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

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Email retrieval

I have emails backed up from outlook 2011 on my iMac on time machine, outlook is no longer working every time I rebuild it says successful but not able to retrieve emails from 3 weeks ago. I've given ...
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Can a client of an OS X server instruct the server to restore a file to a shared folder from its time machine backup?

I would like to know if a user needs to restore a file which is kept on a file share and backed up to a time machine backup attached to an OS X server, do they need me to restore it for them or can ...
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Configure Time Machine after reinstalling Mac OS to take previous backups into account

I have reinstalled my Mac OS (10.9) and had to specify again my external hard drive for backups in Time Machine preferences. Now i can enter Time Machine and see my previous backups. However, Time ...
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Housekeeping before upgrading to new OSX

I would like to go for a fresh install, but I've got GB's of Mail archives, iCloud Photos, etc. Therefore I always end up doing just the upgrade on top of the existing OS. This time I would like to ...
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How do I backup an external HDD using TimeMachine?

I have used Time Machine for years to backup my main HDD, but I would like to back up an external drive at the same time. Normally you would remove an external drive from the Exclude list in Time ...
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Unable to restore/reinstall/erase from recovery

I've just tried to install the El Capitan GM, which failed half way through with the error "This Core Storage operation is not allowed on a sparse logical volume group" and gave me the option to ...
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Is it a known problem that Time Machine does (sometimes) not backup Thunderbird profiles completely?

I restored my system completely from a Time Machine backup only to find out that for quite a time about 5 Gigs of data are missing in the backup of my Thunderbird profile. I can follow the weeks back ...
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How to selectively copy parts of my Time Machine backup onto my new OS (Yosemite)?

I'm working with a 2013 iMac running with the newest Yosemite. There was something wrong on my system which required that I erase the internal HD and do a clean install. Fine. But when I use Migration ...
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Time machine backup or File Vault encryption of encrypted disk image

I have a small encrypted disk image on my Mac (Yosemite), containing account numbers, tax reports and such. I created it using Disk Utility, from folder, which I subsequently safely deleted. I am also ...
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How to restore/re-create some folders from Time Machine backup of a different computer?

I have Time Machine backup of computer A, a Macbook Pro mid-2010. I want to restore/re-create some folders backed up in that backup on a different computer, a Macbook Pro Retina mid-2014. How to ...
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restore files, configuration and installed apps with time machine after upgrading osx

Currently I have an OSX Lion on my 2008 macbook. I want to upgrade to OSX Yosemite. But it seems I have to do clean install. So I need to backup all my files using Time Machine. My Question is: ...
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500GB Macbook Time Machine Question

I have the new Macbook 12 inch with 500GB, which half of the storage goes to the Windows 10 system. I wonder would 500GB Hard drive be enough for Time Machine for backup? Also, I'm thinking of the ...
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How do I access an SMB Share being hosted on a Mac running OS X?

I'm very new to the world of Apple so pardon my ignorance & general lack of knowledge. I only have Terminal access to a Mac which is being used for test purposes. I'm trying to share a folder ...
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External hard disk not showing up on finder and can't be verified in Disk Utility

My Mac suddendly restarted and now the external hard disk I normally use for Time Machine backups is not working anymore. When I plug it in, it doesn't appear on finder and while it appears in the ...
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Deleting of old backups in Time machine

I have WD-My book world of 1TB and I struggled for some time to set it up correctly to use it as a disk for usage of time machine on Mac OS X Yosemite. My question is the following-what is the best ...
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Migrating local accounts to locally stored network account

We have local users running on stock MacBooks, but it's time to move up and start managing things. Active Directory accounts are created for all users, and OSX Server is pushing the AD config ...
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Can you transfer your applications like photoshop from your old mac to your new macbook?

Is it possible using a passport external hard drive and tome machine to transfer applications from my old macbook to my new macbook? Please advise a safe way to do this if it is possible?
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recover/restore files with specific extension from Time Machine with OSX

I would like to recover/restore only *.GIF files from my most recent backup. They were accidentally deleted from everywhere in My Computer instead of just the intended folder. I currently have only 6 ...
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Restoring from TM backup causes Mail to import and eat up HD space on Mac Air

I use a MacBook Air 256 GB HD on Yosemite 10.10. I recently noticed large date range of emails gone missing. Rebuilding the mailbox did not solve the problem so I decided to restore my entire Mac from ...
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How to migrate an OS X guest VM to a physical machine?

I am running OS X Yosemite, and Parallels 10. I have a guest VM running OS X Yosemite. I would like to migrate the guest VM to a physical machine. Is this possible? The reason is that the guest vm is ...
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Encrypting from the Disk Utility vs Finder

I am testing two methods of encrypting a new hard drive. Using Disk Utility, I erased it and created two equal partitions (10GB each, the rest free space), both "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". 1) From ...
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Recover Meteor JS MongoDB from Time Machine Backup

I have recently recovered my Mac with a Time Machine Backup from the beginning of August. Today I ran an existing Meteor JS project and saw that the MongoDB documents were pretty outdated (latest ...
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How to use Time Machine backup on a different computer?

