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

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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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Will Parallels be safe while upgrading to El Capitan?

The new update seems pretty legit, so I am considering updating my macbook. I have Parallels installed on my computer, and I don't want it to be removed or damaged during the installation of El ...
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Attempting to revert to Mac OS X Mavericks, now can't get out of OS X Utilities!

Here is my situation: I have an MBP Retina 2013 with an SSD drive which I ran with Mavericks with no problems for about almost a year now. I recently upgraded to Yosemite which seemed to work well ...
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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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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 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 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 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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Where are Email Messages Stored?

I need to restore my Apple Mail messages and mailboxes from Time Machine. Where can I find these files on Time Machine?
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Can there be two separate Time Machine Backups on the same external drive?

I'm interested in buying an external hard drive. I'd like to know whether if it's possible (and simple if so) to have two separate Time Machine Backups from two different MacBooks at the same time?
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How to use Time Machine backup on a different computer?

I had a MacBook Pro, Mid-2010, which I regularly made weekly Time Machine backups of. The computer accidently got destroyed. When it died it was running OS X 10.10.4. I then got a new MacBook Pro, ...
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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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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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Same external hard drive for time machine and storage

I have a MacBook Pro (250GB with about 100GB free). I'm planning to get an external hard drive (1 TB). Is it possible to use the external hard drive for both time machine's purposes and as a general ...
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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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Can I restore individual iCal appointments using Time Machine?

I use Time Machine to backup my Mac. While it is very easy to restore files and folders, I can't do the same with appointments in iCal. I am trying to recover an entire calendar that was accidentally ...
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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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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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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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Will Time Machine work effectively with a WD MyCloud NAS device? [closed]

I recently purchased a Western Digital MyCloud NAS device. I'm wondering if there would be a problem with using it for backups with Time Machine on a Mac mini (late 2012) running OS X 10.9.5. Is there ...
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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 13-...
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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 screenshot,...
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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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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: /System/Library/...
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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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What are the differences or similarities of using a journaling file system and Time Machine backups?

I want to know if using Mac OS Extended Journaled is the right choice for a MacBook Pro that would only be connected with the external hard drive at night. It does not make sense to me to have it ...
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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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Is there a way to merge Time Machine backups?

Last year, I switched from an iMac to a MacBook Pro, and I restored from my Time Machine backup. I've been using Time Machine since then, and never checked it until now. I just found out that my ...
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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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Time Machine Could not complete the backup

I am getting this error: The backup disk image "Volumes/Data-1/studio@iphotographic.sparsebundle" could not be accessed (error (null)).<
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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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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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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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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 ...