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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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How to ensure Time-Machine can rollback to a specific-date backup? (not deleting it)

I just upgraded from El Captain to Mojave and I have a Time Machine backup of the instant before starting the upgrade. I need to be able to eventually restore the previous operative system, but I am ...
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Missing Enable/Disable Owners on Volume

I have been looking at reformatting my Time Machine backup disk as it has been quite a while and it is throwing occasional errors and needs fixing with Disk Utility. However one thing that I found in ...
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Permission of ~/.Trash is always gone after Time machine backup

Every day, permission of ~/.Trash is always gone(Pic1). And .Trash become zero bytes file. That mean, I can't move files to Trash, and Finder will delete files immediately. Every time ~/.Trash go ...
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Is it safe to create a tarball of a Time Machine backup?

Is it possible for me to create a .tar.gz, .tar.xz, etc file of a .backupdb? Are there any precautions I need to take to ensure that all permissions, hardlinks, etc are preserved? Will tar destroy the ...
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Time Machine wants 4.50 PB to backup 266.14GB

I'm currently unable to backup via Time Machine, as backups fail with the following error message: "Time Machine couldn't complete the backup to "Time Machine"". "The backup disk needs 4.50 PB for ...
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Can Time Machine files be restored across different OSs?

I am backing up my MacBook Air that runs OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 to an external Hard Drive using Time Machine. I have another older MacBook that runs Mac OS X 10.6.8. If I wipe the hard drive of the ...
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Multiple Time Machine backups, both encrypted and unencrypted

I have an unencrypted Time Machine backup with a long history. I'm planning to add a brand new disk to the Time Machine, and use both to do backups simultaneously. The new disk will be stored in an ...
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Why does TimeMachine generate large backups and is there a way to optimize them?

I have 2 Macs: MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015), 128 GB MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2009), 512 GB Both of them make backups to the same Time Machine (set up on a local NAS). My issue is that ...
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Why does backupd cause excessive swap memory usage when doing hourly Time Machine backup?

My MBP has only 8GB RAM, and whenever it does an hourly Time Machine backup it starts to crawl. This causes the backup to take a very long time for not much data. At this point, Swap Memory usage is ...
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Time Machine Backups

I am doing a clean install of Mojave on my MacBook - it has simply not been possible to upgrade from High Sierra to Mojave automatically. I understand that it will overwrite all of the HDD contents I ...
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Time Machine backup silently fails. Log says “Backup canceled.”

Since a few days, most attempts of Time Machine on backing up my Mac are silently cancelled. Here's the situation: Automatic Time Machine backups are turned on. The preparation of backups is started ...
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Will Time Machine recognize my account if I change the user name?

macos allows you to change your user account name (the name of the home folder) (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201548). My question is, will this affect the Time Machine backups of this account? I ...
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How do I use the Time Machine command line interface to backup to an internal ip server?

I have a Time Machine server which uses a manually defined internal ip (not dhcp assigned.) It is using 169.254.x.x this case. How do I use the Time Machine command line interface to configure ...
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How to access Keychain from Time Machine back up of dead mac?

I have an older (2011) Macbook Pro that just failed. I have a Time Machine back up of everything and I have a new Macbook Pro that I use for work. How can I access the files on the Time Machine using ...
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How to use Time Machine to backup system from ssd

I added an SSD to my Mac mini and installed macOS Mojave on it. (it is already installed on the HDD) I notice that Time Machine is still backing up from the HDD. How can I change the source drive for ...
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How to remove files from a sparsebundle file (previous Time Machine image)?

I have a sparsebundle file that I pulled off of an old Time Machine backup disk. I'd like to save the file if possible, but remove the media files from it (movies, music, etc.) because those are ...
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Time Machine backup problem

I have been using Time Machine for ever but since Mojave I can't use it. It takes long to calculate duration. When it finishes it says it needs 20 hours to back 214 GB! But the worst thing is that ...
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How to use HFS+ encrypted partition as Time Machine backup drive

I formatted one partition on my external drive as MacOS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). Now when I open Time Machine and want to use that partition I see a checkbox Encrypt backups. Because I don'...
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Can I restore Flickr mac internet account from TimeMachine backup?

Can I restore Flickr account on mac (Sierra) from TimeMachine backup? Hello. I have been having problems uploading to Flickr from the photos app. I have a 2011 macbook pro, which I have upgraded and ...
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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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Mojave has apps in a zombie state, neither launched nor quit

I'm experiencing an unusual problem that is affecting many of the apps I use on a regular basis, including (but not limited to): Adobe Illustrator CC 2019, Sublime Text 3, FileZilla, and even Apple's ...
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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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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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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 ...