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

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How to authenticate users on Mac OS X Server to allow access to netatalk volumes on a Linux (Ubuntu)

we have a OS X Server (ver. 3) setup but we would like to store various volumes, including the Time Machine volumes and home folders for users on a Ubuntu file server (Ubuntu 13.10). Currently, all ...
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Restoring an 10.9 TM backup onto an iMac running 10.6.8

My original hard drive has failed. Would not go beyond grey screen. It is in course of being repaired with a new h.d. The Apple tech said the machine would be returned to me with mac o/s 10.6.8 ...
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How to Safely Delete an in-progress Time Machine Backup on Snow Leopard

Okay, so somehow a computer I'm helping to manage has got a total of three .inprogress backups on its Time Machine drive that it doesn't seem to be able to tidy up; it's creating new backups without ...
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Time Machine Backups Gets Stuck With 100% CPU via tmutil

Okay, so I recently decided to try switching my Time Machine backups over to tmutil so that I could gain more control over exactly when they ran, but also so I could run some extra stuff before and ...
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TimeMachine performance issues on OSX Server 10.7.4

we are running OSX Server 10.7.4 on a MAC Pro (Mid 2010). Enabled services are Mail, Calendarserver, Contacts and Websharing. The Server has a Xeon Quad CPU and 32GB of RAM. A timecapsule is ...
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OS X Migration Assistant can't see Time Machine drive

I've wiped my machine (to start over), and I'd like to restore some key files back (like pictures and stuff like that). However, when I connect my Time Machine drive and open Migration Assistant, it ...
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How can I fix “MTM fs Mount server failed to start because of error 15”?

For the last few weeks, I've been getting lots of recurrent MTM fs Mount server failed to start because of error 15 error messages in system.log. How can I diagnose and fix this? I don't know if it's ...
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Time Machine disk shows as full even if there is plenty space

My Time Machine disk has a capacity of 4 TB. It's setup with only one partition. Time Machine started taking backup of ~300 GB full Mac and ran out of space in one day. What could I be doing wrong? ...
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time machine recover from specific sparsbundle

My time machine has three sparsebundles. Obviously something wen wrong long time ago. I am also missing files for a while and most probably they are in the oldest sparsebundle. How do I access a ...
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Deleted Email & Time Machine

I appear to have done a very stupid thing when making a rule in Apple Mail (Lion). I was getting some spam which had the phrase "Ruby Palace" in it. I already have a rule called Definite Junk which ...
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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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Two computers to one new one using time machine

I want to transfer both my computers info to the new one. I did it, but it came out in two different places. Can I merger the two?
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Why TimeMachine defaults to case sensitive?

I've just had some problems with a disk that was formatted with HFS+ case sensitive while every else by Apple was non case sensitive. After a long time moving things away from my biggest disk, ...
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Mavericks having SSL errors and more after restore from Mountain Lion backup

I badly corrupted my boot sequence a few days ago, so had to restore from a Mountain Lion backup from last year (I'm on Mavericks). Now, on only Chrome and Safari I am getting SSL connection errors, ...
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My available disk space does not make sense. Why?

I have a 256 GB SSD installed in my Macbook Pro. Today I observed that Finder tells me that I have a free disk space of 247.51 GB, which is unquestionably wrong. At the same time, in System → ...
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Keychain error -25308 while trying to add drive to Time Machine

I am trying to configure my Mac to use a time-capsule for Time Machine. After entering in the Time Capsule password I get the following error: Keychain error -25308 occurred while creating a ...
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Encrypt TimeMachine backups or rely on hardware encryption?

I'm thinking of purchasing a portable disk drive that supports hardware encryption (most of them seem to do these days). However, if I'm using such a drive can should I still encrypt my TimeMachine ...
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backing up an OSX image to an NTFS drive?

I would like to make an image of my entire OSX install, so that I may restore to it if necessary. I'd LOVE to have incremental backups, so bonus points if anyone can figure out how I can do this! ...
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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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Need to find my original user name

My old imac with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 was super slow. I decided to do a clean install after backing up on Time Machine. When I reinstalled Snow Leopard, it asked for an account name so I just put in ...
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Backup external hard drive to the cloud via Time Capsule

I'd like to move my photo directory to an external hard drive, but still have that hard drive backed up both locally and to the cloud. This wouldn't be a problem if I was using a desktop machine of ...
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Would reformatting my Mac and restoring the latest Time Machine backup be likely to improve its stability?

My MacBook Air used to be rock solid, but it has grown increasingly unstable over the past year. For example, this afternoon I can't switch to my other user account. I select the account from the fast ...
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Disk Utility not opening in Mavericks

I had used a Seagate external HD as Time Machine back up for a year or so. Since I got a gift of a better EHD now I wanted to erase all data in the old EHD. I thought a simple Format through Disk ...
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What are the recovery options from an encrypted Time Machine?

Luckily, this hasn't happened yet, but I would like to make sure that I have a recovery option after my iMac would be stolen or lost in fire, etc. I have an iMac 27-inch, Late 2009, running OS X ...
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Is restoring a Time Machine backup on a clean install of OS X Mavericks still a 'clean' install?

I would like to upgrade to OS X Mavericks. Also, I think it would be a good chance to clean up my system. My question is: If do a clean install of OS X Mavericks and then restore my machine from a ...
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How to update Time Machine's recovery partition?

