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

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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.
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Remove unnecessary backups from TimeMachine to get space

I know that oldest backups are removed automatically when there is no space for new ones on TimeMachine. I use TimeCapsule also for sharing files on WiFi, so I’d like to free some space by removing of ...
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How to fix Time Capsule causing slowdown on file dialogs?

I've got a fairly recent model Time Capsule running backup for my Macbook Pro (Late 2013). Ever since upgrading to Yosemite I've noticed an occasional slow down when bringing up a file open or save ...
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What is a good OSX incremental backup software (not time machine)

So I used to use CCC to clone my external drive to another external drive for a backup copy. What I realized is that I want incremental backup that is versioned. So I can go back to a copy that is ...
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Time Machine Backup to Airport Time Capsule

When I backup using time machine to my Time Capsule, does this use network bandwidth? I'm uncertain as I could see it creating some sort of ad-hoc network between the computer and the disc to do the ...
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Frequent mDNSResponder host resolution issue

I have a frequent problem with one specific host on my network. I have a local DNS server running on one of the machines. I have host nas.mydomain.com configured through that DNS with A and AAAA ...
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Backing up to an Airport Timecapsule over non-Airport WiFi

I recently upgraded some gear and I am no longer using my Airport as a wireless host. Instead, I now have another device acting as the primary server for DHCP, Router, and WiFi. The old Airport is ...
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Time machine migration has been preparing for 14 hours, is this normal?

There's very little information on how long time machine migrations are supposed to take on Google. I have 200GB or so under my user and it has been stuck on "preparing to transfer user documents" for ...
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Why does hdiutil fail on symlinks when creaing an image of a Time Machine backup?

I am trying to create a compressed disk image of a Time Machine backup (that is stored on an external HDD) on Yosemite. hdiutil fails on the first symlink it comes across. Before the failure, there ...
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time-machine: selective file restore - I just want a few things from a TM backup that was made of another MacBook

So I have a Time Machine backup (on an external USB hard drive) that was made from a 2010 MacBook Pro. I think the computer was running the latest OS at the time the last backup was made -- Nov 2013, ...
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Repair Time Machine sparsebundle that will no longer mount

I messed up my Time Machine backup in some way. I'm no longer able to mount the sparsebundle file as I get an error stating that there are no mountable filesystems. I used the hdiutil command to ...
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How does Time Machine behave when the backup drive becomes full?

Let's say I have a particular folder, that has never changed, in the first backup, eg my MP3 music collection from 2009. (I know my important files should be saved elsewhere, but it's just an ...
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How to reformat a time machine drive to use on a PC

My sister used to be a mac user and recently switched to a PC. She has her mac stuff backed up on two hard drives, one is formatted as a time machine. We've transferred all her important files to the ...
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Increase size of sparsebundle for TimeMachine

EDIT: See my solution below!! I am using a sparsebundle store on a linux server. It worked well until today. Today Time Machine tells me that the size of the sparsebundle (500gb) is not sufficient. ...
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Time Machine Error - The backup disk is not available

Problem My automatic backups for my Macs have recently started failing with the following message (same error if I attempt to "Backup Now"): Time Machine couldn't complete the backup to ...
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Have a time machine drive automatically disconnect itself after backup

Ive got a time machine hd (its actually a samsung external hd configured as a time machine) plugged into an external monitor at work, when i connect my laptop to the monitor via 1 usb and 1 ...
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Disk Utility can't repair external hard drive, tried fsck whats the next step?

When I try and repair my external hard drives (I have two corrupt now some how both I think from improperly ejecting from the same machine), I get this message: Disk Utility can’t repair this ...
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Is Time Machine enough to backup everything before format? [duplicate]

I am thinking to make clean install the Yosemite on my Mac. Before that I want to ensure that everything that is on my Mac will be restored manually by me. Note: I want to do a Clean Install BUT, I ...
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Complete Time Machine restore is only partially recovering my files

I recently renamed my home folder on my new MacBook Pro (Retina, 13"). I restarted my computer not realising that it would result in a complete wipe of my drive. Previously having backed it up with ...
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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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Time Machine Backing Up Large Amounts of Data Each Time

I've got 2 time machine drives. I have one at home that gets used on the weekend and another that gets backed up to during the week. I recently replaced the one at my office. The only thing that is ...
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How to restore lost contacts/address book?

I suddenly have only 2 contacts in my Contacts! I have a MacBook Pro, am using OS 10.9.2. Following instructions from another answer, I looked for Address book folder in the library/App. Support ...
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Restoring from Time Machine (Mavericks) from a Snow Leopard install disk

My primary hard drive died recently and I had to replace it. I'm using an Early 2009 24" iMac with 4 GB of RAM. The original drive was a 1TB and I replaced it with a 2 TB disk. I have several Time ...
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Problem restoring from Time machine

I have am external HD used for Time Machine backup. I just formatted and reinstalled Yosemite. My plan was to use Time Machine to restore selected files. I turned on Time Machine to use the same HD ...
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Have TM treat a clean install as a new machine (keep the old backup)

I want to do the opposite of this question: Clean Lion install, keeping Time Machine history? I backed up my computer, erased the disk, and made a clean install of Yosemite. I want to make sure that ...
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Mac Mini Server Reset To Factory - Help With Fatal Error

I am in desperate need of assistance. I am doing my very first in-house server reset and wipe since graduating from school and I am in over my head. I know I am a noob at it but I am THE I.T. GUY at ...
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Restoring a Time Machine backup on Yosemite's clean install

If I want to perform a clean install of OS X Yosemite, can I restore my Mac with a Mavericks Time Machine backup after the Yosemite installer finishes?
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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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Time machine secondary backup - OS X keeps complaining about backup disk not available

I have a Time Capsule, which I use for regular backups of my Macs. In addition to this, I bought two external disks to use for offline backups. I have used Time Machine to do this, but it keeps ...
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WD Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Time Machine external HD not being recognized on Yosemite

After upgrading to Yosemite my external HD is not being recognized. My HD is a WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 and I have a MacBook Pro Late 2011 It does not show on Finder It does not show on System ...
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Mac recovery problem

So I was running Yosemite and I wanted to try to install the windows 10 tech preview. I backed up all of my files and downloaded windows tech preview. I tested it in a virtual machine and it worked ...
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Time Machine turns of automatically with sleep

Whenever my MacBook (with OS X 10.9.5) wakes from sleep i.e. when I open the lid I notice that "automatic backups" is turned off. I switch it on again but that setting just won't stick... Why could ...
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Can I use my 128GB macbook air to temporarily run a 512GB / 1TB back-up?

I was thinking what I would do if my macbook pro with 512gb storage failed, the technical service delays would certainly disrupt my workflow severely I have a macbook air that I use seldomly, in ...
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How can I retrieve files from a Time Machine backup done with Snow Leopard when my current OS is Mavericks?

I have a Seagate GoFlex home 2 Tb external drive that was installed on my Snow Leopard Mac and configurer with Time Machine. A year ago, due to issues with my Mac, the (internal) hard drive was erased ...
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How do I clone my old mac to a new one?

I have a MacBook Pro running Lion 10.7.5. I just got a new mac running Yosemite. I have everything from the old mac backed-up on Time Machine. How do I transfer all my files, apps, email, photos in ...
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How can I reformat the internal drive and install Mountain Lion from an external drive?

I have a very weird problem - I messed up with the partions when I installed Bootcamp. I want to upgrade my 10.7.5 to 10.8.5. I have bought the 10.8.5 from Apple Store. I downloaded it and when ...