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

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Gained space on reformat and restore?

I was killing a Ubuntu partition, and had to do a full reformat to repartition properly. The operation would recover 20GB of space. I then took the following steps: I made a recover disk I backed ...
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Time Machine Backup huge since SD Extension

I recently bought a 128GB SD Card extension for my MacBook Pro Retina. It's one of these SD Cards which fit into the SD Slot so they don't overlap with the body. Since I added this SD Card and moved ...
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How to combine an older Time Machine backup with a newer one

I have a client who was using a certain external drive as their Time Machine drive for a while. Then, they misplaced it. So, they got a new external drive and started using that. Now, they've found ...
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Partitioning an encrypted time machine hard drive

I recently got a 1TB external hard drive. My intention was to partition half for time machine to do backups, and half for general storage. When setting up time machine there was the option to encrypt, ...
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Restoring a backup HD on a Mac without restoring OS X Mavericks

I recently downloaded Mavericks and this made my Mac slow down a lot. So I took it to the technical service and they reinstalled 10.8.5. Now I want to restore my information on the Mac through Time ...
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine - can't find data file?

I followed the instructions in this question but still cannot restore my address book and iCal data. I found what I thought was the data file for the address book, AddressBook-v22.abcddb, but when I ...
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Old Time Machine backups visible but inaccessible

I recently had to reformat my computer's disk and then restore from my Time Machine backup, which is on a 2 TB Time Capsule. This went fine. However, when I go into Time Machine now, I'm unable to ...
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Time Machine permissions changed after reinstalling OS X?

I recently reinstalled OS X on my iMac. I was having problems, so instead of restoring to a backup, I did a clean install of OS X and manually copied - or tried to copy - the files I needed. However, ...
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No Weekly Backups in Time Machine after Five Months

I have a 3TB AirPort Time Capsule and have had Time Machine backups running on my Mac Pro (latest model running Mavericks) for the past five months. Both devices are connected via Cat5e ethernet ...
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Error -50 on a partitioned external hard drive

I bought a 4 TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive about a month ago. I intended to use 1 TB as a Time Machine partition and 3 TB for miscellaneous storage. When it arrived I went ahead and made ...
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tmutil reports changing UUIDs for external encrypted volume

(also asked at https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6451614) I'm trying to use Time Machine for monthly backups on an external hard disk with an encrypted volume. I erased the disk with Disk Utility ...
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TimeMachine's strange behavior

I have MacBook Air i7 with Mavericks. For some time I observe strange behavior of the TimeMachine: When I want to access backups, it shows all the time-points with archives on the right size, as it ...
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After strange startup issues TimeMachine/Migration not working properly, some data seems to be lost

since I couldn't find a solution for this problem I hope somebody of you may have one: When I was in holiday 2 weeks ago and repeatedly tried to boot my MacBook Pro 15" (2012, DIY Fusion, FileVault 2 ...
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How can I select a complete folder instead of a single file while cloning user SuperDuper in OSX for backup?

I want to select the who lang comp lab folder for backing up (cloning) using SuperDuper software in OSX but it just allows me to select one file as an image. lang comp lab folder is inside mgserver ...
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External Hard Drive died – How do I recover those files from Time Machine?

My external hard drive, which I was backing up with Time Machine, finally died. I want to retrieve some of those files, but when I go into Time Machine I can't navigate to those files because Time ...
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Alignment error with external hard drive, Time Machine

While trying to backup via Time Machine, I am seeing the following errors in 'sudo dmesg' output: CODE SIGNING: cs_invalid_page(0x1000): p=8425[GoogleSoftwareUp] clearing CS_VALID USBMSC Identifier ...
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TM Backup Drive shows smaller size than internal Hard drive on iMac

I am helping a friend that has an iMac running 10.7.5 with a TM backup drive. External HDD is formatted as Extended Journaled Case Sensitive.( Default via TM grabbing the disk initially and setting it ...
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Some files are gone after recovery from Time Machine backup… WHY?

I tried to clean install my mid-2012 MacBook Pro Retina and then recover from my Time Machine backup. At first the backup looked like a success and the OS did boot properly. However, I found that ...
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Timemachine works from some stations, but not from others

We have 5 Macs in our network (Active Directory) I have installed a TimeMachine server, and want all mac's to use that as a backup/snapshot disk. I was able to activate it only on 2 stations, while ...
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Why did restoring a system from a recent Time Machine backup fail to restore recent files?

I used a recent Time Machine backup to restore a Late 2008 MacBook Pro system for a family member today. She had been backing up faithfully about once a week to an external HDD using Time Machine for ...
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System freezing during time machine backup in higher performance graphics mode

Starting in 10.8.x and continuing in 10.9.2, I notice my system freezing when running a time machine backup while "higher performance graphics" are enabled. When I say "freeze", I mean that the ...
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Exception to Mavericks Server Time Machine Quota?