The backup disk used by Time Machine has a recovery partition you can boot from. Since I started using Time Machine with OS X Snow Leopard, the recovery disk is a Snow Leopard recovery disk, and will ...
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Time Machine: exclude folders with same name, now AND in the future

I want to exclude backup of proxy media in Final Cut Pro. This media is located in: ~/Movies/Final Cut Events/[Event Folder]/Transcoded Media/Proxy Media Problem is, when I create a new [Event ...
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Unable to create new partition with Disk Utility on external drive

I'm trying to create space on an external drive to clone my mac as a bootable volume with CCC. With Disk Utility I cannot modify it for some reason (probably because the same disk is used with Time ...
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Is it possible to rebuild the ~/Library folder completely?

Most of the time the first step to troubleshoot an OSX application problem is to login to the Guest account and see if a problem persist. The reason for this - I presume - is that the ~/Library folder ...
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Time machine backups not recognised after OS upgrade

I finally updated my OS from 10.6.8 to Mavericks 10.9 yesterday on my late 2009 iMac 27", but when I got to the point of switching back on my Time machine (connected to a time capsule 2 Tbytes) it ...
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Run a launchd job after Time Machine backup

Quite simply, I have a process that's triggered by launchd but currently runs once an hour, however really what I would like it to do is run once a Time Machine backup has completed. Initially I ...
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Time Machine error creating the backup folder on a spacious hard drive

I have upgraded recently to Mavericks, and am setting up Time Machine on this system for the first time (it wasn't set up with the earlier OS, Mountain Lion.) Time Machine successfully backs up once ...
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Using an External HD for Time Machine and iTunes

My MacBook Air only has a 128Gb HD so I have a 500Gb external HD which I have my iTunes folder on (as I have over 200Gb of music and videos). But I would like to also use the external `hard drive for ...
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How to automount sparsebundle for Time Machine backups?

I have a disk drive connected to my router that I'm using for TM backups. What I did is I created a .sparsebundle image using Disk Utility and then copied that image to my disk drive. Then, in ...
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Time Machine Consolidation Schedule

So Time Machine keeps hourly backups for a day and dailies for a week and weeks until disk full. The problem is that I am paranoid and concerned about discovering that I made changes to a file over ...
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Automatically mounting an external Firewire drive after reboot, without login

I have an iMac that is running Mavericks with OS X Server. I have the Time Machine service set up on that machine, referring to a directory on an external drive that is connected via Firewire. Other ...
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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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Entering Time Machine on an external drive does not work

If I open an external drive, or an folder on that drive, in the Finder, then enter Time Machine by clicking on the menu bar icon and selecting "Enter Time Machine", then Time Machine runs, but it ...
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Restore Time Machine spinning Menu Extra

In Previous version of Mac OS X the Time Machine menu-extra would spin while a backup was in progress. Since upgrading to Mavericks that has been replaced with a static icon that adds a second arrow ...
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Roll back to Mountain Lion but don't lose saved documents

I have a Time Machine backup of my system from last week right before I installed Mavericks. I've determined that Mavericks breaks too many programs that I need to use and doesn't add enough features ...
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Does the AFP Service ACL still exist in 10.9 Server.app?

All I'm really trying to do is set up my wife's laptop to use my Mac Pro as a network Time Machine server. We both recently upgraded to Mavericks and I just installed Server.app. Problem is all ...
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Recovering files from Time Machine backup disk after wrong dd

I made a horrible mistake: I ran dd on an external hard drive, that was the Time Machine backup storage, to make it bootable. After a few seconds I cancelled the command, but the hard drive is shaped ...
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How can I test access to encrypted (FileVault2) Time Machine partition?

I have my Time Machine backups going to an external disk, and all of it is encrypted with FileVault2. I plan to do a fresh install of Mavericks on my local hard drive, but before wiping the disk, I ...
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Roll back to Mountain Lion without time machine backup

I've installed OS X Maverick which was downloaded by someone else and was registered to other apple ID, that's why I can't install maverick free apps like keynotes, pages...how can I roll back to my ...
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Time machine restore failed to fix boot

After connecting MacBook Pro running 10.8 to video project, the system crashed and after restart it booted into recovery (OS X Utilities). I tried to fix the problem with checking disks and disk ...
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How can I mount a Time Machine sparsebundle so I can modify it?

TL;DR: I have a Time Machine backup that I want to modify before running Migration Assistant, but when I try to delete a directory from it either with rm or unlink I get "operation not permitted". How ...
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Time Machine requesting way too much disk space for initial backup

Using Time Machine on OSX Server 10.5.3, attempting to back up to a Time Machine enabled AFP volume on a NAS running NetaTalk on OpenIndiana 151a8. The volume that needs to be backed up is a DAS ...
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Time Machine Full, But Only One Backup (or, what are .RecoverySets and why do they take up so much space?)

Something crazy is going on with Time Machine. I upgraded to Mavericks yesterday with no issues. After performing a final backup on Mountain Lion, I disconnected my backup drive out of an abundance of ...
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Mavericks clean install with restoration from Time Machine

Let's say I want to perform a Mavericks clean install like described in this tutorial. But what I also want to do is to keep all my older apps (especially ones not installed from the AppStore and all ...
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Transfer data from one iMac to another

I have an iMac that sounds as though the hard drive is about to fail. It has the following spec: I then have a newer iMac with the following spec: Is there a way I can transfer all the data from ...