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

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How do I stop my external hard drive from using all my RAM?

I'm running OSX Mavericks, and have an external 500Gb HD connected via firewire. I have 24GB's of RAM, and fairly often my RAM usage will spike to 23.95 GBs in use and literally leave me with only 50 ...
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Is there a way to recover an older version of my iPhoto database?

I tried uploading a photo from iPhoto to Facebook and the upload failed. I tried again, and it appeared to fail. Blaming my internet connection, I tried again. The upload worked. Then I took a look at ...
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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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Time Machine: Mobile incremental Backup

Imagine I do backups using Time Machine at home just like everybody else. But as I travel often and of course also work on the road I also need to have a mobile backup solution. I thought about the ...
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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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Keep Time Machine from starting in home

Lately, when I "Enter Time Machine" (like, to recover a lost file), it switches to my home directory. This might have started with Mavericks, or possibly when I set up the current laptop (about, ...
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Encrypt Time Machine backup images, not entire drive?

I have multiple Macs (for multiple users) backing up to a single Time Capsule over our network with an external USB drive connected. In the case of the backups saved to the external drive, they're all ...
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My book western digital not recognized on windows after time machine backup

I have an MY BOOK from western digital I used it once for TIME MACHINE BACKUP, now under windows the hard drive is not recognized and theres no way to format it since it not recognized by windows, but ...
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Time machine full restore only shows “complete backups”

I am doing a restore of a Time machine backup to a new hard drive. The latest backup was completed on Feb 1, but I was very surprised to see that OS X Installer restore utility only lets me restore ...
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Time Machine and an Unmounted Internal Drive

A couple of weeks back I put an SSD in my macbook, keeping the old spinning disk drive around using an expansion bay. Everything went fine, and I got it backing up. However, having the SSD around, I ...
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Does Time Machine take 2 backups or 1 (on 2 external drives)?

Question; Does Time machine takes 2 backups (each on one hard disk) or 1 back up distributed on both hard disks. (when using 2 external hard drives.) Because if I select 2 different external hard ...
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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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I can't restore 'library' with support files from Time Machine

Due to an accident, my entire applications folder with all the support files, including plists and caches got deleted. I tried restoring by files from the most recent Time Machine backups but I ...
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Restoring selected files from time machine backup of a different mac

Here's the situation so far: 20" Alum iMac 2007 HDD has died (3 days after I got a new Macbook Pro - coincidence, or suicide?) It had a time machine backup on a regular external drive I have ...
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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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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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Universal path in Terminal

I'm writing an AppleScript that will allow me to copy the Time Machine folder from an external drive and paste it onto the user's desktop of their Mac. The reason I'm doing this is because when a time ...
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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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Can I move a volume from one computer to another in Time Machine?

I am slowly migrating from an older Mac Pro to a MacBook Air. Both machines are backed up to two different 2TB drives using Time Machine. Recently I decided that I wanted to make the extensive data I ...
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Keeping Firefox's places.sqlite file from consuming too much space in Time Machine bakckups

My Time Machine backups often consist of Firefox's places.sqlite file (which, as I understand it, contains both history and bookmarks) and little else. When I clear my browsing history the file ...
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Upgrading MacBook Pro 17" - do I need to connect old drive externally?

I am upgrading the HDD of a MBP 17" Mid-2009 to an SSD. I have an Airport Time Capsule with Time Machine backups in it. Do I still need to purchase a USB/SATA connector for my old drive or can I ...
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Will Time Machine restore the “Date Created” field along with the restored files?

If I use Time Machine to backup my Mac and then have to restore it later, will it retain the "Date Created" attribute of the files?
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Backup software like Time Machine and CrashPlan combined?

