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

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Scripting the unhiding of Library folders on Time Machine disks

Here's the context: I have about 400 students with Time Machine backups from Lion computers. We wiped and re-imaged their laptops with new software AND with Mountain Lion. We just discovered that you ...
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Will Mountain Lion's Time Machine read data from a NAS and back it up to an external USB drive?

So, I have most of my data on a NAS. Can I configure time machine to backup both my iMac's internal drive as well as my data stored on a NAS? All of the backups are to be stored on an USB drive ...
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Is Time machine able to restore my Windows Partition?

I have 2 partitions on my computer. One with mac os x, another for Windows XP. I want to replace the disk with another one and I wanted to know if Time Machine will be able to restore the Windows ...
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Time machine stuck on cleaning up/ Error -47

I have been using time machine with the same disk for a year or so and until now it was fine. But since yesterday, it gets stuck at "cleaning up" and if I say "stop backing up" nothing happens. I ...
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Time Machine Backups are incredibly slow, not doing what they should

I have a Late 2008 MacBook Pro that got a new HDD, top case, and RAM within the last week. The previous HDD failed and was replaced by Apple. Using Carbon Copy Cloner and restoring various directories ...
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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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Restoring Time Machine backup do a different user folder location

I have a 27" iMac. Its original 1Tb drive failed a few days ago. I decided to replace it with a 2Tb drive and replace my CD/DVD drive with an SSD drive. The SSD drive is small - 128Gb. I intend to ...
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Mounting a disk as though it were an external disk

Here's the setup: We have a corporate Time Capsule (or series of them, rather) with encrypted backups in the server closet. My Mac currently backs up to that. I've just completed encrypting an ...
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Time Machine forgets old backups?

I use a 2 TB drive for Time Machine and have used the disk for about a year or two. Today I wanted to check on an old file (an old version of MonoDevelop) and found out that my oldest backup is from ...
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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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Time Machine backup on per app basis with application preferences?

When backing up using Time Machine, all your applications are backed up along with their preferences. I know that the preferences are restored when doing a full system restoration. However, what if ...
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Importing preferences from a Lion time machine backup to Snow Leopard

I've recently installed Lion on my macbook, and did not back up any of my files. I did a Time Machine backup under Lion, and wish to go back to snow leopard. What can I import from my time machine ...
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How do I restore a case-sensitive, journaled Time Machine backup to a case-insensitive, journaled filesystem?

I would effectively like to switch from a case-sensitive journaled filesystem to that of a case-insensitive journaled filesystem. Booting into Lion's recovery allows me to format the drive as I wish, ...
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Time Machine can't find AFP/SMB shares

I have an Ubuntu NAS setup with both SMB and AFP shares, both of which I can access from my Windows machines and Macbook Air. I have also verified that I can copy files to these shares from my MBA. ...
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Clean Install of Lion OS X / Optimizing My Machine

I downloaded Lion OS X (an upgrade on top of Snow Leopard) but my MacBook pro is becoming quite slow now. I'd like to install a fresh new copy of Lion OS X. I know how to do that, I can just ...
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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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Network Drive for backup (and archive and iTunes)?

I have several Macs (10.6) on a wireless home network and want to add a network HDD, primarily as a drive for Time Machine to back up to. Having heard bad things about Apple's Time Capsule, I'm ...
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Time Machine multiple Disks Backup over Network

I have a Mac OSX Server 10.6 with a Harddisk attached to it which has been configured as Time Machine destination. Over the Workgroup manager I have assigned the TM destination on Computergrouplevel. ...
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Help! Lost admin password for Mac OS X server 10.9

While our netwrokd administrator was admitted to a hospital for an emergency surgery (he is now in coma), being as a temporary delegate, I was ordered by our Institution to turn OFF Mail funciton and ...
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Small external hard drive in time machine

I have a external hard dive that is smaller than the hard drive of the computer. Can I use that external hard drive as time machine but select just the most important information to be back up and ...
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I can't restore 'library' with support files from Time Machine

Due to an accident, my entire applications folder with all the support files, including plists and caches got deleted. I tried restoring by files from the most recent Time Machine backups but I ...
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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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Best approach to backup and migrate Boot Camp

I have a boot camp install which I also use from VMware fusion (for when I can't be bothered to reboot!) and I need to migrate from MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro. Obviously time machine makes ...
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Time Machine - multiple backup destinations for a “separate weekly”

I have a client that I'm setting up Time Machine to backup his Macbook Pro. He's running OSX Mountain Lion, but soon to upgrade to Mavericks. It has been backing up using Time Machine and an ...
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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: 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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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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How can I reformat the internal drive and install Mountain Lion from an external drive?