I'm running Mavericks Server on my Mac Mini, and have set a quota for Time Machine backups. However, for times when certain computers need to exceed this quota, I'd like to be able to make exceptions ...
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Time Machine, Drive not available

My friend has a MacBook Pro. I've wanted to do some backup on an external drive (Lacie 1TB) with Time Machine. Now, since the backup is in the external HDD, I can not use the internal drive of the ...
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Time Machine says it doesn't have enough space even though incremental difference should be relatively small

I just reformatted the main partition and reinstalled OSX on my iMac as Disk Utility uncovered corruption that it wasn't able to repair.* I allowed OSX to restore all of my files from Time Machine as ...
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Why won't Time Machine restore my files?

I replaced the hard drive in my iMac after making a time machine backup of the old drive. I've installed Mavericks on the new drive and booted with it. The old drive (time machine) is connected via ...
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I cannot find my backup on my TimeMachine

My time machine is set up by connecting an external harddisk to a AirPort Extreme. I am trying the 'Internet Recovery' option to restore my iMac from my time machine backup. When the 'OS X Utitlies' ...
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Migration assistant did not migrate all users and applications

The hard drive on my 5 month old iMac failed. I had been backing up via Time Machine to a disk attached to a Time Capsule, this backup had worked fine when I migrated to this iMac 5 months ago. ...
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Trying to restore from Time Machine to a new admin account

I was having issues with logging in to an admin account and ended up ultimately reinstalling the OS to Mac Pro (2012). Just adding a new admin account would have fixed it. Live and learn. So I have, ...
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How can you preserve a specific time machine backup?

Is there a way to preserve a specific point in time TimeMachine backup? I would like to be able for example keep the backup from Oct 30, 2013 and not have TimeMachine remove it. The way I understand ...
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Repurpose 2006 Mac Mini for Time Machine with external HDD

I have a Apple Mac mini "Core Duo" 1.66 from 2006 sitting around. I also have on order a CiT 3.5 inch USB 2.0 Dual SATA HDD Enclosure and was thinking of getting a WD Green 4TB Desktop Internal SATA ...
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time machine file recovery on Mac osx10.6.7

I just did a clean install of this upgrade OSX 10.6.7. I was under the impression that I could manually restore certain data files, photos and such, from my time machine backup. But when I open all ...
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Exiting Time Machine back to Finder doesn't restore window size

When I exit Time Machine the Finder window stays reduced and has to be manually increased to full screen size. However if I am viewing Mail.app in TM and exit, the app reverts back to full size. What ...
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Deleting imovie 10.0.1 events

I have added videos from other hard drives and my HD camcorder, but my 1 TB drive is almost full. I have backed up all events to a 4 TB drive through Time Machine to a Seagate external drive. My ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to restore System/Library Files without Time Machine

I fell for the tarp. In an attempt to fix an installation issue with Python and Pygame I read something stupid online telling me to delete this file and that file to completely get rid of python on my ...
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Reverting from Mavericks to Mountain Lion on dual SSD's in RAID 0

So I have my MBP Late 2011 setup with Dual SSD's in a RAID 0 Configuration. Since this is a software RAID, I don't have a functioning Recovery HD and I need to erase the Mac and get back to a stable ...
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Time Machine backup is 10% of actual disk size

I used a brand new external HDD and had time machine do a backup. My HDD size is 481GB, but the only space used on the external HDD is 40GB. Under the users directory, I do not see my own folder ...
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What would cause Time Machine to back up my entire Applications folder again?

I just noticed a great deal of activity with my backup disk, and found Time Machine copying some 30 GB+ of files. A routine (~100 MB) backup had just occurred an hour before, and I hadn't made any ...
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Install a smaller new disk from a big Time Machine backup

i have a MacBook Pro (2012) with a 500GB hard drive. I would like to install a 250GB SDD drive and i want to reinstall via Time Machine. The problem is obvious : my Time Capsule contains more than ...
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Time Machine thinks “Latest Backup” is same as current version even though its not?

I've noticed an interesting thing with Time Machine and how it compares the current version of a folder with the Latest Backup version. I have a folder with a single text file. For some reason, when I ...
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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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Large drives and FileVault/TimeMachine on Mountain Lion

Trying to use a 3TB disk for my backups, still running into what seems to be a known issue with "block sizes". When will this be fixed or how can I fix it myself before a downstream update?
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How to backup external NTFS drive via Time Machine?

I currently have an external, HFS+ drive as my time machine storage that backs up my Macbook Pro Retina (Mac OS Mountain Lion 10.8.1). I also have another external NTFS drive (that I share with my ...
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Why does Time Machine ask for a password but backs up anyhow?

I am using Time Machine with an external drive connected to a Macbook running Mountain Lion. I use backup encryption. Whenever I connect the external drive TM asks for my password. The password ...
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Cannot enter Time Machine

I have been running Time Machine for about 10 months with no problems. Now when I try to enter time machine, nothing happens. Just like in other posts I have read. I run Lion with no apparent problems ...