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

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How can I access my time capsule through ssh?

I am trying to reach the time capsule on a remote network. After following the advice of another question I realised the router/network doesn't support NAT-PMP/UPnP and thus I get to configure the ...
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Can I set up quotas on my Time Capsule?

I have got the mid 2013 AirPort Time Capsule. Is it possible to set it up so that each user has a certain quota on the device? Either that, or even limit the size of the Time Machine data sets, so ...
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Problems Accessing (Synology) NAS over AFP directly over the finder and time machine with Mavericks MBPr

we have two Macs, an older iMac and a MBPr both with Mavericks (10.9.3). Only one of them has a very annoying problem with our new synology ds214+. With the iMac I can access the NAS over the the ...
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Delete selected E-mail from Time Machine Backup?

How do you permanently delete selected E-Mail messages from "Apple Mail" from a Time Machine Backup?
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Time Machine - How does it work?

I understand how Apple advertises Time Machine to work, but I want to know more in-depth. Does it keep track of all file changes in a database or flat file that you make as you work so that it knows ...
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What folders can be safely excluded from Time Machine backup?

I want to know list of folders that can be safely excluded from Time Machine backups while ensuring that full restore can get me a same machine running immediately. The reason why I want to do this ...
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Some files are gone after recovery from Time Machine backup… WHY?

I tried to clean install my mid-2012 MacBook Pro Retina and then recover from my Time Machine backup. At first the backup looked like a success and the OS did boot properly. However, I found that ...
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Timemachine works from some stations, but not from others

We have 5 Macs in our network (Active Directory) I have installed a TimeMachine server, and want all mac's to use that as a backup/snapshot disk. I was able to activate it only on 2 stations, while ...
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Restoring apps and preferences to a clean install

I have a mid-2009 MBP currently running Mavericks and suffering from the slow performance problems that others have been mentioning. Initially I thought it might have been something to do with a ...
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Where do applications store local settings?

Where does OS X store local settings for applications such as license keys, Skype favorite contacts, etc. Yesterday I was troubleshooting an issue with an Apple rep and he had me delete a bunch of ...
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Unknown Error -22 When Trying to Copy Files from Time Machine

Somehow I've managed to accumulate a bunch of files in Time Machine that don't seem to be capable of being copied out of Time Machine, citing "Unknown Error -22", like-so: sudo cp ...
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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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Mavericks Time Machine is stuck in the middle of backing up, other times stop unexpectedly

After upgrade to Mavericks I fail to complete a single backup with Time Machine. Tried it both for third-party NAS (QNAP TS-210) having a Time Machine service, and for a simple external HDD enclosure ...
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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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How should I restore a backup of my user account from a .dmg?

I have on my external hard drive a .dmg which is a backup from when my internal hardrive was breaking. Fixing the (internal) hard drive I then went on to erase it. And reinstall OSX in the process it ...
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I can see network printers when connected via ethernet, but not through a Time Capsule

I wish to print to a network printer. When I plug the ethernet cable directly into my laptop (macbook pro 2013, OS X Mavericks) I see all printers available. However when I try to connect via Time ...
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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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Selective Time Machine copy

My Time Machine backup has 100+ dated backups. What I'd like to be able to do is extract the backups for a particular folder to another location, with the result being like TM's archive (where ...
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Unable to mount Time Machine partition

I have a WD external HDD which is plugged into my MacBook Air more or less all the time; it has two partitions one of which is my Time Machine disk. Just today I noticed that the hard drive is not ...
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Unable to toggle Time Machine on

Have been backing up an iMac to Time Machine on an USB drive for some time. I now find that in the System Preference for Time Machine the toggle for OFF/ON is grayed out and cannot be shifted to the ...
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Time Machine cannot find external toshiba hard drive after OS X 10.9.2 update

I used my Toshiba Canvio USB 3.0 external hard drive without any problems for the past year. Today, I received a system alert: Backup failed. The backup disk "Time Machine Backups" is not ...
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RSYNC recursive over Time Machine Backups identify unique files

i have an issue with my Time Machine Backup. To fix the mess i thought about waling recursively over all TimeMachine Backup folders. Oldest Backup RSYNC to NEW_TARGET Recursively go over every ...
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How to disable Time Machine for an external hard drive

My wife has a MacBook Pro and two external hard drives; both of which currently contain a Time Machine backup of her MacBook Pro hard drive. Now she wants to "turn off" Time Machine for one of her ...
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How to restore lost contacts/address book?

