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

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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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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 ...
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Will Time Machine backup of an encrypted HDD be encrypted?

My MacBook is running Mac OS X Mavericks with FileVault HDD encryption. I use Time Machine to backup this drive to an unencrypted USB HDD. Will this backup be encrypted? Or does Time Machine decrypt ...
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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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How can I back up my iMac from the Recovery Partition?

Things in my iMac are failing, most notably the hard drive. I can only reliably boot to the Recovery Partition. Booting to the regular system, either normally or in Safe Mode, does not work, and ...
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Airport Extreme + USB Drive vs Time Capsule

The price between an airport extreme and 2TB Time Capsule is quite a lot (£100) and as far as I can see the only different is that the Time Capsule has a hard drive built in. Is there any problems ...
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Programmatically mark file(s) to be ignored by Time Machine [closed]

I'm writing some code that produces a kind of package file, however it includes a kind of working database that isn't strictly necessary (as it can be re-computed) but is best kept bundled with the ...
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Restoring from Yosemite Time Machine backup on Mavericks

Is it possible to restore a Yosemite backup to Mavericks? I downgraded and want to access my most recent restore, or else I'll have to use the Mavericks one from a month ago. I am on a Macbook Pro ...
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“Other” just ate my hard drive [duplicate]

When I woke up his morning, I had >80 GB of free space on my hard drive. Over the last four hours, in which I wasn't even around, something filled my hard drive completely. I would attach a ...
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excluding Windows 7.pvm from Time Machine

If I exclude the file: MacHD>User>FH>Documents>Parallels>Windows 7.pvm from the backup made by Time Machine, do MS Word and Excel files get backed up? I have configured Parallels 8 to Share Mac User ...
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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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Apple TimeCapsule 2TB (2013) real life expierience; store data next to backups?

Im having an old 2008 time capsule to store the backups of my system. Im planning to buy the new 2013 time capsule soon but need to know if it supports the following: Backup data ( music, movies ) ...
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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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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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Is there anything to worry about with time machine on my macbook pro laptop?

I have a macbook pro laptop using mountain lion. I just setup time machine onto a WD My Passport and it worked fine (took about 2 hours over USB 3.0 for 333 GB of stuff). My question is, given its a ...
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Time Machine - Is it backing up system files, preferences, etc?

Problem My iMac is one which falls under a hard disk replacement program due to a possibly faulty disk made by Seagate in 2010. Because of that I will be soon sending it off to Apple for the disk to ...
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Time Machine from networked Mac?

Is it at all possible to setup Time Machine so that it backs up to a disk image on my external Mac? Here's my setup: My MBA which will be backed up MBP which is connected to the wireless network ...
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Restored from Time Machine, no boot

I restored from a Time Machine backup onto a new HDD, this was using a disc with OS X Lion Upon boot, in verbose mode, the text hangs after initpool: offset = 0x08000000 size = 0x0800000. I would be ...
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How to force include files in Time Machine

I'd like to force-include some files in Time Machine. Specifically I want to force-include "iPod Photo Cache" and "Thumbnails" in my Aperture Library. I have checked this file: ...
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Can I use a ZFS ZEVO-managed USB hard disk for Time Machine backups and does it offer de-deduplication?

ZEVO support for Time Machine Can I use a ZEVO-managed USB hard disk for Time Machine backups? ZFS dedup Will ZEVO and Time Machine give me de-duplication (which is sorely missing from Time ...
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Is using Time Capsule better than using an external hard drive because it won't stress the hard drives? (for using Time Machine)

I just plugged in an external hard drive that has Firewire 800 and started Time Machine, but it seems that both the internal hard drive and external hard drive work frantically copying about 75GB of ...
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Can I backup my Time Machine drive to the cloud and restore it to any other drive?

I currently backup my Mac to a local Time Machine drive. I'd like to start periodically backing up that drive to the cloud, using an as of yet unchosen solution. Once it's backed up to the cloud, ...
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Can I use the same time machine backup for two macs?

Is it possible to use the same time machine backup for two different machines? Is it possible to take the backup of my laptop and push it to my desktop? If I make changes to one machine do the ...
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Increase size of sparsebundle for TimeMachine

I am using a sparsebundle store on a linux server. It worked well until today. Today Time Machine tells me that the size of the sparsebundle (500gb) is not sufficient. So I use hdiutil command for ...
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Time Machine space

I have a iMac with a hard drive of 1TB. Used 536 GB. It has an external hard drive of 1TB with Time Machine and the normal copies. The computer had a problem that did not afected the hard drive and ...
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How to restore lost contacts/address book?

I suddenly have only 2 contacts in my Contacts! I have a MacBook Pro, am using OS 10.9.2. Following instructions from another answer, I looked for Address book folder in the library/App. Support ...
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How does Time Machine deal with moved files

I have a large photo library (a couple of 100GBs of data) on an external hard drive, but I will need to move it to a different drive. When moving the files, will time machine try to backup up all the ...
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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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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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Find the size of a given Time Machine backup

I'm interested in determining the size of a given Time Machine Backup. This seems possible with tmutil using either uniquesize, compare, or calculatedrift, but I've been unable to figure out the ...
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Restore Mac Office from TIme Machine Backup

I purchased a Mac Office license through my college, and I recently backed up and restored my Mac using Time Machine. I did not RESTORE from the Time Machine backup as a whole, but rather hand-picked ...
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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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Time Machine is doing very large backups

Background: I bought new drive for Time Machine backup. First backup took about an hour and backed up about 80 GB (let's considered as good behaviour). Second backup was supposed to be above 70 GB ...
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Correct way to free up Time Machine space

I manage a Time Machine backup for a photographer. We had a 2TB drive for photos and a 2TB drive for the Time Machine backup of those photos. The Time Machine backup drive has run out of space and ...
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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 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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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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Convenient way of maintaining differential backup of a large file

I'm interested in maintaining differential backup of a file (~2GB). I have Time Machine set up to cover the whole system but in case of this particular file, I would like to have a convenient backup ...