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

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Is it possible to rebuild the ~/Library folder completely?

Most of the time the first step to troubleshoot an OSX application problem is to login to the Guest account and see if a problem persist. The reason for this - I presume - is that the ~/Library folder ...
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Time machine backups not recognised after OS upgrade

I finally updated my OS from 10.6.8 to Mavericks 10.9 yesterday on my late 2009 iMac 27", but when I got to the point of switching back on my Time machine (connected to a time capsule 2 Tbytes) it ...
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Run a launchd job after Time Machine backup

Quite simply, I have a process that's triggered by launchd but currently runs once an hour, however really what I would like it to do is run once a Time Machine backup has completed. Initially I ...
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Time Machine error creating the backup folder on a spacious hard drive

I have upgraded recently to Mavericks, and am setting up Time Machine on this system for the first time (it wasn't set up with the earlier OS, Mountain Lion.) Time Machine successfully backs up once ...
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Using an External HD for Time Machine and iTunes

My MacBook Air only has a 128Gb HD so I have a 500Gb external HD which I have my iTunes folder on (as I have over 200Gb of music and videos). But I would like to also use the external `hard drive for ...
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How to automount sparsebundle for Time Machine backups?

I have a disk drive connected to my router that I'm using for TM backups. What I did is I created a .sparsebundle image using Disk Utility and then copied that image to my disk drive. Then, in ...
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Time Machine Consolidation Schedule

So Time Machine keeps hourly backups for a day and dailies for a week and weeks until disk full. The problem is that I am paranoid and concerned about discovering that I made changes to a file over ...
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Automatically mounting an external Firewire drive after reboot, without login

I have an iMac that is running Mavericks with OS X Server. I have the Time Machine service set up on that machine, referring to a directory on an external drive that is connected via Firewire. Other ...
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How to preserve Time Machine backups and start over with a new one?

I make my Time Machine backups on an external hard drive. Recently I upgraded from Mountain Lion to Mavericks. Now I need the ability to freeze those old backups I've done with Mountain Lion in case I ...
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Entering Time Machine on an external drive does not work

If I open an external drive, or an folder on that drive, in the Finder, then enter Time Machine by clicking on the menu bar icon and selecting "Enter Time Machine", then Time Machine runs, but it ...
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Restore Time Machine spinning Menu Extra

In Previous version of Mac OS X the Time Machine menu-extra would spin while a backup was in progress. Since upgrading to Mavericks that has been replaced with a static icon that adds a second arrow ...
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Roll back to Mountain Lion but don't lose saved documents

I have a Time Machine backup of my system from last week right before I installed Mavericks. I've determined that Mavericks breaks too many programs that I need to use and doesn't add enough features ...
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Does the AFP Service ACL still exist in 10.9 Server.app?

All I'm really trying to do is set up my wife's laptop to use my Mac Pro as a network Time Machine server. We both recently upgraded to Mavericks and I just installed Server.app. Problem is all ...
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Recovering files from Time Machine backup disk after wrong dd

I made a horrible mistake: I ran dd on an external hard drive, that was the Time Machine backup storage, to make it bootable. After a few seconds I cancelled the command, but the hard drive is shaped ...
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How can I test access to encrypted (FileVault2) Time Machine partition?

I have my Time Machine backups going to an external disk, and all of it is encrypted with FileVault2. I plan to do a fresh install of Mavericks on my local hard drive, but before wiping the disk, I ...
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Roll back to Mountain Lion without time machine backup

I've installed OS X Maverick which was downloaded by someone else and was registered to other apple ID, that's why I can't install maverick free apps like keynotes, pages...how can I roll back to my ...
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Time machine restore failed to fix boot

After connecting MacBook Pro running 10.8 to video project, the system crashed and after restart it booted into recovery (OS X Utilities). I tried to fix the problem with checking disks and disk ...
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How can I mount a Time Machine sparsebundle so I can modify it?

TL;DR: I have a Time Machine backup that I want to modify before running Migration Assistant, but when I try to delete a directory from it either with rm or unlink I get "operation not permitted". How ...
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Time Machine backup to an SMB share Mavericks

I'm following the instructions and scripts detailed in this article, but it's failing on mavericks - the mounted windows drive isn't showing up in the time machine disk selection pane. Any ideas how ...
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Time Machine requesting way too much disk space for initial backup

Using Time Machine on OSX Server 10.5.3, attempting to back up to a Time Machine enabled AFP volume on a NAS running NetaTalk on OpenIndiana 151a8. The volume that needs to be backed up is a DAS ...
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Time Machine Full, But Only One Backup (or, what are .RecoverySets and why do they take up so much space?)

Something crazy is going on with Time Machine. I upgraded to Mavericks yesterday with no issues. After performing a final backup on Mountain Lion, I disconnected my backup drive out of an abundance of ...
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Mavericks clean install with restoration from Time Machine

Let's say I want to perform a Mavericks clean install like described in this tutorial. But what I also want to do is to keep all my older apps (especially ones not installed from the AppStore and all ...
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Transfer data from one iMac to another

I have an iMac that sounds as though the hard drive is about to fail. It has the following spec: I then have a newer iMac with the following spec: Is there a way I can transfer all the data from ...
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CPU really busy every time I plug in an external HDD

I have a white MacBook, from 2010. I recently upgraded its software from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Now, I am experiencing 2 problems (not sure if related with the OS upgrade or not, but looks ...
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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 ...