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

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Migration from Time Machine backup to new MacBook

My MacBook that backed up to Time Machine was stolen. El Capitan was installed. On the new MacBook I first had to upgrade from Yosemite to El Capitan. Then I started migration. It was nearly ...
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How to recover from Time Machine “error creating the backup folder”

Today TimeMachine crashed: it isn't making backups... when I try to start a newbackup, I get this error: Time Machine could not complete the backup "Drive Name". Could not complete the backup. There ...
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Time Machine backup not progressing

I'm experiencing issues running backup on an external encrypted USB 3.0 HDD. The backup starts and stop proceeding random. I'd tried to wait many hours without any progress. For example in these ...
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Password protected drive gives error when moving from a time machine partition

Goal: Move from time machine partition Problem: Password protection gives an error. Partitioned my wd elements 500 gb into two equal sized backups, elements1 and elements2. I perform time machine ...
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How to specify backups destination folder in TimeMachine

In TimeMachine settings I can choose only device where to store backups. But I don't want to see backups in the root directory of my external hdd. I have directories like: - Backups - Movies - ...
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Mounting Time Machine .sparsebundle fails

I have a Time Machine backup volume that is not mountable anymore. I tried to repair it with: fsck_hfs -drfy /dev/disk1s2 It showed the following error: ** Checking Journaled HFS Plus volume. ...
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Time Machine Encryption Specs

I'm looking for specs on Time Machine (TM) encryption. Does TM encrypt before transmitting over network? (i.e. 128-bit AES) What level of file encryption does it store the files as? (i.e. 128-bit ...
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Alternative way to “Browse All Versions”?

This morning I clicked on the Time Machine icon in my menu bar and selected "Enter Time Machine" to look at the state of my backups, but instead of the usual Finder view with the timeline on the right ...
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Time Machine drive shown twice in the Finder sidebar

Since a couple of weeks, my external Time Machine drive appears twice in the Finder sidebar. However, the drive is mounted just once: $ mount /dev/disk1 on / (hfs, local, journaled) devfs on /dev ...
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Accessing Time Capsule as a Network Drive?

I have a setup with an Apple Airport Extreme 2TB Time Capsule and a Mac Mini running OS X Server. I've configured users on the server such that users can ssh into the device. I'm going to be having ...
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Lacie rikiki (500GB) Time Machine

I have a Lacie rikiki (500GB) harddrive that runs on Time Machine, and have been backing up for a couple of years. It now says it is full, and that it will delete old backups in order to make space to ...
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Macbook Air reboots repeatedly

It's a Macbook Air with OS X El Capitan (10.11.1), an early 2014 model. I got it exactly 14 mouths ago without any issues until now. This morning I just opened the laptop and after a very short ...
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Time Machine ridiculously slow after El Capitan upgrade

I recently updated to El Capitan, and told Time Machine to backup. It got stuck on Preparing Backup for hours, so I stopped it, deleted the InProgress file, rebooted and tried again. After ~30 mins, ...
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Unable to mount Time Capsule from a Macbook when backups work

I have two Macbooks (A and B). A backs-up to Time Capsule (TC), while B does not. I used to mount TC and move files there, which I don't want to keep on A or B. Few weeks ago it became impossible to ...
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Time machine specify destination folder

Is there a way to do the time machine backup in a folder of the destination volume and not in its root? I have a network attached storage that provides a shared volume. I would like to backup my MAC ...
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Could I connect a macbook pro to an external hard drive for use with time machine

I want to know if connecting a macbook pro to an external hard drive for use with time machine when I am not using it, at night, will work. If I then disconnect it in the morning (regardless of the ...
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Change disk quota for TimeMachine local snapshots?

I want Time Machine to create local snapshots. The only issue is I rarely have more than 20% of my disk free (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204015). Big media and temp folder are already ...
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Time Machine failing with (null) error

I'm getting the following after about half an hour of Preparing Backup: Setting security information: Operation not permitted Error processing extended attributes: Input/output error Error moving - ...
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how can I avoid custom access permissions when copying from time machine

I have recently done a clean install of El Capitan, having backed up files on Time Machine. However, there is something wrong with the time machine backup: when I enter time machine it won't list the ...
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Inspect the content of Time Machine single backup

Every time I make a backup with Time Machine, the size of the data backed up is always 2Gb+. I don't understand where all these data are coming from. Is there a way to inspect the content of the ...
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Could I revert system to Yosemite by using TimeMachine backup, after upgrading system to El Capitan?

I'm considering upgrading system to El Capitan, but I have a lot of apps that could not work on new system. I have to check it by installing new system. I wonder if that apps would not work properly ...
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How to ignore modification dates in a Mercurial repository when backing up with Time Machine

I have several Mercurial repositories, and as many may know, when updating to a certain branch (or merging), the repository also "updates" the modification dates to the current date and time. Since ...
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Is icloud suitable to store my photos as a backup

I'm trying to imagine what would happen in this scenario. I have all of my photos stored in icloud. On my iMac I have photos set to "Store originals" rather than "Store optimised". On my iphone I have ...
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What are the differences or similarities of using a journaling file system and Time Machine backups?

I want to know if using Mac OS Extended Journaled is the right choice for a MacBook Pro that would only be connected with the external hard drive at night. It does not make sense to me to have it ...
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Migration Assistant unexpectedly quit loading from time machine

I have MBP 17 inch early 2011. New logic board with El Capitan. I have a time capsule that is recognized, and begins calculating how much is going to migrate. It gets about 2/3 to 3/4 done (my ...
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Why doesn't Time Machine do scheduled backups after my Yosemite -> El Capitan upgrade?

