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

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How should I copy OS X server environment to another machine for update?

I have a server running Server.app (3.2.2) on Mac OS X 10.9.5. It hosts File Sharing, Mail, VPN, Websites, DHCP, DNS, and Open Directory etc. It also hosts phpBB3 bulletin boards. Because the OX ...
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Storing data on a external drive used for backup

Is it safe to store data on HDD which I selected to use as a backup device in time machine? Or should I add another partition for that? I do not know how does time machine behave when there is not ...
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Back up different folders to different drives

In Time Machine one can back up to several drives at the same time. It is also possible to control which folders are backed up and which are not. However, it seems to me that the same folders have to ...
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Make Time Machine-like backups of Photos onto external drive

I don't need to backup my whole disk but I want to backup my Photos once a month. From what I've read, Time Machine seems to work amazingly well so I was hoping for a similar solution for Photos. I ...
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Disk not ejected properly message since started to use El Capitan

I use an external LaCie hard disk as my Time Machine backup drive for MBP. But since I have upgraded to El Capitan, every time I opened the laptop, I'm getting greeted by at least two notifications: ...
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Can I access an OS X Yosemite Time Machine backup if I revert to OS X Mavericks?

I've had problems with Yosemite since I've installed it but I'm also wondering if it is even worth it to revert since I've done everything on Yosemite?
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How (in)vulnerable is OS X to encryption ransomware?

These days, malicious software seems to be infecting Windows computers, encrypting their data against their will, and asking for a Bitcoin ransom in exchange for the encryption key. In order for ...
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MacBook turned off during Time Machine initial back up - What do I do?

My external hard disk was partitioned to 3 partitions and one of which (300 GB) was set up with Time Machine. The initial back up started and was 3 hours through (around 65% of 211 GB complete). I ...
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How to rollback and override to a specific date within a Time Machine backup

my situation is kind of weird. I've totally crashed my system yesterday after installing bootcamp/windows 8.1 (bad partition format). Fortunately, I have a full backup Time Machine on a Drobo 5D ...
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User permissions problem after restoring from Time Machine to a new user Mac OS X El Capitan

My old MacBook Pro died so I did a restore from a Time Machine backup to an iMac. I did the restore to a new user so the info already in the iMac would not be lost. Everything went smoothly and I have ...
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MacBook Pro, iCloud Drive, Time Machine and Time Capsule 2

Can I use Time Machine and Time Capsule 2 to backup not only my MacBook Pro files, apps, etc. but also the files stored on my iCloud Drive for sharing with my other MacBook Pro and others?
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OS X prefers case insensitivity but TimeMachine seems to require case sensitivity?

As per What are the downsides to using Time Machine? the first item reads Time machine requires an Apple specific HFS+ filesystem to store backups. Which is a Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, ...
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disable Time Machine scripts

My 2013 iMac was recalled by the factory for some issue with the drive. The drive was changed and I started afresh - I thought. It turns out that I was running some schedule on Time Machine which ...
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Can there be two separate Time Machine Backups on the same external drive?

I'm interested in buying an external hard drive. I'd like to know whether if it's possible (and simple if so) to have two separate Time Machine Backups from two different MacBooks at the same time?
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OS X Server & Time Machine for Active Directory Users

In my setup, we have an OS X server, where the machine is bound to our Active Directory domain. I am able to log onto the machine using AD users/credentials locally, with no problems. However, when ...
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Time Machine can't find Time Capsule - but can mount it

I have a 5th Gen (A1470) Time Capsule on our network. The WAN ethernet port is wired to a router. The TC has a static IP, Wifi is disabled (on the TC) and router mode is off (bridged). I have a ...
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Time Machine exclusions added via tmutil do not appear in TM “Options” list

I can successfully add Time Machine exclusions using tmutil addexclusion and I can verify exclusions successfully with tmutil isexcluded but if I then open up Time Machine's Preferences and click ...
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Time Machine preferences - time estimate wrong, progress bar doesn't show any progress

When I start a backup (or when it is automatically started) I get some estimation about volume (394,2 MB of 2,58 GB) and backup time (e.g., "5 Minutes"). But even after hours this estimation does not ...
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Time Machine stopped backing up automatically

I have a Time Capsule as well as an external hard drive that I plug in every now and then to back up my laptop. For a couple of months, Time Machine stopped backing up automatically. I can open the ...
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Time Machine - move backup from local disk to network volume. Wrong case sensitivity?

I am trying to move a Time Machine backup from a Firewire disk (called disk1) directly connected to a computer to a network share, that is, from a folder in/on /Disk1/Backup.backupdb to a ...
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How Does Time Machine Back Up Packages (sparse bundles)?

I've been trying to understand how Time Machine backs up Parallels Virtual Machine .pvm files - particularly as relates to how to prune old backups, without losing the availability to restore VMs. ...
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Time Machine Backup Failing with Error 11

I've been trying to run a Time Machine backup for the last couple of days (OSX 10.7.5 and Porsche LaCie 2TB); however, it has been constantly failing. Console is producing the following crash messages ...
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Can't see old time machine backups

I've installed a new HDD in my iMac, so i reinstalled OS X. I used migration assistant to set back only the settings. I also wanted to set back some other folders, but since my new HDD was smaller ...
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Cannot use existng Time Machine Backup on OS X Server after changing password

I'm backing up to a drive attached to an OS X Server via the Time Machine backup service. Recently I changed my password on OS X Server I had been authenticating with for the backup. So, I had to ...
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Fresh Install of OS but what about the apps?

