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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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Migration Assistant Freezes at About 90%

I am swapping the SSD on an early 2015 Macbook Pro 13". The drive installation seems to have gone well. I have used Samsung EVO 970 1TB if that matters. Prior to doing the swap, I had upgraded ...
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tmutil setdestination permission denied

I'm trying to force TimeMachine to point to an smb location. The smb share is on a Ubuntu server and I followed this guide (mostly - it's a little outdated) to setup the smb. However, I do not see my ...
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Time Machine Backup Drive Shows Empty Files

I have backed up my MacBook using Time Machine to an external hard drive. Now, when I try to open it on a Mac Mini, it doesn't detect my .backupdb files. I were able to see some of the .backupdb file ...
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Time machine backup stops when computer sleeps/logs out [closed]

The Time machine backup stops when I think my computer automatically goes to sleep as it does every few minutes. It goes back to the login screen. After I log back in the back up has stopped and the ...
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Restore Time Machine backup from Mac Mini to Mac Pro?

I need to restore a TM backup from my old Mac Mini to my new (new to me) Mac Pro 5.1 tower. Do I really have to remove the drive from the Mac Mini? It's a pain, so I'd prefer to keep the drive in the ...
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Can't restore Mac from Timemachine on external drive

I am doing time machine of my 2 macbooks on one external drive. That drive has 2TB capacity and I have split it to 500GB for my 13 mac and 1.5TB for my 16 mac. 16x - partition for my 16 inch macbook ...
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Unable to include external media drive in time machine backup

I have recently moved my apple photo library to an external hard drive to save space on my internal SSD, however i would obviously still like this external drive to backup with the rest of my computer....
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What does Converting (forward) mean in diskutil?

I had an APFS (Encrypted) disk which I chose for Time Machine backups on macOS Catalina. I was asked if it was OK to erase the disk (Time Machine on macOS Catalina dosen't support APFS). I answered ...
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Why doesn't my sparsebundle report free space, with plenty to spare?

I have a Time Machine created sparsebundle (HFS+) that reports the following limits when using hdiutil resize -limits: min cur max 403186088 403186088 34359738368 That's a current size ...
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Time Machine backups to Time Capsule use internet data. How to stop this?

thanks in advance for the help. Main issue: by using an internet data traffic monitoring app (TripMode), I finally found out what was using up my home internet data allowance (1TB/month).... Time ...
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How to Configure a Vanilla APFS Volume for Time Machine

I'd like a way using the CLI to set the ACEs and the accompanying files so that Time Machine will recognize a vanilla APFS volume as a Time Machine volume. I need the CLI that generates the conditions ...
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Find in time machine all versions of a file

I want to find in time machine a file on my mac that once existed. I know that this file has been created and deleted several times in the past but I don't remember when that happened. I need to be ...
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How to restore Microsoft To Do from TimeMachine?

Due to something crazy happening I lost all of my todos in Microsoft To Do. I have TimeMachine backups but am not having any luck getting a restore to work. I've found ~/Library/Containers/Microsoft ...
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Time machine cannot see a external drive

I just replaced my time machine drive with a larger unit. Now it cannot see the external thunderbolt drive I use for all my photo editing that I need to backup. On time machine options it is missing. ...
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How to continue Time Machine backups from a previous computer?

I had MBP 2015 in the past and used Time Machine on it. Last September, I switched to MBP 16'' 2019 and did a fresh installation / manual copy of most of my home directory files, maintaining the ...
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How to preview what Time Machine would back up?

I'd like to preview what Time Machine backup would back up if it did a full backup. The UI shows that the backup will be 300 GB but I'd like to understand better what folders contribute to it. ...
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What does it mean that an SMB-server explicitly supports Time Machine?

What does it mean that an SMB-server explicitly supports Time Machine? E.g., on my NAS I can enable SMB and then I can also enable support for Time Machine. OTOH, there are routers that supports ...
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Which format should I choose for a Time Machine backup volume?

I'm using Catalina on an formatted APFS SSD and am finding a correct way to backup the OS. In the plugged in external HDD, I create a backup volume with APFS format using Disk Utility. But when I ...
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Time Machine keeps validating backup, how to identify reason?

I have a Time Machine backup of my Macbook running the latest MacOS (11.2.3) on my Time Capsule (so not a local drive). Recently I've noticed that the "Validating backup"-step runs often, ...
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Macbook: Other Storage Growing at Insane Rates [duplicate]

I have an Early 2015 Macbook Pro Retina running Big Sur 11.2.3 that has been acting up lately. Essentially my "Other" storage is growing at insane rates. After rebooting, I have 145GB free ...
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Find all my backed up photos on Time Machine drives

I have several time machine backups. I want to get all the photos out of them and upload them to Google Photos. I believe the "Backup and Sync from Google" application will do this for me, ...
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How to change encrypted volume password on command line? [duplicate]

Disk util shows the encrypted disk I am using for time machine with the following info: But the Menu entry "file -> Change Password" is greyed out. Tried to turn to the command line, I ...
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Uploading Time Machine backups.backupdb to cloud service?

I'd like to store some of my time machine backups on AWS Glacier Deep Archive so I can have an off-site backup in addition to my external hard drive. However, I know that time machine uses hard links ...
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How To Change Time Machine Password - Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)

How may a Solid-state drive (SSD) Time Machine backup password be changed for a SSD formatted as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)"? Expected This is how a Time Machine backup password ...
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Include external drive in Time Machine backup: compatible formats?

I want to also back up my external drive to another Time Machine drive, but when I want to stop Time Machine from excluding it, I can't, since it's not clickable: I know the problem is, that it has ...
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How do I reset the snapshots of an APFS external drive?

