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 backup/restore: “This user's data doesn't need to be transferred”

So, I had a MacBook Pro 15", Late 2011, that I've been using daily since I got it last October. I set up time machine and every day after work, I would bring my laptop home and plug it into my time ...
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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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Getting Time Machine to only back up when idle

My TM backups are causing some disruption to my work while they're running, be it a backup to a network drive that's taking up all available wifi bandwidth or a backup to an attached zfs volume which ...
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Getting Time Machine backups working with an Iomega Home Cloud Edition NAS

I'm getting some strange behaviour from Time Machine since upgrading to Moutain Lion using the Iomega Home Cloud Edition NAS as the end point for the backups. Getting the first backup to complete ...
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Time Machine restore fail… because of ONE file

I had to do a Time Machine restore on my internal MacBook Pro 750gb hard drive. The complete backup contains nearly 700gb of data. Twice, the restore process failed at the exact same point because ...
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Restoring data from Time Machine backup created on second Mac

I have a desktop Mac and MacBook Air. The MacBook Air has decided to die, so I want to restore the back up files in my Time Machine to my Mac desktop. How do I do that? It must be simple, but I ...
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Can't find contacts in Time Machine

I'm trying to restore lost contacts information from Time Machine. Where is the data stored on the HD? I've searched the Library, Documents and other likely places, but can't find the actual cards ...
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How to properly backup OS X Server (Mavericks)

I've been reading various articles from a Google Search on this topic and it seems there is no clear solution as many debate what works/doesn't work. I'm hoping to get a definitive answer here. I ...
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Best approach to backup and migrate Boot Camp

I have a boot camp install which I also use from VMware fusion (for when I can't be bothered to reboot!) and I need to migrate from MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro. Obviously time machine makes ...
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How do I repair a corrupt Time Machine sparsebundle that is only showing the most recent backup?

I am trying to recover a nearly-2TB backup of a Mac, whose sparsebundle file was located on a NAS and suffered some corruption. I have followed the steps here, and the sparsebundle is now accessible ...
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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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How to search Mail in Time Machine?

I'm looking for a specific email I may have deleted, but I don't remember when I received it (it was at least a couple months ago). Digging through my Mail history in Time Machine for a single email ...
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Tracing the source of “There was a problem connecting to the server” alerts

After upgrading from MacOS 10.6 to 10.8, I keep getting alerts on my MBP saying "There was a problem connecting to the server xyz". The thing is, there is no longer a machine called "xyz" on my ...
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Moved my time machine backup drive to another computer, can see it but won't recognise old backups

I've been using an external hard drive on my MacBook for time machine for a year or so. Now I have a Mac Mini too and have connected the external hard drive to that for the same purpose. I want to ...
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Time Machine Backup to drive shared on BTHomeHub3?

I have a Freeagent GoFlex Drive hooked up to my BTHomeHub3 router. My Desktop PC is backing up to it fine but I'm having troubles with Time Machine. My Mac can mount the drive perfectly fine and use ...
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Accessing Time Machine for different computer

My hard drive died on Computer 1. Backed up to Time Machine. Am now using Computer 2. I need some files from the desktop of Computer 1. Can I access them on Time Machine? How? I have three ...
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Does Time Machine need the Spotlight index?

On OS X, does Time Machine need the index maintained by Spotlight? Will disabling Spotlight completely (via mdutil) affect Time Machine?
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All my Time Machine windows are black

That was supposed to be my finder window with my backups over time but I only see black screens. :(
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Do I have the latest firmware update for my Time Capsule? How can I force an upgrade of the firmware?

I am running the latest Maverick. Does anyone know how can I force an upgrade of my firmware?
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Do I need a special external hard drive to use with Time Machine

I am searching for a hard drive but I wonder if just about any will allow me to partition it so that I can use a part of it for Time Machine only. Thanks.
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Partition Time Machine volume already used

I want to partition/reduce size my Time Machine volume to use it also with another Mac. Now I've this situation I want to change the partition and do this But the two tips of the partitions says ...
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Does encrypting Time Machine erase the recovery partition?

