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What does Time Machine back up?

Does Time Machine backup system files, kernel files and other OS-related files? I have corrupted system drivers and files and I want to do a fresh install of OS X but I also want to back up my ...
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Does Time Machine restore whole system?

I've never used Time Machine before and I pretty much know how backups work but I'm wondering if my system will work out of the box once restored from Time Machine backup? I mean I have tons of stuff ...
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What folders can be safely excluded from Time Machine backup?

I want to know list of folders that can be safely excluded from Time Machine backups while ensuring that full restore can get me a same machine running immediately. The reason why I want to do this ...
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Where does Time Machine store its settings?

I'm looking for the file that contains all the Time Machine exclusions entered in its Options dialogue. I know that (some of?) the scheduling related settings are stored in the com.apple.backupd-*....
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Time Machine is skipping files and folders. How to fix?

Running OS X 10.10.2 on a Early 2009 Mac Pro. System installed on a 256 GB solid state drive. 10 GB of memory. I'm having a problem with Time Machine where it's not backing up some of my files and ...
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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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How can I find exactly what files are included in my last Time Machine backup?

I find that my Time Machine backup never passes an hour without backing up files, even if I haven't used the Mac. I've excluded .Trash and Downloads under my user folder. A typical hourly backup is ...
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Why does Time Machine's backup size not equal the size of my hard drive?

I'm using Time Machine to back up my data on my Mac to an external HD, so I can restore my data on a fresh OS installation, but Time Machine's resulting backup is only 43 GB. My laptop's HD is 113 GB ...
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How do I backup an external HDD using TimeMachine?

I have used Time Machine for years to backup my main HDD, but I would like to back up an external drive at the same time. Normally you would remove an external drive from the Exclude list in Time ...
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In Mountain Lion, where is the exclude list for Time Machine stored? [duplicate]

I want to know if the list of Time Machine excluded files (pictured below) can be found in a file somewhere. I know about the question On Lion, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine ...
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Backing up External Drive without Time Machine

I'm not too familiar with Time Machine. I cannot recall if Time Machine creates full version-controlled images, or just changes what's different since last time. I'm interested in the latter, I don'...
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Time machine for hd upgrade

Does time machine work well for hd upgrades? Looking to go to ssd but don't want to lose things like custom plist settings, init.d items, .profile items and all my brew installed items. Is times ...
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Time machine is not including new directories in its backup [closed]

My Time Machine is going for a year quite strong, but I recently noticed it is not including new directories in its backup. Basically new directories are being excluded by rule or error and I'd like ...
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Where do applications store local settings?

Where does OS X store local settings for applications such as license keys, Skype favorite contacts, etc. Yesterday I was troubleshooting an issue with an Apple rep and he had me delete a bunch of ...
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How does Time Machine works across upgrades?

I have created my Time Machine backup in El Capitan (and updated the backup few hours later). Then I decided to enroll in Sierra Beta. At the moment I'm writing this, TM is backing up my content to my ...

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