In the past couple weeks, my time machine is complaining that it's not managed to complete a backup. It turns out it aren't able to create a snapshot in one of my external drives. Error message is ...
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Mail, Automation can't be configured after Time Machine restore after OS re-install

ENVIRONMENT: MacPro 4,1, 56GB RAM, running Mojave via DosDude's patch kit. SYNOPSIS: I unwisely installed the latest Mojave full update (Mojave Security Update 2021-002 10.14.6). Afterward, my second ...
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Have raw pbundle data on drive, need it to be recognize as time machine

So I made a home-brewed linux / raspberry pi time machine more or less like this. I ended up with time machine data stored on an ext4 partition shared via samba that was successfully recognized and ...
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macOS BigSur keep booting from external backup disk (made with CCC)

My Mac is on BigSur and I am using Carbon Copy Cloner to create a one on one disk which is bootable also. I have this setup running for years now and never noticed any problems – also on BigSur it ...
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MacOS kernel panics when unmounting Time Machine disk images over SSHFS mount

I made a simple Bash script to back up my Mac through Time Machine over network. It mounts a server through SSHFS using MacFUSE, mounts a HFS+ sparsebundle disk image inside that mount, and tells Time ...
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bootcamp partition issues

I'm using a MacBookPro11,3 with MacOS Big Sur 11.2.1 I get an error message while trying to partition with bootcamp. It suggested me to run first aid but no problems were found. ”Your disk could not ...
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two external drives suddenly disabled after connection with macbook pro (big sur)

I purchased two external drives of 5Tb from Western Digital. I formatted the drives using disk utility program (OS with journalling). I connected the first and started to make backups using time ...
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How to set up Time Machine to back up to a specific folder in my Synology NAS?

I'm trying to set up Time Machine to back up to my Synology NAS. I need it to back up to this folder: /Shared/BACKUPs/MacBookPro2010 So on my Mac I go to Finder -> Go -> Connect to server and ...
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How to exclude docker files from time machine backups

I don't need back up of my docker files. How do i exclude them from time machine backups I see people mentioning /Users/david/Library/Containers/com.docker.docker folder but that does not exists on my ...
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Why does macOS show “.local” domain name for TimeMachine server when my network is configured for “.lan”

I have a TrueNAS server running on my network that provides TimeMachine services. My network DHCP server is configured to provide .lan as the domain name. However, when I go to Time Machine ...
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My Time Machine is backing up in /private/var/folders/

My MacBook Pro (10.15.7) is backing up parts of the drive I didn't expect. I have been cleaning up and excluding directories, but this time I found something I thought was excluded by default: private/...
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'Operation not permitted' error seen with */private/var/db folders in BigSur

While backing up macOS BigSur machine, the Backup solution which I use throws 'Operation not permitted' error for following following folders. (/System/Volumes/Data/private/var/networkd/db/): (/...
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Is it possible to encrypt an HFS+ disk in MacOS 11.2.1?

I use USB-connected, mechanical disk drives as Time Machine backup media. I have a lot of data. I encrypt them. They are all formatted as HFS+ . In this post, I use the expression HFS+ to mean "...
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Where are the snapshots saved? [duplicate]

I know that you can manage snapshots with the CLI with the command "tmutil". Unfortunately I don't know where exactly these snapshots are stored in the operating system? Edit: Suppose I don'...
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Restoring old Reminders Notes - MacOS

I would like to access my old reminder notes from 2018, 2019. I have time machine and I know MacOS used to keep these files in a folder in the Disk rather than the cloud in old days. Your help would ...
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Unable to mount encrypted TimeMachine backupbundle using DiskImageMounter

I've been backing up two of my MacBooks to a network-accessible USB disk. The backups have been done using TimeMachine and are encrypted. One of the machines was recently damaged and unrecoverable, ...
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My airport extreme failed - can I access my timemachine backup that was attached to the airport?

I am still running an older macbook pro on El Capitan (10.11.6), with a timemachine backup running to an external harddrive connected to the USB port of the airport extreme. The airport has now failed,...
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Will my time machine back up go crazy if I changed my password for file vault?

I was thinking of changing my FileVault password to a stronger one - and that got me wondering if that will mess up my time machine. Can i ask what is the proper way to change the password of your ...
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How do you perform a proper time machine backup when you have existing data in the hard disk that you have saved

Sorry for the asinine question but I am pretty much paralysed with fear on how to do a proper backup without losing anymore data. My hard disk went blank and I managed to salvage the data with the ...
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How to delete a backup of /dev/fd?

For extra safety, I recently decided to make a second backup of my Macbook's HD. Initially I did so with rsync, because I was already using Time Machine for my first backup. But then I realized Time ...
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Where does macOS store information about Time Machine history?

If you look in System Preferences » Time Machine, it will show you the Oldest/Latest/Next Backup times/dates, as shown here: Does anyone know where that information is stored? Is there a .plist file ...
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Time Machine drive takes long time (~5 minutes) to mount on boot

My time machine backup drive (a Samsung T5, 1TB) is giving me trouble: I noticed that it takes a long time for the drive to show up on my desktop (5 minutes or so) after start or restart. The drive ...
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External drive for Time Machine cannot be mounted, formatted or repaired

I just upgraded my MacBook Air to 11.1. I used to run regular backups on a WD 1TB disk using Time Machine. But for a couple of days, the backup has not completed, issuing a "cannot find disk"...
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Can I back up one external hard drive to a smaller external hard drive via Time Machine?

So I've just had an external hard drive (5TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable) fail on me, the 3rd such time in 5 years. This is not unexpected behaviour in my experience: each of these hard drives has ...
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Moving time machine backup sparsebundle from Time Capsule to USB exFAT disk

I have a Time Machine backup on an Airport Time Capsule (name: computername.sparsebundle). Now I want to access that backup on a USB disk formatted as exFAT. Several online resources describe the ...

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