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

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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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Mavericks - Tell application “Preview” open PDF - strange permission issue

I have recently moved a large research collection of PDF files, from a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 TimeMachine disk, to my new rMBP (to the internal flash storage). I did this manually, not through the ...
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Can two Macs be kept in sync using a single external hard drive?

I regularly commute by bicycle from home to work and find the weight of a MacBook Pro a little excessive. My thought is to have identical MacBooks at the office and home and only carry a hard disk on ...
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Backing up to an internal drive of another machine

I have a mac laptop that I want to back up to an internal drive on my Mac Pro. The drive I want to back up to is blank and not the OS drive. They are connected via ethernet, but I do not see the drive ...
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How can I restore my system, using Snow Leopard, after hard-drive replacement?

I had a nearly full 500GB drive in my MacBook Pro, running Snow Leopard. As the near-full capacity was becoming problematic, I bought two 1TB drives, went home, ran Time Machine on one of them, and ...
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How do I copy a TimeMachine backup to an encrypted disk?

I want to replace my current TimeMachine backup disk with a new disk, but I also want to copy the existing contents to the new disk after encrypting the new disk. How can I best do that? Are there ...
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Western Digital external hard drive is constantly ejected

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups, and recently my iMac has started to randomly eject the hard drive, preventing backups. It tends to happen while ...
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Can a Netgear ReadyNAS be used as a Time Machine Backup Destination?

We have a NAS (a Netgear ReadyNAS NV+) in our office with tons of free space that we'd like to connect to our Mac Mini Server, mount as a disk and then use as a Time Machine Backup Destination. This ...
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Time Machine fails backup to a time capsule's attached hard disk

I've been backing up my Lion OSX system using Time Machine to an second, external drive connected to a time capsule. It has worked but stopped working. The menu says "Faied" and the time machine ...
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Encrypt backups

Is it better to encrypt the hard drive you will use for Time Machine backup with Disk Utility or with Time Machine itself? I have noticed the the dialogue is slightly different, wherein Disk Utility a ...
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Serious problem with Time Machine (external HDD)

My Mac Mini (late-2012) got repaired by Apple, and the hard drive was reseted. Now I want to restore the Mac Mini from my Time Machine Backup (on an external 1TB HDD), but it doesn't appear in the ...
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Why won't Migration Assistant recognize my old Time Machine backup?

When I attempt to run Migration Assistant, it searches and searches but can't find the backups. When I open Finder, I can clearly see the backups and navigate around in the backups for the different ...
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Does TimeMachine has an higher priority than the sleep delay?

When a long backup will soon occur or is running, will it go on and end even if the enter-sleep-mode settings is foreseen earlier?
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How do I un-claim a Time Machine backup?

I recently wiped my Time Capsule and started a new set of backups. After a couple of weeks, Time Machine reported that “to improve reliability”, it needed to start over—again. My understanding is that ...
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How to get rid of nuisance time machine popup dialog

Every hour the Time machine pops up a dialog window. It takes the focus off of what I am doing and is generally a nuisance. The external disk drive is connected via a thunderbolt cable. It is an ...
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Encrypt existing unencrypted Time Capsule backup

Since Mountain Lion Time Capsule can now backup to encrypted sparsebundles. This is great and easy to setup for new backup locations, just select 'encrypt backups'. However, I have backups for around ...
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Time Machine says disk is full, but it was fine before! [duplicate]

I have a 4TB external Time Machine disk. There are three internal volumes totaling 3.3TB that have been actively backed up to that external drive for a few weeks. I was troubleshooting something and ...
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Will Time Machine backup portions of my file system that come from mounted drives?

I have used the mount command to mount non-primary drive storage in to my the file system on my primary hard drive. So the path /remote-mounts/some-directory actually places me on a USB-attached drive ...
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How to set up encrypted Time Machine backups to a remote drive?

I have an external drive which I used to do encrypted TM backups to, via a direct USB connection (i.e. the entire drive became encrypted - Lion). I would like to switch to wireless backups but ...
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How can I back up 2 internal drives to a single Time capsule?

I recently reinstalled Lion on an SSD and have all my media on the original HDD on my MBP. I was hoping Time Machine would recognize my existing backups in Time Capsule but it wants to start a new ...
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Time Capsule and multiple backup drives

Right now we have a single iMac in the house and I have two external hard drives. One is connected to the iMac and used for TimeMachine backups. The other is a few miles away (thanks Mom!) to act ...
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Automatically shrink existing Time Machine Backup to a fixed size

I googled for hours to find a solution for this issue, but I couldn't find an answer that fitted for my problem. My setup: I have an iMac with a ~1TB Hard Drive I'm backing it up via Time Machine ...
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Reparing a corrupt Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule won't work

I tried to follow these instructions: http://www.garth.org/archives/2011,08,27,169,fix-time-machine-sparsebundle-nas-based-backup-errors.html But after typing in the hdiutil command I only get one ...
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Apple Time Capsule will not start -up, light stays amber

I unplugged my Time Capsule today to tidy up the wires. After plugging back in it refuses to start. Have tried resetting by sticking pencil in the back Tried leaving, it's been stuck in Amber for 3 ...
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Getting Time Machine backups working with an Iomega Home Cloud Edition NAS

I'm getting some strange behaviour from Time Machine since upgrading to Moutain Lion using the Iomega Home Cloud Edition NAS as the end point for the backups. Getting the first backup to complete ...
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Move external HD to a new drive, but have Time Machine think it's the same?

