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

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Does the time machine backup include the backups of my iPhone?

I have taken a full backup of my iPhone on my MacBook (about 200GB), which has taken my MacBook storage to 90%! Then I have taken a backup of my MacBook using Time Machine on my external hard drive. ...
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Is it safe to cancel tmutil delete halfway through?

I wanted to delete my oldest backups to free up space on my backup drive. Due to some confusion, I "accidentally" deleted all backups. The image shows the current progress of the command: Is it ...
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Time Machine: copying backup to new disk never ends and goes beyond initial folder size

I am trying since several days to transfer a Time Machine backup to a new larger disk (target disk). I followed Apple Support instructions and formatted the target disk as "Journaled HFS+". But when ...
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What Are The Correct/Default Volume/Folder/File Permissions For A Time Machine Image?

Months ago, I created a disk image on a large external drive to house my Time Machine backups. Yesterday…something went sideways with the permissions of my entire installation. Included in this ...
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Back up MacBook without display

How can I back up my MacBook when it's display is broken and I don't know if the computer is currently on or off or whether it is booting up correctly? I've been keeping backups on an external HDD ...
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Time Machine “there isn't enough space” despite the backup disk being larger than mine [duplicate]

My MacBook Pro is the 250 GB model. I have a 320 GB external hard drive I am using as a time machine backup disk. Right now the 320 GB hard drive has 16.14 GB of free space remaining. The last two ...
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How to use a 2 TB external hard drive containing existing data as TimeMachine backup storage without losing data already on it?

I have an 2 TB external hard drive. It is formatted as NTFS format, supported by ntfs-3g which is installed using Homebrew. There is already about 500 GB data existing on it that I need to keep. I now ...
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Copy a Time Machine “backup” from the TimeCapsule to a HD

I'm reading this, but I'm concerned about one point. In the Check the format section, it says the drive has to be Journaled HFS+ and have a GPT map. My drive is AppleAPFSMedia and the map is Unknown. ...
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Copy Time Machine backup with rsync

Is it possible to copy a Time Machine backup using rsync to another HFS formatted disk. I am concerned that rsync would not be able to track the hard linked directories that Time Machine uses
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Stop the continuous pop-up “problem connecting to the server”

My WDMyCloud died and my Mac (Catalina) is continually looking to connect to it. I get the following message: I have tried the usual and there is nothing in the login items. I have run the console ...
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How do I mount a sparse bundle from an NAS

I am in a bit of tight spot. I backed up my MacBook Pro using Time Machine onto my QNAP NAS before receiving a new MacBook Pro from my employer. Both were running Mojave. I have admin rights, but they ...
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command-line downgrading catalina to mojave

After a plenty of issues I would like to know if somebody has a "recipe" to perform a manual downgrade to mojave 10.14. I installed catalina after waiting for 10.15.1 and at the beginning seemed to ...
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Is there a way to split multiple Time Machine subfolders from under one backups.backupdb?

On my external disk drive, my wife and I have been backing up our separate Macs to one backups.backupdb folder. Each Mac has its own folder named after it. Because we are running out of space on the ...
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Resume time machine backup after moving hard drive from external to network?

I have been backing up my MacBook (Mojave) to a USB connected hard drive for some time. I've just moved this hard drive to a Mac Mini (Catalina), so that I can backup remotely, but I don't want to ...
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Creating Automatic Period local backup of folder

So I want to create automatic backups of my home folder without connecting an external disk. This definitely seems like a feature that the mac should have. I understand that if you have Time Machine ...
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I just ran rm -rf /*, but nothing happened

You know that one command that every idiot knows not to type? Yeah. I was in a directory that I wanted to wipe, by typing rm -rf /*. For some unknown reason, I added /* to the end of the command. ...
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What is a good replacement for the 'df' command that is broken on macOS Mojave?

