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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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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Backing up a large sparsebundle using Time Machine

I use a large (presently 16GB) sparsebundle as a container for all of my professional work. This is convenient for me because it is an isolated, secure, "portable" entity where all of my work can be ...
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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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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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(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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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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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 ...
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Can Time Machine restore from one large hard drive to two smaller ones?

I'm about to put a SSD (60GB) into my MacBook Pro, the disc drive is coming out and the current drive (320GB) will sit in a bracket in its place. I'd like to use the SSD as the main drive for the OS, ...
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Can I setup a single Sparsebundle in RAID 1?

My goal is the following: use my iMac as a TimeMachine Server (under OS X Lion Server) to backup my MBP via the network. What I did is to choose, in the TimeMachine Server configuration, the internal ...
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What is the right way to maintain Time Machine backup history for a HDD with two partitions?

I have two user partitions (not counting any hidden/system ones like Lion Restore etc.) on my MacBook Pro's internal HDD: Volume_A (100 GB) and Volume_B (20 GB). My Time Capsule has been keeping ...
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Why won't disk utility let me remove a partition from my external hard drive?

I have an external 1.5 TB hard drive split evenly with a partition for backup and a partition that was used for Time Machine on my previous computer (OS X Lion). Now I'm using this hard drive with a ...
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Repairing Time Machine volume taking forever

Over 18 hours and counting, currently in the "Checking multi-linked directories" phase, but it's been there all night long. I see disk I/O, not a lot, but some. I assume its from the TM drive as the ...
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Difference between back-up computer vs. complete copy of everything?

What is meant by backing up computer vs. creating a copy of entire hard-drive? Are the meanings the same? How to create entire bootable copy of my computer using time machine? I have a time capsule. ...
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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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Backup external hard drive to the cloud via Time Capsule

I'd like to move my photo directory to an external hard drive, but still have that hard drive backed up both locally and to the cloud. This wouldn't be a problem if I was using a desktop machine of ...
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Time Machine and case-sensitive HFS

Time Machine defaults to formatting a new drive to Journaled HFS+ (case-sensitive), if you set up the drive from within Time Machine itself. However, my main drive (the one Time Machine will be ...
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Outgrowing Time Capsule: drobo, synology, os x server on mac mini? [closed]

We have 14 macs in an office backing up to a 2TB Time Capsule, which sometimes shows delays but generally works. We need more space and while I can upgrade the drive to a 4TB I have a feeling we are ...
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Getting Time Machine to only back up when idle

My TM backups are causing some disruption to my work while they're running, be it a backup to a network drive that's taking up all available wifi bandwidth or a backup to an attached zfs volume which ...
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SSD lifetime, hibernation, and mobile TM

I've recently gotten a 2012 MacBook Air 13". It is wonderful, however, I've been stressing about the life of the SSD. I understand that Apple probably would not sell an SSD machine with defaults that ...
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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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Problems with Time Capsule full restore from Leopard to Mountain Lion

I have a backup of my OS X Leopard on Time Capsule. In the meantime I've upgraded to Mountain Lion. When I try to restore from Time Capsule in full it takes me back to Leopard. In Mountain Lion they ...
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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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Time Capsule Connection Failed after update to Mavericks

After I updating OS X to Mavericks, Time Machine backup stopped to work on Time Capsule. I am connected on internet through Time Capsule without problems AirPort Utility indicators are green with ...
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What folders can be safely excluded from Time Machine backup?

I want to know list of folders that can be safely excluded from Time Machine backups while ensuring that full restore can get me a same machine running immediately. The reason why I want to do this ...
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Will Time Machine delete old backups for other computers on the same drive?

I have an external 500 GB HDD that I've used for Time Machine backups for three different computers: An old PowerBook G4 A white MacBook My current retina MacBook Pro I now have less than 100 GB ...
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How do I delete Time Machine backups of my Trash?

Time Machine (external hard drive) backed up some files in my Trash folder and I'd like them removed from my backup. I know how to normally remove backed up files from within Time Machine (right click ...
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How can I install OS X Lion on a new HDD?

I need OS X Lion on a new HDD that I am preparing to install in a MacBook. Since I don't have an existing disk to boot up and Apple isn't selling flash drives with it (or are they?), how do I use it ...
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Enabling Time Machine for a USB HDD with NTFS

When I've plugged in my USB HDD (WD Passort Elite) for the first time, the system had asked me whether I want to use this HDD as time machine drive. I've chosen smth like 'decide later' and continued ...
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Running Time Machine only 1 time a day at 02:00am?

I must say that Time Machine is pretty useful, and it saved me a couple of times. The problem is it seems running all the times, and slowing the system down pretty often. Is there a way/tool to run ...
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How do I connect user account with Time Machine back up?

I have reinstalled my OS and copied my user account from a Time Machine backup using Migration Assistant. However, now when Time Machine starts a back up, it says that it is copying 200 GB, which is ...
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Can MacBooks backup when in hibernation mode?

Can MacBooks (late 2010 Air in particular) backup when in hibernation mode? The reason why I am asking this is because I want to backup my MacBook air at midnight however I am not sure if my computer ...
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How to restore system from network drive?

I have a 2014 MacBook Pro. I want to restore my OS from a Time Machine backup which is on a shared network volume. When I restart in recovery (Apple-Opt-R), it boots from internet, but if I try to ...
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How can I fix “MTM fs Mount server failed to start because of error 15”?

For the last few weeks, I've been getting lots of recurrent MTM fs Mount server failed to start because of error 15 error messages in system.log. How can I diagnose and fix this? I don't know if it's ...
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How can I get my laptop's existing system onto a new replacement drive?

I'm planning to swap out my early 2011 MBP's drive for a larger capacity one. I'm running Mac OS 10.7.5. I have available a 1 TB external USB-connected drive that I'm using for Time Machine backups. ...
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Is it safe to thin out Time Machine backups by deduplicating files?

When I move a large file between folders, I notice that Time Machine takes a long time on the next hourly backup. Apparently, it is quite stupid and considers a file move just like a deletion and an ...
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How to open time machine progress bar window

I know that there is a window where time machine can display its current progress, along with an estimate about how long it will likely take till the current backup is complete. This window did ...
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Restoring iTunes/iPhoto Libraries After a Clean Install

I have an iMac i7 that's got a collection of files, settings, etc. that's the culmination of being transferred from past machines (originally an iMac G4, then a PowerMac G5). I finally decided to ...
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If I encrypt a Time Machine backup disk, is the entire disk encrypted or just the Backups.backupdb directory?

If I check the "Encrypt backup disk" checkbox in Time Machine (in OS X Lion), I get this warning: Will just the Time Machine "Backups.backupdb" directory be encrypted, or the entire disk? In other ...
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Move Time Machine backup from local disk to Airport Extreme disk and share with others

I recently picked up a Drobo for storage and light backup, and want to clear the 1TB Western Digital external drive I have off my desk. I would like to still use Time Machine, but possibly off a share ...
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OS X Yosemite & Time Machine: identity of the backup disk has changed

From time to time (I did not yet figure out a systematic way to reproduce the error) I get an error message when a new Time Machine backup begins: it says that the identity of my Time Machine backup ...