I have a very weird problem - I messed up with the partions when I installed Bootcamp. I want to upgrade my 10.7.5 to 10.8.5. I have bought the 10.8.5 from Apple Store. I downloaded it and when ...
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Time Machine only backs up /Users and /opt

I have 2 MacMinis. The two MacMinis are both connected via firewire. I have one MacMini backup over afp over firewire to a hard drive on the other MacMini. This system works perfectly and the whole ...
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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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Mac OS X Server: automount encrypted drive before login

I have a 4TB Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) hard drive hanging off a Mac OS X Lion (soon to be Mountain Lion) Server that is dedicated to networked Time Machine backups. I'd like to be able ...
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Backing up an External USB Drive to TimeMachine then Restoring Without Drive Connected?

I have just configured my iMac to backup my external USB harddrive in addition to the internal drive. I have just tested restoring some files from the TimeMachine backup, by selecting the USB drive ...
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Restore from Time Machine after installing Bootcamp

Can I setup Time Machine to backup my Mac and then install Bootcamp? Then after installing Bootcamp, can I go back to that restore point so Bootcamp will be gone?
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“Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi” in Time Machine backups

I've noticed the error "Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi: Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=-50 "Could not find any Apple_Boot corresponding to the encrypted volume..." ...
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What does com.apple.timemachine.supported denote?

What does the presence of a file named .com.apple.timemachine.supported denote? Is it safe to delete? I find about a dozen of these scattered across my local hard disks, not the TimeMachine ...
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How to migrate several usb Time Machine backups to a Time Capsule?

I have several Mac each with its own USB hard drive, holding a Time Machine Backup. I am wondering if I can move all of them to a Time Capsule. I have seen tutorial about single time machine backup, ...
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Moved my time machine backup drive to another computer, can see it but won't recognise old backups

I've been using an external hard drive on my MacBook for time machine for a year or so. Now I have a Mac Mini too and have connected the external hard drive to that for the same purpose. I want to ...
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Why is the HFS Plus attributes file unusually small, for only a while, after using Time Machine to restore a Lion system?

Once after using Time Machine in Lion Recovery OS to restore a system, I noticed that the attributes B-tree was unusually small. Initially I was worried (had Time Machine failed to backup some ...
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Time Machine fails to backup FileVault home directory on logout

I am using FileVault to encrypt my home directory, and Time Machine for backups. This is a typical workflow: I am logged on. I plug in the USB hard disk drive that I am using for my Time Machine ...
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Tracing the source of “There was a problem connecting to the server” alerts

After upgrading from MacOS 10.6 to 10.8, I keep getting alerts on my MBP saying "There was a problem connecting to the server xyz". The thing is, there is no longer a machine called "xyz" on my ...
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How Do I Target an Airport Extreme Shared Disk for Time Machine?

It looks like Apple may have changed something since I last configured this... Some time ago (maybe two years?), I bought an Airport Extreme and plugged an external hard drive into it. From my ...
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Use old Macbook as NAS/Fileserver?

My wife's 2007 Macbook has a busted screen and a screwed up keyboard. I have a work PC and she can use my Macbook Pro but I was wondering if I could use her Macbook sitting on my network as a NAS for ...
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Time Machine initial backup way too large

I have a Time Capsule 802.11n 1 TB at work with some free space on it, and I decided to make a second backup on it, using Time Machine. I have about 358 GB used on the hard drive, and 25 GB of that ...
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Why won't Time Machine work with a drive connected to an Airport Extreme?

Is there any technical limitation or engineering reason that could possibly be behind the inability to RELIABLY use a connected USB drive with Airport Extreme for Time Machine?
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Time machine backups and deleted files

If I delete photos from my current iPhoto library which have been backed up on time machine, will it be possible to recover these photos from my time machine backup once they've been deleted from my ...
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How to manually restore a iTunes and iPhoto Library?

I recently moved to OSX Mavericks from Snow Leopard. I made a copy with Time Machine, perform a clean install and restored some data with the Time Machine backup. I first tried to recover everything. ...
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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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Can a Time Machine drive have several partitions, or does Time Machine need the whole HDD to itself?

Is it possible to partition and external drive an use only one of the partitions for a Time Machine backup? Or does Time Machine need its dedicated hard drive? (I've never used Time Machine before.) ...
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Why does Time Machine back up way too much data and how can I slim this down?

I just noticed that Time Machine is backing up 15 GB (it's been running for a few hours; this means that Time Machine thinks that 15 GB of data changed in one hour which is absurd). I've only been ...