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

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Time machine full restore only shows “complete backups”

I am doing a restore of a Time machine backup to a new hard drive. The latest backup was completed on Feb 1, but I was very surprised to see that OS X Installer restore utility only lets me restore ...
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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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Why does Back Up Now work from Time Machine Preferences but not from the status bar?

I am backing up to a Western Digital network drive (via Ethernet LAN), but my Time Machine won't run automatically. Whenever I run it manually from the status bar, selecting Back Up Now it fails with ...
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How do I reinstall the OS when buying a MacBook Pro since no install media was delivered to me?

I just bought a refurbished MacBook (through a reputable retailer) and 3rd party external drive for Time Machine backups. There are no install discs and my concern is that after the warranty ends (90 ...
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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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Time Machine - can it share external drive with Windows backups?

I just got a 2TB external hard drive, and I want to use it to backup my 3 Windows computers and my MacBook Pro. If possible, I would like to create 4 subdirectories on the external drive - one ...
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How to cleanup HDD after installing a new OS X version using TimeMachine?

A very nice feature of TimeMachine is the possibility to configure a new Mac automatically. Nevertheless, when you switch from OS 10.6 to OS 10.8 using TimeMachine during installation, there are a lot ...
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Is it possible to retrieve a single application from a Time Machine backup?

I've got a Time Machine backup from an old machine. I don't want to over-write all the content from the backup, I'd just like to retrieve a couple of applications that were on my old machine - ...
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Reinstall or Time Machine? How do I get back up and running?

I just got an SSD for my White Unibody MacBook. What's the fastest way to get back up on running on 10.7.3 with a Time Machine backup (on an external disk via usb 2.0) and a Lion 10.7.0 DVD? Can I ...
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Migration Assistant and USB Time Machine disk

Mavericks Update Sadly this issue remains unresolved in Mavericks. End Update When I run Migration Assistant (from an admin account) in Lion, M.A. hangs at the message "Looking for Other ...
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Two Time Capsules in one network, Macbook connects to the slower one when backing up

I have two time capsules. They are connected via an ethernet cable and are part of the same wifi network. My devices connect to the one which has the better signal. The problem is that my Macbook Pro ...
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How can I automount a shared network drive for Time Machine backups?

At home, my primary computer is an iMac with an external USB hard drive. The external drive is shared so that other computers can use it for Time Machine. I have a MacBook Air that I take to work ...
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Can I restore only selected files from Time Machine Backup after a fresh OS X re-install?

I'm thinking to reinstall my Mac OS X on my Macbook Pro and starting fresh (instead of recovering from a Time Machine backup) The question is: If I do that, after OS X is reinstalled, will I be able ...
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TimeMachine over network without TimeCapsule

Are there any good/easy solutions for using TimeMachine over the network? I am currently unplugging the backup drive from the desktop to backup laptops but would like to do this wirelessly instead if ...
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How can I get Time Machine to ignore the data created by Spotlight?

I would like Time Machine to ignore the indexes and other metadata created by Spotlight, where are those kept on 10.6?
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Command Line method to backup using two Time Machine disks

Does anyone know of a command line method to select the active Time Machine disk? I would like to alternate between two backup disks for redundancy. I would like this to be automated, presumably via ...
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Can I set up quotas on my Time Capsule?

I have got the mid 2013 AirPort Time Capsule. Is it possible to set it up so that each user has a certain quota on the device? Either that, or even limit the size of the Time Machine data sets, so ...
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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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Macbook pro keeps returning to login window

No matter what settings I apply within System Preferences, after a time of inactivity the login screen pops up. I'm attempting to backup to an external hard drive and create a time machine backup, but ...
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How do I get Time Machine to Show in Notification Center?

Notifications has many of my favorite Apps in it, however, Time Machine is conspicuously absent. I read here that it should be showing: System notifications System alerts with updates about your ...
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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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During a Time Capsule 35 Pass Erase, do I have to keep my computer on / running?

Back Story: Okay, so I just upgrade my Time Capsule from a 2 TB (802.11n) to a 3 TB (802.11ac). Yay! However, after transferring over all my files, I needed to erase my old Time Capsule Partition. I ...
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After enabling File Vault, OS X doesn't mount disk automatically anymore

I have an external 2 TB LaCie drive connected via FireWire 800 to my MacBook Pro (8,2 – early 2011 model), which runs OS X 10.8.5. It has one big partition which is a Time Machine target, and the ...
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Keep Time Machine from starting in home

Lately, when I "Enter Time Machine" (like, to recover a lost file), it switches to my home directory. This might have started with Mavericks, or possibly when I set up the current laptop (about, ...
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Roll back to Mountain Lion but don't lose saved documents

I have a Time Machine backup of my system from last week right before I installed Mavericks. I've determined that Mavericks breaks too many programs that I need to use and doesn't add enough features ...
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Recovering files from Time Machine backup disk after wrong dd

I made a horrible mistake: I ran dd on an external hard drive, that was the Time Machine backup storage, to make it bootable. After a few seconds I cancelled the command, but the hard drive is shaped ...
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Space Occupied By Other Files And Folders On Hard Drive

I have been using VirtualBox to create a virtual machine to run Windows 8 on and after deleting the virtual drives and virtualbox due to having issues with Windows 8, I am missing a lot of memory from ...
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How do I move a USB Time Machine backup to a Time Capsule?

