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

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Transfer between two ethernet connected Time Capsule from a wifi connected computer

I have two time capsules which are connected in 1Gb through the ethernet. When I initiate a transfer between the two devices from my wifi connected macbook air, I notice that the data flow from one ...
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How can I replace a hard drive running BootCamp?

I have actually looked online a bit and found this: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2069302?start=0&tstart=0 I have a user that sent me their Macbook Air running OSX 10.6.4 and bootcamp. ...
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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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Shared library between Macbook Air, iMac, Airport Time Capsule

My Early 2008 iMac alu 24" HD drive has finally died and I'm in the process of replacing it. I've also recently got a 2013 Mac Air. The MacAir SSD drive is small so I want to share the iTunes/iPhoto ...
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Migrate time machine data stored on external server (DROBO) onto new iMac 3.2Ghz

I was hoping this was going to be easy :) I have tried using the migration assistant but it can't seem to locate my server (DROBO fs) which has my time machine back up from my old mac book pro, i'd ...
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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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Same external hard drive for time machine and storage

I have a MacBook Pro (250GB with about 100GB free). I'm planning to get an external hard drive (1 TB). Is it possible to use the external hard drive for both time machine's purposes and as a general ...
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Time machine copy to a new drive

Here is my situation: I had a time machine backup of an old machine on a 150gb partition of a 250 gb drive I was able to drag Backups.backupdb from that partition to the desktop of a new machine ...
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How to tell Timemachine that the Machine Dir has moved?

On my Mac, I used Time Machine to backup to a Drobo that was directly attached. I've now connected this Drobo to my TimeCapsule. I however want to continue backing up to the Drobo, not the ...
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How do I move a USB Time Machine backup to a Time Capsule?

Is there a safe way to move a Time Machine backup on an external USB hard drive to a Time Capsule?
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How do I move up one folder while browsing Time Machine?

When I'm viewing a folder in Time Machine's "Star Wars" view, how do I move up one folder, to view the current folder's parent folder? In Finder, I have several ways to do it: I could either hit ...
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Why does Back Up Now work from Time Machine Preferences but not from the status bar?

I am backing up to a Western Digital network drive (via Ethernet LAN), but my Time Machine won't run automatically. Whenever I run it manually from the status bar, selecting Back Up Now it fails with ...
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How can i enable Time Machine encryption on the command line?

Is is possible to enable encryption for a Time Machine target disk with a script/using the command line? Is an encrypted Time Machine disk really just the same as a normal disk, full-disk-encrypted ...
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How to Partition New Bootable Drive to Include Recovery Partition

I just completed a restore from Time Machine to a newly partitioned drive and discovered that the Recovery Partition wasn't created. Other than that, the restore went well and the new drive runs fine. ...
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Unable to Access Local Snapshots when external Time Machine is disconnected

My local snapshots are behaving weirdly. When no Time Machine backup is connected and if I enter time machine, I get this prompt: Your Time Machine backup disk can’t be found. …but when my ...
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Server options for late 2006 macbook

I have an old late 2006 black MacBook. It has 2GB memory, and a 2GHz core 2 duo processor. I'm interested in using it on our home wifi network as a location for time machine backups (onto hard drives ...
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Time capsule backups previous versions of AppStore apps?

I have an App that I bought from the AppStore but later the publisher started to distribute outside the AppStore. I updated the application and when it stopped working I tried to find on my Time ...
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How can I restore Microsoft Office for mac from Time Machine?

I have a Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8.5. I took my laptop to the Apple Store today and they completely wiped it. I backed up through Time Machine on my G-Drive beforehand and am wondering how to ...
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Time Machine backs up way too much, never finishes

I have a major problem with Time Machine. It started a few weeks ago when it started to back up too much data (strangely, only on backups after reboots). Last week, the backup volume ran out of space. ...
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Deleting old Mac backup data from a Time Machine

I have a Time Machine and used it to back up two MacBooks. One is personal and the second is for business. I handed my business machine back when I changed jobs recently. I have a backup volume ...
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How can I reformat the internal drive and install Mountain Lion from an external drive?

I have a very weird problem - I messed up with the partions when I installed Bootcamp. I want to upgrade my 10.7.5 to 10.8.5. I have bought the 10.8.5 from Apple Store. I downloaded it and when ...
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Rename home directory without causing double Time Machine backup

I want to rename the my home directory (/Users/thisone), using this technique. However, I just started using Time Machine, and with 200 GB of data in my home directory; what will happen? Will the ...
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Time Machine only backs up /Users and /opt

I have 2 MacMinis. The two MacMinis are both connected via firewire. I have one MacMini backup over afp over firewire to a hard drive on the other MacMini. This system works perfectly and the whole ...
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Verify Time Machine Encryption from the Command-Line?

