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

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Restore on new drive: Time Machine versus “Restore” via Disk Utility

I am about to install a new 240GB OWC Mercury Electra 6G (6Gb/s) SSD into the main drive bay of my MacBook Pro, moving the original Apple-installed 120GB 3G (3Gb/s) SSD into the optical bay using an ...
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caffeinate with launchd Doesn't Work when I Close My Laptop's Lid

I have a launchd task that periodically initiates a time machine network backup. I've had problems with corrupted sparse bundle disk images, which I've assumed is due to the either the computer ...
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Time Machine skipping automated hourly backups

My Time Machine is always skipping the automated hourly backups since some days ago. I can force a manual backup and it will complete correctly, but hourly backups are skipped and scheduled for the ...
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iMac Time Machine HDD and Internal HDD failed at same time

My 2008 iMac, which has been extremely reliable for several years now, began to show the spinning 'beach ball' one day, and then would become unresponsive. After a couple of forced reboots, the ...
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Folder content recovery

I just got a new mac book and took a hard drive to make a backup file of my documents (I used time machine). One of the Folders did not get saved the way it was before, When I now click on the folder ...
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Time machine one folder?

I want to back only one or some of my folder with time machine. Is it possible somehow to back them? And so I can maybe push down the datastore requirement down below 8GB, and so a flash drive will be ...
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Old version of iOS app after Time Machine restore

Running OSX 10.10.1 Yosemite. Xcode 6.1.1. I was running 10.10 and it was terribly slow, so I did a back up with Time Machine, and did a clean install of 10.10. It made everything much faster, if ...
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Yosemite Time Machine Backup Failed Due to Full Disk

I've run Yosemite for some time now, this issue is recent. My assumption has always been that Time Machine autonomously overwrites old backups once your time capsule is full. So my questions are : ...
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Time Machine notifications

I am running a MacBook Pro with Yosemite. Ever since I updated, Time Machine no longer sends me notifications that it's time to back things up. I read the entry on getting it to show in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Backing up a NAS (In my case a Drobo b800fs)

TL;DR: We have a NAS that I'm trying to back up. I want to use a Yosemite server to back up one network share to another, with nice indexed incremental backups providing point in time recovery. The ...
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What to do when I cannot boot the Recovery partition?

tl;dr When I hold alt during boot, and select the Recovery partition, the computer displays the bright grey screen with an Apple logo, and a spinning work indicator. But after a few hours nothing has ...
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Time Machine backup of home directory is missing

2 days (on Sunday) ago I performed clean OS X Yosemite installation over OS X Yosemite that was upgraded from Mavericks previously. I have a time machine backup. So, latest backups in time machine was ...
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What is happening when time machine refuses to travel for Chrome local storage?

I wanted to retrieve a backup of /Users/MYNAME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Local Storage. however, TM seems to be claiming that the entire folder came into existence about 30 ...
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Migration Assistant very slow - Can I see what files it is stuck on?

I am migrating to a new machine from a time machine backup from a USB3 drive. It is currently transferring the applications folder and is taking a small eternity and quoting me 100+ hours remaining. ...
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Time machine troubles

I have 2 time machine backups on two different hard drives. One drive is formatted non case sensitive, and the other is formatted case-sensitive. I recently bought a 3rd drive, that I wanted to put ...
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How to erase Time Machine backups in trash?

I have a lot of backup data from TM (>800Gb) in my trash and I can't delete it. Trying everything what I find in "AskDifferent" & also this. It's too long - over 2 hours left and nothing! I can ...
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Time Machine won't erase incomplete backup

Mac 10.8.6 I stopped the last backup, but it didn't erase the InProgress backup from then. Now when I try to back up it gives me "Node requires deep traversal:/ reason:contains changes|must scan ...
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Problems with TM after moving backup to a new disk

I am running OS X 10.6.8. I bought a new external hard drive and copied the accumulated backups from the old TM disk to this one. Now I am trying to do a backup on the new disk. It logs ...
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Unable to connect to Seagate goflex_home network share in mac

I have a 2TB GoFlex Home Network Share. I'm able to connect and access it using my windows machines and as well as using my ipad. I'm not able to connect it via mac using finder, smb. The browser is ...
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Continue time machine backup with another Mac

