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

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How to automount sparsebundle for Time Machine backups?

I have a disk drive connected to my router that I'm using for TM backups. What I did is I created a .sparsebundle image using Disk Utility and then copied that image to my disk drive. Then, in ...
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How to restore system from network drive?

I have a 2014 MacBook Pro. I want to restore my OS from a Time Machine backup which is on a shared network volume. When I restart in recovery (Apple-Opt-R), it boots from internet, but if I try to ...
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Is there a way to recover an older version of my iPhoto database?

I tried uploading a photo from iPhoto to Facebook and the upload failed. I tried again, and it appeared to fail. Blaming my internet connection, I tried again. The upload worked. Then I took a look at ...
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Is Time Machine sufficient in the case of a reformat?

I installed OS X Server 4.0 on top of Yosemite and my VPN got hosed. I've tried many things to fix the issue including attempted uninstall of OS X Server. Now I am going to re-install the OS. In ...
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Time Machine progress from the command line

The Time Machine control panel gives information on in-progress backups. For example Is there a way to get the information from the command line?
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How to restore individual files from TM backup after clean install?

My teenage daughter's Mac Mini (running OSX 10.8) was cluttered with all sorts of stuff, even unwanted and inappropriate popup windows when using Safari, and more. So I made a final TM backup. Then I ...
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Need to find my original user name

My old imac with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 was super slow. I decided to do a clean install after backing up on Time Machine. When I reinstalled Snow Leopard, it asked for an account name so I just put in a ...
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How do you get the internal drive to show up when you're reinstalling?

Macbook Pro. Trying to reinstall Yosemite. I can get to the "Install OS X" page, but the only destination given is "Recovery HD". I can go to disk utilities and see that "Macintosh HD" is there, ...
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Mac Mini Server Reset To Factory - Help With Fatal Error

I am in desperate need of assistance. I am doing my very first in-house server reset and wipe since graduating from school and I am in over my head. I know I am a noob at it but I am THE I.T. GUY at ...
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Should time machine backups be encrypted

I am new to the Mac and was setting up my Time Machine. However, it seems Time Machine also backs up information in the keychain. I was wondering if that means I should use an encrypted disk to store ...
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Time Machine attempts to inherit backup from wrong Mac

Most people seem to want to get their new Mac to inherit their old Mac's backup. I seem to have the opposite problem. I have a person who used Migration Assistant to move from a Mac mini to a laptop. ...
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Encrypt Time Machine backup data sent over the network

I have three relevant machines: An iMac running 10.10 as my Time Machine server. A MacBook Pro running 10.10, which backs up to the server. Backup encryption is enabled. A PowerBook G4 running ...
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Time Machine stuck on “Preparing Backup”

I have a MacBook Pro from 2009. It came with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) but I upgraded to 10.8 (Mountain Lion). A few days ago, I tried to backup my files on an external hard drive, like I have ...
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use cable box external drive for time machine backups

I have a cable box that has usb ports. I plugged in an external hdd to one of the usb ports and I can access it from my mac book pro (yosemite) using ftp. I would like to use this drive for my time ...
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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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Reset Time machine? [closed]

Sophos has identified 8 trojans/malware all on my Time machine backup drive. What should I do ? Apps -Utils-Airport Util does not show my TM, should it ?
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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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Recovering files from Time Machine backup disk after wrong dd

I made a horrible mistake: I ran dd on an external hard drive, that was the Time Machine backup storage, to make it bootable. After a few seconds I cancelled the command, but the hard drive is shaped ...
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Lost files on hard drive after Time Machine back up

I did my Time Machine back up using my hard drive. After that, I didn't realize that I lost all my files that were in the hard disk. How can I get the files back? MacBook Air
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Is there a faster way to copy time machine files from one disk to another?

I'm trying to move my time machine backup files all under Backups.backupdb to another drive. I initiated a file copy overnight (b/c I saw that it took OSX forever to prepare for the copy...it ...
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restoring to mavericks from yosemite, partition disappeared after fail

I have an mbpro 15" with 2 hard disks: Main: SSD with OS Extra: Time machine backups and data For different reasons I wanted to downgrade to Mavericks. I rebooted with cmd+r and went to time machine ...
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Backing up a NAS (In my case a Drobo b800fs)

TL;DR: We have a NAS that I'm trying to back up. I want to use a Yosemite server to back up one network share to another, with nice indexed incremental backups providing point in time recovery. The ...
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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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What to do when I cannot boot the Recovery partition?

tl;dr When I hold alt during boot, and select the Recovery partition, the computer displays the bright grey screen with an Apple logo, and a spinning work indicator. But after a few hours nothing has ...
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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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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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Spotlight/Search Not Indexing, MBP Running Too Hot

