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

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Why does Time Machine's backup size not equal the size of my hard drive?

I'm using Time Machine to back up my data on my Mac to an external HD, so I can restore my data on a fresh OS installation, but Time Machine's resulting backup is only 43 GB. My laptop's HD is 113 GB ...
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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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Can't restore mavericks backups in time machine

I'm trying to restore a time machine backup onto a new machine, however the only options are backups done prior to mavericks. The backups done under mavericks don't come up but I am sure they are on ...
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Can't restore to backups after removing disk in Time Machine

I've been using a WD 2TB HD for the last two months to handle my Time Machine backups for my Macbook Air. Yesterday, I wanted to set it up to handle backups through the network. In the Time Machine ...
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Can I restore my Time Machine copy from a restored external disk partition?

My external hard drive didn't recognize one of the partitions so I had to bring it to the support guys in order to restore the files if possible. They gave me back the hard disk with some of those ...
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How to access Time Machine without the access password?

I have an older 2TB Apple Time Machine with years of kids photos. Unfortunately, my wife cannot remember the passcode to get in. We are at a loss as we have tried every password we can think of. We ...
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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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Find & Recover correct iTunes ratings etc. & Library from Time Machine

I have at least 13 backups of my entire 7000 song iTunes library on an external drive using Time Machine. Unfortunately, a Sr. Rep. at iTunes support was misinformed and had me delete a folder that I ...
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Reformat and then use Time Machine?

I want to reformat my MacBook late-2008 unibody aluminium with HDD. Can I do that and then after I have reinstalled OS X go to Time Machine and recover everything? Is this possible?
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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. ...
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TimeMachine inconsistant with backed up data. How do I access earlier data from the backup - they ARE there, Time Machine just doesn't show them

This is a bit difficult,. I will try to explain in detail, please excuse if it get's a little long. Outlook 2011 crashed, and I was advised to reinstall. That was a mistake, all my local folders in ...
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How to get Mail files from Mountain Lion Time Machine backup in Mavericks?

I have upgraded my MBP to Mavericks and got the system to how I like etc. Tt has since backed up using Time Machine onto an external HD. Now it slipped my mind that I would like to have my e-mails on ...
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Time Machine is Frozen

I am running Mac 10.8.5 on a 2008 MacBook Pro, I have my time machine save to an external hard drive. Recently I have been unable to back up my machine because it gets hung up on 'Preparing Back Up' I ...
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Can I configure my Macbook to unmount all external drives when I close the lid?

I have a new 13" Macbook Pro running Mavericks. This computer is connected to an external USB drive which I use for my Time Machine backups and for external storage Time Machine backups occur a few ...
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Backing Up OS X Server to Local Time Machine Server Folder

I've setup Time Machine Backup services on Mavericks Server. I want to backup the backup server itself using Time Machine, but to the folder that I setup "Time Machine Backups" where all the other ...
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Time Machine backup drive doesn't have enough room to back up to

My MacBook Pro has a 1 TB drive with 750 GB used. I keep receiving a message from Time Machine saying I don't have enough room to backup and to remove files. The Time Machine disk is 1 TB as well and ...
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How to authenticate users on Mac OS X Server to allow access to netatalk volumes on a Linux (Ubuntu)

we have a OS X Server (ver. 3) setup but we would like to store various volumes, including the Time Machine volumes and home folders for users on a Ubuntu file server (Ubuntu 13.10). Currently, all ...
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Restoring an 10.9 TM backup onto an iMac running 10.6.8

My original hard drive has failed. Would not go beyond grey screen. It is in course of being repaired with a new h.d. The Apple tech said the machine would be returned to me with mac o/s 10.6.8 ...
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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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Time Machine Backups Gets Stuck With 100% CPU via tmutil

Okay, so I recently decided to try switching my Time Machine backups over to tmutil so that I could gain more control over exactly when they ran, but also so I could run some extra stuff before and ...
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TimeMachine performance issues on OSX Server 10.7.4

we are running OSX Server 10.7.4 on a MAC Pro (Mid 2010). Enabled services are Mail, Calendarserver, Contacts and Websharing. The Server has a Xeon Quad CPU and 32GB of RAM. A timecapsule is ...
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OS X Migration Assistant can't see Time Machine drive

I've wiped my machine (to start over), and I'd like to restore some key files back (like pictures and stuff like that). However, when I connect my Time Machine drive and open Migration Assistant, it ...
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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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Time Machine disk shows as full even if there is plenty space

My Time Machine disk has a capacity of 4 TB. It's setup with only one partition. Time Machine started taking backup of ~300 GB full Mac and ran out of space in one day. What could I be doing wrong? ...
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time machine recover from specific sparsbundle

My time machine has three sparsebundles. Obviously something wen wrong long time ago. I am also missing files for a while and most probably they are in the oldest sparsebundle. How do I access a ...
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Deleted Email & Time Machine

I appear to have done a very stupid thing when making a rule in Apple Mail (Lion). I was getting some spam which had the phrase "Ruby Palace" in it. I already have a rule called Definite Junk which ...
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Why can't Time Machine see shared drive?

