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

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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 backs up way too much, never finishes

I have a major problem with Time Machine. It started a few weeks ago when it started to back up too much data (strangely, only on backups after reboots). Last week, the backup volume ran out of space. ...
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Connection failed to Time Capsule

I have a time capsule that I've been using for years, as a wireless router as well as automated backups and external storage. All of a sudden, both my Mac Book and iMac stopped being able to access ...
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Time capsule: Error deleting partial image

I have two machines backing up to a Time Capsule. On the disk there a faulty disk image which was marked as purgeable but cannot be deleted: 2013-08-15 6:00:16.847 PM com.apple.backupd[13566]: Found ...
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Is Time Machine encryption stuck or just taking long?

I have a 2TB, single-partitioned (HFS+) external drive which I connected to my MacBook Pro (10.8.4 Mountain Lion) for the first time. It prompted me if I wanted to use it as a Time Machine backup, and ...
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A Drobo, Time Machine, and lots of missing data

I have a Drobo connected to my Mac. It has been used for storing large video files, keepsakes and other miscellaneous data. I also use it as a Time Machine backup drive. Today, I went to look for ...
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How to disable TimeMachine animation?

How can I disable all of TimeMachine's animations (at startup, finish, etc.)? (Older methods for doing this no longer work.)
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Older time machine backups not showing after renaming the backup HDD

I have a HDD for time machine archives. In Finder I renamed it, then made it start a new backup. Now none of the older backups show when I enter in Time Machine mode. I get why this is happening but I ...
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Time machine backup only on home network

I've set up my Ubuntu server at home to act as a Time capsule using this guide: http://alisnic.net/blog/use-a-ubuntu-as-a-timemachine-server/ It works very well, and I have two macbooks backing up ...
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How do I get TimeMachine to backup a FUSE filesystem?

I have - /Users/me/Documents/ /Users/me/Documents/ADocument ... /Users/me/Fuse4XFileSystem/ /Users/me/Fuse4XFileSystem/AnotherDocument ... TimeMachine will happily backup /Users/me/Documents and ...
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Time Machine error in server.app 10.8

I currently have a Mac Mini with 10.8 and server.app 2.2 installed. The server is currently only set up with File Sharing and Time Machine services running. It is handing out network Time Machine ...
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Timemachine encryption restore/backup?

I'm trying to automate the creation of an encrypted sparsebundle and configure backup for a 10.7 machine using a TimeCapsule. I've created the script below http://pastebin.com/D2nQk1j1 #!/bin/bash ...
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Time Capsule: “There was a problem connecting to the server”

I have a dream: The dream of using my MBP inside and outside my office, and having it backup to my 2TB Time Capsule when on its wireless network, or postpone backups when not on the Time Capsule's ...
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Restore OS X 10.6 Time Machine backup to OS X 10.8 iMac

I just got a new iMac and have tried to use Time Machine from Snow Leopard, but Mountain Lion does not see the older back up (it is on a USB drive). All of my music and photos are in my back up and my ...
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Backup MBP to a network attached Disk Drive

Im kind of stuck with this... im following this link? I get these errors that are in the image. aka they timed out for some reason. im upto 5b, stackexchange wont let me put a image... image link......
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Where does a Fusion Drive store Time Machine local backups? Should I disable local backups?

Time Machine in OS X does store local backups (snapshots) on the local harddrive if you have Time Machine enabled. Even if you backup regularly, the size of the local backups increases steadily. In a ...
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access and recover leopard time machine backups in mountain lion

I will be upgrading a MacBook Pro (late 2008) from leopard to mountain lion soon with a a complete wipe by booting and installing from a self made mountain lion USB stick. That MacBook Pro has ...
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Permissions for /Volumes are different with Network vs Local Time Machine folders?

I've been running local Time Machine backups to an external FireWire drive since I got my MacBook a few months ago. But now that my wife picked up a MacBook as well, I'd like to move to a solution ...
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How can I copy Time Capsule backups to a remote location?

Time Machine backups are great, but the disk they are on is located at home and therefore vulnerable to being stolen, lost in fire, etc... Additionally the backups are on a NAS drive where I use one ...
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Why is Mountain Lion saying it can't do time machine backups to my time capsule hard drive?

I've got a MacBook Air that has been successfully backing up via Time Machine to my Time Capsule hardrive. Since I updated to Mountain Lion I'm getting the following error: the backup disk is not in ...
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Time Machine target disk over WiFi?

I have a Macbook and I need an incremental backup solution over WiFi. Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme with attached HDD is perfect fit. But I want to find cheaper solution if exist. How about Mac ...
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Cannot access backups in Time capsule

I have a Time Capsule which I originally used with a MacBook Air running Snow Leopard. Now I purchased a new MacBook Air with Lion and am trying to transfer my old backups on the Time Capsule and I ...
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Are there steps for troubleshooting Time Machine on Snow Leopard that I have missed?

I have had ongoing problems with TM since installing a new HDD in late May. The problems have been varied, and for a while all backups were taking about 2 hours. Now things have "stabilized" and ...
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Does Snow Leopard server's Time Machine service support Lion clients?

Question says it all, really. I have a new MacBook Pro running Lion and an old Mac Mini running Snow Leopard, and I'd like to make the Mini into a server to provide Time Machine backups and a few ...
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Time Machine don't show my old backups after recovery in Mac OS Lion

I am using Time Machine. Then I started Lion in recovery mode with CMD+ R and choose "Restore from Time Machine Backup". All worked fined and my Mac started. But now when I want to use Time Machine ...
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Why did time machine not backup all my iPhoto pictures, how can I know when my backups are incomplete?

