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

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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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Unable to mount Time Machine partition

I have a WD external HDD which is plugged into my MacBook Air more or less all the time; it has two partitions one of which is my Time Machine disk. Just today I noticed that the hard drive is not ...
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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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Restore Mac Office from TIme Machine Backup

I purchased a Mac Office license through my college, and I recently backed up and restored my Mac using Time Machine. I did not RESTORE from the Time Machine backup as a whole, but rather hand-picked ...
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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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How to automatically make Mac shutdown after Time Machine Backup

How can I make my Macbook automatically shutdown after a Time Machine backup? I have a 40GB worth backup to do but I keep having to cancel it to go to bed. Would be great if I could leave it on to do ...
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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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MacBook Pro, iCloud Drive, Time Machine and Time Capsule 2

Can I use Time Machine and Time Capsule 2 to backup not only my MacBook Pro files, apps, etc. but also the files stored on my iCloud Drive for sharing with my other MacBook Pro and others?
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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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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 ...
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Time Machine on Time Capsule backup verification never seems to complete

I have a MacPro running Mac OS X 10.7.4 with a Time Capsule connected by Ethernet. When Time Machine runs a verify of the backups it seems to stall at 72%, and if I let it run a LONG time I think I ...
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How will the free update to Mountain Lion work? [closed]

I am planning to buy a MBP 13" in the coming days. Although as soon as I buy it I will remove its HD and replace it with Crucial M4 256 SSD. Will that stop me from getting free update to ML? If so, ...
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Backing up Time Machine to an external disk also used by other machines - no sparsebundle?

I moved to using an external disk (a Drobo) on 1 machine as a Time Machine backup for all of my machines. I've got 2 of the machines backing up perfectly, but the problem is with the machine that the ...
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How does Time Machine estimate required space for backup?

For over 6 months now, every Time Machine backup requrests around 15GB of space for backup, but sometimes only backups up 200MB. That is a big difference. Does anyone know exactly how the required ...
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Is the first boot after a full system restore from TimeMachine supposed to take a long time?

I have had the hard drive in my iMac replaced and now I'm trying to restore it from my TimeMachine back up. I thought the TimeMachine back up was corrupt but maybe I'm just not patient enough, or I'm ...
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Can Time Machine on a server use quota?

We have enabled Time Machine on a Mac OS X server (10.6) with a big RAID drive. The server will be used by many users for their backup. How can we set quota so that every Time Machine backup takes up ...
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Time Machine ridiculously slow after El Capitan upgrade

I recently updated to El Capitan, and told Time Machine to backup. It got stuck on Preparing Backup for hours, so I stopped it, deleted the InProgress file, rebooted and tried again. After ~30 mins, ...
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Why doesn't Time Machine do scheduled backups after my Yosemite -> El Capitan upgrade?

Summary Since upgrading to El Capitan from Yosemite, Time Machine works manually, but automated backups and disk icons are no longer working as they should. Detailed Problem Description I have a ...
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How to backup with Time Machine in Single User Mode?

Is there any way to enable Time Machine / tmutil and perform a backup from inside the Single User Mode? I have a Late '11 Radeongate-affected MBP that won't boot beyond the gray boot screen anymore, ...
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Airport extreme after linsys router not finding my synology disc/sonos system

My airport extreme is configured as bridge after a linksys (wifi) router. Using the airport I don't see the shared folders on my synology(DSM 4.2) in finder, except by connecting through the IP. This ...
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How do you get the internal drive to show up when you're reinstalling?

Macbook Pro. Trying to reinstall Yosemite. I can get to the "Install OS X" page, but the only destination given is "Recovery HD". I can go to disk utilities and see that "Macintosh HD" is there, ...
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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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How do I repair a corrupt Time Machine sparsebundle that is only showing the most recent backup?

I am trying to recover a nearly-2TB backup of a Mac, whose sparsebundle file was located on a NAS and suffered some corruption. I have followed the steps here, and the sparsebundle is now accessible ...
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Time Machine automatic backups fail, manual backups succeed

Short Description Automatic Time Machine backups fail (with an error code of '19'), but manual backups succeed. Does anyone know what would cause this behavior? Long Description & ...
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Time Machine backup to Airport Extreme AirDisk

I thought it was NOT possible to use the USB hard disk attached to the Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) as a backup destination for Time Machine backups. This was mostly due to Google results as ...
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How to backup Airport Extreme USB drive with Time Machine

I have a drive connected to the Airport Extreme using its USB cable. I want to back up this drive using Time Machine (or some other practical method, though I trust Time Machine more than other ...
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Time Machine wiped my external drive despite pressing “Don't Use”

I have an external hard drive(formatted as FAT32) that has been in use on/off for years. I even had backups on it (not using time machine). I mounted this hard drive, it was taking a while to mount. A ...
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(Batch) moving iTunes songs to ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Artist/SongName

I have three albums by Jack Singer. They are in ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/Jack Singer/SongName. I also have one album by Jack Singer and his band. Those files are in ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes ...
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HOME dir on another disk, how do I restore from TM backup?

I have two disks in my MBP. One is small SSD for the OS and applications, and the other is slow HDD for my HOME folder, downloads and stuff like that. I have Time Machine set up. Everything seems to ...
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Clean Lion install, keeping Time Machine history?

I have a 2011 unibody MacBook Pro, and have been gathering kludge on it for some time, and on previous machines (2007 MacBook Pro, 2004 Powerbook) whose data I've migrated over using the Migration ...
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Deleting undated files from Time Machine

I just bought a new MacBook Pro with Lion. I restored my files and apps from the MacBook with Snow Leopard, etc., from Time Machine. All seemed to have uploaded correctly, but after using several ...
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Any side-effects when sharing a Time Machine backup disk between Lion and Snow Leopard?

Is there anything to consider if I want to share a Time Machine backup drive between a Lion machine and a Snow Leopard machine (a USB drive that I would be rotating between the two computers)? ...
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Can I flag a time machine backup so it never gets overwritten

I'm about to upgrade to lion and at some point in the future I might want to restore back to a snow leopard time machine backup. However, recently my first time backups have been overwritten. Is ...