Is there a good backup software that combines Time Machine snapshot functionality on local level with CrashPlan remote backups as well? I am currently using both, but find both unsatisfactory. My ...
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excluding Windows 7.pvm from Time Machine

If I exclude the file: MacHD>User>FH>Documents>Parallels>Windows 7.pvm from the backup made by Time Machine, do MS Word and Excel files get backed up? I have configured Parallels 8 to Share Mac User ...
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Time Machine initial backup way too large

I have a Time Capsule 802.11n 1 TB at work with some free space on it, and I decided to make a second backup on it, using Time Machine. I have about 358 GB used on the hard drive, and 25 GB of that ...
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Time Machine uid problem

Here is the problem I'm having with retrieving files from my Time Machine: $ pwd /Volumes/LaCie/Backups.backupdb/H2/Latest/H2/Users $ id -u dbae 501 $ id -u Rona 502 $ ls -ldn dbae drwxr-xr-x@ 106 ...
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The backup on Server is already in use

I have OS X Mavericks with the Server software installed. The server machine is an iMac with a Drobo attached via USB. I use the Server Time Machine service to create a backup server on the network, ...
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Suppress TimeMachine Connection Errors

I use a TimeCapsule that is on my home network for my Time Machine backup on MBP which I also use for work. Ever since I've upgraded to Mavericks I get a "There was a problem connecting to the server ...
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Serious problem with Time Machine (external HDD)

My Mac Mini (late-2012) got repaired by Apple, and the hard drive was reseted. Now I want to restore the Mac Mini from my Time Machine Backup (on an external 1TB HDD), but it doesn't appear in the ...
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Manually setting backup points - alternatives to Time Machine

Time Machine automatically takes backups every hour of the last day, every day of the last month, etcetera. I just finished setting up a new Mavericks installation, and turned it on. It took one ...
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Profiling Time Machine on OS/X Mavericks

I know that it's possible to end up wasting a lot of space in Time Machine with backing up huge files that have changed only a little (like a Parallels image that is not optimized for time machine) ...
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Export iphoto library onto time machine?

I have time machine, and am looking to have iphoto continuously and automatically back up my pictures. (I have so many images and would like them safely on a hard drive) I had to drag/copy my iphoto ...
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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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Will restoring from TimeMachine keep my bootcamp partition intact?

I am going to install Mavericks from the scratch, formatting the Mac partition. Then, using TimeMachine I will restore my data and applications. The bootcamp partition was excluded from the ...
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How to manually restore a iTunes and iPhoto Library?

I recently moved to OSX Mavericks from Snow Leopard. I made a copy with Time Machine, perform a clean install and restored some data with the Time Machine backup. I first tried to recover everything. ...
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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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Where are Time Machine local backups/snapshots stored?

Out of curiosity, I'm wondering where in the file system Time Machine stores its local backups/snapshots.
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Reinstalling from Time Machine, what changes?

I'm having an issue that seems may be resolved by formatting and reinstalling, but if I do this and then recover from Time Machine during the install (assuming a backup just prior to the format), ...
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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 find just deleted files in Time Machine?

I am going through many old photographs on my Mac, deleting duplicates that have occurred for one reason or another. However, I realise that I may have deleted the wrong duplicate in some cases. I ...
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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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Time Machine - multiple backup destinations for a “separate weekly”

I have a client that I'm setting up Time Machine to backup his Macbook Pro. He's running OSX Mountain Lion, but soon to upgrade to Mavericks. It has been backing up using Time Machine and an ...
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Why does Time Machine's backup size not equal the size of my hard drive?

I'm using Time Machine to back up my data on my Mac to an external HD, so I can restore my data on a fresh OS installation, but Time Machine's resulting backup is only 43 GB. My laptop's HD is 113 GB ...
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Install a clean Mavericks and then use TimeMachine makes it unclean again?

I am about to install OSX Mavericks in an iMac I have. I would love to make a clean install (creating the bootable USB with that complex procedure). I was thinking about copying folder by folder but ...
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Can't restore mavericks backups in time machine

I'm trying to restore a time machine backup onto a new machine, however the only options are backups done prior to mavericks. The backups done under mavericks don't come up but I am sure they are on ...
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Can't restore to backups after removing disk in Time Machine

I've been using a WD 2TB HD for the last two months to handle my Time Machine backups for my Macbook Air. Yesterday, I wanted to set it up to handle backups through the network. In the Time Machine ...
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Can I restore my Time Machine copy from a restored external disk partition?

My external hard drive didn't recognize one of the partitions so I had to bring it to the support guys in order to restore the files if possible. They gave me back the hard disk with some of those ...
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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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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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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 ...