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

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Corrupt EFI Partition or Error b/c of Encryption? & Ghost Partition

I have a 2012 Mac Mini Server with two internal SSDs. Until recently, I had Mt. Lion installed on one of the SSDs, as my only boot drive, and used the other, rarely, for file storage. I created a ...
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New all-out installation of an old computer with time machine from another computer

I understand that time machine sometimes makes troubles when recovering thing it took from one computer to another computer that’s why the following question arises: I have two Macs with the same ...
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Trying to restore Time Machine. Lost boot disk

I just bought a new Macbook Air after giving mine to my wife. Before gifting the old laptop I created a Time Machine backup. Now that I have my new MBAir, I went into Apple+R and chose to restore ...
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Access emails from Time Machine backups of old machine

Killed my old MacBook in November last year, and was able to access everything I needed for the new MacBook Pro using Time Machine, apart from emails. This Time Machine drive now has backups for the ...
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Convenient way of maintaining differential backup of a large file

I'm interested in maintaining differential backup of a file (~2GB). I have Time Machine set up to cover the whole system but in case of this particular file, I would like to have a convenient backup ...
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How can I tell if my Time Machine backup is encrypted?

Is there a method to determine if a Time Machine backup disk is already encrypted?
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Restored from time machine, photos in one big pile

Our iMac (OS X Yosemite 10.10) got a new hard drive a few weeks ago, and I used Time Machine to restore from LACIE. Everything seems fine, except for the photos (I guess it's iPhoto '11, it says ...
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How can I disable the “no backup in x days” from TimeMachine? [duplicate]

I'm running OS X Yosemite, and I want to disable the notifications from Time Machine. I rarely do a hard-drive backup because all of my essential files are in the cloud. I don't need to run ...
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Move single user Time Machine backup drive to OS X Server

I have an external hard drive which is currently used as a Time Machine backup drive for a single machine. I'd like to move the drive to my Server machine and use it for network backups for all my ...
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Time Machine on Mac

Does the Time Machine program backup system plus data ? Will is restore the computer exactly to what is was including both system and data (ie. emails, photos, documents) ?
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how does Time Machine restore?

I imagine Time Machine is an incremental backup tool. So while restoring it probably: Restores to latest full backup applies incremental changes since than is this correct assumption?
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Why is Time Machine (in 10.10.4) waiting for Spotlight to finish indexing?

I upgraded to 10.10.4 (from 10.10.3) yesterday … I've noticed since then that the hourly backups to my Time Capsule (4th gen, 2 TB) seem to take forever to get started ("Preparing …"). I took a look ...
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On iPhone, don't backup videos in a video app to iTunes

I've got a video app, AVPlayer, on my iPhone. When I put videos in there, and then sync and backup to iTunes, the videos are also backed up. This can take up a lot of time and space to backup those ...
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How do I solve the Error Code -36?

I deleted some photos from iPhotos and Photos libraries that I should not have. I want to restore these from my Time Machine back of a couple days ago. When I do this I keep getting the following ...
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Upgrading Mac HD to OWC SSD for a MBP i5 Mid 2012 9,2 . Is Time Machine enough?

The SSD is yet to be delivered but I have already created a bootable USB install of OS X (yosemite) and have done a time machine back up. The question that is haunting me is - Do I need the ...
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Time Machine on Time Capsule over the internet

I have a Time Capsule (the Apple hardware) at home that I use for Time Machine (the OSX software) backups. It's configured with my Apple ID and I am able to access the disk with the backups over the ...
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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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Erasing and Partitioning Hard Drive from Internet Recovery

My MacBook Pro (mid 2012) was encrypted and running Yosemite 10.10.3. (The last update with Photos ruined it.) Yesterday, all of a sudden, everything freezes. I forced Shut Down and since then, it´s ...
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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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Restoring to a 10.6.8 from Time Machine that backed up a 10.8 system

I spilled coffee on my Macbook Air and didn't turn it off in time. It's fried. I have a Time Machine backup of the entire system. I believe it was running 10.8 when it died. I want to format my old ...
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Where are Time Machine local backups/snapshots stored?

Out of curiosity, I'm wondering where in the file system Time Machine stores its local backups/snapshots.
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How to change owner of Time Machine HD?

I have a Time Machine HD from my old Mac. It has a different owner. drwx------+ 9 admin staff 374 Jan 13 13:02 Desktop drwx------+ 11 admin staff 476 Jan 11 15:56 Documents ... ... I try ...
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Time Capsule Connection Failed after update to Mavericks

After I updating OS X to Mavericks, Time Machine backup stopped to work on Time Capsule. I am connected on internet through Time Capsule without problems AirPort Utility indicators are green with ...
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Migration Assistant problem

Replacing a failing HD with an SSD in an early 2011 MBP 13". Made a Time Machine backup to an external USB HD with original disk, installed the SSD, installed OS X from the install DVD that came with ...
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Time Capsule shows up as (null) when used with OS X Server

So I have a Time Capsule here, and an OS X Server. I enabled the Time Capsule service, and added my Time Capsule as a backup destination. I can see the following showing up on a client machine in the ...
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Clean install Mac, restore backup without command line tools

So, I'm a developer with brew installed along with several other programs installed from source(openCV, boost etc.). I want to do a clean install of OSX(to get rid of some other issues as well), then ...
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Why is my empty sparsbundle so big (1,5 GB)?

