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

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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 ...
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Mac server keeps “disappearing” and “reappearing” on local network

I'm hoping someone can help me figure out a really perplexing issue we've seen with a Mac server on our local ethernet network. What we're seeing lately is that the server (which we use for Time ...
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How can I make Time Machine do a full backup?

Recently, my Time Machine disk exhibited some filesystem errors. Disk Utility was able to correct them, but I don't trust the existing backup content much, and by extension, don't trust incremental ...
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Reformat Time Machine backup drive back to an ordinary external hard drive

I have a WDC Passport external drive which I used as a time machine backup. However, I do not want to use it as Time Machine backup anymore, I just want to use it as a regular external hard drive. ...
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Make Time Machine backups erasable

An external drive has TM backups from two Macs running OS 10.6.8 which held thousands of files in common, one copy on each. Now I want to repurpose that drive, but keep a lot of the files from the TM ...
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How to combine an older Time Machine backup with a newer one

I have a client who was using a certain external drive as their Time Machine drive for a while. Then, they misplaced it. So, they got a new external drive and started using that. Now, they've found ...
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Network Time Machine backups, OS X vs. OS X Server

I'm trying to back up several notebook Macs in an office. I'm currently trying to backup various iterations of OS X (Snow Leopard through Mavericks) on client machines to a central Mac Mini running ...
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Can I move Time Machine files from an external disk, reformat it, then restore the TM files?

I have an external USB disk which is backing up my Mac using Time Machine. I need to reformat the external disk for an unrelated reason. If I: temporarily move the Time Machine files off the ...
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Partitioning an encrypted time machine hard drive

I recently got a 1TB external hard drive. My intention was to partition half for time machine to do backups, and half for general storage. When setting up time machine there was the option to encrypt, ...
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Will Time Machine backup of an encrypted HDD be encrypted?

My MacBook is running Mac OS X Mavericks with FileVault HDD encryption. I use Time Machine to backup this drive to an unencrypted USB HDD. Will this backup be encrypted? Or does Time Machine decrypt ...
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Using Linux computer as time capsule - possible but any experiences?

have a Linux computer running as a server on which I also installed a time capsule (see for Vortexbox (my setup) but also for Ubuntu). Before using this as my main backup, has anybody any experiences ...
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DiskInventor & OmniDiskSweeper shows different size as Disk Utility

I am running 10.9.4 and have a 120 GB hard drive. Disk Inventory X shows only 51.9 GB of data, but About this Mac and Disk utility show less than 10 GB free space. I tried these items: Timemachine ...
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How to free space on Time Machine on a Netgear NAS?

I have obsolete time machine backup file in Netgear NAS with another one. I cannot so just format or erase whole disk. I just need to delete the non-used file from taking disk space. I am running ...
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Encryption of the whole Time Capsule drive

I would like to encrypt the whole content of my Time Capsule HDD. I selected "Encrypt backups" in Time Machine settings but I am not sure if encryption applies to the whole drive or just to the Time ...
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Sudden proliferation of 'Too many open files in system' errors. Can't do backup

My computer is showing signs of impending hard drive disaster. Time Machine recently killed all my backups and has not cooperated since. I tried backing up with Super Duper, but it quit after about a ...
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Script to activate “Enter Time Machine”

I'm trying to get rid of the Time Machine icon in the menubar. Is there a way activate "Enter Time Machine" using a script or something along those lines? I know that we have tmutil, but it can not ...
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Restoring a backup HD on a Mac without restoring OS X Mavericks

I recently downloaded Mavericks and this made my Mac slow down a lot. So I took it to the technical service and they reinstalled 10.8.5. Now I want to restore my information on the Mac through Time ...
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine - can't find data file?

I followed the instructions in this question but still cannot restore my address book and iCal data. I found what I thought was the data file for the address book, AddressBook-v22.abcddb, but when I ...
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How to restore a hidden file in Time Machine?

I accidentally deleted my ~/.zshrc file and I'd like to get it back from a Time Machine backup. When I enter Time Machine I can see my home directory, but all the dot-files in the directory are hidden ...
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License Keys not Transferred in Time Machine Restore

I have just restored a Time Machine backup to a new disk, and I am finding that I need to re-enter scores of licenses for specific applications (while others seem to be retained without issue). ...
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Time Machine was never set up

I can't find a disk to back up Time Machine files. According to this I need an external HD. I have imac 10.6.8. Various directions seem to say I can find a disc on my computer except I get no prompt ...
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Mac OS X Time Machine recovery lost Data

I did a backup with Time Machine on a Netgear ReadyNAS to save complete System(OS X Mavericks). Because I have installed OS X 10.10 Yosemite. Now I recovered this backup. But I lost about 200 GB of ...
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Old Time Machine backups visible but inaccessible

I recently had to reformat my computer's disk and then restore from my Time Machine backup, which is on a 2 TB Time Capsule. This went fine. However, when I go into Time Machine now, I'm unable to ...
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Time Machine to NAS, over internet

I have a Synology DiskStation NAS that I use for Time Machine backups on my LAN. I want to be able to back up when I'm away from home. I've tried: Connecting via L2TP VPN running on Synology ...
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TIme Machine IP Change Loses Backup History

I have a time machine setup where the backup location is on a Synology NAS drive; having recently moved house, and ended up with a different router, I setup the NAS drive again, and it has a different ...
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Macbook pro - does time machine restore to original state or just add removed files?