The 'df' has been my tool of choice to investigate how much free space I have on my disk. But with APFS, TimeMachine local snapshots and all that, it has become unreliable. I.e. after removing a lot ...
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Inheriting Time Machine Backup: Invalid Target

So I got myself a shiny new Mac Mini, finally got everything transferred over from my old machine, and want to resume backing up using my existing Time Machine disk and backup history (as I've ...
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Is there a way to see if a macbook had a time machine backup done?

I was wondering if there's any way to see if someone did a Time Machine backup on a macbook.
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Restore from Time Machine backup stalls on disk password request, won't accept true password

I have a machine whose drive became corrupt. I erased the drive and installed a basic system on it. I'm now trying to restore it to its previous state from the last Time Machine backup. I had been ...
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Can't start Time Machine backups on Catalina

Running OS X Catalina, I am unable to initiate backups of any sort from Time Machine. The target disk is an external drive with plenty of space (multiples of the space on the internal drive I'm trying ...
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Catalina: Time Machine claims there is not enough space for a backup

A family member has updated their MacBook Air from the latest version of Mojave to Catalina 10.15.1. The MBA has got a 250GB SSD drive, of which only 80GB are in use (170 available). They've been ...
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fsck_hfs: What does the number pair after 'Invalid sibling link' mean?

I have been through a lot of googeling on how to restore a broken TimeMachine backup sparsebundle. The thing is that the volume seems to be mostly intact. I can open it with hfs_explorer on windows, ...
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MacOS Catalina Time Machine restoration to Mojave failed; MacOS Recovery failed (-1008F)

I was in the process of restoring my Mac Mini 2018 running macOS Catalina 10.15.1 to an earlier Time Machine backup encapsulating the latest version of macOS Mojave via macOS Recovery, when the ...
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Time Machine Avoid Full Backup after Clean Install

I have an iMac 5K with Mojave 10.14.6. The iMac has an internal SSD and 3 external USB HD drives connected. All these drives are backupped by Time Machine. I need to perform a clean install of ...
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Time machine stuck on Stopping… on mac os mojave

On my macbook pro laptop running Mac OS Mojave, Time machine menu item is stuck at Stopping... Can I have TM restart doing backups again. I would rather not restart my laptop as I have so many ...
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How can I get back to my Mac side?

Probably not the right/good title, I admit. Accidentally quit bootcamp while it was deleting Windows partition to make new one or while it was making new one after deleting previous partition. ...
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Can I just backup my data in Time Machine before I update into an OS update?

When I attempted to update my MacOS to Catalina, I had a devastating 2 days worth of troubleshooting my Mac. It says it can't install the current update. I've reworked with Apple Support back and ...
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How to properly downgrade from Catalina to Mojave with no internal free space left?

Today I upgraded my Macbook Pro to Catalina, but after realising that I can't get files from my Samsung SSD and can't to few other features, I try to downgrade to Mojave again. The downgrade method I ...
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Cant delete Time Machine .inProgress file

After over a month of not running Time Machine, I tried to run it again, and it was stuck on "Preparing Backup" for ages (more than 10 hours). A Google search has led me to try trashing the ....
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My MBP won’t start up and I can’t recover it using Time Machine

This morning I wanted to restart my MacBook, and while it was loading, all of a sudden it got shut down. I think that it was downloading updates and couldn't install those because there was not enough ...
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tmutil and full disk access, run as root or give access?

I tried running tmutil and after waiting about 5 minutes it spit out this message $ tmutil listbackups tmutil: listbackups requires Full Disk Access privileges. To allow this operation, select Full ...
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Cannot change TimeMachine locking passphrase because of newline character

I accenditally used a passphrase that contains a newline character for one of my TM volumes. So my passphrase contains e.g. MYPASSPHRASE Although it should be (without the trailing newline) ...
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Where does Safari store the open tabs?