I am having trouble setting up a Time Machine backup to a shared network drive. I have an external drive plugged into a MacBook Pro (MBP), and I want to use Time Machine to remotely back up a MacBook ...
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Two computers to one new one using time machine

I want to transfer both my computers info to the new one. I did it, but it came out in two different places. Can I merger the two?
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Why TimeMachine defaults to case sensitive?

I've just had some problems with a disk that was formatted with HFS+ case sensitive while every else by Apple was non case sensitive. After a long time moving things away from my biggest disk, ...
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Mavericks having SSL errors and more after restore from Mountain Lion backup

I badly corrupted my boot sequence a few days ago, so had to restore from a Mountain Lion backup from last year (I'm on Mavericks). Now, on only Chrome and Safari I am getting SSL connection errors, ...
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My available disk space does not make sense. Why?

I have a 256 GB SSD installed in my Macbook Pro. Today I observed that Finder tells me that I have a free disk space of 247.51 GB, which is unquestionably wrong. At the same time, in System → ...
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Keychain error -25308 while trying to add drive to Time Machine

I am trying to configure my Mac to use a time-capsule for Time Machine. After entering in the Time Capsule password I get the following error: Keychain error -25308 occurred while creating a ...
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Encrypt TimeMachine backups or rely on hardware encryption?

I'm thinking of purchasing a portable disk drive that supports hardware encryption (most of them seem to do these days). However, if I'm using such a drive can should I still encrypt my TimeMachine ...
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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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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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Need to find my original user name

My old imac with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 was super slow. I decided to do a clean install after backing up on Time Machine. When I reinstalled Snow Leopard, it asked for an account name so I just put in ...
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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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Would reformatting my Mac and restoring the latest Time Machine backup be likely to improve its stability?

My MacBook Air used to be rock solid, but it has grown increasingly unstable over the past year. For example, this afternoon I can't switch to my other user account. I select the account from the fast ...
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Disk Utility not opening in Mavericks

I had used a Seagate external HD as Time Machine back up for a year or so. Since I got a gift of a better EHD now I wanted to erase all data in the old EHD. I thought a simple Format through Disk ...
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What are the recovery options from an encrypted Time Machine?

Luckily, this hasn't happened yet, but I would like to make sure that I have a recovery option after my iMac would be stolen or lost in fire, etc. I have an iMac 27-inch, Late 2009, running OS X ...
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Is restoring a Time Machine backup on a clean install of OS X Mavericks still a 'clean' install?

I would like to upgrade to OS X Mavericks. Also, I think it would be a good chance to clean up my system. My question is: If do a clean install of OS X Mavericks and then restore my machine from a ...
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How to update Time Machine's recovery partition?

The backup disk used by Time Machine has a recovery partition you can boot from. Since I started using Time Machine with OS X Snow Leopard, the recovery disk is a Snow Leopard recovery disk, and will ...
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Time Machine: exclude folders with same name, now AND in the future

I want to exclude backup of proxy media in Final Cut Pro. This media is located in: ~/Movies/Final Cut Events/[Event Folder]/Transcoded Media/Proxy Media Problem is, when I create a new [Event ...
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Unable to create new partition with Disk Utility on external drive

I'm trying to create space on an external drive to clone my mac as a bootable volume with CCC. With Disk Utility I cannot modify it for some reason (probably because the same disk is used with Time ...
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Is it possible to rebuild the ~/Library folder completely?

Most of the time the first step to troubleshoot an OSX application problem is to login to the Guest account and see if a problem persist. The reason for this - I presume - is that the ~/Library folder ...
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Time machine backups not recognised after OS upgrade

I finally updated my OS from 10.6.8 to Mavericks 10.9 yesterday on my late 2009 iMac 27", but when I got to the point of switching back on my Time machine (connected to a time capsule 2 Tbytes) it ...
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Run a launchd job after Time Machine backup

Quite simply, I have a process that's triggered by launchd but currently runs once an hour, however really what I would like it to do is run once a Time Machine backup has completed. Initially I ...
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Time Machine error creating the backup folder on a spacious hard drive

I have upgraded recently to Mavericks, and am setting up Time Machine on this system for the first time (it wasn't set up with the earlier OS, Mountain Lion.) Time Machine successfully backs up once ...
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Using an External HD for Time Machine and iTunes

My MacBook Air only has a 128Gb HD so I have a 500Gb external HD which I have my iTunes folder on (as I have over 200Gb of music and videos). But I would like to also use the external `hard drive for ...
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How to automount sparsebundle for Time Machine backups?

I have a disk drive connected to my router that I'm using for TM backups. What I did is I created a .sparsebundle image using Disk Utility and then copied that image to my disk drive. Then, in ...