Macbook pro OS X 10.9 If I backup using time machine and 3 months later decide to restore it back because I have a virus, would it be able to eliminate the virus? Also does time machine delete all the ...
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Time Machine deleting non-Time Machine files from disk?

I recently enabled time machine by adding an external drive as a location for Time Machine to back up to. However, before enabling Time Machine I took a few old files (totally about 500GB) which I ...
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View Time Machine backup drive on Windows 7

I use an external hard drive to regularly backup my Mac using Time Machine. However, I wanted to copy the data on this drive to a Windows 7 machine which does not work. It seems, that the PC ...
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My Toshiba hard drive doesn't work on Windows machines

At first I was struggling to get my Toshiba Hard drive to appear (so I could use it) on my MacBook Pro (as I wanted to put all my photos, iMovie videos etc on there) so I eventually found a way by ...
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Restoring from Yosemite Time Machine backup on Mavericks

Is it possible to restore a Yosemite backup to Mavericks? I downgraded and want to access my most recent restore, or else I'll have to use the Mavericks one from a month ago. I am on a Macbook Pro ...
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Access to NAS mount during Power Nap wake up

On my mac I have Time Machine configured to backup to a Sparse Disk Image Bundle that is located on my Raspberry pi, which it connects to over SMB and mounts on boot. As long as the mac is awake there ...
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OS X Yosemite Beta - How to restore to OS X Mavericks without Time Machine [duplicate]

So... I've been really stupid and I forgot to do a backup of my Time Machine before I updated to Yosemite Beta. Some of the programs I have don't really work, and I want to restore back. After ...
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Can I backup my MacBook Pro onto my Dell Laptop?

I've used 40 GB of space on my MacBook Pro, and I want to back it up. The only thing I have with enough space is my Dell laptop (500 GB). Is there any way I can back it up onto there? If so, how?
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Macintosh HD no longer shown in ⌥-boot menu after creating partition in Boot Camp

Today I was in Boot Camp Windows 7 creating a partition from some free space for Time Machine backups (I know this isn't the best way to store backups, but that's not the problem). I clicked to create ...
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Time Machine permissions changed after reinstalling OS X?

I recently reinstalled OS X on my iMac. I was having problems, so instead of restoring to a backup, I did a clean install of OS X and manually copied - or tried to copy - the files I needed. However, ...
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No Weekly Backups in Time Machine after Five Months

I have a 3TB AirPort Time Capsule and have had Time Machine backups running on my Mac Pro (latest model running Mavericks) for the past five months. Both devices are connected via Cat5e ethernet ...
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How to create a second partition on an external disk and is it safe?

I want to create a second a partition in my hard disk where one (about 900 GB) is used for Time Machine and another (100 GB) is used to store info like a thumb drive. I don't want any existing data ...
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Having trouble restoring individual GarageBand projects from Time Machine

I am trying to grab some old GarageBand project files from my live Time Machine backup that lives on an external drive that was formatted by Time Machine, and move them to my main desktop drive. I can ...
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Time Machine Backup to drive shared on BTHomeHub3?

I have a Freeagent GoFlex Drive hooked up to my BTHomeHub3 router. My Desktop PC is backing up to it fine but I'm having troubles with Time Machine. My Mac can mount the drive perfectly fine and use ...
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Error -50 on a partitioned external hard drive

I bought a 4 TB Seagate Expansion external hard drive about a month ago. I intended to use 1 TB as a Time Machine partition and 3 TB for miscellaneous storage. When it arrived I went ahead and made ...
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Time Machine Backup accidentally unplugged, can't repair

I accidentally removed my Time Machine backup without ejecting. It didn't show up in Finder after I plugged it back in and Disk Utility cannot repair it. Disk Utility recommends reformatting the disk, ...
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Accessing Time Machine for different computer

My hard drive died on Computer 1. Backed up to Time Machine. Am now using Computer 2. I need some files from the desktop of Computer 1. Can I access them on Time Machine? How? I have three ...
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Transferring a single folder from a Time Machine to a different Mac

Recently, I purchased a new MacBook and I wanted to transfer files from the old one to the new one. I used Time Machine to back up all my files from the old Mac. Is it possible to retrieve not the ...
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Is it possible to restore a backup from a single disk on RAID1?

I want to setup a Mac Mini Server with the following configuration. The Mac Mini server has 2*1TB HDDs. I want to do the following: Setup the server Create a backup of the system on an external ...
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Can't figure out what is taking up so much space [duplicate]

When I cd /; du sudo du -h -d1 I get a total of about 160 GB (this is on a 256 GB drive). However, when I look at Disk Utility or About this Mac -> More Info -> Storage it looks like I'm using a solid ...
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tmutil reports changing UUIDs for external encrypted volume

(also asked at https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6451614) I'm trying to use Time Machine for monthly backups on an external hard disk with an encrypted volume. I erased the disk with Disk Utility ...