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

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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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Mavericks clean install with restoration from Time Machine

Let's say I want to perform a Mavericks clean install like described in this tutorial. But what I also want to do is to keep all my older apps (especially ones not installed from the AppStore and all ...
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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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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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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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Time Machine keeps excluding my hard drive

I have Time Machine set up on a FireWire 800 external drive on my MacBook Pro. I have another USB external drive (formated NTFS with Paragon drivers so that I can store files bigger than 4 GB and ...
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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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What is a typical transfer rate for a Time Machine backup over FireWire?

I am doing a TM backup for the first time to a portable disk from my macbook Pro(mid 2010) over a firewire connection (both ends). The disk only contained a folder of around 20GB of manually backed up ...
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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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Deleting all but the most recent Time Machine backup

I just bought a new Mac and I'm manually migrating everything over given that it's been a while since I did a clean install and that the new Mac has less storage than my existing one. I will be wiping ...
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Best way to recover/restore Time Machine Backup to a second HD?

My Macbook HD got corrupted and it couldn't be repaired. Being a 2011 Macbook model, I decided to buy a SSD to be the primary HD and a second 1TB to be used instead of cdrom (using a kit from ...
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OS X Mavericks system restore from external drive using Time Machine

I have a 3TB Seagate USB external drive (MBR scheme), divided in 2 primary partitions: one of ~500 GB has been created and formatted on Windows using Paragon Partition Manager with HSF+. I did a ...
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TIme Machine IP Change Loses Backup History

I have a time machine setup where the backup location is on a Synology NAS drive; having recently moved house, and ended up with a different router, I setup the NAS drive again, and it has a different ...
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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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Restoring selected files from time machine backup of a different mac

Here's the situation so far: 20" Alum iMac 2007 HDD has died (3 days after I got a new Macbook Pro - coincidence, or suicide?) It had a time machine backup on a regular external drive I have ...
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How to find just deleted files in Time Machine?

I am going through many old photographs on my Mac, deleting duplicates that have occurred for one reason or another. However, I realise that I may have deleted the wrong duplicate in some cases. I ...
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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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Time Machine backup is too large (but shouldn't be)

I get: This backup is too large for the backup disk. The backup requires 35.72 GB but only 24.79 GB are available. Facts: Estimated size of full backup: 149 GB Size of Backups.backupdb on the Time ...
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Errors when transferring Time Machine to a new drive

I tried transferring my Time Machine volume to a new drive using the instructions provided by Apple, where it requires that I drag-and-drop via the Finder, but I got a ton of errors. At least a dozen ...
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Restored from Time Machine but NO applications

Really puzzled here. Had a power cut and imac (27", OSX 10.8.3) wouldn't restart/boot up afterwards. Tried unplugging, restarting, safe start, zap pram etc. no luck, just 'Apple logo screen' Used ...
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GitHub-Style Collaborative iTunes Backup?

Alright, here's a funny question. I'm a DJ, and I use iTunes locally on my MacBook Air for my music. I also have my backup hard drive, to which I have copied my iTunes library to as the master ...
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Are there any files which are NOT restored from a Time Machine backup but taken from the recovery partition?

I'll get a replacement Mac soon, so I'll have to restore from a backup. Apart from the home directory and the applications, does Time Machine also backup the usually hidden Unix folders like /etc, ...
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Isn't it redundant to have Versions as well as Time Machine?

Versions and Time Machine seem to me to offer duplicated features: both do hourly backups, and their interfaces for browsing previous versions of files are very similar. The only difference I can see ...
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Can Time Machine be setup to back up only one folder?

I am beginning to make a project on my Mac, let's call it MyProject, and it's the only thing on this computer that is worth backing up. Therefore, I will only need Time Machine to back up just the ...
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MBR-partitioned HDD: How to encrypt Time Machine backup?

I'm giving my external HDD to a friend tomorrow for a few days. It's partitioned via Master Boot Record and there are two partitions: a NTFS partition and my Time Machine partition. I don't want him ...
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Backups using Mac Mini Server & Time Machine

I'm currently trying to set up a fool-proof plan to secure backups of all of our files all the time. What I'm generally thinking is using our Mac Mini Server I can backup our files (3 - 6 iMac's ...
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How do I get Time Machine to work during Power Nap

I tested Power Nap on my MacBook Pro Retina (Aug 2012) and my Time Machine backup hasn't made any progress. Even the hard drive light is out while the machine sleeps. Energy saver is at the default ...
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Can I use the same Time Machine drive with OS X 10.5 and 10.8?

I have an external 500 GB hard drive that I used to use for Time Machine backups with my PowerBook G4 running OS X 10.5 (Leopard). However, I now use it with a white MacBook running 10.8 (Mountain ...
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Time machine freezes mac?

I had just installed new SSD on main bay and move HDD instead of SuperDrive on my 2011 MBP. All works perfectly but Time Machine. It freezes entire mac when I trying open Options on Time machine ...
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Time Machine backup permissions set to 711 after a restore

Had to erase and restore my internal drive on my MacBook Pro. I selected restore from Time Machine my settings, User accounts, and Applications after doing a fresh install of 10.8. Now my Time Machine ...
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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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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 cannot write to network drive under Mountain Lion

I installed Mountain Lion yesterday and have only one problem. Time Machine, which worked under Lion on a WD Sharespace network drive, not gives a message that it cannot find the drive. Despite that, ...
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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 ...