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

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Export iPhoto library onto Time Machine?

I have Time Machine, and am looking to have iphoto continuously and automatically back up my pictures. (I have so many images and would like them safely on a hard drive). I had to drag/copy my iPhoto ...
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Can't connect to Time Capsule

My MacBook (running El Capitan 10.11.4) does not connect to my 2 TB Apple Time Capsule. Upon trying to force a backup, my Mac responds by asking me to eject the MacBook sparse bundle media. How do I ...
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How can I delete Time Machine backups, moved into trash?

I was going to delete the Time Machine backups. I made a mistake and instead of deleting them using Time Machine, I just moved the Backups.backupdb folder to the trash. Now, if I try to empty the ...
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Time Machine Restore Button Greyed Out For External Hard Drive

I recently brought my computer (Mid 2010 Macbook pro) into the Apple Store because it had been crashing recently. The first time I brought it in, they did a clean wipe of the hard drive and restored ...
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Migrate OS X using Migration Assistant and Time Machine - not enough space

I desparately need to migrate from Mac OS X 10.5.8 running on a rather old Mac Pro to 10.10 running on a new Mac Mini. To achieve this, I was planning on using the Migration Assistant (MA) tool with a ...
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Rescue light red Time Machine backups after El Capitan Update

Here is my story: Oct 2: I have Yosemite Installed and configured Time Capsule taking regular backups. Oct 3: I update Yosemite to El Capitan El Capitan installation halts at 14% for 2hrs I force-...
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Time Machine External Hard Drive stopped being recognized

So I got a 2015 rMBP last year and also got a WD MyPassport External Hard drive with it for Time Machine backups. It ran perfectly a few times a week until yesterday when I plugged it into my Mac. It ...
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Screwed up my 1TB HD iMac27 - I am running OSX 10.11.5 need to rebuild it in Terminal

** Not sure what I did but I need to regain the space on my 1TB HD. I have made a full back up and need to know the step by step commands in TERMINAL to do this. As you can see I have access to only ...
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Why does new Time Machine & Migrate fail with SD

My MacBook Air had a Time Machine backup of my 60g partition on 80g partition of SD card. The drive needed reformatting, but when I tried to restore the TM backup after disk was erased, CMD-R wouldn't ...
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Major difficulty restoring Time Machine backups/accessing .sparsebundle on newer Mac Mini

Alright so here's my issue. I've searched the web for quite some time and hopefully I can find some better info here. I used to have a Time Machine that was set to backup an older Macbook Pro. The ...
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Renamed old Time Machine folder, is there a way to recover

I have an old Time Machine backup that I did when I was still using Yosemite. Today I wanted to make a Time Machine backup of my current El Capitan install. I didn't want Time Machine to overwrite my ...
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Automatically shrink existing Time Machine Backup to a fixed size

I googled for hours to find a solution for this issue, but I couldn't find an answer that fitted for my problem. My setup: I have an iMac with a ~1TB Hard Drive I'm backing it up via Time Machine ...
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Mount sparse bundle with a WD My Cloud EX2 NAS

I use Time Machine with a NAS. It works well and it mounts a disk image when doing backup or when I enter Time Machine. When the disk image is mounted, I can access all the directories of my backups. ...
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Changed Time Machine hard drives

Wander if anyone can help. I changed over hard drives to use for my Time Machine backups of my mac and have completed a new backup on my new external hard drive. On the old external drive that i ...
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Unable to boot into recovery mode on Mavericks Mid 2009 17" Macbook Pro

I am trying to restore a new SSD I placed into my MBP using a Time Machine backup on an external HD. In order to do this, I read I need to be able to go into recovery mode as I boot my system up. To ...
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Moving Time Machine backup between two local disks results in full backup instead of incremental

The Problem After migrating the entirety of a a Backups.backupdb to a new hard drive as recommended by Apple by simply copy-pasting within Finder between two local disks, Time Machine encountered ...
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How to set a folder as an time machine backup?

I updated my MacBook Pro and it now it won't boot. I am using my hard drive in an enclosure and an external hard drive to extract the data from the SSD that's inside the Mac. The HD that's in the ...
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Will Time Machine store the same data twice in this situation?

I had 80 GB of movies on my internal HDD. Time Machine backed them up to an external HDD, along with everything else on my drive. I then moved those movies to another external HDD (which is not being ...
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OS X Yosemite install error / Harddrive is used for backups?

I'm trying to install Yosemite onto a 15" Macbook Pro / Late 2008 model with OS X Mountain Lion on it. I've checked Apples site and it says I can install Yosemite on this machine with these specs. ...
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Encrypt Time Machine backups without deleting old backups?

I'm on Mavericks (10.9.5). I have an external USB drive that I use exclusively for Time Machine backups. I just realized that the backups are unencrypted. Is there a way to configure Time Machine to ...
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How to really exclude Time Machine Backups from Spotlight-indexing?

I try to exclude my TimeMachine-backup-storage from being indexed by spotlight and got some weird behaviour. The backup storage is a Time Capsule. To exclude it, i did the following in terminal: ...
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How can I manually delete old backups to free space for Time Machine?

I use a Time Capsule for backup and now I want the drive to back up data from an extra Mac. But the drive is filled up with old backups from Mac 1. There simply is not enough space available for the ...
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How can I see progress in BackupLoupe?

I'm relieved to discover that BackupLoupe exists, probably for the same reason everyone else is: Time Machine Restores correct system errors but wipe all recent data from your hard drive. BackupLoupe ...
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Recover backup set up of two external hard drives

My backup set up consists on two external hard drives. They are named HDD1 and HDD2. This kind of set up what originally started by another question: Second HDD backup for OS X External HDD1 is now ...
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How can my mac access a time capsule on a different router?

