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 External Drive

What factors are important when selecting an external hard drive for time machine backups?
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Can I access TimeMachine data from a machine other than the one that was being backed up?

I have an iMac with a dead internal drive. And I have it's TimeMachine drive. I'd like to know that the TimeMachine-based data is safe and sound so I'd like to restore it to my MBPro. But not over top ...
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Time Machine drive encryption going for 22 hours. Is it stalled?

I set up Time Machine in Mountain Lion by plugging in a newly formatted 500GB USB drive, selecting that from the Time Machine dialog, and checking the box to encrypt my backups. A window appeared that ...
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine?

I accidentally deleted my ~/.zshrc file and I'd like to get it back from a Time Machine backup. When I enter Time Machine I can see my home directory, but all the dot-files in the directory are hidden ...
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Fastest way to delete all Timemachine Backups for a machine

What is the recommended way to get rid of a whole TimeMachine archive (aka Backups.backupdb)? Using Disk Utility to erase the whole disk is not an option. I moved everything to the Trash, but ...
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Using Time Machine with Virtualization (Parallels, VirtualBox, VMWare, etc…)

Since a single small change to a VM file should (I think) cause the entire multi-gigabyte file to be backed up again, are there any ideas I can use to more effectively backup my machine? Assume that ...
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Is my private key available in the Time Machine backups? Where can I find it?

I've used Time Machine on my Mac to perform backups of my Lion install. My SSD failed and I installed Mountain Lion on my machine. Now, I want to recover my private key from my backup so I can ...
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Warn if a Time Machine backup is still in progress before shutting down or sleeping a Mac

Before I shut down or sleep my Mac, I want to be warned if a Time Machine backup is still in progress. Is there such a thing? Or at least something that makes it very obvious that a backup is in ...
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How can I make my computer believe a disk image is a hardware disk?

I'm trying to do some research on TimeMachine right now. I don't want to purchase an external hard drive, just to learn about some software, and so I'd like to be able to tinker with the settings, by ...
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Restoring one system file from Time Machine backup

I have this file that I want to restore, that is a system file, normally stored on /tmp. If I open Finder, and select GO > GO TO FOLDER I type /tmp on the window and it opens /private/tmp (???? why ...
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Making Time Machine Backups while Mac is in Sleep Mode

I'd like my Mac to be able to save a Time Machine backup even when I have it in sleep mode. Is there a way I can have my Mac wake up at a certain time automatically in order for Time Machine to run?
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Time Machine over SMB/CIFS share?

As far as I understand there's no way to make Time Machine with SMB/CIFS; you have to connect using AFP. Is that true ? Is there a way to make it work ? I'm using OS X Lion.
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How can I get Time Machine to back up the contents of a File Vault while logged in?

Disclaimer: this question and answer are targeted to the Snow Leopard implementation of FileVault where the user home folder is only encrypted in a bundle. Lion's implementation of FileVault doesn't ...
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Is restoring a Time Machine backup on a clean install of OS X Mavericks still a 'clean' install?

I would like to upgrade to OS X Mavericks. Also, I think it would be a good chance to clean up my system. My question is: If do a clean install of OS X Mavericks and then restore my machine from a ...
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Using crashplan to backup a time machine disk

So, crashplan themselves say it can't and shouldn't be done, because of hard links and how TM works... But can't it, really?! Isn't there any way around it? Reason I want to use CrashPlan is because ...
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How does the new “local snapshots” feature of Time Machine in Lion work?

Apple's advertising for Lion highlights a new "local snapshots" feature of Time Machine: OS X Lion lets you take the Time Machine experience with you when you’re away from your Time Capsule or ...
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Set Time Machine to backup once per day instead of once an hour

I use Time Machine to backup my Mac (running Mavericks 10.9.1). The backup process runs at the standard once per hour. This often slows down my machine while I'm trying to work on it. Understanding ...
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Recovering iWork from backup

I recently changed my MBP 13" 2009 to the newer MBP 13" 2012. I decided not to recover from Time Machine and install everything manually as to make a clean start. Although I do not have my iWork ...
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Can I have two Time Machine partitions on one hard disk drive?

I know that someone can use a partition on a hard disk drive for Time Machine, but is it possible to specify more than one partition on a single drive for this purpose? The scenario: My partner and ...
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How can an iPhoto Library be shared between users in a way that facilitates backing up to Time Machine?

I'm aware that there has been a similar question that points towards Apple's own guidance on sharing iPhoto Libraries. Apple's solutions aren't compatible with Time Machine - it can't be used to back ...
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Time Machine Backup freezing computer

Time Machine on my computer is trying to backup onto a external hard drive, but the only thing I get is the famous beach ball of death which makes my computer extremely slow. When I go to cosole.app ...
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How to prevent sleep while a Time Machine backup is in progress?

I'm one of those greatly suffering from the problem with TM in which the entire backup sparsebundle on a NAS gets corrupted if the Mac goes to sleep in middle of a backup operation. There's a long ...
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Encrypt Time Machine backup data sent over the network

I have three relevant machines: An iMac running 10.10 as my Time Machine server. A MacBook Pro running 10.10, which backs up to the server. Backup encryption is enabled. A PowerBook G4 running ...
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Console reports “sandboxd deny mach-lookup” … Should I modify system.sb?

