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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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Use external hard drive with TimeMachine backups on reformatted computer

I’ve backed up my computer using Time Machine on an external hard drive. I then reformatted the hard drive and then installed the OS. I would like to continue to use the same external hard drive to ...
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TimeMachine backup broken after upgrading

After recently upgrading my Mac, TimeMachine started suggesting that it had verified the integrity of the backup and that I needed to start a new backup. I have my backup on a NAS mounted as afs on my ...
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all file names are strange or “corrupted” in time machine backup

My father bought a new computer and is trying to restore from a time machine backup of the old computer on an external drive. I am helping him using a remote screen view by skype. On the external TM ...
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Photos MacOS: After restoring whole library “Show in moments” are disabled on photos in Shared albums

I messed up my Photos library (the mumble.photoslibrary folder) and restored it from my Time Machine backup. Photos rebuilt the database when opened the first time, and everything seem to work ...
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This disk does not have enough space to restore your system

Backstory: I upgraded from a 1TB SSD to a 2TB hybrid drive, by restoring the system from a Time Machine backup — no hassles there. A few months later, disappointed by the new drive, I want to swap ...
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Restore Time Machine backup to a new MacBook Pro

I own currently a 2012 13'' MacBook Pro with 2 SSD (one of 2 TB and one of 256 GB). I'm thinking to by a new 13'' MacBook pro with one SSD of 2 TB. Knowing the fact that I've an external Time ...
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How can I delete files on a full Time Machine volume?

while doing a backup – huge because of a lot of new RAW image files – to my external backup-volume (4TB WD MyBook that never showed any problems, age ca. 2 1/2 years) TimeMachine stopped with the ...
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Time Machine repeatedly failing to complete backup

I've always used TimeMachine. But recently it started failing about 60% through the backup, I've done a fsck, drive is fine, I've also tried to use a different drive, I've erased the drive and added ...
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Is it possible to restore a macbook pro to an earlier date without an external hard drive backup?

I've read that "Time Machine" is the appropriate tool for restoring a Mac to an earlier state. Time Machine requires the use of some external storage device. If I remember correctly from Windows, ...
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Time Machine failing (.inProgress)

My Time Machine recently stopped working. When it tries to create a backup, it quickly fails with the error: "Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup folder." The ...
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User-specific Time Machine config

Is it possible to configure Time Machine per user? Use a different server, exclusions, etc? Currently, the config is shared.
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connect and disconnect from VPN before and after time machine backup

I want to have an 'all time available' time machine backup. So I've created a VPN (Lt2p) connection. Now the question is split in two: 1. How to listen to time machine's next backup schedule and ...
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Is it OK for Time Machine to take a long time to decrypt a freshly formatted encrypted disk?

I'm new to Time Machine. I just this week got an external hard disk and am starting to use it. My Time Machine backups were spending a significant amount of time in the encryption phase. Upon reading ...
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“APFS Container Resize error code is 49153” when adding MS-DOS (FAT) partition

I am trying to create a 20GB MS-DOS(FAT) partition on my Macintosh HD drive. Upon defining the partition in Disk Utility and running the process, it throws up this error... Running operation 1 of 2: ...
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Trying to downgrade to High Sierra but Time Machine restore upgrades back to Mojave

I've been having major issues with Mojave - slow-downs, connectivity issues, crashing - you name it. I tried to downgrade back to High Sierra. High Sierra gets installed fresh, but my Time Machine ...
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How in the world do I get all of my Time Machine backups permissions to stop “Fetching” perpetually?

I think i have a corrupt time machine backup or something and I don’t know what to do. My permissions are all screwy and I am not allowed access to folders I should have access to. Things don’t copy ...
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Why won't my USB drive power down on eject?

I've just upgraded from High Sierra to Mojave. I have a Lacie Porsche USB-C drive that I use for Time Machine backups. In High Sierra when I ejected the drive, it would power off and I could safely ...
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Freeing up space on external hard drive after deleting time machine backups?

I had a external hard drive in use for Time machine, but now use a different one, so wanted to free up the space. I removed the HD from the Time machine backup drives, then deleted the Backups....
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Free Space Differs Between DiskUtility, Finder, TimeMachine, and Storage Tab

The actual question: Time machine calculates the size of my backup as 925GB, while diskUtility shows only 858GB is used, while OmniDiskSweeper and GrandPerspective apps show that I am only using ~...
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Restoring the RAW external backup drive Time Machine backups

My external hard drive suddenly started to be recognised as one RAW partition. This drive had all of my Time Machine backups. With EaseUS Data Recovery software I was able to recover Backups.backupdb ...
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How far is my Time Machine “preparing backup” step?

