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

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Time Machine on Mac

Does the Time Machine program backup system plus data ? Will is restore the computer exactly to what is was including both system and data (ie. emails, photos, documents) ?
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Could a 'damaged' TimeMachine backup still be of any use?

I've got a Synology NAS here and a few months ago I sadly got the message, something like Time Machine backup is corrupt and therefor has to start a new backup. However, as my NAS is starting to ...
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how does Time Machine restore?

I imagine Time Machine is an incremental backup tool. So while restoring it probably: Restores to latest full backup applies incremental changes since than is this correct assumption?
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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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Why is Time Machine (in 10.10.4) waiting for Spotlight to finish indexing?

I upgraded to 10.10.4 (from 10.10.3) yesterday … I've noticed since then that the hourly backups to my Time Capsule (4th gen, 2 TB) seem to take forever to get started ("Preparing …"). I took a look ...
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On iPhone, don't backup videos in a video app to iTunes

I've got a video app, AVPlayer, on my iPhone. When I put videos in there, and then sync and backup to iTunes, the videos are also backed up. This can take up a lot of time and space to backup those ...
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How do I solve the Error Code -36?

I deleted some photos from iPhotos and Photos libraries that I should not have. I want to restore these from my Time Machine back of a couple days ago. When I do this I keep getting the following ...
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Upgrading Mac HD to OWC SSD for a MBP i5 Mid 2012 9,2 . Is Time Machine enough?

The SSD is yet to be delivered but I have already created a bootable USB install of OS X (yosemite) and have done a time machine back up. The question that is haunting me is - Do I need the ...
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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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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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Time Machine on Time Capsule over the internet

I have a Time Capsule (the Apple hardware) at home that I use for Time Machine (the OSX software) backups. It's configured with my Apple ID and I am able to access the disk with the backups over the ...
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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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Erasing and Partitioning Hard Drive from Internet Recovery

My MacBook Pro (mid 2012) was encrypted and running Yosemite 10.10.3. (The last update with Photos ruined it.) Yesterday, all of a sudden, everything freezes. I forced Shut Down and since then, it´s ...
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WD Passport 1TB USB 3.0 Time Machine external HD not being recognized on Yosemite

After upgrading to Yosemite my external HD is not being recognized. My HD is a WD My Passport 1TB USB 3.0 and I have a MacBook Pro Late 2011 It does not show on Finder It does not show on System ...
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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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Restoring to a 10.6.8 from Time Machine that backed up a 10.8 system

I spilled coffee on my Macbook Air and didn't turn it off in time. It's fried. I have a Time Machine backup of the entire system. I believe it was running 10.8 when it died. I want to format my old ...
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Where are Time Machine local backups/snapshots stored?

Out of curiosity, I'm wondering where in the file system Time Machine stores its local backups/snapshots.
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How to change owner of Time Machine HD?

I have a Time Machine HD from my old Mac. It has a different owner. drwx------+ 9 admin staff 374 Jan 13 13:02 Desktop drwx------+ 11 admin staff 476 Jan 11 15:56 Documents ... ... I try ...
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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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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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Fastest way to delete all Timemachine Backups for a machine

What is the recommended way to get rid of a whole TimeMachine archive (aka Backups.backupdb)? Using Disk Utility to erase the whole disk is not an option. I moved everything to the Trash, but ...
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Migration Assistant problem

Replacing a failing HD with an SSD in an early 2011 MBP 13". Made a Time Machine backup to an external USB HD with original disk, installed the SSD, installed OS X from the install DVD that came with ...
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Time Capsule shows up as (null) when used with OS X Server

So I have a Time Capsule here, and an OS X Server. I enabled the Time Capsule service, and added my Time Capsule as a backup destination. I can see the following showing up on a client machine in the ...
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Clean install Mac, restore backup without command line tools

So, I'm a developer with brew installed along with several other programs installed from source(openCV, boost etc.). I want to do a clean install of OSX(to get rid of some other issues as well), then ...
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Why is my empty sparsbundle so big (1,5 GB)?

