weekday

I have a late 2014 MBP that I hook up to power and an external hard drive at work every weekday for 8 hours. I've been running Yosemite for less than a week, and before that I was running Mavericks. ...
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remove old drive from Time Machine backup

My old HDD died, I restored data to a new one, but now I have two versions of backup: new and old The name was MyVolume, in Time Machine I have now MyVolume and MyVolume1 I already tried tmutil ...
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Time machine missing backups?

Yes, time machine missing backup folders/files has been asked before and gone unaswered. I can't touch those threads as a new, reputationless member. It's very dissapointing to discover missing ...
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MTMFS consuming an entire CPU core and fans running full bore with Lion

You may be aware that Lion introduced MTMFS, the Mobile Time Machine File System. I've had a couple of instances now where MTMFS has been chewing up an entire core of my dual-core (mid 2009) MacBook ...
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Searching for file within Time Capsule

Mavericks OSX 10.9.5. I need to locate a file in the Time Capsule. I can navigate into the directory I want to search in, and using OSX find, I can "search" for a file that is right there and there ...
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Can I simply swap a Time Machine SSD with the original one on an MBPro?

I need to replace the original internal SSD (256GB) with a 512GB that has Time Machine on it and up to date. I am hoping it were not required to involve yet a third disk - e.g. another USB hard drive ...
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine?

I accidentally deleted my ~/.zshrc file and I'd like to get it back from a Time Machine backup. When I enter Time Machine I can see my home directory, but all the dot-files in the directory are hidden ...
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Old version of iOS app after Time Machine restore

Running OSX 10.10.1 Yosemite. Xcode 6.1.1. I was running 10.10 and it was terribly slow, so I did a back up with Time Machine, and did a clean install of 10.10. It made everything much faster, if ...
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Yosemite Time Machine Backup Failed Due to Full Disk

I've run Yosemite for some time now, this issue is recent. My assumption has always been that Time Machine autonomously overwrites old backups once your time capsule is full. So my questions are : ...
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Time machine was interrupted - how to make it resume?

Time machine was running for the first time and it was NINE hours into the job, when it got stopped (I inadervently removed the usb connection). Is there any way to get it to resume? UPDATE The ...
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How can I use an existing Time Machine backup with my new computer?

I've just replaced my existing MacBook Pro with a new MacBook Air. I've got 18 months of Time Machine backups from the old computer. I'd like to configure my new computer to use the old computer's ...
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How to force a Time Machine deep traversal?

After a few kernel panics and an accidental hot-unplugging of my Firewire Time Machine drive, I'd like to make sure that my Time Machine exactly matches my Macintosh HD, much like rsync -a. Is there ...
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Force Time Machine to perform a deep traversal?

How do I force Time Machine to perform a deep traversal? I've had this happen when I needed to once before, when it took about 120 minutes to go through 500 GB and Time Machine found about 10 GB worth ...
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Space Occupied By Other Files And Folders On Hard Drive

I have been using VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows 8 on and after deleting the virtual drives and virtualbox due to having issues with Windows 8, I am missing a lot of memory from ...
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Will I be able to access my Time Machine backups after changing Hard Drive

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro - I am planning on swapping out the Optical Drive for an SSD in the near future, and then re-installing OS X across the Hard Drive and SSD (in a Fusion Drive format). I have ...
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Restoring User Folders to Different Volume

Okay, so I need to restore a machine from a Time Machine backup, but before it failed it had two separate volumes; one for the OS, apps and the administrator account, and one for all other user ...
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Time Machine notifications

I am running a MacBook Pro with Yosemite. Ever since I updated, Time Machine no longer sends me notifications that it's time to back things up. I read the entry on getting it to show in the ...
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Using Time Machine with Virtualization (Parallels, VirtualBox, VMWare, etc…)

Since a single small change to a VM file should (I think) cause the entire multi-gigabyte file to be backed up again, are there any ideas I can use to more effectively backup my machine? Assume that ...
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Will HFS+ extended attributes be lost on FreeNAS?

I have FreeNAS server partially set up on an HP Microserver, but just realized that I may lose all my extended attribute metadata on the files that come from my Macs (which is what most of my ...
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Yosemite Time Machine not backing up (existing and new backups)

I am having an issue with Time Machine. Since upgrading to Yosemite Time Machine has not been working. I have seen this seems to be a common issue but have not seen reference to my specific case. I ...
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Time Machine file structure?

I have a drive used only for Time Machine. The drive is 3TB, with 1.75TB showing available, so TM actually has used only 1.25TB, yet the total reflects 50+ backups of 80GB each. The question is - ...
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How to stop Time Machine backing up log files inside application containers?

Time Machine does not backup log files in ~/Library/Logs But it does backup logs files within application containers. For example, log files in the folder ...
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How to restore pre-update OS from Time Machine?

I've never actually restored with Time Machine, not sure how it works. My machine is messed up since updating to a Yosemite Beta and installing nvidia drivers. How do I go back a few days? I ONLY ...
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine - can't find data file?

I followed the instructions in this question but still cannot restore my address book and iCal data. I found what I thought was the data file for the address book, AddressBook-v22.abcddb, but when I ...
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How can I tell Time Machine to keep using its former backup?

For some reason Time Machine doesn't think that the backups on my external drive are for my current computer. How can I point Time Machine at the former backup files so it can pick up where it left ...
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How can I retrieve Mail messages from an earlier Time Machine backup?

I'm using a newer external drive for Time Machine backups for the last year, but the mail messages I'm looking for aren't on it. Some of my old emails never correctly migrated to my new MacBook last ...
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Why is Time Machine showing a “Preparing disk for decryption” progress bar?

I had an existing USB drive which was already encrypted (ad the file-system level) and then I opened Time Machine and also selected "Encrypt backups" when choosing the disk and now I have a very slow ...
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Time Machine not starting when I connect the HDD

I have a 500 GB WD My Passport with two partitions on it, one of which is set as a Time Machine backup drive. The problem is that the backup doesn't start automatically when I connect the HDD. Any ...
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Time Machine backup a file just by opening it

I noticed that Time Machine is backing up every file from a hard drive, even if they have just been opened, not modified. Then, every time I open a .dmg file for example, that save a new version… An ...
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Cannot find files after Migration Assistant ran

I recently ran Migration Assistant from a Time Machine backup off my MacBook Pro to my New iMac. however i am unable to find the files and the hard drive on the iMac is not half full. I have no ...
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Recover Time Machine without the password

I'm having a issue with a Time Machine backup made on an external USB drive. The TM backup is encrypted and I can't remember the password … Does anybody know a tool to brute force the password ? (I ...
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Migrating Applications only to a new Mac

I'd like to set up my new Macbook. The usernames will be the same, but I would like to only transfer Applications and settings, so no files and user data. However, after selecting these two options ...
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Restore emails with Time Machine

How do you restore emails from a Time Machine backup? I am uncertain of how to use Time Machine back up to restore emails from my Google folders.