Short version: Since installing Yosemite on my (mid'12) MacBook Pro, I have seen issues with battery life cut in half and the computer running excessively hot. Symptoms: In the Activity Monitor, ...
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Time Machine backup of home directory is missing

2 days (on Sunday) ago I performed clean OS X Yosemite installation over OS X Yosemite that was upgraded from Mavericks previously. I have a time machine backup. So, latest backups in time machine was ...
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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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Black screen when open Time Machine on Yosemite

I use a 13 Macbook with a thunderbolt display on Yosemite. Since the installation of last osx version, if I try to open Time Machine I can only see a completely black screen on laptop screen. The ...
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Time machine deletes old backups when still >2 TB of 3 TB are free

I get messages that my Time Machine backup volume is full and TM has deleted older backups. But my backup target disk is an external 3 TB HD and Finder reports that over 2 TB of it are free (only some ...
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What is happening when time machine refuses to travel for Chrome local storage?

I wanted to retrieve a backup of /Users/MYNAME/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome/Default/Local Storage. however, TM seems to be claiming that the entire folder came into existence about 30 ...
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No Applications after Backup recovery

I used to backup my data via Airport Time Capsule and configured my backup, so that no Applications are part of the backup. In case of a broken HDD etc. I would prefer to install only those ...
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How to search Mail in Time Machine?

I'm looking for a specific email I may have deleted, but I don't remember when I received it (it was at least a couple months ago). Digging through my Mail history in Time Machine for a single email ...
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Move existing USB Time Machine backup to OS X Server Time Machine

How can I move an exiting OS X (10.10.1) USB Time Machine backup history to an OS X (10.10.1) Server (version 4) Time Machine service?
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Mavericks - Tell application “Preview” open PDF - strange permission issue

I have recently moved a large research collection of PDF files, from a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 TimeMachine disk, to my new rMBP (to the internal flash storage). I did this manually, not through the ...
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Time Machine files cannot be erased

I put Mavericks on my iMac and Time Machine quit updating. I just want to erase all the TM files on the external HD, but cannot. Looks like reformating is the only answer. Any solutions? Using ...
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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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Migration Assistant very slow - Can I see what files it is stuck on?

I am migrating to a new machine from a time machine backup from a USB3 drive. It is currently transferring the applications folder and is taking a small eternity and quoting me 100+ hours remaining. ...
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Time Machine won't backup a folder that was previously excluded

I was troubleshooting my wifes iPhoto library and rebuilt a duplicate library. I didn't want to fill up the 2TB external hard drive used for Time Machine, so I excluded the folder that contained only ...
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Can't navigate Time Machine interface (going backwards/forwards in time) since upgrading to Mac OS X Yosemite

Since upgrading to Mac OS X Yosemite, when I open Time Machine on a folder, I can't navigate backwards in time anymore, on any folder. The arrows are grayed out. Usually, this is because Time Machine ...
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How to get Mail files from Mountain Lion Time Machine backup in Mavericks?

I have upgraded my MBP to Mavericks and got the system to how I like etc. Tt has since backed up using Time Machine onto an external HD. Now it slipped my mind that I would like to have my e-mails on ...
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Time Machine Strategy?

I just finished a tough weekend of getting my Mac back. For whatever reason, it would no longer boot. I am running 10.6.8 on a 2010 MacPro. I installed a new copy of the OS, and migrated, then ...
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Completely new Time Machine backup?

I made use of Time Machine to restore my Mac's OS and data to a new drive after the old one failed. Time Machine doesn't seem to recognize that the new drive and the back ups are related. Is there a ...
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Time Machine started to backup files, it is still working and data is larger than actual disk data

I cleaned backup disk as it was full and started a clean (empty) Time Machine backup. On a disk of 465Gb my data occupies 321Gb. Time Machine has started backuping files and I found interesting that ...
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Entering Time Machine on an external drive does not work

If I open an external drive, or an folder on that drive, in the Finder, then enter Time Machine by clicking on the menu bar icon and selecting "Enter Time Machine", then Time Machine runs, but it ...
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Recover certain files from Time machine from previous Mac

I just got my new Macbook Pro Retina and update it to Yosemite. I now want to recover/get some files from my Time Machine backup of my previous Macbook but don't want to migrate my whole Time machine ...
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How does Time Machine work for a photographer

I am a photographer and I use photos that are about 15Mb each. I take hundreds of these per month and edit, let's say, about 500 per month. And sometimes I'll go back a week later and tweak a batch ...
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How to automatically make Mac shutdown after Time Machine Backup

How can I make my Macbook automatically shutdown after a Time Machine backup? I have a 40GB worth backup to do but I keep having to cancel it to go to bed. Would be great if I could leave it on to do ...