I currently have OS X El Capitan installed on my iMac I have backed up the whole HD to my 3TB NAS using "Timemachine". I have formatted a USB flash with the El CApitan installer on it ready to ...
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Sparse bundle on NAS - can't open “Resource temporarily unavailable”

I just got a new Lacie NAS with their NAS OS 4. After making an initial Time Machine backup to this device I wanted to mount the resulting (encrypted) disk image but when doing so I just received an ...
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Can't delete Logical Volume Group on Fusion drive

I have a 2014 iMac Retina running OS X Yosemite and a 3TB Fusion drive. I am attempting to restore it from a Time Machine backup, but when I try to do so, I get the error message, "The disk can't be ...
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Switching original backup from Timemachine

Im using the WD My Passport for Mac, and I recently formatted my entire computer. If I use this same harddrive to back up on time machine(with the old backups), will it mess anything up as it might ...
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Two Time Capsules with same disk name - Time Machine settings “mix up” targets?

I added a second Time Capsule to my network. At first I configured the MacBook Air to use it and everything went well. Then I configured a MacMini Server to use it and Time Machine Settings seem to be ...
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Can I install an older OS X over a newer OS X without restoring from backup?

Previously I was running Yosemite. I upgraded to El Capitan and started having problems with an app I used regularly. The backup I have is OS X Lion. If I restore this backup, I'll lose a ton of ...
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Check how much GB time machine's backup need to be restored?

I have: Main: working copy of Mac OS X the capitan, in a 1TB hard drive, External: I have another external 1TB HD with the time machine copy, Next Main?: Empty 120GB SSD HD After deleting all the ...
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Should I be able to run disk utility on my Time Machine Backups?

Been having issues with Time Machine and backup so I ran disk utility on all my drives: iMac drive, iomega external HD and Time Capsule. When I run on Time Capsule I am getting a failure and this ...
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CMD+R wil not start Recovery HD - Fusion Drive

I have recently my Macbook Late 2009 with a SSD crucial 500Mo (Data doubler). I made a Fusion Drive with no problems, then I re-installed el Capitan again with no issue (except I tried to re-install ...
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Why is my Time Capsule backup getting stuck on “preparing backup” or “cleaning old backups?”

Had my iMac 2009 21.5" hard drive replaced a few days ago, from a 500GB to a 1TB. This was done by an authorized Apple repair dealer. I have been trying to run backups through Time Capsule but it ...
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Delete a location from time machine

I have a folder in ~/Downloads/Media with lot of media files backed up in time machine. Since I moved the files back and forth it has taken so much space in my external drive. Can anyone tell me a way ...
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Large (800 GB) Disk Image on Time Capsule as pseudo-NAS?

I am considering getting a new Time Capsule (2TB) as a basic/pseudo NAS, in addition to a target for Time Machine for two macs. My macs each have a 500 GB ssd. Neither are currently even half full, ...
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Retaining current files in Dropbox after restoring Time Machine backup

My mac recently had a software problem and I need to restore a time machine backup to get the mac working again. I do not want to restore any dropbox files to their earlier state, especially since I ...
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Time Machine backup from new upgrade [duplicate]

I recently wiped and upgraded my computer to El Capitan, and previously I used MyPassport for Mac to backup my information on TimeMachine from my Yosemite account. Now that my computer is wiped and ...
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Does a new computer require a new Time Machine drive?

If I buy a new iMac to replace an old iMac do I need a new or different HD for Time Machine?
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Why did Time Machine have to do a deep event scan?

Time Machine needed to do a deep event scan when backing up to my USB hard drive: 11/12/2015 18:03:43.470 com.apple.backupd[1058]: Deep event scan at path:/ reason:contains changes|must scan ...
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Time Machine Partition gone from external hard drive, can't repartition

I've got a 1TB external drive which used to have two partitions: One formatted in NTFS to share files between Mac and Windows, and one for Time Machine Backups. I haven't used it in quite some time. ...
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Is it possible to prevent specific backups from being deleted?

I develop on a Mac and want to use Time Machine to move between different versions of OSX so that I can use different versions of Xcode to support older iOS versions. The idea being that, in a few ...
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cannot turn off spotlight indexing on external drive

I know this question has been asked before, but the solutions suggested are not working for me. I just finished attaching a brand new external hard-drive and waiting for 14 hours for Time Machine to ...
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Use backup drive with Snow Leopard

I have two Macs, one is running Snow Leopard and can't be updated any further. The other is running El Capitan. I use FileVault on the latter and I also want to backup the latter to a 1TB external ...
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Cant recover from Time Machine Disk because [UPDATE NEEDED]

I have an external drive with a bunch of backups and I want to make a restore from that disk. I've always been able to restore by starting the computer while pressing the option key and selecting the ...
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Switching MBP from hard drive to SSD

I have a mid 2010 13" MBP that I am wanting to last me a couple more years. It was suggested I get a SSD to replace my hard drive, so I bought it but need to know some stuff before switching to it. ...
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Time Machine over the network fails and reports incorrect available space

I use Time Machine to backup my iMac to a MacBook Pro which is running OS X server. Both are running 10.11.1; the Server version is 5.0.15. Time Machine had been running fine using a 4TB USB drive ...
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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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New drive + new OS, but will Time Machine restore old OS?

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro and it was running OS 10.7. I use Time Machine regularly. Just had the harddrive replaced with an SSD and OS 10.11. If I restore from Time Machine instead of Migration ...
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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 ...