Is there a safe way to move a Time Machine backup on an external USB hard drive to a Time Capsule?
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In Mountain Lion, where is the exclude list for Time Machine stored? [duplicate]

I want to know if the list of Time Machine excluded files (pictured below) can be found in a file somewhere. I know about the question On Lion, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine ...
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Can I clone my Time Machine backups folder to an image file, to essentially backup the entire Time Machine?

I'm interested in creating a clone of my Time Machine backups (the Backups.backupdb folder) so that my local backup strategy isn't entirely dependent on the external HD being alive. My hope is that I ...
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Moving from Snow Leopard directly to Mountain Lion with Time Machine

First time I've asked a question here but I've used Stack Exchange for answers to many many OSX questions so, first off, great big thanks for that. I searched the archives but didn't find an answer ...
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Mountain Lion Time Machine can't reliably connect to LaCie 2big NAS

I've been using a LaCie 2big NAS to back up my Macs for a year or two now, and it's generally worked fine. Now, however, we've got a couple of Mountain Lion Macs in the house, and it's stopped ...
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Any way to change the location of Time Machine local backups (./MobileBackups) to another drive?

I am running an SSD boot drive and a HDD drive on my Macbook Pro 5,5 and I obviously cannot have Time Machine filling up my SSD. I was wondering if there was anyway to have time machine create local ...
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Is their a file system that can read/write mac and win and do time machine?

Is their a file system that can read/write mac and win and do time machine? I know that OS X can write to NTFS with the correct software installed, but Time Machine usually insists on formatting ...
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Weird issues ejecting external hard drive

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups (and storage of a few other large files). Recently (since Mountain Lion, I think) I've been getting the following ...
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Time Machine: Can I back up different clients to different disks?

I've got a Mac Pro that I use as, among other things, a Time Machine server. This is currently backing up three machines, including itself. Can I install two disks into the server and have Time ...
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Will restoring from Time Machine carry over hard disk error?

The Disk Utility detects some hard disk errors(inode problem, size mismatch). I am going to upgrade to a new hard drive and use Time Machine to restore the system, but I am worried that these existing ...
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Is is possible to add tag, notes or labels to backups made by Time Machine?

Is it possible to add label, tag or notes to Time Machine backups. Lets say after fresh reinstall of OS X - label it as "Base System 1" then after few days (at some point with more software/work) ...
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Time Machine won't backup with Mountain Lion Server

I have a Mac Mini with OS X Mountain Lion Server installed. I've turned on Time Machine in the server app and selected an internal disk to backup clients to. On my iMac, I have turned on Time ...
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Time Machine tries to connect when I'm away from home

Recently when I'm away from home, my MacBook Pro keeps displaying the following message "There was a problem connecting to the server" and the name of my AirPort Extreme with a hard drive connected. ...
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Renaming “A's MacBook” to “C's MacBook”

I see that my Mac is called "A's MacBook" on the network. How do I rename it (i.e., change the hostname) to "C's MacBook"? That's the question. Here are the details: Having read various suggestions ...
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Are TimeMachine backups password protected?

If someone was to steal my external hard drive would they need to input my password to be able to read the TimeMachine backup data on there?
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Time Machine and the dreaded negative sign

I am about to modify the file ownerships in my Time Machine disk, which uses ACLs. Since it is my (only) backup disk, I thought I'd solicit comments on the script before I run it. The objective is to ...
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Time Machine Error -36

I have a NAS device attached to my router. I'm using it as a backup device for my Mac Book Pro. I'm getting the following error: The backup disk image /Volumes/SHARE-1/MacBookPro.sparsebundle ...
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How does Time Machine handle an external drive shared between two Macs?

I have a new MacBook Air (13" with 128Gb SSD) and my wife has an old MacBook (120Gb HDD) and we're planning to both use the same 1Tb external HDD to store our iTunes and iPhoto libraries and the same ...
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Time Machine backs up a huge quantity of data on every run

I have a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard and a Time Capsule. In the last few days every backup took over 100GB of data. I don't know if there is some issue with permissions or something similar, but to ...
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Is there any way to see what OS X is doing when it's booting up when no chime is played? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I see the system status during boot? 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 ...
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I can see network printers when connected via ethernet, but not through a Time Capsule

I wish to print to a network printer. When I plug the ethernet cable directly into my laptop (macbook pro 2013, OS X Mavericks) I see all printers available. However when I try to connect via Time ...
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Set Time Machine to backup once per day instead of once an hour

I use Time Machine to backup my Mac (running Mavericks 10.9.1). The backup process runs at the standard once per hour. This often slows down my machine while I'm trying to work on it. Understanding ...
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Bookmarks syncing between 2 machines in Google Chrome after Time Machine Migration

I migrated from one Mac to another via Time Machine. So, I get a full copy of my system. Now I'm using both of this Mac's. In Chrome logged-in by Google account and set up bookmarks synchronisation. ...