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

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Time machine specify destination folder

Is there a way to do the time machine backup in a folder of the destination volume and not in its root? I have a network attached storage that provides a shared volume. I would like to backup my MAC ...
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Could I connect a macbook pro to an external hard drive for use with time machine

I want to know if connecting a macbook pro to an external hard drive for use with time machine when I am not using it, at night, will work. If I then disconnect it in the morning (regardless of the ...
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Change disk quota for TimeMachine local snapshots?

I want Time Machine to create local snapshots. The only issue is I rarely have more than 20% of my disk free (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204015). Big media and temp folder are already ...
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Time Machine failing with (null) error

I'm getting the following after about half an hour of Preparing Backup: Setting security information: Operation not permitted Error processing extended attributes: Input/output error Error moving - ...
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how can I avoid custom access permissions when copying from time machine

I have recently done a clean install of El Capitan, having backed up files on Time Machine. However, there is something wrong with the time machine backup: when I enter time machine it won't list the ...
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Inspect the content of Time Machine single backup

Every time I make a backup with Time Machine, the size of the data backed up is always 2Gb+. I don't understand where all these data are coming from. Is there a way to inspect the content of the ...
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Could I revert system to Yosemite by using TimeMachine backup, after upgrading system to El Capitan?

I'm considering upgrading system to El Capitan, but I have a lot of apps that could not work on new system. I have to check it by installing new system. I wonder if that apps would not work properly ...
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How to ignore modification dates in a Mercurial repository when backing up with Time Machine

I have several Mercurial repositories, and as many may know, when updating to a certain branch (or merging), the repository also "updates" the modification dates to the current date and time. Since ...
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Is icloud suitable to store my photos as a backup

I'm trying to imagine what would happen in this scenario. I have all of my photos stored in icloud. On my iMac I have photos set to "Store originals" rather than "Store optimised". On my iphone I have ...
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What are the differences or similarities of using a journaling file system and Time Machine backups?

I want to know if using Mac OS Extended Journaled is the right choice for a MacBook Pro that would only be connected with the external hard drive at night. It does not make sense to me to have it ...
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Migration Assistant unexpectedly quit loading from time machine

I have MBP 17 inch early 2011. New logic board with El Capitan. I have a time capsule that is recognized, and begins calculating how much is going to migrate. It gets about 2/3 to 3/4 done (my ...
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Why doesn't Time Machine do scheduled backups after my Yosemite -> El Capitan upgrade?

Summary Since upgrading to El Capitan from Yosemite, Time Machine works manually, but automated backups and disk icons are no longer working as they should. Detailed Problem Description I have a ...
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Trouble using Time Machine with SMB share in OSX El Capitan

I'm having problems using and SMB share in my local network as a time machine destination. I followed the tutorials widely available on the internet but in the end when I open the Time Machine app I ...
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How to successfully use time machine in MacBook Pro

I just heard about time machine, it can uninstall Xcode 7.0.1 for me and give me back Xcode 6.1. How do I do this? I've had this MacBook Pro since December 2012 and i've never used time machine ...
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Rescue light red Time Machine backups after El Capitan Update

Here is my story: Oct 2: I have Yosemite Installed and configured Time Capsule taking regular backups. Oct 3: I update Yosemite to El Capitan El Capitan installation halts at 14% for 2hrs I ...
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What activated Continuity on my MBP?

My process of upgrading my early 2011 13" MBP (running the latest El Cap beta) to an SSHD was far more complicated than it had any right to be: I got an SSHD from Amazon, put it in the ...
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How to save data from a time machine backup that has gone bad

My 3TB USB disk I use as my Time Machine target has gone bad. I can mount it read only but no set of options I've tried allow me to mount it read/write. The fsck tells me that the catalog btree is ...
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After formatting and installing Yosemite, where should I get my data back from to prevent problems?

So that is my predicament. I've format the HD after 4 years of use as my Mac Pro was already playing up for a year or so and I suspect it collected a lot of rubbish. After formatting and reinstalling ...
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Does Time Machine save TextEdit drafts?

Imagine you have Time Machine running with Yosemite. You open TextEdit, create a new text document in which you actually write stuff. You can turn off your computer, restart it, the document will ...
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I would like to use my old time machine history line after I had formatted my iMac is that possible?

Your answer were very helpfull for me.(How to restore from a Time Machine backup when there is already a user account set up?) and I have now used Migration Assistant for bring back my old user ...
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Time machine deletes all backups instead of making a new one

I recently booted to recovery and chose to reinstall OS X without affecting any user data. Now I have my TM drive attached and wonder why it is in the process of Cleaning Old Backups for hours. At ...
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Upgraded to El Capitan, now computer running slowly, disk space changing, software not working

Not being computer savvy, I think I made all sorts of mistakes when I decided to upgrade my macbook pro to El Capitan yesterday but I need to figure out how best to go forward. Mistake 1: I made the ...
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Will Parallels be safe while upgrading to El Capitan?

The new update seems pretty legit, so I am considering updating my macbook. I have Parallels installed on my computer, and I don't want it to be removed or damaged during the installation of El ...
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Are there any up-to-date rsync frontends or similar for OSX?

For my work as a media professional I have been using the rsync frontend arrsync to back up my work, as time machine doesn't have the features I need. Arrsync, however, has not been in development for ...
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How to handle cloud storage in a Time Machine backup?