I have two external drives, one for data and one for Time Machine backups. Time Machine backs up both my internal HD and my external HD. My external HD is dying, so I bought a new one and plan to ...
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Why is Time Machine backing up to .sparsebundle file?

In the past, I had used only an external hard drive for my backups. It worked great, and it backed up to folders, in a way that I could go to individual files in the backup. I decided that since I was ...
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How to upgrade hard drive in Mac Mini

I recently bought a new mac mini (my first mac ever yay) with a 1TB hard drive at 5,400 rpm. the guy at microcenter also sold me a 1TB hard drive at 7,200 rpm and said it shouldn't be to hard to ...
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Can I use TimeMachine with a Thunderbolt hard drive?

The Apple technicians told me that I needed a specific device to use Time Machine... namely a wireless device that had a relatively small hard drive. Since I use Oracle Virtual Box and have very ...
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Time Machine backing up more data than I can physically have

I have a Retina MBP with a 512 GB SSD. Today, Time Machine shows me this: Does anybody know how Time Machine can be backing more data than I can fit on my hard disk? For what its worth, I still ...
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how to get Time Machine backup overnight instead of every hour?

My (older) iMac runs 24/7 and it seems like it's constantly doing Time Machine backups which slows down things considerably. My wife is always complaining about beach balls. Is there a way to ...
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Backup/Time Machine solution for an office full of iMacs?

In our office we have ~8+ or so iMacs. Currently we're backing up to individual hard-drives via TimeMachine. We're looking at creating a more stable backup solution, one that is kept away from the ...
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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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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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delete all backups of all machines and reset time machine drive

Delete all backups of all machines and reset time machine drive. As you can see I just want to start over. There are some great discussions on deleting one backup at a time. I have 30 or so. I am ...
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How to restore a backup to a user account? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to restore from a Time Machine backup when there is already a user account set up? We just sold my wife's MacBook Air, and we're going to try sharing my MacBook Pro ...
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Data Storage Using Dual-Boot System

It's probably not pertinent, but I'm a Mac user since the 1980's. I freely confess that as a middle-aged dog I find it increasingly harder to keep up with the latest and greatest in available Apple ...
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Time Machine Backing Up Large Amounts of Data Each Time

I've got 2 time machine drives. I have one at home that gets used on the weekend and another that gets backed up to during the week. I recently replaced the one at my office. The only thing that is ...
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How to back up Windows 7 on Boot Camp to a Mac-formatted external drive?

I have MacBook Pro with latest Snow Leopard on it. I just bought an Iomega eGo external HDD for Time Machine backup. I also run Windows 7 on Boot Camp partition and I normally use Parallels 6 to run ...
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Determining OS X version from Time Machine backup

I have Time Machine backups from my iMac Early 2008 (20"). Can I determine from those backups what OS X version was running on the machine at the time of latest backup?
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How do I temporarily relocate my Time Machine backup files

I have a 1TB WD My Passport external hard drive that I've been using for Time Machine backups. I recently had an issue with it where I can't save to it anymore because it was corrupted. The way to fix ...
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Does Time Machine need a “clean drive”, or can I use an old hard disk

I want to use Time Machine on my Mountain Lion. I have 1TB external HDD I use for storing various stuff. The thing is I selected the drive for Time Machine to work on but nowhere it is mentioned ...
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Can I encrypt data on an external hard drive without reformatting it first?

I back up to an external NAS drive with 2 partitions, one using time machine and the other superduper to make a bootable copy of my mac. I would like to encrypt the data on there but from what I've ...
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How would TimeMachine work with two external (destination) drives?

I would like to backup my data to two external drives. That way I would like this to work is that both disks should have have a full backup of my internal disk. Is this the way TimeMachine would work? ...
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Time Machine with only one internal disk

Is it possible to use the time machine backup system without an external (or second) HD? I know that the protection to disk failure will not be guaranteed anymore, but the file accidental deletion, ...
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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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Time Machine progress from the command line

The Time Machine control panel gives information on in-progress backups. For example Is there a way to get the information from the command line?
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Is USB 3.0 overkill for Time Machine hard drive?

I have two 500 Gb hard drives. One is USB 2.0, the other is USB 3.0. My intention is to use one of these hard drives for Time Machine, and the other for storing media files on (mp3s, mp4s mostly). ...
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How to backup a Mac running Tiger?

I need to do a full backup of a Mac running Tiger. If I use Time Machine will it capture everything I need to restore a user's data after a clean install of Lion? Are there other better mechanisms I ...
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How can I use tmutil to figure out which files just got deleted?

I'm on Lion and until ten minutes ago I didn't know that the nifty new tmutil existed. But now I'm a little uncertain with all its options and sub-commands which to use to try and figure out what went ...