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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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Where is system.log in TimeMachine backup

I would like to get older versions of /private/var/log/system.log files from TimeMachine. Is this possible? How? I see current system.log files. I went to folder /private/var/log then invoked ...
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Time Machine Sparse Bundle failed to verify after catalog rebuild

After reading about the fsck_hfs man page, I feel like the need to rebuild catalogs. However, when I do a repair before the rebuild, it succeeded, but then printed a lot of errors during the build, ...
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Time Machine and File Storage on 1 External Drive Security

If I partition an external drive to use one partition for file storage and another for time machine, will the partition for time machine be as safe from malware as if it were on a separate drive? As ...
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Storing Photos library on Time Machine external hard drive with partitioning [duplicate]

I have a Photos library on my Mac, which I want to move to an external hard drive in order to save space on my computer's internal hard drive. I want to move the library to the same drive I use for ...
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Time Machine: Backups.backupdb uses way too much space when copied to another volume

I'm in the process of copying my TM backups to another volume. I followed these instructions: formatted the new volume, set the permissions, disabled automatic TM backup and dragged Backups.backupdb ...
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What if I stopped time machine first backup?

yesterday I was doing the first big backup with Time Machine. About 600Gb. I know Time Machine does it first, the it will backup only changes to the original. Ok. I stopped the backup by quitting my ...
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Will backing up files also include files that are marked for deletion?

If i use Time Machine to back up my data to an additional disk, will the backup also contain files marked for deletion that have not been overwritten yet? To clarify, I do not mean files in the ...
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Will rsync copy extended attributes, ACLs, etc. reliably enough for Time Machine?

I am copying a TM backup to a new drive over USB by drag&drop per Apple’s recommendation. But since it is more than two terabytes, I am concerned about the risk of interruption. If I try to ...
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How does Time Machine handle changes to files at occur during a backup?

For context, I'm running macOS Mojave. If macOS is doing a backup while I'm working, and I change a file after it has been backed up, does macOS ignore the change until the next backup, or redo it ...
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How to restore external hard drive from Time Machine backup the right way?

My Time Machine backup (6 TB USB-HDD) contains the data from my Mac's internal hard drive (2 TB) and from an external hard drive (USB 4 TB, Mac OS Extended, FileVault Encrypted) that I always keep ...
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Can a RAID be a Time Machine backup?

If I configure a large external drive as a RAID, can TimeMachine use it for backups? I see it can use a Drobo, but can it use even a "home-brewed" RAID?
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How to fix Time Machine claiming not being encrypted anymore?

My MacBook (10.13.6) is backing up via Time Machine to two separate NAS (Synology). This has worked fine for almost a year now, having Time Machine selecting one destination after the other. Since ...
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How to restore system from SynologyRouter Time Machine?

I want to restore my system from a Time Machine backup which is on a SynologyRouter Time Machine network drive. When I restart in recovery (Cmd-Opt-R) and try to restore from Time Machine backup, no ...
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Is it possible to exclude different volumes from Time Machine between two macOS systems that run on the same machine?

I'm currently switching between two different macOS installations on a single MacBook Air. One is 10.14 installed to my MacBook's internal drive and is my main system, and the other is 10.15 beta ...
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External Hard Drive freezes macOS and applications

I have an external USB 3 hard drive that I have mounted on my iMac at all times. It serves several functions: Time machine backups for the local iMac Acts as a shared Time Machine destination (my ...
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Partion Samsung T5 on MAc

I have a 1G Samsung T5 that I would like to partition into 2 partitions so I can use one of them for Time Machine backup. However the Partition button in Disk Utilities is always grayed out for the T5 ...
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How to use `tmutil compare snapshot_path`?

man tmutil shows compare [-@acdefglmnstuEUX] [-D depth] [-I name] [snapshot_path | path1 path2] If a snapshot path is provided as the sole argument, tmutil will compare the computer to the ...
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Where is my Recovery Partition?

After moving my computer, a Mac Pro 2013 running Sierra 10.12.6, (from one building to another, with a week or so spent in a garage), I found that it would not boot. The system drive was the internal ...
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Accidentally deleted everything from a directory on my Macbook using terminal

I accidentally did a rm -rf * on a wrong directory on my macbook terminal. It appears that the rm command operates just like on a Linux system, where it's irreversible. But I did back up my Mac to ...
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Prevent Time Machine From Resizing Disk Image?

I've been trying to get Time Machine to stop filling up my NAS with backups, but so far it seems determined to do-so no matter what. Since Time Machine fails spectacularly with Linux disk quotas, ...
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Restoring from Time Machine to different type of Mac

I have been using a Time Machine for back ups for about 2 years now. Recently, I got a new iMac 27in and ‘restored’ it from my MacBook Air backup (most updated OS). I chose all the options as seen ...
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Restore previous-released OS version(mojave) from catalina public beta

I followed this article. Now I'm on 10.15 Beta (19A512f), which I think it is beta 4, I'm trying to restore a timemachine backup of mojave(10.14.5). My question is do I have to erase my entire disk ...
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How can I see the sparse bundle on a Time Capsule?

When I run in the Terminal sudo ls -l /Volumes/mydisk I get two kinds of listings. If mydisk is a Time Capsule disk, I get thousands of entries of the form: -rwxrwxrwx 1 root wheel 8836880 21 ...
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How do I confirm that each of two attached Time Capsules is indeed keeping a backup?

I am using the following layout for two Airport Time Capsules. The second augments (wirelessly) the network of the first. The objective is to have backup redundancy, while still not bothering with ...
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Migration Assistant estimated time remaining keeps climbing

I'm trying to move my files, applications, and system preferences from a Early 2015 Macbook Pro to a 2019 MBP. Here are the steps I followed: Got an external hard drive and used it for Time Machine ...
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How can change broken file permissions of Time Machine backups?