My iPhoto library recently became corrupted to the point iPhoto wouldn't load and none of the repair options would fix it (those that come up if you are pressing option+command when you launch iPhoto)....
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Restoring a new Mac Mini from TM Backup on a Pegasus R4 Drive

Trying to restore a new Mac Mini which just crashed from its Time Machine backup which is on a Promise Pegasus R4 drive. On first boot up the repaired Mac Mini does not see the Pegasus drive, so ...
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Failing hard drive – Will it affect the integrity of my data?

I have a failing hard drive on my current MacBook Pro (it is having a symptom that I previously had on a failing hard drive on a MacBook – clicking drive noises). I'm backing up my hard drive quite ...
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How can Time Machine in Lion backup the volume content of a sparse bundle disk image?

Using Mac OS X 10.7 (Build 11A511), attempts to backup volume content with Time Machine have failed. With a simple non-encrypted image I tried three approaches: the traditional workaround, which ...
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Migration Assistant fails to recognize a Time Machine disk (itself migrated using Disk Utility)

So I outgrow my Time Machine disk. I listen to the advice (repeated in multiple places) that one can simply use Disk Utility's Restore tab, select the old time machine disk as source and the new one ...
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Time Machine Backups - Very Slow and inaccurate size

So about 1 1/2 years ago, I bought a WD My Passport for Mac as my Time Machine backup disk and a place to store files. When the drive gets around 5 or so backups, I still have plenty of free space ...
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Is it possible to boot from a TM backup that is not on a dedicated or partitioned drive?

I am about to replace my old early 2011 Macbook HD with a new SSD and would like to use the TM backup that I have on my non-partitioned external HD. However, I've done my backup a bit naively: the /...
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Cannot find files following Super Duper Clone, can I restore from Time Machine?

Hopefully I can explain my predicament with enough clarity so that someone can help me out. I am feeling a bit panicky. I had a Mac mini that I was selling so needed to wipe. I first backed it up ...
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Copy latest TM folder to server

I would like to copy my latest TM folder to a server. Copying 2016-07-05-110333 would be fine, right? Would this be enough to recover my entire mac?
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How to fix Toshiba external hard drive with missing EFi system partition?

I plugged my sister's Toshiba hard drive into our TV. After I unplugged it and plugged in back to our computer it says that the disk cannot be read so I tried to repair it using the Disk Utility on ...
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How to preseve FileVault after restoring from time machine backup

Last time I restored the main partition from time machine backup, the main partition previously encrypted with FileVault 2 no longer has it enabled. I have to reenable the FileVault, resulting in a ...
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Can't connect to Time Capsule

My MacBook (running El Capitan 10.11.4) does not connect to my 2 TB Apple Time Capsule. Upon trying to force a backup, my Mac responds by asking me to eject the MacBook sparse bundle media. How do I ...
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Time Machine External Hard Drive stopped being recognized

So I got a 2015 rMBP last year and also got a WD MyPassport External Hard drive with it for Time Machine backups. It ran perfectly a few times a week until yesterday when I plugged it into my Mac. It ...
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Renamed old Time Machine folder, is there a way to recover

I have an old Time Machine backup that I did when I was still using Yosemite. Today I wanted to make a Time Machine backup of my current El Capitan install. I didn't want Time Machine to overwrite my ...
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How to set a folder as an time machine backup?

I updated my MacBook Pro and it now it won't boot. I am using my hard drive in an enclosure and an external hard drive to extract the data from the SSD that's inside the Mac. The HD that's in the ...
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How can my mac access a time capsule on a different router?

My home has 2 networks, the first one is 192.168.1.X and this network is connected to the modem for internet, and connected to this network is a different wireless router elsewhere in the home with ...
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Time Capsule appearing as Shared Drive instead of Device

Background I made some changes on my iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) recently, including removing a Windows partition. These changes which appear to have caused the machine to lose track of my Time Machine ...
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Can't access External Drive (time machine), no EFI partition system. How to manually rewrite it?

tried to back up my Mac to time machine yesterday but I couldn't mount the drive. I have a Lacie 3TD hdd that is partition into msdos(for transfer between pc and mac) and hfs(time machine). I am able ...
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How to convert & deduplicate Time Machine backups

I have an external hard drive that I used with Time Machine on a couple of Macs that are now obsolete. A lot of files existed as duplicate copies on both machines, so in some cases the backup data ...
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“Backup Disk Not Available”, Time Machine can't find Time Capsule any more

I have a 2 TB Time Capsule and it was used by Time Machine for many months. Some days ago the Time Capsule was disconnected from its power supply and today is now connected again. Time Machine ...
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Time Machine partition won't mount in OSX El Capitan, but mounts in Bootcamp Windows 10

Not sure what happened. Two days ago I just did a Time Machine backup and today the partition won't mount. The external disk is a WD My Passport bought several years ago and total 2 TB. I partitioned ...
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Move user folder (HDD) back to main drive (SSD)

Since large SSDs were quite expensive a while ago, I've moved my User directory to a 1 TB HDD back then. Now I'm going to upgrade to a 1 TB SSD and am thinking about the best and safest way to move ...
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Will iCloud Remote Wipe of MacBook erase system restore on different hardware?

My 2012 MacBook Pro was stolen, but it had Find My Mac enabled through iCloud prior to that event. I have not issued a remote wipe with hopes that I'd be able to use Find My Mac to track it down. Alas,...
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Permissions on previous backup stopping me from restoring

I have acquired a new Macbook Pro, running El Capitan (10.11.4), I have a USB drive containing the TM backups of my previous Mac (running Yosemite 10.10.5). I have been reading about how to restore ...
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Where is the Autocorrect file for Word 2016 stored in El Capitan?

I recently installed Word 2016 in El Capitain alongside Word 2011. 2016 picked up my preference files, including my autocorrect options, which I had used extensively in Word 2011. I then removed some ...