I'm going to need to restore my entire system (running OS X 10.11.1 public beta, if it matters) from Time Machine soon, after I install a new SSHD in my MacBook Pro. I have around 30 GB of files saved ...
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Get latest Time Machine backup when backup disk is unplugged

I know i can get the time stamp of the latest Time Machine backup with the command tmutil latestbackup | grep -E -o "[0-9\-]+$" but this only works when my backup disk is plugged in. If not, i get the ...
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What do I do if Time Machine says “Waiting” to view a particular backup?

I have this happening on a Yosemite machine with a backup residing on another Yosemite machine. Other backups further forward in time work fine. My desire is to delete this backup, but I can't ...
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Retrieving files from a Time Machine backup on another computer

My MacBook Air was stolen recently and I need to retrieve the iMovie and iPhoto libraries from a previous backup of the MacBook (done a few months ago) which sit on the external hard drive connected ...
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Time Machine says Time Capsule is full even though all backups are much smaller than HDD

I have several machines backing up via Time Machine to a 1TB Time Capsule. Lately one of my Macs said he had to delete an old backup in order to create the new backup. I was surprised about this ...
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/home/ directory

I just set up a new computer and am importing some files. Some of the previous files such as power point presentations link to pictures or movies that used to have paths like /home/username/movie. ...
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Is it unusual for “Verify Disk” on Disk Utilities to take so long on a Time Machine drive?

I have an external 3TB FW800 drive set up to be my Time Machine drive. I noticed some unusually high drive activity, and opened up Time Machine to see if it was backing up. Nope, TM showed previous ...
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Best way to deal with name collisions restoring a case sensitive TM backup to a case insensitive file system?

I have a 500 GB user directory that I'm restoring from TM. The original disk was case sensitive, and this creates problems for adobe products, and possible explains some other odd behaviour. So I ...
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Time Machine takes way too long

Time Machine is taking way too long to back up just 1.5 GB, some times it takes a lot to prepare the back up, and some times it takes a while to back up the information, any pointers on this issue? ...
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Time Machine could not delete the backup disk image…!!!

I have a GoFlex Home external drive that has worked well for a long time. Every once in a while I have to change settings, but can always fix it. This latest problem has been going on for weeks. I ...
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Time machine backups prevent Yosemite upgrade

Tried to upgrade from Mavericks to Yosemite but Time machine backups prevent Yosemite upgrade. Turned off Time Machine but I cannot find the Backups.backupdb folder according to this article. ...
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Command line replacement for tmutil

Anyone know of a command line replacement for tmutil, either script or binary? Failures of tmutil: Does not log. No meaningful diagnostics. Cannot resume interrupted restore. Cannot overwrite ...
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Does Time Machine have a separate phase just for encryption?

I'm making an encrypted Time Machine backup for the first time. I had assumed it would encrypt the data as it was writing it, but now I see that (after leaving it alone for several hours) the ...
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Time machine not doing incremental backups anymore after having unmounted one of my disks once, would have to delete all backups to make a new one

I have a problem with my Time Machine backups. I have two harddrives in my MBP and I unmonted my spinning harddrive once bc I was studying and it was getting annoying. As I knew I would need no files ...
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How do I restore a Time Machine backup after repartitioning the original drive?

My goal is to backup my data by Time Machine, perform a clean install of Yosemite, partition the disk and restore some of the data. Right now my setup is only one partition. After a new setup I want ...
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How can I resume a tmutil restore?

I need to restore a 200 GB user directory from a Time Machine backup. However it fails periodical with an error about the source file. Different file each time. bash-3.2# tmutil restore ...
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Does Time Machine encryption protect the entire backup drive, or only the backup file? [duplicate]

I'm new to the forum, so not completely sure what is/isn't appropriate to ask - apologies if I get this wrong! This question has already been asked and answered, but I'm looking for further ...
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how to restore user password using Time Machine

Using 10.9.5, about a month ago I reset a user's password. The user forgot her password, so I reset it using a CMD-R reboot and passwordreset. Of course this left her login keychain out of sync (maybe ...
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Time Machine restore to new partition, different computer

I split my macpro disk into 2 partitions. I wish to continue to use partition 1 as a 10.6.8 (Mountain Lion) system. I wish restore everything (O/S, data, etc.) from a Time Machine backup, from a ...
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Can time machine restore mac book prior to operating problems?

Macbook Pro started acting "funny" with Google Chrome. I performed a PRAM restore with no improvement and now the beachball is everywhere and it is running slow on everything like Windows used to ...
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Email retrieval

I have emails backed up from outlook 2011 on my iMac on time machine, outlook is no longer working every time I rebuild it says successful but not able to retrieve emails from 3 weeks ago. I've given ...
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Can a client of an OS X server instruct the server to restore a file to a shared folder from its time machine backup?

I would like to know if a user needs to restore a file which is kept on a file share and backed up to a time machine backup attached to an OS X server, do they need me to restore it for them or can ...
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Configure Time Machine after reinstalling Mac OS to take previous backups into account

I have reinstalled my Mac OS (10.9) and had to specify again my external hard drive for backups in Time Machine preferences. Now i can enter Time Machine and see my previous backups. However, Time ...
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Housekeeping before upgrading to new OSX

I would like to go for a fresh install, but I've got GB's of Mail archives, iCloud Photos, etc. Therefore I always end up doing just the upgrade on top of the existing OS. This time I would like to ...
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How do I backup an external HDD using TimeMachine?

I have used Time Machine for years to backup my main HDD, but I would like to back up an external drive at the same time. Normally you would remove an external drive from the Exclude list in Time ...
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Unable to restore/reinstall/erase from recovery

I've just tried to install the El Capitan GM, which failed half way through with the error "This Core Storage operation is not allowed on a sparse logical volume group" and gave me the option to ...