I'm getting two errors in the console at the same time TimeMachine is running and taking FOREVER to make any progress. 1/4/13 9:41:38.000 PM kernel[0]: Sandbox: sandboxd(5838) deny mach-lookup ...
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What is a good OSX incremental backup software (not time machine)

So I used to use CCC to clone my external drive to another external drive for a backup copy. What I realized is that I want incremental backup that is versioned. So I can go back to a copy that is ...
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Which backups does Time Machine keep or delete? [duplicate]

I know Time Machine promises to keep one backup per hour for the past 24 hours, a daily backup for the past month and a backup per week beyond that. What I’m wondering is: if you’ve connected an ...
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External Disk Capacity for Time Machine

I have a 500 GB hard drive in my iMac, and I am planning to buy a new external hard drive to use for Time Machine. I don't know if Time Machine synchronizes, or something else. What size external ...
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Should I use time machine to migrate from one mac to another?

I have had my blackbook for a little over 4 years now and think it's time to upgrade to a new macbook pro. I'm currently running leopard on the blackbook with time machine. I'm wondering if time ...
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How to restore a missing Recovery HD partition

I bought a second hand Macbook Pro which came with OSX Lion installed, when I wanted to clean it I found out that it had no Recovery HD partition. I confirmed this through the Disk Utility (enabled ...
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Can I use Time Machine to back up data to a Windows shared drive?

How can I do "Time Machine" from my Mac OS X 10.6.4 to my Window share drive? I'd also prefer to encrypt my image, so it's "safe" just in case :-)
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Time machine for hd upgrade

Does time machine work well for hd upgrades? Looking to go to ssd but don't want to lose things like custom plist settings, init.d items, .profile items and all my brew installed items. Is times ...
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Time machine wants to backup too much

Time Machine stopped this morning, stating it has too little disk space left. It wants to back up 200 gigs, but my local hard drive has 240 gig used and 150 gig are excluded in the Time Machine ...
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How can I find exactly what files are included in my last Time Machine backup?

I find that my Time Machine backup never passes an hour without backing up files, even if I haven't used the Mac. I've excluded .Trash and Downloads under my user folder. A typical hourly backup is ...
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How do I erase an encrypted TimeMachine drive on Mountain Lion if I've forgotten the password?

My question is similar to this question. I have a USB drive that contains an old encrypted backup. I don't remember the password and don't care about loosing the backup - I just want to be able to use ...
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How do you access the user library on a time machine backup

With Lion 10.7, how does one access the user library on a time machine backup through the Finder?
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Copying Time Machine backup, destination takes more than original size, are hardlinks being expanded?

I'm copying the backup folder of Time Machine, but it's taking too long, the backup is 90GB and the copy already reports 160GB and there's 60% to go yet, so I suspect it's copying hardlinks as ...
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Restore MacBook Pro backup to a Mac Mini?

I've got to drop my MBP (2010 model) in to the Apple store asap to get it repaired and it'll be out of action for a week during a time I need it most. My thought process is, due to the urgency of it ...
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How do I get Time Machine to Show in Notification Center?

Notifications has many of my favorite Apps in it, however, Time Machine is conspicuously absent. I read here that it should be showing: System notifications System alerts with updates about your ...
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“Encrypt backups” disabled for Time Machine on Mavericks; due to partition?

I picked up an external hard drive a while back and have been using it for Time Machine back-ups. Recently I thought to confirm that the disk is encrypted so that it won't be useful if someone nicks ...
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How to restore Mac OS X on a new hard-drive?

I am going to upgrade my MacBook Pro hard-drive, but before doing so I'm trying to figure out how to restore OS X on it. My DVD drive doesn't work so I cannot re-install from the DVD. I have a recent ...
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Run a launchd job after Time Machine backup

Quite simply, I have a process that's triggered by launchd but currently runs once an hour, however really what I would like it to do is run once a Time Machine backup has completed. Initially I ...
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Will installing Mountain Lion require a complete refresh of my Time Machine backup?

I currently have my Time Machine backup on my network and access it wirelessly. This means a complete backup of half a terabyte of data can take a significant amount of time. So, I'm concerned that ...
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What happens with my external drive upon using Time Machine?

So I got a USB drive I want to use with Time Machine. This USB drive has some files of mine. If Time Machine creates the backup in it, what happens to such files? Are they deleted?
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After enabling File Vault, OS X doesn't mount disk automatically anymore

I have an external 2 TB LaCie drive connected via FireWire 800 to my MacBook Pro (8,2 – early 2011 model), which runs OS X 10.8.5. It has one big partition which is a Time Machine target, and the ...
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How to access Time Machine without the access password?

I have an older 2TB Apple Time Machine with years of kids photos. Unfortunately, my wife cannot remember the passcode to get in. We are at a loss as we have tried every password we can think of. We ...
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Time Machine without Airport?

I'm a very new Mac user. I just bought a MacBook Pro and I'd like to use the Time Machine backup. Unfortunately, it seems like I can only keep my laptop mobile by using an Airport router. I was hoping ...
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Using Linux computer as time capsule - possible but any experiences?

have a Linux computer running as a server on which I also installed a time capsule (see for Vortexbox (my setup) but also for Ubuntu). Before using this as my main backup, has anybody any experiences ...
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Space Occupied By Other Files And Folders On Hard Drive

I have been using VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows 8 on and after deleting the virtual drives and virtualbox due to having issues with Windows 8, I am missing a lot of memory from ...
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Time Machine stuck on “Preparing Backup”

I have a MacBook Pro from 2009. It came with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) but I upgraded to 10.8 (Mountain Lion). A few days ago, I tried to backup my files on an external hard drive, like I have ...
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Weird issues ejecting external hard drive

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups (and storage of a few other large files). Recently (since Mountain Lion, I think) I've been getting the following ...