Summary Since upgrading to El Capitan from Yosemite, Time Machine works manually, but automated backups and disk icons are no longer working as they should. Detailed Problem Description I have a ...
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Trouble using Time Machine with SMB share in OSX El Capitan

I'm having problems using and SMB share in my local network as a time machine destination. I followed the tutorials widely available on the internet but in the end when I open the Time Machine app I ...
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How to successfully use time machine in MacBook Pro

I just heard about time machine, it can uninstall Xcode 7.0.1 for me and give me back Xcode 6.1. How do I do this? I've had this MacBook Pro since December 2012 and i've never used time machine ...
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Rescue light red Time Machine backups after El Capitan Update

Here is my story: Oct 2: I have Yosemite Installed and configured Time Capsule taking regular backups. Oct 3: I update Yosemite to El Capitan El Capitan installation halts at 14% for 2hrs I ...
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What activated Continuity on my MBP?

My process of upgrading my early 2011 13" MBP (running the latest El Cap beta) to an SSHD was far more complicated than it had any right to be: I got an SSHD from Amazon, put it in the ...
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How to save data from a time machine backup that has gone bad

My 3TB USB disk I use as my Time Machine target has gone bad. I can mount it read only but no set of options I've tried allow me to mount it read/write. The fsck tells me that the catalog btree is ...
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After formatting and installing Yosemite, where should I get my data back from to prevent problems?

So that is my predicament. I've format the HD after 4 years of use as my Mac Pro was already playing up for a year or so and I suspect it collected a lot of rubbish. After formatting and reinstalling ...
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Does Time Machine save TextEdit drafts?

Imagine you have Time Machine running with Yosemite. You open TextEdit, create a new text document in which you actually write stuff. You can turn off your computer, restart it, the document will ...
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I would like to use my old time machine history line after I had formatted my iMac is that possible?

Your answer were very helpfull for me.(How to restore from a Time Machine backup when there is already a user account set up?) and I have now used Migration Assistant for bring back my old user ...
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Time machine deletes all backups instead of making a new one

I recently booted to recovery and chose to reinstall OS X without affecting any user data. Now I have my TM drive attached and wonder why it is in the process of Cleaning Old Backups for hours. At ...
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Upgraded to El Capitan, now computer running slowly, disk space changing, software not working

Not being computer savvy, I think I made all sorts of mistakes when I decided to upgrade my macbook pro to El Capitan yesterday but I need to figure out how best to go forward. Mistake 1: I made the ...
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Will Parallels be safe while upgrading to El Capitan?

The new update seems pretty legit, so I am considering updating my macbook. I have Parallels installed on my computer, and I don't want it to be removed or damaged during the installation of El ...
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Are there any up-to-date rsync frontends or similar for OSX?

For my work as a media professional I have been using the rsync frontend arrsync to back up my work, as time machine doesn't have the features I need. Arrsync, however, has not been in development for ...
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How to handle cloud storage in a Time Machine backup?

I'm going to need to restore my entire system (running OS X 10.11.1 public beta, if it matters) from Time Machine soon, after I install a new SSHD in my MacBook Pro. I have around 30 GB of files saved ...
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Get latest Time Machine backup when backup disk is unplugged

I know i can get the time stamp of the latest Time Machine backup with the command tmutil latestbackup | grep -E -o "[0-9\-]+$" but this only works when my backup disk is plugged in. If not, i get the ...
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What do I do if Time Machine says “Waiting” to view a particular backup?

I have this happening on a Yosemite machine with a backup residing on another Yosemite machine. Other backups further forward in time work fine. My desire is to delete this backup, but I can't ...
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Retrieving files from a Time Machine backup on another computer

My MacBook Air was stolen recently and I need to retrieve the iMovie and iPhoto libraries from a previous backup of the MacBook (done a few months ago) which sit on the external hard drive connected ...
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Time Machine says Time Capsule is full even though all backups are much smaller than HDD

I have several machines backing up via Time Machine to a 1TB Time Capsule. Lately one of my Macs said he had to delete an old backup in order to create the new backup. I was surprised about this ...
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/home/ directory

I just set up a new computer and am importing some files. Some of the previous files such as power point presentations link to pictures or movies that used to have paths like /home/username/movie. ...
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Is it unusual for “Verify Disk” on Disk Utilities to take so long on a Time Machine drive?

I have an external 3TB FW800 drive set up to be my Time Machine drive. I noticed some unusually high drive activity, and opened up Time Machine to see if it was backing up. Nope, TM showed previous ...
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Best way to deal with name collisions restoring a case sensitive TM backup to a case insensitive file system?

I have a 500 GB user directory that I'm restoring from TM. The original disk was case sensitive, and this creates problems for adobe products, and possible explains some other odd behaviour. So I ...
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Time Machine takes way too long

Time Machine is taking way too long to back up just 1.5 GB, some times it takes a lot to prepare the back up, and some times it takes a while to back up the information, any pointers on this issue? ...
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Time Machine could not delete the backup disk image…!!!

I have a GoFlex Home external drive that has worked well for a long time. Every once in a while I have to change settings, but can always fix it. This latest problem has been going on for weeks. I ...
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Time machine backups prevent Yosemite upgrade

Tried to upgrade from Mavericks to Yosemite but Time machine backups prevent Yosemite upgrade. Turned off Time Machine but I cannot find the Backups.backupdb folder according to this article. ...
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Command line replacement for tmutil

Anyone know of a command line replacement for tmutil, either script or binary? Failures of tmutil: Does not log. No meaningful diagnostics. Cannot resume interrupted restore. Cannot overwrite ...