My MacBook Pro needed repair so I backed it up using Time Machine and erased my data before bringing it to an Apple Store. Meanwhile, I purchased a temporary MacBook Air to keep working. I then used ...
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How old a Mac can be upgraded with OS X Server to provide full Time Machine Server to Mojave?

I have been a faithful customer of Time Capsules for the last 10 years as I have found them to be the perfect accessory to a laptop, but now Apple has discontinued the product and essentially refers ...
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Time Machine alternatives to clone one mac book to another

Due to nature of how Time Machine works, backing up or restoring large backups is incredibly slow, even with a USB disk instead of a network attached backup unit. As a result, I am looking for a ...
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Disable Time Machine Auto Cleaning

According to Apple, Time Machine removes all but one backup for every month, all but one backup for every week of the last month, and all but one backup for every day of the last week. I have plenty ...
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Time Machine parsebundle too large and can't do a backup

I've been using AirPort Time Capsule 802.11ac (7.9.1 firmware) for approximately 2 years but in the last month by 4th of July, it started to stop crating backups. The /private/var/db/com.apple.backupd....
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Is there any way to disable APFS local snapshots?

APFS local snapshots are generally a pain for me, especially on some of my systems with small internal drives. All of my systems have Time Machine backups and the hourly backups it performs are more ...
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I accidentally caused one of my encrypted drives to start converting into a decrypted drive. How can I stop it?

One of my external hard drives used for Time Machine backups has an encrypted HFS+ volume. While in the process of trying to re-associate the backup with my system, I accidentally told it to start ...
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Removing Spotlight index for a no-more-existent Time Machine drive

Suppose that an old full Time Machine drive is attached to a new macOS installation, and configured as the main backup storage (but no backup of the new position already begun). Spotlight started ...
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“Compress item” inside Time Machine backup

Trying to compress (by right-click + "Compress item") an item inside a Time Machine drive's /Volumes/drive_name/mac_name/Latest folder will put the resulting .zip file on /Users/user_name/Desktop on ...
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Macbook pro 2015 PCIE NVME HP EX920 M.2 Mojave Disk utility doesn't see drive

As the title says, if more specs are needed. As for right now no matter what I do, I can't get computer to read the nvme disk. What have I tried? 1: Moving around the drive in the socket 2: Trying ...
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Can't restore from Time Machine server

I have a Mac mini running 10.14.5 as a server. In System Preferences / Sharing I set up a shared folder on second internal drive HFS+ formatted drive for time machine backups. Backing up and entering ...
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Time Machine backing up way more space than hard drive contains

I have a new MacBook Air running 10.14.5 (Mojave, non-beta). The drive is 500GB and formatted APFS. The initial Time Machine backup has been running for about 24 hours and still isn't finished. But ...
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Difference in encrypting a sparse bundle for Time Machine before or after mounting the drive?

I created a sparse bundle to use as my Time Machine back up hdiutil create -size 800g -encryption -type SPARSEBUNDLE -fs "HFS+J" -volname TimeMachineEncrypted TimeMachineEncrypted.sparsebundle When ...
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Partition external SSD (Win10 already installed) for Mac

My situation: I successfully installed Windows 10 on a Samsung T5 external SSD (size of 1TB) which I can boot into using my MacBook Pro 13" (2017 model w/ 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports). Under Windows, the ...
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Find Notes in Time Machine

So, I haven't found a question asked for this particular issue. I am trying to find Notes from an old computer on Time Machine backups, but the typical location in Containers or Group Containers ...
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Why is my external HDD active when I'm not using it?

I have a partitioned external HDD (orange LaCie), with one partition for Time Machine. All partitions are Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). The HDD is GUID Partition Map. I'm not (consciously) ...
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How can I read a time machine backup on a Windows PC?

I want to recover some files from a time machine backup (an external harddisk) but the I have only access to a Windows 10 Pro PC right now. Is it possible to read from the time machine backup from a ...
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Lost space after removing bootcamp partition via bootcamp assistant [duplicate]

please help i lost 150gb space after deleting the partition via boot camp assistant and the disk utility won't recover it or partition it as one disk i tried to recover by timemachine but the disk ...
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Time Machine backup will not restore to my internal HDD drive

I had a major hard drive failure, so I have replaced the HDD on my MacBook mid 2012 13" model with another 1TB. I was running latest version of "Mojave" MacOS. I go to restore from the time machine (...
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How to completely reset or remove and restore Safari in Mojave

Safari is bugged in my macbook. It's a macbook air 2019 with mojave 10.14.5 The problem is I can't delete bookmarks nor save new ones on it because it ask to keep or remove firefox bookmarks, which ...
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Netatalk disk not shown in TimeMachine, manual connect via afp works

I set up netatalk on Ubuntu to backup via TimeMachine to one partition there over my network. I can connect to the partition through the Finder Go... menue. But I cannot see an option to create a new ...
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Use Time Machine disk as regular disk without deleting all the files

I have a disk that was a Time Machine backup for some photo files. I now want to use that disk as a regular disk. Can I do that without erasing the photo files?
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How do I restore deleted Messages from a Time Machine backup?

My father deleted all his text messages from his iCloud account yesterday. By the time I found out about it, it was too late to restore them from the iCloud backup. Is it possible to restore them from ...
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External HD (Time Machine) sleep issues

I have a 4TB WD external hard drive with three partitions on it, one being a Time Machine partition. When a Time Machine backup is running and the computer goes to sleep, it triggers a few different ...
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If Migration Assistant is interrupted, will it resume from where it left off?

I stopped my MA and started it again and the new estimated spaces to transfer are different (I took a picture before the first attempt). Just want to make sure that’s what’s happening, and not that ...