My home has 2 networks, the first one is 192.168.1.X and this network is connected to the modem for internet, and connected to this network is a different wireless router elsewhere in the home with ...
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Can I use Time Machine for multiple different backups?

I have my Macintosh HD 500 Gb who backs up on two external hard drives (both 500 GB), so i have always two backups! But i have an other external hard drive (1TB) with a lot of footage on it which i ...
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Restore Time Machine onto smaller SSD drive

I have a 2012(?) macmini at home and last night I backed up my HDD to Time Machine then moved the 1TB HDD to the 2nd bay and installed a new 250GB SSD into the 1st bay. I formatted the new drive to ...
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Time Capsule appearing as Shared Drive instead of Device

Background I made some changes on my iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011) recently, including removing a Windows partition. These changes which appear to have caused the machine to lose track of my Time Machine ...
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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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Lost Gmail inbox, can't restore with TimeMachine

Friend woke up today to find only 15 of his 9000+ emails in his Gmail Inbox. Have confirmed on iPhone and Gmail website that for whatever reason, these emails are gone -- they don't show up in "All ...
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Rootless custom scheduling of Time Machine backups

It has been asked how to customize the backup schedule of Time Machine, but the solutions in the answers only seem to work in releases of OS X that weren’t “rootless”, i.e. before 10.11 El Capitan (or ...
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Custom Scheduling of Time Machine backups

How can I customize the schedule at which Time Machine performs its backups? I am annoyed by looking at the number of times I see the Time Machine backing up several MBs every hour and then the ...
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Time Machine backup is slow. How can I speed it up?

My time machine is backup is very slow. Connection is FireWire 800. Transfer is around 5 Mb/s or 0.5 MB/s, which seems slow. I've seen plenty of mention online of very slow Time Machine backups. What ...
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Is this external USB3 drive really this slow for my Macbook TimeMachine backup?

I got myself this WD 2TB USB3 external harddrive for backups: http://amzn.to/1X8b3a8 I connected it to the USB 3.0 port of my mid 2015 Macbook Pro 15". When I run Time Machine, it really takes ...
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13" Retina MacBook Pro completely freezes

Every once in a while, my 13" retina MacBook Pro completely freezes while I'm in the middle of working on something. And I do mean completely: it won't respond to any keyboard input, I can't even move ...
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Time Machine backup extremely slow after upgrade to Yosemite

I recently updated my MacBookPro from Mavericks to Yosemite and found that Time Machine backup speed has really slowed down. I realized the amount of new/changed files jumped quite a bit after the ...
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Can't access External Drive (time machine), no EFI partition system. How to manually rewrite it?

tried to back up my Mac to time machine yesterday but I couldn't mount the drive. I have a Lacie 3TD hdd that is partition into msdos(for transfer between pc and mac) and hfs(time machine). I am able ...
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Slow Wireless Network via Time Capsule

I have a wireless network set up at home via Time Capsule. I also have Time Machine installed on two laptops and they backup to the Time Capsule. I have noticed that whenever a backup is running the ...
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Time Machine to NAS, over internet

I have a Synology DiskStation NAS that I use for Time Machine backups on my LAN. I want to be able to back up when I'm away from home. I've tried: Connecting via L2TP VPN running on Synology ...
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Getting Time Machine backups working with an Iomega Home Cloud Edition NAS

I'm getting some strange behaviour from Time Machine since upgrading to Moutain Lion using the Iomega Home Cloud Edition NAS as the end point for the backups. Getting the first backup to complete ...
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MTMFS consuming an entire CPU core and fans running full bore with Lion

You may be aware that Lion introduced MTMFS, the Mobile Time Machine File System. I've had a couple of instances now where MTMFS has been chewing up an entire core of my dual-core (mid 2009) MacBook ...
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Can't delete old Time Machine backups

I changed hard drives for my Time Machine backup. I can't delete the backups on the older hard drive. I get an error code after I use "Move to Trash": -8072. It spends 45min deleting some 1,000,000+ ...
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Read specific file in Time Capsule from someone else's computer

I recently lost my macbook, and fortunately I have all my backups in a Time Capsule. At the moment I only have an old window PC, and a friend who has a macbook. The question is: how do we recover ...
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Recover QuickTime 7 Pro registration from backup?

I recently had a disk corruption simultaneous with my Time Machine backup failing to execute for a period of 3 weeks. So I wiped the drive and reinstalled the OS and have been dragging and dropping ...
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Best file system for USB stick for backup purposes

I bought a 128GB stick to back up my MacBook Air (Time Machine). This way I don't need to re-format my external HDD I use for backing up files from my Windows machine. Since I won't be using the stick ...
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How to convert & deduplicate Time Machine backups

I have an external hard drive that I used with Time Machine on a couple of Macs that are now obsolete. A lot of files existed as duplicate copies on both machines, so in some cases the backup data ...
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TimeMachine backups on multiple volumes?

My TimeCapsule's file system got damaged and I lost my TimeMachine backups. It it possible to backup to two different volumes, for redundancy?
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Can different user accounts have separate Time Machine Backup drives?

If I have two users accounts on one Mac is it possible to automatically use a different Time Machine drive for each user's data?
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“Backup Disk Not Available”, Time Machine can't find Time Capsule any more

I have a 2 TB Time Capsule and it was used by Time Machine for many months. Some days ago the Time Capsule was disconnected from its power supply and today is now connected again. Time Machine ...
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Time Machine partition won't mount in OSX El Capitan, but mounts in Bootcamp Windows 10

Not sure what happened. Two days ago I just did a Time Machine backup and today the partition won't mount. The external disk is a WD My Passport bought several years ago and total 2 TB. I partitioned ...