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

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Where are Time Machine local backups/snapshots stored?

Out of curiosity, I'm wondering where in the file system Time Machine stores its local backups/snapshots.
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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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Time machine backup on another mac in my network

In my network I have: a Macbook Pro (running Lion) an iMac (running Lion) and I want to use the internal drive of the iMac as a Time Machine "target" for my Macbook Pro. What I did is create a ...
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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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Time Machine Full, But Only One Backup (or, what are .RecoverySets and why do they take up so much space?)

Something crazy is going on with Time Machine. I upgraded to Mavericks yesterday with no issues. After performing a final backup on Mountain Lion, I disconnected my backup drive out of an abundance of ...
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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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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 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 ...
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How to delete another machine's time machine backup?

I've used my Time Machine drive to back up my main machine, and also a friend's mac. Her machine is now being backed up on another Time Machine drive, and she'd like me to delete her backup. I'm ...
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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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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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Install a clean Mavericks and then use TimeMachine makes it unclean again?

I am about to install OSX Mavericks in an iMac I have. I would love to make a clean install (creating the bootable USB with that complex procedure). I was thinking about copying folder by folder but ...
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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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Why is my “Encrypt backups” option greyed out for local (USB) time machine disc?

I'm using Mountain Lion on a new MacBook Pro (retina) with a local USB drive for backup. From what I've read searching around (including other questions on here) I should be able to encrypt my time ...
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Does restoring from Time Machine also restore installed applications?

I am planning to upgrade my late 2009 MacBook Pro (running Snow Leopard) by replacing the 250GB hard drive with a new 1TB drive. I have been maintaining Time Machine backups. I plan to install the ...
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How do I use tmutil to figure out what's wrong with my Time Machine?

How do I use tmutil to figure out what is wrong with my Time Machine as it keeps backing up huge amounts of data each time it back-ups although nothing has changed since the last back up? I'm ...
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How to coerce Lion Time Machine into offering backup history migration?

This article describes a feature I heard about from multiple sources about an automagic backup migration process that Lion will do for you. Essentially, when migrating to a new machine, you can ...
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Time Machine Backup to Samba Share under Mac OS Lion

In earlier versions of Mac OS you could enable TimeMachine to use Samba-Shares as a Backup-Target using this: defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 and create ...
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Deleting all but the most recent Time Machine backup

I just bought a new Mac and I'm manually migrating everything over given that it's been a while since I did a clean install and that the new Mac has less storage than my existing one. I will be wiping ...
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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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How to search Mail in Time Machine?

I'm looking for a specific email I may have deleted, but I don't remember when I received it (it was at least a couple months ago). Digging through my Mail history in Time Machine for a single email ...
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Unable to Access Local Snapshots when external Time Machine is disconnected

My local snapshots are behaving weirdly. When no Time Machine backup is connected and if I enter time machine, I get this prompt: Your Time Machine backup disk can’t be found. …but when my ...
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Can I use TimeMachine only when on wired connection?

I have a server to which I am backing up a single MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion, via TimeMachine. I would like to only back up when the MacBook Pro has a wired connection to the network. The ...
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protecting keychain data when using Time Machine

I plan to use Time Machine to back up by data. If the backup is not encrypted, can someone with access to the TimeMachine disk access my keychain passwords? Do they at least need to know my system ...
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Enable Time Machine to backup an SD Card?

Time Machine does not allow the inclusion of an SD Card in a backup. It is automatically listed in the exclusion list and cannot be removed. Is there any way to force Time Machine to 'see' the SD ...
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Time Machine restore on new OS

I have a Time Machine backup of my MacBook running Lion. My install of Mountain Lion just failed, and I'm going to format the drive and install Mountain Lion anew. Will I still be able to restore my ...
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Time Machine keeps doing full backups

I keep seeing Time Machine doing a full backup of my ~80 GB hard disk. I see this a few times a week, when I first turn on my mac. During the day, I see Time Machine doing small incremental backups of ...
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Restoring a MacBook from backup

I have a MacBook Pro that is just being ridiculous, so I'm planning on erasing the hard drive and restoring from a Time Machine backup. I hear that Time Machine will only restore from backups that ...
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After a Time Machine restore, now it won't do incremental back up

Due to the Thunderbolt 1.2 update, I had to restore from a Time Machine Backup, but after that, Time Machine won't do incremental back up any more. The hard drive has 250GB of free space... It was ...
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Restoring Lion/iCloud iCal from Time Machine

Well I managed to delete my calendar, which was being synched via iCloud with my Mac, iPad, and iPhone. Can I repopulate my iCal calendar from a Time Machine backup? ~/Library/ contains a folder ...
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Can the Time Capsule back up multiple drives (internal and external) at the same time?

I have a 500 GB internal HDD on my MacBook Pro and a second 500 GB external USB drive as well. Is it possible to tell Time Machine to back both the internal and external drives up to one Time ...
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Do encrypted Time Machine backups work across a network?

I see that Lion offers the option of encrypting TIme Machine backup volumes, which seems like a Good Thing. After reading up a bit on this, it seems clear that it will handle the situation where the ...
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Is it possible to use Time Machine on a shared USB Hardrive?

I've a iMac with an external HD derserved to Time Machine. I also have a MacBookPro. Is it possible to make this config : Share the disk on the iMac so that the MBP sees it on the network Ask Time ...
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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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Where do applications store local settings?

Where does OS X store local settings for applications such as license keys, Skype favorite contacts, etc. Yesterday I was troubleshooting an issue with an Apple rep and he had me delete a bunch of ...
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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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Encrypt Time Machine backup images, not entire drive?

I have multiple Macs (for multiple users) backing up to a single Time Capsule over our network with an external USB drive connected. In the case of the backups saved to the external drive, they're all ...
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How to Safely Delete an in-progress Time Machine Backup on Snow Leopard

Okay, so somehow a computer I'm helping to manage has got a total of three .inprogress backups on its Time Machine drive that it doesn't seem to be able to tidy up; it's creating new backups without ...
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backing up an OSX image to an NTFS drive?

I would like to make an image of my entire OSX install, so that I may restore to it if necessary. I'd LOVE to have incremental backups, so bonus points if anyone can figure out how I can do this! ...
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How to Partition New Bootable Drive to Include Recovery Partition

I just completed a restore from Time Machine to a newly partitioned drive and discovered that the Recovery Partition wasn't created. Other than that, the restore went well and the new drive runs fine. ...
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Continue managing external drive backups on a different computer

I have an external drive with data on it that is shared on the local network. There's another external drive that's daisy chained where backups are stored. The computer that was originally managing ...
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Is it easy to mount my Time Capsule after a clean install (without any restore) so that I can copy individual files from it?

People say it is possible but I am suspicious. I want to clean install and start fresh with nothing. Then I can access my Time Capsule that has my backup and copy any files I want. How easy or ...
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how to store Time Machine backups on NFS and keep metadata?

There is a Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) desktop, it stores Time Machine backups on a separate partition. Also there is an Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise) server with NFS daemon running, it exports a /BACKUP disk. This ...