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

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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 ...
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Is it a known problem that Time Machine does (sometimes) not backup Thunderbird profiles completely?

I restored my system completely from a Time Machine backup only to find out that for quite a time about 5 Gigs of data are missing in the backup of my Thunderbird profile. I can follow the weeks back ...
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How to selectively copy parts of my Time Machine backup onto my new OS (Yosemite)?

I'm working with a 2013 iMac running with the newest Yosemite. There was something wrong on my system which required that I erase the internal HD and do a clean install. Fine. But when I use Migration ...
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Time machine backup or File Vault encryption of encrypted disk image

I have a small encrypted disk image on my Mac (Yosemite), containing account numbers, tax reports and such. I created it using Disk Utility, from folder, which I subsequently safely deleted. I am also ...
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How to restore/re-create some folders from Time Machine backup of a different computer?

I have Time Machine backup of computer A, a Macbook Pro mid-2010. I want to restore/re-create some folders backed up in that backup on a different computer, a Macbook Pro Retina mid-2014. How to ...
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restore files, configuration and installed apps with time machine after upgrading osx

Currently I have an OSX Lion on my 2008 macbook. I want to upgrade to OSX Yosemite. But it seems I have to do clean install. So I need to backup all my files using Time Machine. My Question is: ...
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500GB Macbook Time Machine Question

I have the new Macbook 12 inch with 500GB, which half of the storage goes to the Windows 10 system. I wonder would 500GB Hard drive be enough for Time Machine for backup? Also, I'm thinking of the ...
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How do I access an SMB Share being hosted on a Mac running OS X?

I'm very new to the world of Apple so pardon my ignorance & general lack of knowledge. I only have Terminal access to a Mac which is being used for test purposes. I'm trying to share a folder ...
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External hard disk not showing up on finder and can't be verified in Disk Utility

My Mac suddendly restarted and now the external hard disk I normally use for Time Machine backups is not working anymore. When I plug it in, it doesn't appear on finder and while it appears in the ...
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Deleting of old backups in Time machine

I have WD-My book world of 1TB and I struggled for some time to set it up correctly to use it as a disk for usage of time machine on Mac OS X Yosemite. My question is the following-what is the best ...
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Migrating local accounts to locally stored network account

We have local users running on stock MacBooks, but it's time to move up and start managing things. Active Directory accounts are created for all users, and OSX Server is pushing the AD config ...
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Can you transfer your applications like photoshop from your old mac to your new macbook?

Is it possible using a passport external hard drive and tome machine to transfer applications from my old macbook to my new macbook? Please advise a safe way to do this if it is possible?
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recover/restore files with specific extension from Time Machine with OSX

I would like to recover/restore only *.GIF files from my most recent backup. They were accidentally deleted from everywhere in My Computer instead of just the intended folder. I currently have only 6 ...
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Restoring from TM backup causes Mail to import and eat up HD space on Mac Air

I use a MacBook Air 256 GB HD on Yosemite 10.10. I recently noticed large date range of emails gone missing. Rebuilding the mailbox did not solve the problem so I decided to restore my entire Mac from ...
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How to migrate an OS X guest VM to a physical machine?

I am running OS X Yosemite, and Parallels 10. I have a guest VM running OS X Yosemite. I would like to migrate the guest VM to a physical machine. Is this possible? The reason is that the guest vm is ...
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Encrypting from the Disk Utility vs Finder

I am testing two methods of encrypting a new hard drive. Using Disk Utility, I erased it and created two equal partitions (10GB each, the rest free space), both "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". 1) From ...
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Recover Meteor JS MongoDB from Time Machine Backup

I have recently recovered my Mac with a Time Machine Backup from the beginning of August. Today I ran an existing Meteor JS project and saw that the MongoDB documents were pretty outdated (latest ...
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How to use Time Machine backup on a different computer?

I had a MacBook Pro, Mid-2010, which I regularly made weekly Time Machine backups of. The computer accidently got destroyed. When it died it was running OS X 10.10.4. I then got a new MacBook Pro, ...