I have prepared my external hard drive to be used for Time Machine backup by erasing and creating a new working recovery partition on it. I am ready to start the first backup, which I want to be ...
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homebrew broken after time machine restore

I use home-brew for some tools on my macbook and it had been working fine. I recently put a SSD in my macbook and restored it to a time machine backup as I thought this would give me a pretty good ...
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Encrypt backups

Is it better to encrypt the hard drive you will use for Time Machine backup with Disk Utility or with Time Machine itself? I have noticed the the dialogue is slightly different, wherein Disk Utility a ...
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Time Machine backup of renamed computer fails

After getting a new MacBook Pro recently, I decided to reuse my old MacBook Pro as a home server. I reformatted the disk and reinstalled OS X, giving the computer a different hostname (let's call it ...
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Find & Recover correct iTunes ratings etc. & Library from Time Machine

I have at least 13 backups of my entire 7000 song iTunes library on an external drive using Time Machine. Unfortunately, a Sr. Rep. at iTunes support was misinformed and had me delete a folder that I ...
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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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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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Time Machine Backup over WiFi Causes Erratic Magic Trackpad Behavior

My Setup I have a mid-2010 13" MacBook Pro running OSX 10.4.8. TimeMachine is configured to run hourly backups over WiFi to a TimeCapsule. I also have a Magic Trackpad linked to my computer via ...
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Pulling files off of Time Machine Back Up After Full Reinstall

I have a MacBookPro, purchased October 2012. I use Time Machine to back up files. I was having slow computing issues, so the Genius Bar folks recommended a wipe out and reinstall from scratch, but ...
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Found Virus Bloodhound.PDF.20 on the time machine external drive, how to remove

Just got a bran-new work-issued macbookpro loaded with Symantec endpoint protection (not by choice), it's less than 2 weeks old. Created backup using the time machine software, and endpoint kicks in ...
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Any ideas why my Airport Extreme identifies itself as a Time Capsule in Time Machine?

I recently noticed that Time Machine on both my Macs (Mountain Lion, 10.8.3) seem to think that my Airport Extreme base station (AEBS) + USB hard drive is actually a Time Capsule. Screenshots below. ...
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What does deliver higher transfer speed for Timemachine backup to ubuntu? NFS or AppleTalk (netatalk)?

I want to do Time Machine backups to an ubuntu server. It is a hosted remote machine, not in my LAN. So far, I have found two approaches to realize the connection between the computer and the backup ...
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Mountain Lion - Are these different ways of encrypting a Time machine backup equivalent?

I just setup two backup drives for time machine in two different ways: 1) By clicking the "encrypted" checkbox in the time machine dialogue. After fininshing the backup, it spent a long time saying ...
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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 ...
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Continuously backs up same files as if this was the first time doing a backup

On Snow Leopard 10.6.8, TimeMachine keeps backing up the same files over and over again, as if they were not backed up the first time. As a result, each time I get a full backup of 300 GB! I checked ...
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Restoring to previous state: concerns with Carbon Copy Cloner and Time Machine conflict

One week ago I experienced an odd and catastrophic failure of my MacBook Pro. The details of the failure are not important, and the relevant parts have been replaced, among them a new HDD. Side note: ...
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TimeMachine fails about once a month on Western Digital NAS

Using Time Machine (Lion 10.7.3) [ EDIT: or 10.7.2 see my comment below ] with an Airport Extreme and Western Digital MyBookLive NAS seems to work well but then fails about once a month with the ...
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File Sharing hangs Time Machine on Snow Leopard Server

I administer a Mac mini server for a small school. It's running Snow Leopard Server with all the latest updates installed. I'm backing it up via Time Machine and periodic SuperDuper clones. Time ...
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How do you open the “purple sticks” on the right areas in time machine?

Well i'm a bit confused. Cause I heard that the purple areas are because its backed up in an external HD. Then why doesn't the purple areas turn white ( white= available i think) when i connect my ...