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

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Restoring a Time Machine backup on Yosemite's clean install

If I want to perform a clean install of OS X Yosemite, can I restore my Mac with a Mavericks Time Machine backup after the Yosemite installer finishes?
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Time Machine exclusions I can't remove

I have a problem in that any sparsebundle I create in my home folder tree is not getting backed up to time machine. It is like an 'exclude by path' but I can't remove it or see where it is defined ...
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Time Machine stars background image back

I want the space and stars image of Time Machine back in Yosemite. Anyone figured out how to do this please? Why? I think it is such a great metaphor.
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Why is Time Machine only using 20% of its partition allocation

rMBP Late '13, running Mavericks, 128GB SSD. I have a 1TB drive, partitioned equally via Disk Utility to two drives. One is used by Time Machine, the other by Copy Carbon Cloner. I think my concern ...
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Time Machine stopped working after upgrading to Yosemite

I have upgraded my Mountain Lion system to the latest Yosemite release in the App Store. When I click the Back Up Now link in the Time Machine menu it says it's preparing the backup but it never ...
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Am I able to retrieve document from time machine after a clean install and setup new account with same username?

I used time machine previously and I have done a clean install to get back some space on my mac. At setup process I skipped to use time machine I just wanted to get my machine up and running and set ...
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Frequently get “The backup disk image “/Volumes/TimeMachine/MyMBPro.sparsebundle” is already in use” message

I have been plagued with this problem for well over a year, and am hoping someone can shed some light on what is going on. My setup is that I have a Macbook Pro that I use with a monitor while I'm ...
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Does time machine use internet

I'm not very computer savvy. I recently got my MacBook back after getting a new hard drive. I've now just starting using time machine to back up everything. I live in rural texas and I only have 10gb ...
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rm -rf /* recovery - restoring deleted files from unknown folders

I accidentally typed $ rm -rf /* (backslash was NOT intended). Fortunately it was without sudo and I aborted it quickly. Nonetheless, it removed a number of files. Most of things seems to work (it ...
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Which backups does Time Machine keep or delete? [duplicate]

I know Time Machine promises to keep one backup per hour for the past 24 hours, a daily backup for the past month and a backup per week beyond that. What I’m wondering is: if you’ve connected an ...
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Run script before every Time Machine backup?

I would like to be able to run a bash script just before Time Machine runs, every time This script generates some content to be written on a file which needs to be backed up by TM. I have looked ...
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Update from os x 10.4 to 10.9 with time machine backup

I have a iMac (compatible with os x 10.9) running 10.4 Tiger. How do I upgrade this to OSX 10.9 as AppStore is not available under 10.4. I do have a time machine backup from my macbook pro running ...
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how do I get everything back to normal (partition issue)

Okay, so I've recently shifted to Mac from Windows. I was curious to check out what the Yosemite OS looked like, and hence I downloaded the beta and had it up and running. It was downloaded on the ...
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Time machine “Don't use” option on disk select

I had time-machine set up to backup to a disk over a network (SMB mount) and all worked fine. I then had some problems with the backup file (became inexplicably locked) and while I was trying to ...
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Best way to recover/restore Time Machine Backup to a second HD?

My Macbook HD got corrupted and it couldn't be repaired. Being a 2011 Macbook model, I decided to buy a SSD to be the primary HD and a second 1TB to be used instead of cdrom (using a kit from ...
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Apple Mail: All the mailboxes seems to be empty?

I have installed a new HDD on my Macbook Pro. I can't reinstall OS from the Time Machine Backup, it reports an error, and asks me to run the install again. It is the same every time I try. I have now ...
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Can I back up a single folder on time machine?

Basically, I do a lot of work from home, some of which is confidential work. My company has a policy which restricts me from using any form of 'Cloud' to back my files up, so I have set up my time ...
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Time machine drive used for time machine before..can it back up a new drive without erasing?

My MacBook Pro drive died a few months ago. Thankfully it was fully backed up to an external with Time Machine. I seem to grab something from the backup every week from various libraries, but I now ...
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Time Machine Delayed-only get “None” in Select Disk window

Using 10.6. Suddenly got the message that Time Machine hasn't backed up in 10 days. I've seen posts that say to go to the preferences window, go into the "Select Disk" window and work from there, but ...
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Time Machine on a new Mac: my old backups won't open!

I recently got a new Mac and I have since discovered to my chagrin that I am unable to look in my older backups on my Time Machine, despite having restored my new computer to the settings of my old ...
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Time Machine is Determined to Delete Old Backups to Make Space it Doesn't Need

Okay, so my machine suffered a power loss this morning, and when Time Machine went to back-up it seems to have decided it can't trust the usual event log that it uses: 02/10/2014 14:56:43.351 ...
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TimeMachine Keychain backup

Does timemachine backup all keychain access keys for xcode security? Or does that need to me configured to work correctly? We want to back up a IOS App build machine.
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Will Time Machine work effectively with a WD MyCloud NAS device?

I recently purchased a Western Digital MyCloud NAS device. I'm wondering if there would be a problem with using it for backups with Time Machine on a Mac mini (late 2012) running OS X 10.9.5. Is there ...
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Time Capsule full system restore to a new Mac

My current MacBook Pro is configured to run both OSX and Windows, either via Boot Camp or Parallels. It's backing up to a Time Capsule. I want to set up a new MacBook Pro with the identical ...
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Get selective folders of Time Machine backup on a new iMac

I have a Time Machine backup of my former computer, but it's filled with stuff I don't want (someone said steamapps ghost folders?) and so I've installed on the new one a new version of Mavericks and ...
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Downgrading from 10.9.5 to 10.9.4 [duplicate]

New to the forum. I wonder if it's possible to downgrade OSX to 10.9.4. I have a time machine backup running regularly and have also downloaded the previous version from apple website ...
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Time Machine next backup size

Is there a way to find out what is expected size of the next Time Machine backup? My computer is backed up regularly. I turned off TM for a while and I wish to find out what is the next back up size. ...
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Is it possible to automatically back up my mac to Microsoft OneDrive?