I had a MacBook Pro, Mid-2010, which I regularly made weekly Time Machine backups of. The computer accidently got destroyed. When it died it was running OS X 10.10.4. I then got a new MacBook Pro, ...
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recover partial backup data from a (potentially damaged) Time Machine disk

I am on a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, late 2013, with OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks. First of all, to clarify the question, my goal is to create a new, working Time Machine (TM) disk, that has as much as ...
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Backup disk suddenly won't work

Here's the error message I get: "An error occurred while copying files. The problem may be temporary. If the problem persists, use Disk Utility to repair your backup disk." When I try to follow that ...
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Delted “Space” Time Machine Backup

This could sound like a really dumb question as I don't even know what I did wrong. Please help! I have had this LaCie backup (500 GB) for years since my friend suggested few years ago. I have been ...
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Can't restore Time Machine backup to Macintosh HD

Today I found my Mac shut down. It won't boot again anymore. When I try to turn it on, it just shows the Apple logo, a loading bar and after 1/3 progress it just shuts down again. After some research ...
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Copying via Finder fails with available space issue but cp at the command line works fine

I have a large(ish) Aperture library (~120GB) that I wanted to restore from a Time Machine backup but, after selecting it via the Time Machine interface, Finder complained that there was not enough ...
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Backup/Time Machine solution for an office full of iMacs?

In our office we have ~8+ or so iMacs. Currently we're backing up to individual hard-drives via TimeMachine. We're looking at creating a more stable backup solution, one that is kept away from the ...
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Time Machine Problems

I just got a new 2TB hard drive and I wanted to set up Time Machine. I did and now it is backing up stuff. On this page ...
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Why running Time Machine on OS X Server slows down my Mac?

I have MacBook Pro (2.3GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - late 2013?) and Time Machine backups data via network to our internal OS X Server. But when Time Machine is running backups, my ...
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kernel: decmpfs repeated error messages origin?

I am in the process of evaluating different anti-virus on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite…). Upon running a full scan to test Sophos on a Mountain Lion Mac I witnessed a total slow down ...
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Time Machine - Bootcamp and Virtualized operating systems?

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, from a Software and Hardware perspective, is the Time Machine capable of backing up my personal Documents and Files located in my Windows Bootcamp Partition and ...
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Reboot fails after failed disk erase when restoring from Time Machine

I have an Early 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 15" with 512GB of SSD storage. My update to Yosemite 10.5 failed for some reason and I was left with an unbootable system and severe file system errors that ...
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Time machine creating files and directories at random places

I'm gonna keep this short and simple. I have a ~/.vim folder and ~/dotfiles/.vim folder (the ~/dotfiles/.vim was copied to ~/.vim). Yesterday I noticed that I had several files with weird permissions ...
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Convert wireless Time Machine to wired

I have been using the Time Machine backup utility wirelessly. I'd now like switch to wired. How do I do that? What problems should I expect?
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What does these extended attributes mean and where are they documented?

For some reason a directory I had (Vundle.vim) got randomly copied to another directory (got copied from ~/.vim to ~/dotfiles/.vim with strange permissions and what looks like no contents. Anyways, ...
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Accidentally deleted all Mail - How can I get it back?

In Apple Mail, I accidentally marked all messages in the Inbox folder as Junk (I meant to mark as read) and it appears all mail was deleted permanently. My Mailbox Behaviours specify Yet the ...
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Is netatalk on Linux unreliable for hosting Time Machine volumes?

During some discussion on IRC about my recent problems hosting a Time Machine volume on my Linux PC (using netatalk) -- which worked well for a long time but recently developed issues where my Mac ...
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How to rescue light red Time Machine backups

Today I've been looking for deleted by mistake folder. Time machine should help me, right? But when I entered time machine (after multiple errors saying "Can't connect to a current Time Machine ...
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Time Machine Backup Failed

Ive been using my time Machine for almost 3 years without any problems. Its a 3TB Lacie. This week it has decided to stop backing up my work. I tried repairing the disk and unmounting and remounting ...
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How do I install Mac OS X Leopard on a SSHD?

I am going to get a Solid State Hybrid Drive. How do I install Mac OS X Leopard to it and how do I use my Time Machine backup to move my stuff back over? Using a Power Mac G5 Quad. I am going to use ...
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How to rename (main) hard disk back to default? And is the disk default really LVG?

I recently reinstalled OS X, when it asked me to erase the disk I just left it Untitled, since there's no instruction to rename it to whatever on this Apple support page, after restoring with Time ...
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“About this Mac” not showing correct local backup size

"About this Mac" doesn't appear to be showing the correct information for backups. In fact, it doesn't have a category for backups, even though they are enabled. What I see is this: I tried using ...
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How to recover a deleted folder from Time Machine back-up disk?

I wanted to clean my external disk that I use to back up my mac, but I didn't do it right... I deleted the folder 'Mac's Name' with my back ups, but the weird thing is that there is no extra free ...
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Migration Assistant completely broken on Yosemite?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro with a 500GB SDD. It has been backed up on a regular basis to two different external disks - one is a 4TB Thunderbolt HDD, the other a 4TB WD Black drive connected via a USB ...
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iMac 27" late 2009 running OSX 10.10.4 - please explain time machine to me?

I hope you can explain this to me. I have a 1 TB hard drive on my iMac. I bought a 2TB external drive for time machine. It says that it makes backups hourly, daily, and monthly...and then deletes ...
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Browsing another disk in Time Machine just lets me browse my actual hard drive

I'm clicking "Browse other backup disks..." in the Time Machine menu, then selecting a Time Machine disk. This puts me into the Time Machine interface, but I just see my home folder. Not my home ...
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Is there any reason why Time Machine only finds my NAS over wifi?

I've got a 2009 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5.7 and a Synology Diskstation ds215j. I've successfully set up a user for Time Machine on the NAS and have successfully performed backups. However, this ...
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How does TimeMachine store Calibre's metadata and backup files?

This thread is related to the thread To recover Calibre library from backup? which is discussed also with Calibre's active community as How to recover Calibre from Backup? where theducs says: ...