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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Why does mdworker segfault when scanning files owned by root?

While investigating a disk with ever-dwindling free space and a CPU pegged at >100%, I eventually determined that the problem was mdworker repeatedly segfaulting, keeping syslogd and CrashReporter ...
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Move user folder (HDD) back to main drive (SSD)

Since large SSDs were quite expensive a while ago, I've moved my User directory to a 1 TB HDD back then. Now I'm going to upgrade to a 1 TB SSD and am thinking about the best and safest way to move ...
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2010 Macbook Pro gets prohibitory sign after update

I have a 2010 Macbook Pro running the latest version of El Capitan. I recently did an update and ever since then when I boot up I get a prohibitory symbol. I tried reinstalling El Capitan using a USB ...
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My SSD Drive has been converted to a Core Storage drive and cannot be erased/reformatted?

I put an SSD drive into my macbook pro. I should say that this drive hadn't been formatted and was a bootable drive with Yosemite OS on it, taken from another macbook pro... I booted the system up in ...
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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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Is there really no way to force Time Machine to do a second, independent backup?

Edit: I originally asked this in terms of forcing TM to do a "full" backup. After getting answers about how every backup is a "full" backup, I realized I asked the wrong question. The problem is that ...
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Will iCloud Remote Wipe of MacBook erase system restore on different hardware?

My 2012 MacBook Pro was stolen, but it had Find My Mac enabled through iCloud prior to that event. I have not issued a remote wipe with hopes that I'd be able to use Find My Mac to track it down. ...
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Does a slow Time Machine disk affect general Mac performance?

Say a Mac Pro tower has OS X + Apps installed on a blazing fast PCIe SSD. It also has Time Machine enabled on a slow 5400rpm mechanical drive. The TM drive is internal and connected at all times. ...
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Excluding Chrome's session storage from Time Machine

Is it advisable to exclude ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Session\ Storage/ from Time Machine backups? It certainly sounds like a prime candidate, but I am unable to find ...
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huge Chrome Time Machine backups

My 1TB Time Machine drive just filled up, apparently due a bug in Chrome. Since this issue has been open for a year and a half, I don't expect that Google will fix it any time soon. Can anyone offer ...
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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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Permissions on previous backup stopping me from restoring

I have acquired a new Macbook Pro, running El Capitan (10.11.4), I have a USB drive containing the TM backups of my previous Mac (running Yosemite 10.10.5). I have been reading about how to restore ...
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How to wipe huge .MobileBackups folder?

I found my .MobileBackups folder quite large, it weights 160 Gi. Shouldn't the .MobileBsckups folder be wiped after the TM 'backup session'? Since I have backup done on my external drive how can I ...
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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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How do I know if I need a new hard drive?

I just received a MacBook Pro from somebody else because it was running too slow. Booting up takes about 4 minutes. I have tried formatting the drive and reinstalling the operating system from ...
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Airport Extreme shared disk will not show on desktop

I have an airport extreme 802.11n (7.6.4), with a 3TB drive attached via USB and shared "With device password". I formatted the drive "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" attached directly via USB to my Mac, ...
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Infinite Time Machine Backup on Apple Time Capsule

I've got a (old "flat" version) 1TB Apple Time Capsule and I've configured my Macbook Pro (running El Capitan) to backup data on the Time Capsule, through Time Machine. From the top-right information ...
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Enable Time Machine to backup an SD Card?

Time Machine does not allow the inclusion of an SD Card in a backup. It is automatically listed in the exclusion list and cannot be removed. Is there any way to force Time Machine to 'see' the SD ...
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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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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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iMac FD 16GB 21.5 inches Retina

My old Mac crashed badly and I had to sell it. Had a Mac TimeMachine Backup. Bought this new iMac and it came loaded with Sys and a few apps. I want to get my old email from Time Machine back. How do ...
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Cherry picking applications for a backup

When I started working at this company, they gave me a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) hardly customized (new SSD, 8GB RAM, etc...) and 2 years after that it's getting kind of slow. It was another ...
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If AirPort Time Capsule is compromised, will it disclose contents of encrypted backups?

I'm thinking about using an AirPort Time Capsule for my Time Machine backup. I would certainly use encryption, but I'm still concerned about sensitive backup data sitting on a networked routing device ...
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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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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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Where is the Autocorrect file for Word 2016 stored in El Capitan?

I recently installed Word 2016 in El Capitain alongside Word 2011. 2016 picked up my preference files, including my autocorrect options, which I had used extensively in Word 2011. I then removed some ...
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Why won't Migration Assistant recognize my old Time Machine backup?

When I attempt to run Migration Assistant, it searches and searches but can't find the backups. When I open Finder, I can clearly see the backups and navigate around in the backups for the different ...
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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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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 to find Time Machine disk image?

I try to compact Time Machine disk image but i can't find it. TM is in BackupDisk. $ cd /Volumes $ ls -1 Macintosh HD MobileBackups BackupDisk $ sudo ls -l BackupDisk/ total 0 drwxrwxrwx@ 0 root ...
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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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Is it necessary to have a TimeMachine backup of the Backblaze Directory?

Since I noticed TimeMachine continuously backing up large files, I had a look with tmutil compare to see where those files are located. Since I had not worked on my mac book air but used it to listen ...
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mDNS not working

I re-installed my pfsense firewall the other day, sometime soon there after my macbook stopped doing backups using time machine. The pfsense is installed on new hardware, but the config was restored ...
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How to permanently archive Time Machine backup?

I have an external hard drive where my Time Machine backups are located. My OS is El Capitan. I would like to permanently archive this entire TM backup and move it to another hard drive, and it would ...
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Second HDD backup for OS X

I have a 500 GB Mac and set up Time Machine to do the back up to an external HDD (external hdd 1). All my files are also stored in the external hdd 1. I would like to have a second external hdd ...