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 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 ...
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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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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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Programmatically mark file(s) to be ignored by Time Machine [on hold]

I'm writing some code that produces a kind of package file, however it includes a kind of working database that isn't strictly necessary (as it can be re-computed) but is best kept bundled with the ...
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Time machine troubles

I have 2 time machine backups on two different hard drives. One drive is formatted non case sensitive, and the other is formatted case-sensitive. I recently bought a 3rd drive, that I wanted to put ...
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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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How to erase Time Machine backups in trash?

I have a lot of backup data from TM (>800Gb) in my trash and I can't delete it. Trying everything what I find in "AskDifferent" & also this. It's too long - over 2 hours left and nothing! I can ...
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Why did restoring a system from a recent Time Machine backup fail to restore recent files?

I used a recent Time Machine backup to restore a Late 2008 MacBook Pro system for a family member today. She had been backing up faithfully about once a week to an external HDD using Time Machine for ...
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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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Time Machine won't erase incomplete backup

Mac 10.8.6 I stopped the last backup, but it didn't erase the InProgress backup from then. Now when I try to back up it gives me "Node requires deep traversal:/ reason:contains changes|must scan ...
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All my Time Machine windows are black

That was supposed to be my finder window with my backups over time but I only see black screens. :(
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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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How to restore an account from a lost mac from time machine?

I have 2 computers : an iMac and a MBP. My old MBP is dead. I've Time Machine backups from the accounts of this computer. How can I restore those accounts on my iMac to have access to their data?
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After Yosemite 10.10.1, Time Machine will not recognize cifs://goflexhome.local

I cannot get my iMac to see goflexhome.local as a shared device in finder, so Time Machine will not offer it as a drive I can use to backup my machine. I can mount it and talk to it, even create ...
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Problems with TM after moving backup to a new disk

I am running OS X 10.6.8. I bought a new external hard drive and copied the accumulated backups from the old TM disk to this one. Now I am trying to do a backup on the new disk. It logs ...
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Time Machine asks for a backup disk by the wrong name

I have a time machine backup drive that I have renamed to Home Backup. Whenever I forget to take backups, OS X tells me "you haven't backed up to the drive My Passport for 10 days" Running tmutil ...
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Deleting all but the most recent Time Machine backup

I just bought a new Mac and I'm manually migrating everything over given that it's been a while since I did a clean install and that the new Mac has less storage than my existing one. I will be wiping ...
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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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How can I reformat the internal drive and install Mountain Lion from an external drive?

I have a very weird problem - I messed up with the partions when I installed Bootcamp. I want to upgrade my 10.7.5 to 10.8.5. I have bought the 10.8.5 from Apple Store. I downloaded it and when ...
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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 Changed My External Hard Drive's to MBR and now I can't access it!

On Yosemite, I was using Bootcamp to install Windows on a part of my internal hard drive. When, bootcamp was finished (before booting into Windows), Time Machine popped up and asked me if I wanted to ...
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Is encrypting an external hard drive prior to Time Machine equally secure as TM encryption?

It's more it less an order of operations, but should I format and encrypt the external hard drive first without any data and then run TM? I figured that way would be faster rather than TM having to ...
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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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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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Unable to connect to Seagate goflex_home network share in mac

I have a 2TB GoFlex Home Network Share. I'm able to connect and access it using my windows machines and as well as using my ipad. I'm not able to connect it via mac using finder, smb. The browser is ...
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Continue time machine backup with another Mac

I recently bought a new MacBook. It's running Yosemite and I managed to transfer my old user profile from the old computer via migration assistant. Now I want to seamlessly continue my backup on the ...
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Do I need my Time Machine backup if I copied my home directory to an external drive?

MacBook running slow. I want to do a wipe, clean install (OS X Yosemite) and restore. I've copied my home directory to an external drive and could transfer it back after clean install. I'm also ...
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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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How to Safely Delete an in-progress Time Machine Backup on Snow Leopard

Okay, so somehow a computer I'm helping to manage has got a total of three .inprogress backups on its Time Machine drive that it doesn't seem to be able to tidy up; it's creating new backups without ...
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SD memory for Time Machine?

I am running a MacMini 2013 that has Mac OS X 10.9.3 installed and I want to use SD memory cards with Time Machine. Can I use the SD flash memory for a backup drive? What is the maximum size ...
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Time Machine cannot locate external disk

I have an iMac11,2 running MacOS 10.8.5. Time Machine (TM) has made backup on a LaCie 320GB Firewire400 HDD for almost 2 years now. It stopped working 2 weeks ago, stuck on 'looking for drive'. My HDD ...
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How / is it possible to compare files on your hard drive with those in your time machine backup?

I have snow leopard and have been using time machine to regularly backup files. How / is it possible to compare files on your hard drive with those in your time machine backup? I know you can ...
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How to transfer files from a non-Mac formatted external HD

In haste I did not format my WD Passport 1TB External HD for Mac. Need to transfer the files from my old 2008 MacBook to my 2014 MacBook Pro. Any help or tips would be so appreciated. When I plug ...
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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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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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Restoring a Time Machine backup on Yosemite's clean install

If I want to perform a clean install of OS X Yosemite, can I restore my Mac with a Mavericks Time Machine backup after the Yosemite installer finishes?
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Yosemite 10.10 after installation: Desktop grey, minimize functions not working on windows, dock not visible

So i finished installing Yosemite 10.10 (or at least it said it was completed before my mac restarted) but now that its restarted: the desktop background is grey, desktop icons are not visible, i ...
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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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Why does Yosemite want to throw away all my backups?

Huh? “To improve reliability, ... will remove your existing backup history” Doesn't that kind of miss the point of having backups?? Time Machine is set to use a network share dedicated to that ...
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How can I avoid repeated “Time Machine must create a new backup” errors when backing up to a third party NAS?

My backups seem to go well backing up to my NAS however randomly after a few weeks I get the following error. Several users get this error intermittently however I have yet to find a solution. Any ...
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Does erasing Macintosh HD then restoring from Time Machine result in the HDD being reformatted?

I recently had a problem with the Macintosh HD that could not be repaired using the disk utility so I erased the disk (using disk utility) then restored from time machine (most recent backup) Does ...
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permissions problem in copying from external drive in Yosemite

Following a failure of Migration Assistant (sigh), I am trying to manually copy my daughter's files from an external Firewire drive to a newly upgraded iMac running Yosemite. I recently put an SSD in ...
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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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Attempting to revert to Mac OS X Mavericks, now can't get out of OS X Utilities!

Here is my situation: I have an MBP Retina 2013 with an SSD drive which I ran with Mavericks with no problems for about almost a year now. I recently upgraded to Yosemite which seemed to work well ...
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Can't delete old TimeMachine backup

In terminal, trying to do the following: $ sudo tmutil delete /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458/ Deleting: /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458 I get ...
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Time Machine Could not complete the backup

I am getting this error: The backup disk image "Volumes/Data-1/studio@iphotographic.sparsebundle" could not be accessed (error (null)).<
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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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Reset different computer's Time Machine backups to certain time

I have two Macs on Yosemite, and one got a malware/adware bug that will not go away. I am going to do a fresh install, and would like to use Time Machine to restore to the point before the malware was ...
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What folders does the “all my files” finder view pull from?

A relative of mine managed to delete all of the files under "All my files." I am restoring from a recent time machine backup, but am trying to figure out which folders need to be restored. So far I ...
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Cannot mount encrypted Time Machine

I've an encrypted Time Machine with the password saved on the keychain. Now, trying to plug in, it ask me the password and it's always wrong. I've checked hundreds of times and it also allowed me to ...