I'd like to know where does Safari store all the open tabs. My daughter did who-knows-what on my laptop and all tabs were closed (except hers of course...) and the "Reopen from last session" is greyed....
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Catalina time machine backup to mojave: some apps are grayed out now

I restored my catalina time machine backup to a new mojave install. Now, some apps are grayed out. I chowned them to my user using sudo. Also, chgrped them to wheel (my group). Still grayed out. I ...
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What is the best (fastest) way to connect my iMac Late 2012 to a Synology NAS?

I have an iMac Late 2012 with Thunderbolt 2 and USB3.0 ports and a Synology NAS DS916+ with USB 3.0 and eSATA ports. Currently both devices connected to a router by wire (1Gbps). I do backups of my ...
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Time Machine in El Capitan installer

In the El Capitan installer splash screen, it says, "To repair your disk using disk utility, restore your computer from a Time Machine backup, or perform other tasks using utilities, choose an option ...
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Turning on FileVault with a symlinked directory

Running Mojave (10.14.6). There's not enough room on my SSD for my Music, Pictures, and Movies. I have those on an external drive. I have not yet turned on FileVault. If I create symlinks for those ...
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Manually start Time Machine backup without menu bar icon

The only way I know how to manually start a Time Machine backup is by showing the Time Machine menu bar icon (by enabling that option in System Preferences), and then choosing "Start Backup" from the ...
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Time Machine issue: How do I restore email originally backed using Mohave to Catalina?

Last month, the hard drive on my 2013 iMac died. Luckily I have a full backup on Time Machine (backed up with Mohave 10.14.6 (18G103)). However, I have a problem now. I took my iMac to a certified ...
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upgrading MacOS to Catalina error “opt” file cannot be copied

Attempted upgrade from El Capitan to Catalina, upgrade stalled with error "opt" file cannot be copied. Tried restarting 3 times. Error repeated. Booted into Recovery mode using Command R. Tried to ...
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Can I use multiple partition external HDD connected to Apple Airport Extreme for Backups from both Mac and Windows PC

I have a 6TB external drive partitioned into two equal partitions. One is NTFS and the other is compatible with Time Machine backups. The drive is then connected to the Airport Extreme via USB. The ...
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How do I delete a backup on the time machine as well as an account

I have the following issue for which I cannot find the answers. Problem 1: I have on my time machine a backup from a computer that I do not own anymore. I cannot delete this. Not a big thing, just ...
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Connecting Raspberry to Apple Time Capsule

How to connect a raspberry to Apple Time Capsule? It should be easy but I faced several time consuming issues, I'm posting the solution as Q&A in the hope this can be useful to someone. So... ...
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How to only back up one partition of a Macbook hard drive?

I have a Macbook Air that has 2 partitions on the hard drive. One is for Yosemite (450GB) named "Macintosh HD" and the other already has Mojave (50GB) on it named "Macintosh HD 2". When upgrading the ...
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Error Log file when trying to load OS from Recovery back on OWC Electra SSD

Initially my computer was freezing every time it would go to sleep. I tried to reset the PRAM, but no fix. I booted from recovery and tried to install a previous version(s) of Time Machine backup, ...
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Can I completely reset my Mac while it is attached to Time Machine? (I don't want to restore from a backup, just keep the backup)

For various reasons, I want to completely reset my iMac and reinstall everything from the ground up (that's easier than cleaning up by now). I have Time Machine running and I wanted to ask if all my ...
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Time machine freezes while copying files with no error message (on Catalina 10.15)

I updated to Catalina 10.15 about a week ago, and I noticed the Time Machine backups do not seem to work properly. Yesterday I thought I'd try to make it work again, but the problems I face are so ...
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Apple Photos removed 10 people from my previous list after migration to Catalina

I just migrated to Cataline, and Photos started reanalysing my 60k+ photos again. At first, pics were still in the right People's album, except that it was an association without a Tag, ie the person ...
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Using Migration Assistant corrupted Time Capsule hard drive

Recently, I tried to migrate a Time Machine backup to a new Mac. The Migration Assistant completely messed up. I ended up with a scrambled hard drive and completely empty Time Capsule. Called Apple, ...