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

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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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OS X Time Machine keeps getting disabled

For some reason my Time Machine keeps getting disabled in OS X. Every time I look at it, it's disabled. Why would this happen? It is an office Time Machine server I am backing up to and only when I am ...
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How can I disable the “no backup in x days” from TimeMachine?

I'm running OS X Yosemite, and I want to disable the notifications from Time Machine. I rarely do a hard-drive backup because all of my essential files are in the cloud. I don't need to run ...
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How can I retrieve files from a Time Machine backup done with Snow Leopard when my current OS is Mavericks?

I have a Seagate GoFlex home 2 Tb external drive that was installed on my Snow Leopard Mac and configurer with Time Machine. A year ago, due to issues with my Mac, the (internal) hard drive was erased ...
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Mac crashes on Security preferences pane

I restored my machine from Time Machine last night. Whenever I go on "System Preferences > Security", the Mac crashes. There is a com.apple.preference.security.remoteservice file. Additionally, ...
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Installing from not certified developer causes system panel to crash

I want to install third party software. My security settings are very high, so I have to confirm to install software from a not certified developer (yes, the software is trustful!). This night I ...
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Wrong file group for various files and folders after restoring from Time Machine

After I change to an SSD and restored my computer form a Time Machine backup, all the files and folders in my users home folder have a wrong file group. They all have the file group set to 503, which ...
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What is a good OSX incremental backup software (not time machine)

So I used to use CCC to clone my external drive to another external drive for a backup copy. What I realized is that I want incremental backup that is versioned. So I can go back to a copy that is ...
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migrating to 250GB SSD, need to dump local Photos

I just purchased a new iMac with 250GB Flash storage, and need to dump some media on my old desktop to make the Time Machine backup fit onto the new Flash drive. I have a 200GB iCloud plan, and all ...
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Access to MacBook Air backup files

I am trying to access some lost photos from a MacBook Air backup (I no longer have the computer). I am denied acess to pictures folder because I don't have permissions. How can I log in with password ...
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Changing from Virtual Hard Drive to Blank External Hard Disk [closed]

I have a blank hard disk (1 TB) that has more space than the virtual disk I am running OS X El Capitan on (89 GB). My OS is running on VMWare Player version 12, being used on Windows 10 single ...
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Is it safe to delete my Time Machine sparse bundle? Can a fresh one be recreated?

Is it safe to delete my Time Machine sparse bundle file? Can a fresh time machine backup be recreated WITHOUT reformatting the drive or affecting any other files on my external Time Machine drive? My ...
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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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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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Back up different folders to different drives

In Time Machine one can back up to several drives at the same time. It is also possible to control which folders are backed up and which are not. However, it seems to me that the same folders have to ...
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automatic ZFS Snapshot after successful TimeMachine Backup

My setting is the following, i backup my MacBook Pro via TimeMachine to a Netatalk Share on a FreeNAS to a ZFS Dataset. Because TimeMachine sparsebundles corrupt easily, when backing up over network, ...
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Time Machine Network Connected to USB Connected Hard Drive

I have a Seagate 2TB hard drive that I connected to my router and have been using for Time Machine backups for the past two years. Recently I have disconnected this hard drive and attached it ...
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Over 25 gb of Space Disappeared

Here's my problem: over the past couple days I did a really good clean out of my computer and managed to free up several gigabytes of data and was hovering around 233+ gb of free space. Then in the ...
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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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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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OS X Yosemite & Time Machine: identity of the backup disk has changed

From time to time (I did not yet figure out a systematic way to reproduce the error) I get an error message when a new Time Machine backup begins: it says that the identity of my Time Machine backup ...
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AirPort Time Capsule Connection to Internet

I bought an AirPort Time Capsule to store my backups and read that it can also improve the speed of my Wi Fi; I have a mini Mac, a mini iPad2, an iPhone5 and until now I go in Internet with the Wi Fi ...
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Manually deleted Time Machine backup files to trashcan…undo?

I was trying to free up space on my TByte external drive connected to my iMac by dragging files (folders for each "day", directly under "iMac" hard drive in Finder) to my trashcan. I even provided ...
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Are there tweaks in Time Machine or VirtualBox by Oracle to make Time Machine better handle small files within a .vdi?

Within a very important VirtualBox, which was at the time approximately 400 Gigabytes, Time Machine is not backing many files inside this machine, for even several months, despite them being changed ...
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Disk Utility can't repair external hard drive, tried fsck whats the next step?

When I try and repair my external hard drives (I have two corrupt now some how both I think from improperly ejecting from the same machine), I get this message: Disk Utility can’t repair this ...
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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 ...