I just followed the instructions here to create a encrypted sparseimage for Time Machine backups. The empty sparsebundle ended up being 1.4 GB (and after enabling encryption it grow to 1.6GB). Why is ...
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backup failed: problem connecting to server

My problem appears identical to that described here: airport utility shows green for time capsule and internet, but backup fails with "there was a problem connecting to the server NameOfServer". The ...
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time machine refuses to backup to time capsule

I'm trying to backup my hard drive to the time capsule, but it gives me the following error: Time Machine couldn’t complete the backup to “aaragon's Time Capsule”. The backup disk is not available. ...
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Display Time Machine Menu Bar Icon Only When Time Machine is Enabled

At my office, I've got an external hard drive I plug into any time I'm at my desk. It's used exclusively as my backup drive. I use the Control Plane application for separate contexts for home and ...
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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 I decrease the 20% of drive space that Time Machine won’t use for local snapshots?

The Apple support article “About Time Machine local snapshots” says that “if less than 20% of the total storage space on your startup drive is available, Time Machine removes local snapshots, starting ...
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Time Machine backup to run my MacBook on another

My MacBook is in the shop for repair. I have my Mom's MacBook, but the hard drive has failed. I'm wondering if I can use the time machine backup of my computer via USB to basically run my hard drive ...
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How to preserve Time Machine backups and start over with a new one?

I make my Time Machine backups on an external hard drive. Recently I upgraded from Mountain Lion to Mavericks. Now I need the ability to freeze those old backups I've done with Mountain Lion in case I ...
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Can I keep 1 specific backup on an external hard drive as it fills up and deletes older backups? [duplicate]

I've just moved 262GB of photos to a new external hard drive (1 TB), freeing up my MacBook Pro, 1 year old, which was dangerously low on space. I first backed them up on an existing external hard ...
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Unable to use G-Drive 4TB external drive for TimeMachine backups

I want to use my G-Drive 4TB external drive for my TimeMachine backups. I have a iMac 27" and a MacBook Pro, both are running OS X Yosemite. I have tried almost everything (I think...) but the drive ...
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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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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 Restore Button Greyed Out For External Hard Drive

I guess I will give the short long story to whats going on. I recently brought my computer (Mid 2010 Macbook pro) in to the apple store cause its been crashing for some time. The first time around ...
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Wireless Time Machine Backup Without Time Capsule

Is there an alternative to Time Capsule to do a wireless time machine backup. My mom already has a router and doesn't want to replace it but I still want to make sure she has a backup. She never has ...
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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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Western Digital external hard drive is constantly ejected

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups, and recently my iMac has started to randomly eject the hard drive, preventing backups. It tends to happen while ...
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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 is this AirPort+TimeCapsule disappearing from the network?

All was well for months, then suddenly Time Machine reported it hadn't backed up for 20 days because the disk was unavailable. When I cycle the power the Time Capsule is green in AirPort Utility, for ...
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Don't have Time Machine back up a file again if a Tag is added to it

If I have a large file, let's say a 1 GB ISO file, and I add a tag to it through the Finder, so that there's a blue circle next to the filename now, then Time Machine will consider that the file has ...
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Eject button in Finder does not work

Every now and then (it seems to me especially after TM backups, but that is about the only reason I plug them in), I am unable to eject and external hard drive by clicking the eject button in Finder ...
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Backing up Adobe CS6, Microsoft office, Camtasia on Time Machine - will they completely restore?

I have a hard drive problem. If I use Time machine to make regular backups, will Adobe CS6, Microsoft office, Camtasia and other installed programmes completely retore on a new hard drive without any ...
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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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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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Time Machine drive doesn't mount; exit code 8

My Time Machine backup disk is borked. Normally, I'd just reformat and re-run the backup, but that disk also has a folder of pictures separate from the Time Machine files that I need to recover. The ...
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Time machine backup/restore: “This user's data doesn't need to be transferred”

So, I had a MacBook Pro 15", Late 2011, that I've been using daily since I got it last October. I set up time machine and every day after work, I would bring my laptop home and plug it into my time ...
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Downgrading OS X from Yosemite to Mavericks

I stupidly downloaded the new OS X Yosemite 10.10 on my 2011 iMac that does all of my Pro Tools work and now some of the things I use aren't compatible yet. So I'm trying to figure out how to ...