I'm not sure there is a way to do what I want to do. Now that I have Office 360 + 1TB of free space, I'd like to set my mac to do monthly backups to OneDrive. I'm looking for the following features. ...
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How to repair time machine after it loses its history

I'm running Mavericks 10.9.4 on a MacBook Pro. I do time machine backups regularly to a Synology NAS (behind a Fritz Box router). This worked well all the time. The last backup has been made last ...
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What would the downside be of excluding “Saved Application State” from Time Machine?

I've noticed using BackupLoupe that stuff under ~/Library/Saved Application State/ pops up in my Time Machine backups. I can't find that much about this folder online, but one site describes it as ...
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Can I use wildcards to exclude paths in Time Machine?

Is it possible to exclude groups of directories from Time Machine using wildcards? I haven't seen anything in the documentation either way about this. For example, I'd like to exclude certain ...
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Backup with time machine without format

I want backup my MacBook on my external Hard Drive, but when I trying to use time machine, it shows I should format my hard drive. Is there any way to give backup without formatting hard drive ?
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13" Retina MacBook Pro completely freezes

Every once in a while, my 13" retina MacBook Pro completely freezes while I'm in the middle of working on something. And I do mean completely: it won't respond to any keyboard input, I can't even move ...
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Inheriting a backup on a server

SO! I've spent 2 days doing this so far and I've gotten so close to accomplishing my goal but I'm on the last step. I've attached my Time Machine HDD to my landlords Mac mini (So I didn't have to ...
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2012 iMac stuck at grey screen after reinstall, plus the inability to restore from backup prior to this. Please help!

Okay I'm just going to list out what has happened over the past 24 hours: Lost a bunch of files. Tried to restore from backup. After waiting for about an hour, it just randomly stopped at around ...
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Failing Hard Drive

I have a Mac Pro I got in 2008. The original hard drive is failing. I have purchased a replacement drive and have backed up all my data using Time Machine. I will want to put the Mac OS on the new ...
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Large Time Machine Backups 10.9.4. Excluded Dropbox and VirtualBox

Issue: Time Machine wants to take 60Gb, 40GB, etc. when that is not the amount of data change. I have excluded Dropbox and my VirtualBox VMs from the backup via the GUI. I tried this previously via ...
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Backing up networked iMacs

I have an iMac connected by wire to an external (non-Mac) hard drive which is used to store back-up images via Time Machine. I want to buy a second iMac and network the two together. As far as I ...
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Time machine/capsule read-only error

I just got a new logic board installed on my Macbook Air (running OS X 10.9.4). Before the repair, I used a time capsule for backup (which has plenty of storage left). When my newly repaired MBA came ...
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Portable hard drive free space partition

I have a Toshiba 1TB portable hard drive that had 2 partitions. I erased one of them (previously used for time machine backups) and it changed into a non-erasable or -changeable "free space" ...
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Cannot mount HDD used in Time Machine

My HDD was working perfectly fine until recently. It began when my mac tried to perform a time machine back up, but it failed saying that the back up directory could not be created. So i restarted my ...
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Gained space on reformat and restore?

I was killing a Ubuntu partition, and had to do a full reformat to repartition properly. The operation would recover 20GB of space. I then took the following steps: I made a recover disk I backed ...
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Access to Time Capsule via Internet

Can I access data on a current Time Capsule via the internet? If so, how does it work? Would I be able to make Time Machine Backups then as well? Does it appear as a disk in Finder?
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OS X Mavericks system restore from external drive using Time Machine

I have a 3TB Seagate USB external drive (MBR scheme), divided in 2 primary partitions: one of ~500 GB has been created and formatted on Windows using Paragon Partition Manager with HSF+. I did a ...
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Time Machine Backup huge since SD Extension

I recently bought a 128GB SD Card extension for my MacBook Pro Retina. It's one of these SD Cards which fit into the SD Slot so they don't overlap with the body. Since I added this SD Card and moved ...
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Cannot erase HD partition - Could not find partition to expand, first partition on the disk?

My current HD status is When I try to remove the "Free" partition, the log returns "Could not find partition to expand, first partition on the disk?" What can I do?
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Migrating from MBA 2013 to Mac Mini Mid 2011 using Carbon Copy Cloner

I've been using my 2013 MBA for music production using Logic Pro X, and I've downloaded all the additional Apple content for it. Also, the MBA has a few other apps and docs I use. I've recently ...
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Slow Wireless Network via Time Capsule

I have a wireless network set up at home via Time Capsule. I also have Time Machine installed on two laptops and they backup to the Time Capsule. I have noticed that whenever a backup is running the ...
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Time Capsule external USB drive - as second Time Machine Drive?

I have a 3TB Time Capsule ac. Which is used for Time Machine wirelessly. I would like to connect an external USB Hard Drive to the Time Capsule and use it as an extension to TimeMachine to backup more ...
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OSX Time Machine: deletion of backup folders

I saw this question and was hoping that someone could expand upon the chosen answer (which I understood): Can you sudo mv Time Machine backup files as sudo from the trash to their original ...