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

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Encrypting from the Disk Utility vs Finder

I am testing two methods of encrypting a new hard drive. Using Disk Utility, I erased it and created two equal partitions (10GB each, the rest free space), both "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". 1) From ...
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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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Recover Meteor JS MongoDB from Time Machine Backup

I have recently recovered my Mac with a Time Machine Backup from the beginning of August. Today I ran an existing Meteor JS project and saw that the MongoDB documents were pretty outdated (latest ...
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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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Yosemite Time Machine Backup Failed Due to Full Disk

I've run Yosemite for some time now, this issue is recent. My assumption has always been that Time Machine autonomously overwrites old backups once your time capsule is full. So my question is : ...
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How to prevent sleep while a Time Machine backup is in progress?

I'm one of those greatly suffering from the problem with TM in which the entire backup sparsebundle on a NAS gets corrupted if the Mac goes to sleep in middle of a backup operation. There's a long ...
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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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recover partial backup data from a (potentially damaged) Time Machine disk

I am on a MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch, late 2013, with OS X 10.9.5 Mavericks. First of all, to clarify the question, my goal is to create a new, working Time Machine (TM) disk, that has as much as ...
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Backup disk suddenly won't work

Here's the error message I get: "An error occurred while copying files. The problem may be temporary. If the problem persists, use Disk Utility to repair your backup disk." When I try to follow that ...
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Delted “Space” Time Machine Backup

This could sound like a really dumb question as I don't even know what I did wrong. Please help! I have had this LaCie backup (500 GB) for years since my friend suggested few years ago. I have been ...
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Can't restore Time Machine backup to Macintosh HD

Today I found my Mac shut down. It won't boot again anymore. When I try to turn it on, it just shows the Apple logo, a loading bar and after 1/3 progress it just shuts down again. After some research ...
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Can't restore mavericks backups in time machine

I'm trying to restore a time machine backup onto a new machine, however the only options are backups done prior to mavericks. The backups done under mavericks don't come up but I am sure they are on ...
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Backup/Time Machine solution for an office full of iMacs?

In our office we have ~8+ or so iMacs. Currently we're backing up to individual hard-drives via TimeMachine. We're looking at creating a more stable backup solution, one that is kept away from the ...
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Copying via Finder fails with available space issue but cp at the command line works fine

I have a large(ish) Aperture library (~120GB) that I wanted to restore from a Time Machine backup but, after selecting it via the Time Machine interface, Finder complained that there was not enough ...
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Time Machine Problems

I just got a new 2TB hard drive and I wanted to set up Time Machine. I did and now it is backing up stuff. On this page ...
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Reboot fails after failed disk erase when restoring from Time Machine

I have an Early 2013 Macbook Pro Retina 15" with 512GB of SSD storage. My update to Yosemite 10.5 failed for some reason and I was left with an unbootable system and severe file system errors that ...
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After upgrade to Yosemite Time Machine says “Disk Full” even if there's 350GB free space

I upgraded to Yosemite yesterday, and just now I got a Time Machine alert Disk is Full although there are 350+ GB on the backup disk according to Finder. It said it had deleted an old backup ...
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Why running Time Machine on OS X Server slows down my Mac?

I have MacBook Pro (2.3GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD - late 2013?) and Time Machine backups data via network to our internal OS X Server. But when Time Machine is running backups, my ...
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iMac Time Machine HDD and Internal HDD failed at same time

My 2008 iMac, which has been extremely reliable for several years now, began to show the spinning 'beach ball' one day, and then would become unresponsive. After a couple of forced reboots, the ...
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Is netatalk on Linux unreliable for hosting Time Machine volumes?

During some discussion on IRC about my recent problems hosting a Time Machine volume on my Linux PC (using netatalk) -- which worked well for a long time but recently developed issues where my Mac ...
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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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kernel: decmpfs repeated error messages origin?

I am in the process of evaluating different anti-virus on Mac OS X (Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite…). Upon running a full scan to test Sophos on a Mountain Lion Mac I witnessed a total slow down ...
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Time Machine - Bootcamp and Virtualized operating systems?

Just for my curiosity and knowledge, from a Software and Hardware perspective, is the Time Machine capable of backing up my personal Documents and Files located in my Windows Bootcamp Partition and ...
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Setting up Airport Base Station with Uverse AND Sprint Airave

I'm trying to configure my home network so that I can use a drive attached to my airport base station as the Time Machine drive. I think that to do this the Airport needs to control the DHCP and the ...
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Convert wireless Time Machine to wired

I have been using the Time Machine backup utility wirelessly. I'd now like switch to wired. How do I do that? What problems should I expect?
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Time machine creating files and directories at random places

I'm gonna keep this short and simple. I have a ~/.vim folder and ~/dotfiles/.vim folder (the ~/dotfiles/.vim was copied to ~/.vim). Yesterday I noticed that I had several files with weird permissions ...
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What does these extended attributes mean and where are they documented?

