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Questions tagged [time-machine]

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

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Is it possible to set different options for time machine depending on the destination drive?

I have a local spinning drive where i'd like to keep a 1:1 copy of my macbook hdd but i also have a networked time machine with less space where i'd like to skip archiving some "less important" files ...
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Identify hard drive in Time Capsule

I have Time Capsule of the 1st generation (the flat one) wherein I changed the hard drive for one with 3TB capacity. This was 2 years ago. Now, the time having passed, I don't have any information ...
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Merge two time machine backups into one folder

I have two time machine disks from two macs, first disk has Backups.backupdb/mac1 and the second Backups.backupdb/mac2. How can I merge these backups into one? Or in other words, copy Backups.backupdb/...
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Reclaiming occupied space

A MBPro with a 250GB running the latest Mojave suddenly went from 100GB+ of free space to 5GB and is warning us about running out. Looking at About>Storage>Manage, it seems most of the occupied space ...
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Repairing TimeMachine sparsebundle

I have a Time Machine sparsebundle from an old Mac that I'd like to get access to, but am having trouble repairing it to a point where I can mount the image. It was created to back up a machine ...
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How to restore time machine from an earlier backup than the “latest”?

I clean installed High Sierra. Afterwords, everything worked great. Following that, i used migration assistant to restore my backup of mac os high sierra. After the restore was complete, my mac os ...
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How to fix corrupt or missing os system fonts in high sierra

I did a clean install of my mac from a usb key. Following that, everything worked perfectly in high sierra. Then, i used migration assistant to restore from my latest time machine backup. Following ...
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How to restore time machine from a backup earlier than the latest one [duplicate]

Imigration assistant forced me to restore my latest time machine backup which corrupted my clean installed high sierra with all fonts becomming question marks with boxes around them. My hope is that ...
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Creating mountable snapshot view in macOS

I'm used to backup my user's home using rsync. However, I now have data (eg, running database) that shouldn't be backed up while being changed, and I'd like to keep the applications changing them ...
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TimeMachine's `tmutil compare` shows lots of files as changed even though there's been no updates

For example, if I run tmutil compare I see lots of entry like: + 42B /Applications/Books.app/Contents/Frameworks/BKLibrary.framework/Versions/A/Resources/vi.lproj/InfoPlist....
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Do Time Capsules still work with macOS 10.14 (Mojave)

Do Apple Time Capsules still work with macOS 10.14 (Mojave). More specific: Can I use them for wireless Time Machine backups without jumping through hoops I would not have to with Mac OS X 10.6 (the ...
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OS X 10.12.16: “URLs with the type 'afp:' are not supported”

I am mounting an AFP volume hosted on a FreeBSD server using netatalk. I am able to successfully mount the volume using mount_afp. However, I am mounting it for the purposes of Time Machine, and it ...
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recover files from newer time machine backup after restore to older state

I have recently restored my machine's state (December) to an older state (November), but forgot to save a couple files from December. When I go into Time machine the December state is not available, ...
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Back up personal files when TimeMachine is set to backup other files

I run my own samba server on my home desktop. I use MAC for work and personal business. TimeMachine is set up to back up my work folders (on the other, office samba server). I want to back up my ...
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Can I use my Apple TC's, Airport Extremes, and Expresses with Xfinity Gigabit Router?

Is it possible to use my 2 Apple Time Capsules, (1) Airport Extreme, and (2) Airport Express in bridge mode to expand the Network of an Xfinity Gigabit Router, while still using the Airport Expresses ...
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Sort output of tmutil compare by file size

tmutil compare gives differences between two backups. But I wonder how do I sort the output by file size? With GNU sort, there is the --human-numeric-sort option for this, but the sort which is part ...
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Mac OS Sierra - Can't merge former time machine partition on external hard drive

I have an external hard drive with two partitions. One partition was used to save files and the other was dedicated to Time Machine. Now I have a new hard drive which I use exclusively for Time ...
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Time Capsule - what happens when full, if there is more than one system backup?

