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

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Replaced Time Capsule drive, but still having problems

The drive in my 1 TB A1254 Time Capsule was dying; I kept getting errors from Time Machine and occasionally it would declare my sparse bundle corrupt and force me to start over. I was not, however, ...
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A Drobo, Time Machine, and lots of missing data

I have a Drobo connected to my Mac. It has been used for storing large video files, keepsakes and other miscellaneous data. I also use it as a Time Machine backup drive. Today, I went to look for ...
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How to back up a bootable clone while booting from it?

I back up my Mac using both Time Machine and a bootable clone - the idea being that if 'something goes wrong', I can boot from the clone and keep working. I read somewhere that once you start working ...
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I stopped Time Machine and I lost my files

I have a huge problem. It seems that I erased 1TB of my husband´s pictures (he is a photographer). He has a 2TB Verbatim external disk and today I was kind of playing with Time Machine. I don´t ...
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What is "MyBookWorld'? [duplicate]

I keep getting a message saying that Time Machine needs to create a new backup on "MyBookWorld" to improve reliability. What is "MyBookWorld" and why do I need to do this?
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Over 25 gb of Space Disappeared

Here's my problem: over the past couple days I did a really good clean out of my computer and managed to free up several gigabytes of data and was hovering around 233+ gb of free space. Then in the ...
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Some files in Time Machine are being locked

I run Mountain Lion 10.8.4 on a Mac Mini 2012. Over the past year or so (dating back to my older iMac mid-2010, after which I transferred the data to my current Mac Mini), I've noticed that most of my ...
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How do I get time machine to list system files in its finder view?

Time machine is clearly backing up the contents of my system folders. However, I can't seem to see these backups. Can I force time machine to show me hidden/system folders in the finder view it ...
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If I temporarily remove an external HD from my Mac, then re-introduce it a few weeks later, will Time Machine back it all up again?

If I remove an external hard drive from my Mac, then re-introduce it a few weeks later, will Time Machine back it all up again as if it were a new drive, or will it just back up the changes that were ...
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Time Machine backup is too large (but shouldn't be)

I get: This backup is too large for the backup disk. The backup requires 35.72 GB but only 24.79 GB are available. Facts: Estimated size of full backup: 149 GB Size of Backups.backupdb on the Time ...
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Why did some applications have to rebuild their database after a Time Machine rollback?

Recently my system (10.8) got totally borked, so I booted into recovery mode and rewrote the entire disk from a two day old Time Machine backup. When I started back up, I found that: Spotlight ...
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Errors when transferring Time Machine to a new drive

I tried transferring my Time Machine volume to a new drive using the instructions provided by Apple, where it requires that I drag-and-drop via the Finder, but I got a ton of errors. At least a dozen ...
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Can Time Machine be used as a Drobo system

I came across some products by Drobo that let you use an array of external hard drives seamlessly. Would Time Machine be able to do something similar? For example, suppose I have HD1 with photos ...
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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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External HDD unmounting unexpectedly

An externally-powered WD My Book Essential, 3TB, which I use for Time Machine and other file storage, recently began "ejecting itself" from my iMac. In an attempt to repair the disk from Disk Utility, ...
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What's the difference between enabling Time Machine's “Encrypt Backups” option, and encrypting my disk from Disk Utility?

I'm setting up Time Machine backups on a new external hard disk. I chose to first encrypt the disk via Disk Utility: But I also see these options: Is there any difference between an "Encrypted" ...
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fsck_hfs keeps crashing when trying to repair my Time Machine volume

I've got my Time Machine volume (direct attached, USB) corrupted by accidentally flicking the switch while it's running. Now neither Disk Utility nor fsck_hfs can repair the drive. Investigating it ...
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Time Machine Backup popup comes up even though Time Machine turned off

Go to System Preferences > Time Machine, the slider bar is set to "off". Yet every so often I get the "You haven't selected a location for Time Machine backups." anyway. It's very annoying since ...
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Why does Apple TIme Machine report transferring so much data?

I barely used my computer, yet I noticed that Time Machine transferred 2.7G worth of data.. immediately after I ran following: mbp:~ alexus$ time tmutil compare - 181B ...
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Apple TimeCapsule 2TB (2013) real life expierience; store data next to backups?

Im having an old 2008 time capsule to store the backups of my system. Im planning to buy the new 2013 time capsule soon but need to know if it supports the following: Backup data ( music, movies ) ...
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Backing up Time Machine sparsebundles to another server

So, a while ago I backed up a couple of different Macs to my Linux-based fileserver. As a network Time Machine, each Mac has a separate sparsebundle file containing all of its information. I've since ...
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How can I get my laptop's existing system onto a new replacement drive?

I'm planning to swap out my early 2011 MBP's drive for a larger capacity one. I'm running Mac OS 10.7.5. I have available a 1 TB external USB-connected drive that I'm using for Time Machine backups. ...
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Time Machine is trying to backup

I noticed my Time Machine is trying to backup 137G of data into my Time Capsule... I thought Time Machine suppose to do increments.. How is this increment when I only have 137G worth of data on my ...
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How to access IPhoto on my external hard drive

I can't access my Iphoto libraries from my hard drive. Every time I go to open the IPhoto file in the hard drive the error pops up as follows: "You can't open Iphoto Back up because it is in Time ...
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How to restore System/Library Files without Time Machine

I fell for the tarp. In an attempt to fix an installation issue with Python and Pygame I read something stupid online telling me to delete this file and that file to completely get rid of python on my ...
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Found Virus Bloodhound.PDF.20 on the time machine external drive, how to remove

Just got a bran-new work-issued macbookpro loaded with Symantec endpoint protection (not by choice), it's less than 2 weeks old. Created backup using the time machine software, and endpoint kicks in ...
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Can Time Machine backup two HDDs to Time Capsule?