For some reason a directory I had (Vundle.vim) got randomly copied to another directory (got copied from ~/.vim to ~/dotfiles/.vim with strange permissions and what looks like no contents. Anyways, ...
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Accidentally deleted all Mail - How can I get it back?

In Apple Mail, I accidentally marked all messages in the Inbox folder as Junk (I meant to mark as read) and it appears all mail was deleted permanently. My Mailbox Behaviours specify Yet the ...
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How to rescue light red Time Machine backups

Today I've been looking for deleted by mistake folder. Time machine should help me, right? But when I entered time machine (after multiple errors saying "Can't connect to a current Time Machine ...
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Time Machine Backup Failed

Ive been using my time Machine for almost 3 years without any problems. Its a 3TB Lacie. This week it has decided to stop backing up my work. I tried repairing the disk and unmounting and remounting ...
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How to rename (main) hard disk back to default? And is the disk default really LVG?

I recently reinstalled OS X, when it asked me to erase the disk I just left it Untitled, since there's no instruction to rename it to whatever on this Apple support page, after restoring with Time ...
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How do I install Mac OS X Leopard on a SSHD?

I am going to get a Solid State Hybrid Drive. How do I install Mac OS X Leopard to it and how do I use my Time Machine backup to move my stuff back over? Using a Power Mac G5 Quad. I am going to use ...
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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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“About this Mac” not showing correct local backup size

"About this Mac" doesn't appear to be showing the correct information for backups. In fact, it doesn't have a category for backups, even though they are enabled. What I see is this: I tried using ...
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Browsing another disk in Time Machine just lets me browse my actual hard drive

I'm clicking "Browse other backup disks..." in the Time Machine menu, then selecting a Time Machine disk. This puts me into the Time Machine interface, but I just see my home folder. Not my home ...
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My NTFS formatted external Toshiba drive is unreadable since update to Yosemite OS X 10.10.1

My portable external Toshiba hard drive is now unreadable on my MacBook Pro early 2008 aluminum computer. Since updating to Yosemite OS X 10.10.1, I cannot recover my files stored as Time Machine ...
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Will Time Machine work effectively with a WD MyCloud NAS device?

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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How to recover a deleted folder from Time Machine back-up disk?

I wanted to clean my external disk that I use to back up my mac, but I didn't do it right... I deleted the folder 'Mac's Name' with my back ups, but the weird thing is that there is no extra free ...
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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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Migration Assistant completely broken on Yosemite?

I have a 2013 MacBook Pro with a 500GB SDD. It has been backed up on a regular basis to two different external disks - one is a 4TB Thunderbolt HDD, the other a 4TB WD Black drive connected via a USB ...
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iMac 27" late 2009 running OSX 10.10.4 - please explain time machine to me?

I hope you can explain this to me. I have a 1 TB hard drive on my iMac. I bought a 2TB external drive for time machine. It says that it makes backups hourly, daily, and monthly...and then deletes ...
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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 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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Problems Accessing (Synology) NAS over AFP directly over the finder and time machine with Mavericks MBPr

we have two Macs, an older iMac and a MBPr both with Mavericks (10.9.3). Only one of them has a very annoying problem with our new synology ds214+. With the iMac I can access the NAS over the the ...
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Transfer SSD from MBP 2009 to MBP 2012

I'm upgrading from a MBP 2009 to MBP 2012. I installed a SSD drive on the 2009 unit. A few days ago, I got the black screen of death due to the logic board failing. I back up every 30 days using Time ...
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Is there any reason why Time Machine only finds my NAS over wifi?

I've got a 2009 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5.7 and a Synology Diskstation ds215j. I've successfully set up a user for Time Machine on the NAS and have successfully performed backups. However, this ...
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How does TimeMachine store Calibre's metadata and backup files?

This thread is related to the thread To recover Calibre library from backup? which is discussed also with Calibre's active community as How to recover Calibre from Backup? where theducs says: ...
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Networked Time Machine backup does not grow after switching backup disk to a larger one

My Time Machine backup on a Time Capsule (.sparsebundle) has reached the size of the disk it was stored and started cleaning up older backups after each backup session. I have switched the disk to ...
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How do I pass a password to hdiutil attach?

How do I pass a password to hdiutil attach? I have an encrypted sparsebundle (test.sparsebundle) and it's password is "test", with no quotes. I'd like to automate opening that file. I have tried ...
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Frequently get “The backup disk image “/Volumes/TimeMachine/MyMBPro.sparsebundle” is already in use” message

I have been plagued with this problem for well over a year, and am hoping someone can shed some light on what is going on. My setup is that I have a Macbook Pro that I use with a monitor while I'm ...