I have a Time Capsule that was used for backing up several offline macs, when the local drive sizes were relatively small. (Lets say theres two old backups called "iMac" and "iBook". Currently it ...
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Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information "Migration unexpectedly quit. Please try again later.”

Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information "Migration unexpectedly quit. Please try again later.” Source of backup: iMac 24" mid-2007 macOS El Capitan 10.11.6 Backup drive: ...
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remove xattr (extended attributes) in Backup (rsync and TimeMachine) for Downloads folder

I saw in Guide to securing and improving privacy on macOS some info about metadata and artifacts. I removed successfully all xattr (extended attributes) on Downloads folder: xattr -rc /Users/McGough/...
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macOS High Sierra System Consuming 95.1/121.12 GB Storage

My MacBook Pro(Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013) occupies most of my space. I'd done some research and tried some recommended ways but the problem remains. I tried the "tmutil listlocalsnapshots/" command ...
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Can't empty trash after deleting Time Machine backups [duplicate]

I have a 4 GB drive with Time Machine backups on it that I've not used in a couple of years. It's nearly full. I wanted to start using it again, but first I wanted to remove ~2/3 of the backups, to ...
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Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information “Some files… could not be transferred”

Migration Assistant errors occur while transferring information "Some files... could not be transferred" Source system: Macbook Air 13" mid-2011 macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 Backup drive: QNAP NAS ...
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How can I restore files when my account isn't granted access?

I had a heavily corrupted MySQL database, so I tried to restore the files from a recent backup (a local time machine snapshot), but that failed with the error: The operation can’t be completed ...
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MacOS automatic external drive encryption/decryption

Question MacOS does offer automatic disc encryption for at least 2 "types" of hard drives in the system: Internal APFS Hard Drive with FileVault External Time Machine Hard Drive (If set up in Time ...
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Mac 10.14.2 Snapshot warning: inode_val, object has invalid bsd flags

During routine maintenance (running DiskUtil), I received the error message below: warning: inode_val: object (oid 0x3024a71c3): invalid bsd_flags (0x10) I did not notice any issues with performance ...
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Force Time Machine to Compare Against Incomplete Backup

For the past few days I've been running an initial backup of my system (3.5tb total) to a new NAS volume. This has been going fine, running overnight as it's not the fastest NAS, and while it got ...
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Truncated transfer of Time Machine backup contents to new flash drive

I'm trying to transfer a 60GB folder from a Time Machine backup of a dead MBP to my 128GB USB-C flash drive (ExFAT). Unfortunately, whenever the transfer is almost complete, an alert informs me that ...
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Is there a way to automatically mount a volume from another Mac on start?

I'm using my Mac Mini as a TimeMachine host. I have a couple of external drives plugged in via USB. TimeMachine doesn't work unless I use Finder to manually Browse the network and mount the volume ...
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Can a backup drive be removed from Time Machine and be re-added after?

I've been attempting to set up Bootcamp on my MacBook Pro (mid 2012), but had run into the "The startup disk does not have enough space to be partitioned" error, despite my harddrive having more than ...
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Delete Files from TimeMachine

I had a HDD (512GB), and I was taking regular back ups in the time machine. Now, my laptop got too slow, and just shifted to SSD(256GB). Apparently, when I tried to boot from my TimeMachine back up, ...
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Time Machine is backing up itself?

I have a MacBook Pro 13 inch 2017, 2 USB-C ports, MacOS 10.13.6, with about 90 GB content, 120 GB total HD. It gets its first backup onto a pristine, just reformatted, 500 GB external drive, via USB. ...
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Crash/restore renamed SSD system disk and emptied

I had what I think was a "system crash" of my 500 GB SSD that was my system disk. I now think it was because a keyboard malfunction was preventing proper boot operations. I have a 2008 MacPro running ...
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Is it faster to resize a Time Machine partition, or completely wipe it and back up again from scratch?