I have two physical harddrives in my Mac. One is an SSD with the OS and apps. The other is a 1TB HDD for media. Can I setup time machine to backup both drives to time capsule?
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Reverting from Mavericks to Mountain Lion on dual SSD's in RAID 0

So I have my MBP Late 2011 setup with Dual SSD's in a RAID 0 Configuration. Since this is a software RAID, I don't have a functioning Recovery HD and I need to erase the Mac and get back to a stable ...
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Forced Time Machine backups take longer than scheduled ones?

Is it true that forced Time Machine backups take longer than scheduled ones? That seems to be the case for me. Especially, if I've moved a large (1 GB or more) file and then immediately force a TM ...
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Time Machine/Capsule: Restoration Questions

I have had the most difficult time figuring out whether my time capsule fd will be able to restore from a linux-partitioned hdd or not. As a high school graduation gift, I received a macbook pro (13", ...
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Time machine and Mac repair

I'm using time machine to make backups everytime. Now I'm going to bring my laptop to repair center, and there is a chance that they will replace it to me. It means that I could get back totally clean ...
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Make backup of Time Machine volume on Time Capsule

I have two laptops that back up via Time Machine to a Time Capsule. The shared volume on the Time Capsule contains two .sparsebundle files. Can I copy those .sparsebundle files to an external hard ...
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How can I avoid repeated “Time Machine must create a new backup” errors when backing up to a third party NAS?

My backups seem to go well backing up to my NAS however randomly after a few weeks I get the following error. Several users get this error intermittently however I have yet to find a solution. Any ...
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Can I clone my Time Machine backups folder to an image file, to essentially backup the entire Time Machine?

I'm interested in creating a clone of my Time Machine backups (the Backups.backupdb folder) so that my local backup strategy isn't entirely dependent on the external HD being alive. My hope is that I ...
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Find the size of a given Time Machine backup

I'm interested in determining the size of a given Time Machine Backup. This seems possible with tmutil using either uniquesize, compare, or calculatedrift, but I've been unable to figure out the ...
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Restored from Time Machine but NO applications

Really puzzled here. Had a power cut and imac (27", OSX 10.8.3) wouldn't restart/boot up afterwards. Tried unplugging, restarting, safe start, zap pram etc. no luck, just 'Apple logo screen' Used ...
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1st gen Time Capsule won't connect

I've just upgraded the hard drive in my first generation time capsule. It worked fine before, now the Airport Utility cannot find it (Mountain Lion). I've tried setting it up with an older macbook ...
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Are Time Machine backups to an external disk attached to a Time Capsule supported?

My 1 TB Time Capsule drive is full with Time Machine backups. I'd rather spend $130 on a 3 TB drive than $500 on a new 3 TB Time Capsule. Is an external drive attached to a Time Capsule supported ...
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Backing up Adobe CS6, Microsoft office, Camtasia on Time Machine - will they completely restore?

I have a hard drive problem. If I use Time machine to make regular backups, will Adobe CS6, Microsoft office, Camtasia and other installed programmes completely retore on a new hard drive without any ...
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How to disable TimeMachine animation?

How can I disable all of TimeMachine's animations (at startup, finish, etc.)? (Older methods for doing this no longer work.)
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Continue managing external drive backups on a different computer

I have an external drive with data on it that is shared on the local network. There's another external drive that's daisy chained where backups are stored. The computer that was originally managing ...
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Does TimeMachine has an higher priority than the sleep delay?

When a long backup will soon occur or is running, will it go on and end even if the enter-sleep-mode settings is foreseen earlier?
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Does Time Machine run backups even when no account is logged on?

Does an account has to be logged on to trigger the Time Machine backup, or does Time Machine run without any session active?
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Is TimeMachine Apple's System Restore?

I have recently moved to Mac from Windows. Rarely I find that I may have to use System Restore to fix an issue that the OS has incurred. What I would like to know is whether Time Machine is the Mac ...
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Any ideas why my Airport Extreme identifies itself as a Time Capsule in Time Machine?

I recently noticed that Time Machine on both my Macs (Mountain Lion, 10.8.3) seem to think that my Airport Extreme base station (AEBS) + USB hard drive is actually a Time Capsule. Screenshots below. ...
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External backup drive unmounted, then endless churn

I have a 5 year old Seagate USB2 drive for backups, used for a few months with time machine on my Retina MBP. Lately, I've been getting an error that it was improperly ejected (I didn't actually ...
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Time Machine backup to Airport Extreme AirDisk

I thought it was NOT possible to use the USB hard disk attached to the Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) as a backup destination for Time Machine backups. This was mostly due to Google results as ...
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How long (time/duration) should a complete restore on an iMac from Time Machine take?

I was getting long boot times when I would log onto my account and even my kids' accounts on my iMac (2008 Intel Core 2 Duo). Then I could not launch Disk Utility and other standard, pre-installed ...
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Older time machine backups not showing after renaming the backup HDD

I have a HDD for time machine archives. In Finder I renamed it, then made it start a new backup. Now none of the older backups show when I enter in Time Machine mode. I get why this is happening but I ...
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Time Machine hasn't been backing up the full system since before 10.8.3

Look at your hard drive. Now look at me. Now look at a recent snapshot in your Backups.backupdb directory from after the 10.8.3 release (March 14th-ish); now look at mine. Hopefully, your snapshot ...