I just followed the instructions here to create a encrypted sparseimage for Time Machine backups. The empty sparsebundle ended up being 1.4 GB (and after enabling encryption it grow to 1.6GB). Why is ...
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backup failed: problem connecting to server

My problem appears identical to that described here: airport utility shows green for time capsule and internet, but backup fails with "there was a problem connecting to the server NameOfServer". The ...
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time machine refuses to backup to time capsule

I'm trying to backup my hard drive to the time capsule, but it gives me the following error: Time Machine couldn’t complete the backup to “aaragon's Time Capsule”. The backup disk is not available. ...
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Display Time Machine Menu Bar Icon Only When Time Machine is Enabled

At my office, I've got an external hard drive I plug into any time I'm at my desk. It's used exclusively as my backup drive. I use the Control Plane application for separate contexts for home and ...
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Can I decrease the 20% of drive space that Time Machine won’t use for local snapshots?

The Apple support article “About Time Machine local snapshots” says that “if less than 20% of the total storage space on your startup drive is available, Time Machine removes local snapshots, starting ...
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Time Machine backup to run my MacBook on another

My MacBook is in the shop for repair. I have my Mom's MacBook, but the hard drive has failed. I'm wondering if I can use the time machine backup of my computer via USB to basically run my hard drive ...
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How to preserve Time Machine backups and start over with a new one?

I make my Time Machine backups on an external hard drive. Recently I upgraded from Mountain Lion to Mavericks. Now I need the ability to freeze those old backups I've done with Mountain Lion in case I ...
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Can I keep 1 specific backup on an external hard drive as it fills up and deletes older backups? [duplicate]

I've just moved 262GB of photos to a new external hard drive (1 TB), freeing up my MacBook Pro, 1 year old, which was dangerously low on space. I first backed them up on an existing external hard ...
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Unable to use G-Drive 4TB external drive for TimeMachine backups

I want to use my G-Drive 4TB external drive for my TimeMachine backups. I have a iMac 27" and a MacBook Pro, both are running OS X Yosemite. I have tried almost everything (I think...) but the drive ...
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Wireless Time Machine Backup Without Time Capsule

Is there an alternative to Time Capsule to do a wireless time machine backup. My mom already has a router and doesn't want to replace it but I still want to make sure she has a backup. She never has ...
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Western Digital external hard drive is constantly ejected

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups, and recently my iMac has started to randomly eject the hard drive, preventing backups. It tends to happen while ...
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Why is this AirPort+TimeCapsule disappearing from the network?

All was well for months, then suddenly Time Machine reported it hadn't backed up for 20 days because the disk was unavailable. When I cycle the power the Time Capsule is green in AirPort Utility, for ...
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Don't have Time Machine back up a file again if a Tag is added to it

If I have a large file, let's say a 1 GB ISO file, and I add a tag to it through the Finder, so that there's a blue circle next to the filename now, then Time Machine will consider that the file has ...
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Eject button in Finder does not work

Every now and then (it seems to me especially after TM backups, but that is about the only reason I plug them in), I am unable to eject and external hard drive by clicking the eject button in Finder ...
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Backing up Adobe CS6, Microsoft office, Camtasia on Time Machine - will they completely restore?

I have a hard drive problem. If I use Time machine to make regular backups, will Adobe CS6, Microsoft office, Camtasia and other installed programmes completely retore on a new hard drive without any ...
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Time Machine drive doesn't mount; exit code 8

My Time Machine backup disk is borked. Normally, I'd just reformat and re-run the backup, but that disk also has a folder of pictures separate from the Time Machine files that I need to recover. The ...
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Time machine backup/restore: “This user's data doesn't need to be transferred”

So, I had a MacBook Pro 15", Late 2011, that I've been using daily since I got it last October. I set up time machine and every day after work, I would bring my laptop home and plug it into my time ...
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Downgrading OS X from Yosemite to Mavericks

I stupidly downloaded the new OS X Yosemite 10.10 on my 2011 iMac that does all of my Pro Tools work and now some of the things I use aren't compatible yet. So I'm trying to figure out how to ...
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Does time machine use internet

I'm not very computer savvy. I recently got my MacBook back after getting a new hard drive. I've now just starting using time machine to back up everything. I live in rural texas and I only have 10gb ...
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Apple's `mtmfs` process is accessing the network. Should I be scared?

I understand that mtmfs is the Mobile Time Machine file system daemon. But why would it be accessing my network? In Activity Monitor, under the Network tab, it shows up as having sent 14MB and ...
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How do I connect user account with Time Machine back up?

I have reinstalled my OS and copied my user account from a Time Machine backup using Migration Assistant. However, now when Time Machine starts a back up, it says that it is copying 200 GB, which is ...
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Time Machine fails to backup certain files

A few months back I did a clean install of Yosemite, followed by restoration of user files via Time Machine. Weeks later, I was horrified to find that several dozen files (seemingly random) were ...
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OS X 10.10.. . backup program does not recognize/read prior backups

The backup program does not recognize data I copied to a new 3T TimeCapsule disk. When I select the folder containing the data, the program tells me there are no prior backups, but there are over ...
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Getting Time Machine to only back up when idle

My TM backups are causing some disruption to my work while they're running, be it a backup to a network drive that's taking up all available wifi bandwidth or a backup to an attached zfs volume which ...