I have a ~500GB Time Machine partition I'd like to shrink slightly. My internal source partition is around 400GB. Resizing the partition would be extremely slow, since Disk Utility has to check all ...
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How can I set Time machine interval to several minutes in Mojave?

I want to set Time machine interval to 15 minutes, instead of Apple default 1hr. What I want is: Time machine Interval of 15 minutes. Time machine backup should respect battery/power status, meaning ...
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Time Machine back-up to older macOS version

I set up a system today running High Sierra (10.13). I'd like to reformat it to run off a backup of my other Mac, which is currently running Mojave (10.14). For various reasons, I would rather not ...
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How to move a Time Machine sparsebundle on a networked machine

I have been trying to only use encrypted sparse bundles as my targets for Time Machine. The benefit of doing this is that these are easy to move around, as compared to the traditional Backups....
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Time Machine to Sparsebundle image on Windows 2012 server

So I've got this MB Air (Mojave 14.1 -all updates applied-) at work and thought I would try backing it up using Time Machine to an old PC running Windows Server 2012 (All updates also applied) and I ...
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macOS Mojave local snapshots

I just upgraded my Mac to Mojave and can no longer see any backup volume mounted even though Time Machine is enabled, my disk has enough space, and therefore should be used to store local backups.. ...
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Time Machine media not bootable anymore

I have been using Time Machine since its inception. For years, Time Machine caused my backup disks to be bootable. Very convenient for recovery operations. Recently, I deployed two new Time Machine ...
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Backup crisis: Will Time Machine backup iCloud Drive files ? Will it backup Box?

I've ben religiously backing up my Macs using Time Machine, onto a NAS. Everything runs, I get no errors. However today I was looking for a file that I had accidentally deleted and couldn't find it. ...
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Why does my Time Machine external drive unmount overnight after upgrade to Mojave?

I use a LaCie Quadra RAID drive as my Time Machine drive. It's directly connected to the USB socket on my iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014, macOS 10.14.1). It's been fine for years. It may be a ...
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Apple Mail won't login after Migration Assistant transfer

I recently used Migration Assistant to bring data to a new Mac Mini from a Time Machine backup on my old Mac. After finishing, I am unable to connect to my mail account as it gives the error "unable ...
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How to encrypt external network drive timemachine backup

I am following this: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/turn-nas-windows-share-time-machine-backup/ Which basically says that you have to create a sparse disk image and put that on your external network ...
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How can I empty the trash with old backups in it?

Since my backup disk is full, I wanted to delete old backups to free space. Since I didn't figure out how to do it on TimeMachine itself properly, I selected all the folders with backups on the ...
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Get free space despite no local snapshots

Bootcamp only allows me to get 40Go of free space where I'm supposed to get 64Go according to "About this mac". When using diskutil , I have 58 Go. I then try to get rid of AFPS additional space and ...
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Reinstall Mac OS. Will time machine really work?

I installed a lot of OSS packages when I got my new MacBook. After many updates and 2 OS upgrades XCode command line tools has REALLY gored itself. IT thinks it is installed. But everything I try ...
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Delete certain file from TimeMachine using tmutil

I want to delete a certain file from TimeMachine. Using "Delete all backups of..." from the gear/context menu doesn't do anything. No warning/error message appears. What I've found is that messing ...
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How to quickly cut remove all but the most recent Time Machine OSX backups from a machine no longer in use?

I've seen all these useful questions and answers (a, b, c, d, e), but it seems like they come down to manually repeating tmutil delete <path> for EACH backup. I had my old machine for three ...
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Time Machine snapshots become dataless

Why are my Time Machine local snapshots appearing "healthy" in the Terminal window and then a few hours later, the same snapshots are suffixed with "dataless". Then, no more snapshots are added. I ...