I suddenly have only 2 contacts in my Contacts! I have a MacBook Pro, am using OS 10.9.2. Following instructions from another answer, I looked for Address book folder in the library/App. Support ...
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Change HD in Macbook Pro Retina Display 13" - SSD 250GB

I have a Macbook Pro Retina Display 13" model with a 250GB SSD which was brought in January this year. I always knew that there wouldn't be enough storage space for me at 250GB however always planned ...
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Time Machine backup to a networked (no Airport or Time Capsule) drive

I followed this tutorial to backup with Time Machine to a hard drive shared on the network (no Time Capsule, Airport). However, when I go to Time Machine and click select backup disk, it simply opens ...
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You do not have the necessary read, write and append privileges on the selected network backup disk

I have OSX Server running on a mac mini in my home. I've been using it for doing Time Machine backups from my MacBook. This worked fine until I changed the password for my user account on the mac ...
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Recover Time Machine without the password

I'm having a issue with a Time Machine backup made on an external USB drive. The TM backup is encrypted and I can't remember the password … Does anybody know a tool to brute force the password ? (I ...
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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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Why did restoring a system from a recent Time Machine backup fail to restore recent files?

I used a recent Time Machine backup to restore a Late 2008 MacBook Pro system for a family member today. She had been backing up faithfully about once a week to an external HDD using Time Machine for ...
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“Other” just ate my hard drive [duplicate]

When I woke up his morning, I had >80 GB of free space on my hard drive. Over the last four hours, in which I wasn't even around, something filled my hard drive completely. I would attach a ...
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Time machine: exclude items causes long “calculating full size of backup…” delay

The preferences of Time Machine crash when I click options. This is what I did: I have a new hard disk to back up. I connected the hard disk to my iMac (Mac OS 10.9.2) I accept the invitation to ...
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Help! Lost admin password for Mac OS X server 10.9

While our netwrokd administrator was admitted to a hospital for an emergency surgery (he is now in coma), being as a temporary delegate, I was ordered by our Institution to turn OFF Mail funciton and ...
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Macbook pro keeps returning to login window

No matter what settings I apply within System Preferences, after a time of inactivity the login screen pops up. I'm attempting to backup to an external hard drive and create a time machine backup, but ...
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System freezing during time machine backup in higher performance graphics mode

Starting in 10.8.x and continuing in 10.9.2, I notice my system freezing when running a time machine backup while "higher performance graphics" are enabled. When I say "freeze", I mean that the ...
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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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Disk Utility reports “missing thread record” on my external HDD

I have an external 500 GB HDD that's about five years old. I just turned it on and it made a bunch of clicking noises and failed to spin up immediately, though it did so after a few seconds. To be ...
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Backing up to an existing Time Machine sparsebundle

I have been using OS X Mavericks Server Time Machine Backup service to backup my laptops. I recently had to move my backup sparsebundles to a new drive. I've reconfigured Time Machine server to point ...
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Some questions about Time Machine

I have two questions about Time Machine: Do I need an access to Time Capsule (or external hard drive) when I want to restore old version of file ? If I understood correctly if I have turn on Time ...
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Exception to Mavericks Server Time Machine Quota?

I'm running Mavericks Server on my Mac Mini, and have set a quota for Time Machine backups. However, for times when certain computers need to exceed this quota, I'd like to be able to make exceptions ...
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Can't chmod or chown a file in TimeMachine backup directory

When trying to restore a certain directory from TimeMachine (TM) I'm getting the error The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access problem_group_file.png. Looking ...
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Time Machine, Drive not available

My friend has a MacBook Pro. I've wanted to do some backup on an external drive (Lacie 1TB) with Time Machine. Now, since the backup is in the external HDD, I can not use the internal drive of the ...
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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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After restoring from Time Capsule, a “Reset Password” button appears on the login screen

After sending my MacBook Pro out for repairs, I got it back as a factory reset, so I had to go through the process of restoring from my Time Capsule. After completing the restore, there's now a new ...
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How does Time Machine make room for new users?

This is more of a hypothetical question, but we've been using a Time Capsule to back up our Macs, and it has steadily been filling up since the year or so that we've had it. We've since brought a few ...
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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 says it doesn't have enough space even though incremental difference should be relatively small

I just reformatted the main partition and reinstalled OSX on my iMac as Disk Utility uncovered corruption that it wasn't able to repair.* I allowed OSX to restore all of my files from Time Machine as ...
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Small external hard drive in time machine

I have a external hard dive that is smaller than the hard drive of the computer. Can I use that external hard drive as time machine but select just the most important information to be back up and ...
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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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Why won't Time Machine restore my files?

I replaced the hard drive in my iMac after making a time machine backup of the old drive. I've installed Mavericks on the new drive and booted with it. The old drive (time machine) is connected via ...