Is it possible to verify whether a given Time Machine volume (for example, returned by tmutil machinedirectory) has encryption turned on? This is for regulatory compliance, so it needs to be fully ...
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Time Machine and case-sensitive HFS

Time Machine defaults to formatting a new drive to Journaled HFS+ (case-sensitive), if you set up the drive from within Time Machine itself. However, my main drive (the one Time Machine will be ...
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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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Time Machine automatic backups fail, manual backups succeed

Short Description Automatic Time Machine backups fail (with an error code of '19'), but manual backups succeed. Does anyone know what would cause this behavior? Long Description & ...
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Restore Time Machine backup onto different Mac

I currently have an older iMac (first Intel generation - 2 GHz Intel Core Duo with 2GB 667 DDR2 SDRAM. I am running OS X 10.6.8 and cannot upgrade to any newer OS to to hardware limitations. I have ...
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Can I backup using Time Machine and restore to another account?

I am planning to re-install the OSX when Mavericks release. I am also actually planning to change my username after re-installation. I need to backup my whole personal folder under username "a", but ...
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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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How big should my Time Machine backup drive be?

My 13" MacBook Pro has 500GB internal hard drive space, and I bought a 1TB external HDD to use as my Time Machine backup. I only read from many articles that the backup should be about 2 to 3 times ...
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Finder window pops up every time Time Machine makes a backup

I have configured a shiny new Time Capsule a few days ago. It runs firmware 7.7.1 and my Mac is on 10.8.4. The Time Capsule works perfectly so far, except that every time Time Machine makes a backup, ...
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Enable/disable Time Machine depending on network connection type

I've not got a great Wi-Fi setup here at home and it sometimes results in failed Time Machine backups. Is there a way of specifying that Time Machine only backs up under certain circumstances - i.e. ...
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Time Machine backup between networks

I have a computer on network A that I would like to backup via Time Machine to a drive connected to a computer on network B. Can this be done? Would I need a VPN? I just need the network B computer's ...
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Time Machine backing up more data than I can physically have

I have a Retina MBP with a 512 GB SSD. Today, Time Machine shows me this: Does anybody know how Time Machine can be backing more data than I can fit on my hard disk? For what its worth, I still ...
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Why won't Migration Assistant recognize my old Time Machine backup?

When I attempt to run Migration Assistant, it searches and searches but can't find the backups. When I open Finder, I can clearly see the backups and navigate around in the backups for the different ...
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Connection failed to Time Capsule

I have a time capsule that I've been using for years, as a wireless router as well as automated backups and external storage. All of a sudden, both my Mac Book and iMac stopped being able to access ...
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Will Time Machine delete old backups for other computers on the same drive?

I have an external 500 GB HDD that I've used for Time Machine backups for three different computers: An old PowerBook G4 A white MacBook My current retina MacBook Pro I now have less than 100 GB ...
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Time capsule: Error deleting partial image

I have two machines backing up to a Time Capsule. On the disk there a faulty disk image which was marked as purgeable but cannot be deleted: 2013-08-15 6:00:16.847 PM com.apple.backupd[13566]: Found ...
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In Mountain Lion, where is the exclude list for Time Machine stored? [duplicate]

I want to know if the list of Time Machine excluded files (pictured below) can be found in a file somewhere. I know about the question On Lion, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine ...
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How do I temporarily relocate my Time Machine backup files

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external hard drive that I've been using for Time Machine backups. I recently had an issue with it where I can't save to it anymore because it was corrupted. The way to fix ...
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Outgrowing Time Capsule: drobo, synology, os x server on mac mini? [closed]

We have 14 macs in an office backing up to a 2TB Time Capsule, which sometimes shows delays but generally works. We need more space and while I can upgrade the drive to a 4TB I have a feeling we are ...
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Time Capsule also to be used for Music Library possible?

I currently have the following setup: Master PC (soon Mac) with a lot of very structured (detailed tags) music with high quality album art, far over 100Gb NAS (Lacie) drive with a 1:1 copy of the ...
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How to upgrade hard drive in Mac Mini

I recently bought a new mac mini (my first mac ever yay) with a 1TB hard drive at 5,400 rpm. the guy at microcenter also sold me a 1TB hard drive at 7,200 rpm and said it shouldn't be to hard to ...
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How can I delete the Time Machine backup files on a Netgear ReadyNAS?

I use a Netgear ReadyNAS as a Time Machine server. I recently bought a new Mac, and I want to delete the old backups. How do I delete them? It's not possible from the Time Machine interface.
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Time Machine backup of legacy filevault encrypted homedir?

I have recently upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Given that I don't have a lot of space left on disk, it was not feasible to migrate from Filevault to Filevault 2. I have just noticed ...
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Can I inherit a Time Machine backup if I clone my HD?

I have an old Power Mac G5 running OS X 10.5.8 (The newest OS it can run). It is backed up regularly using Time Machine to my Time Capsule. The main drive is 500 GB but I would like to replace it ...
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10.8 timemachine restore to new SSD taking hours?

I've a 2010 13" macbook pro, that I've just installed a new 960gb cruical SSD into. The problem I have is when I try to do a time-machine restore either via migration ass or via restore from recovery ...
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Is Time Machine encryption stuck or just taking long?

I have a 2TB, single-partitioned (HFS+) external drive which I connected to my MacBook Pro (10.8.4 Mountain Lion) for the first time. It prompted me if I wanted to use it as a Time Machine backup, and ...
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Restored a file from Time Machine when Backup Disk not available

I found I had deleted a file I needed to keep, so I used the File Vault icon in the top right, and selected "Enter Time Machine". After successfully restoring the deleted file from a snapshot from ...