I recently bought a new MacBook. It's running Yosemite and I managed to transfer my old user profile from the old computer via migration assistant. Now I want to seamlessly continue my backup on the ...
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How to transfer files from a non-Mac formatted external HD

In haste I did not format my WD Passport 1TB External HD for Mac. Need to transfer the files from my old 2008 MacBook to my 2014 MacBook Pro. Any help or tips would be so appreciated. When I plug ...
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Yosemite 10.10 after installation: Desktop grey, minimize functions not working on windows, dock not visible

So i finished installing Yosemite 10.10 (or at least it said it was completed before my mac restarted) but now that its restarted: the desktop background is grey, desktop icons are not visible, i ...
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permissions problem in copying from external drive in Yosemite

Following a failure of Migration Assistant (sigh), I am trying to manually copy my daughter's files from an external Firewire drive to a newly upgraded iMac running Yosemite. I recently put an SSD in ...
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Reset different computer's Time Machine backups to certain time

I have two Macs on Yosemite, and one got a malware/adware bug that will not go away. I am going to do a fresh install, and would like to use Time Machine to restore to the point before the malware was ...
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How to configure different Time Machines to backup different drives?

I have a Mac with an external drive for medias and project files (say, it's volume 'Medias'). I want to backup my computer (volume 'MacOSX') with one external drive (volume 'TimeMachine1') using Time ...
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Can I Time Machine An External Hard Drive?

I have an external hard drive that I have time machined before but its not current. However, my old iMac has broken down but the hard disk is still ok. So I took out the old hard disk & start up ...
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Time machine restore says files are ready to use but files are nowhere to be found

My brand new MacBook pro just died on me so I'm trying to revive my old one to retrieve my time machine backup and keep working. The trouble is that my new laptop has a 1TB hard drive and the old one ...
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Time Machine Backup not working on Yosemite

Time Machine backups worked perfectly on Snow Leopard until I installed Maverick then Yosemite. Fails through "lack of space" on clean 500GB backup disc with only 300GB on HD. Seems to be trying to ...
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How can I use time machine to backup to a local sparse bundle?

I want to use time machine to have something like a "system version control" as these only requires incremental backups I would like to save them locally to a sparse bundle. How do I set time machine ...
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External HDD works connected to Airport Extreme but not recognised on MBP

I've a strange problem I can't seem to figure out. I have a 1TB external USB HDD connected to an Airport Extreme base station that is used as a time machine backup and general external HDD. Works ...
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How to let Time Machine automatically delete older backup files to free up disk space?

How to let Time Machine automatically delete older backup files to free up disk space? It does not seem to automatically do it as it starts a backup and failed at the middle complaining not enough ...
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Time machine backups on a USB HDD show as “Other”

As the screenshot shows the TM backups are listed as "Other" in the storage overview. The actual backups are shown taking measly 131 MB. The disk is used exclusively for backups and has no other data ...
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How to downgrade to Maverics with Time Machine

I've just "upgraded" to Yosemite, but I really hate the design and I want to go back to Maverics. I have a copy of my MBA in Time Machine (made before upgrade). My question is - how to downgrade and ...
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Why is Time Machine only using 20% of its partition allocation

rMBP Late '13, running Mavericks, 128GB SSD. I have a 1TB drive, partitioned equally via Disk Utility to two drives. One is used by Time Machine, the other by Copy Carbon Cloner. I think my concern ...
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Time Machine Delayed-only get “None” in Select Disk window

Using 10.6. Suddenly got the message that Time Machine hasn't backed up in 10 days. I've seen posts that say to go to the preferences window, go into the "Select Disk" window and work from there, but ...
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Time Machine on a new Mac: my old backups won't open!

I recently got a new Mac and I have since discovered to my chagrin that I am unable to look in my older backups on my Time Machine, despite having restored my new computer to the settings of my old ...
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Can I use wildcards to exclude paths in Time Machine?

Is it possible to exclude groups of directories from Time Machine using wildcards? I haven't seen anything in the documentation either way about this. For example, I'd like to exclude certain ...
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Large Time Machine Backups 10.9.4. Excluded Dropbox and VirtualBox

Issue: Time Machine wants to take 60Gb, 40GB, etc. when that is not the amount of data change. I have excluded Dropbox and my VirtualBox VMs from the backup via the GUI. I tried this previously via ...