I want to do a Time Machine backup and it's not the first time I do it in this external hard drive, so Time Machine is doing the "preparing backup" step since a few minutes. As it's been quite long I ...
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How to Delete a Time Machine .inProgress file using Terminal

Last week my late 2012 Mac mini running Mac OS High Sierra locked up so badly that I had to power it off to shut it down. Since that time I have installed Mac OS Mojave. I now have a file named 2018-...
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FileVault and TimeMachine restoration - Unable to turn on FileVault again

I have restored a MBP timemachine backup to a new MBP. On my older machine I have enabled FileVault. The restoration was long. It took about almost 12 hours to transfer 500Gb of data. In the new ...
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Network Hard Drive not showing up in Time Machine Menu

I have followed this tutorial and set up a time machine with my raspberry pi. Everything was working fine until some day I arrived home and my daily backup failed because the time machine could not ...
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Backing up my Mac

I have a mac book pro. the hard drive has been partitioned so that i can run both mac and pc applications. can i use time machine to back up my entire computer - including the pc side?
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Time Machine couldn't complete the backup

This is the 2nd time I got this error message: On my Mac Pro, I use two HDs for Time Machine backup. Time Machine would use them alternatively. The other HD works fine. With this HD, I used Disk ...
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How to make SSD Drive bootable from a disk utilies restore [duplicate]

My mid-2009 mac book pro hard drive is dying so I bought an SSD to replace it. I tried plugging in the ssd drive to the mac via a usb to sata connection and using SuperDuper to copy the contents (saw ...
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Can I put my Photos library on an external hard drive also used for Time Machine?

So, I am new to Macs, and I have a MacBook Air. I've got lots of phots to import into the Photos program, so I decided to stick them all on an external hard drive. I have also used that hard drive ...
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Downgrade from Safari 12 to Safari 11 [duplicate]

How can I downgrade from Safari 12 back to Safari 11? I’m a blind Mac user, using Voiceover. Safari 12 has various accessibility bugs and thus I need to go back to the latest version of Safari 11. ...
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Can I eject and remount an external drive Time Machine is backing up?

If I include an external drive in my time machine backup, can I be sure it will always be backed up any time it's mounted? What if I dismount it and then later remount it? Will Time Machine gracefully ...
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Where to configure Time Machine quota when backing up to Mac Server

We use a Mac Server in another subnet as a Time Machine target for some of our MacBooks (macOs 10.13). Despite the manual configuration caused by the server being on a different subnet, this setup ...
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Disk Utility First Aid Fails on Time Machine Disk

I've been backing up my Mac with Time Machine on an external hard drive for several years. I recently plugged the external drive into my Mac, it spent a long time running fsck_hfs and finally showed ...
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Time machine over samba, “The identity of the backup disk has changed”

Samba recently added the ability to host time-machine backups over a local network with version 4.8. I set up an old Seagate goflex with Arch linux and followed this guide to get samba running. It's ...
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Loopback traffic from Time Machine process

When i switch on Time Machine the mtmfs process generates a lot of traffic on lo0 from localhost to localhost. What is this traffic and does it affect the performance of my Mac?
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TimeMachine/AFP extremely slow when accessing NAS over wifi

we operate an 80TB QNAP NAS, both for storing bulk data as well as TimeMachine backups of our laptops. The NAS itself can sustain over 300 MByte/sec of write speeds when accessed from multiple ...
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Deleted time machine backups from external HD, but did not free space

Time machine backups filled my 4TB external HD. To free space, I deleted a handful of the particular backups from: /Volumes/Winston's 4TB/Backups.backupdb/ Those files ended up in the trash bin ...
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Searching for lost .pem file in time machine back up

I recently had to wipe my apple mac, and I have been using time machine to back up my mac. I would like to retrieve a specific file (a .pem file) which I use to log in to my Uni server. I have tried ...
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Why is Time Machine backing up 200GB, when I've only asked it to back up 7GB?

I've excluded most of my hard drive from Time Machine, so that it should only be backing up around 7GB from my home directory: But as it's running, Time Machine says it's backing up almost 200GB. Why ...
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Issues with WIFI Authentification pages

I realized yesterday that I could not see authentification pages of some WIFI. I'm running High Sierra 10.13. Apparently to solve this issue I have to go to Keychain Access > Preferences > ...
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Mac Mini screwy, disabled Time Machine, worked great… bad external HD?

My 2012 Mac Mini 2.5 GHz running El Capitan has been screwy and sluggish recently. Randomly, CPU percent jumps above 100% for the Mail app and there are random hangs of apps like Safari. Did some ...
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How to I make a one-time copy of the latest time machine archive?

I've found Is there a faster way to copy time machine files from one disk to another? but that covers different issues. This one looked interesting, but that is copying the whole drive to another "...
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Restoring from Time machine 2009 iMac, 254 SSD, 1tera hd, running 10.13.6

Hd (Macintosh 2) crashed had all the apps, system, music, photos, etcetera on it. tech shop installed a 254gigs ssd in place of cd reader, installed high Sierra from Icloud and installed a new HD 1 ...
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Resuming a TimeMachine backup that was copied to a NEW drive on a NEW MacBook Pro

I had to copy a Time Machine backup file from a failing drive onto a new drive. Simultaneously the iMac to which this backup was associated also died. I want to have the new MacBook Pro resume backing ...
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Time Machine using incorrect machine directory, how to reset

Used migration assistant from time machine to xfer to new MacBook P. On new MBP, Time Machine sees all of the old back ups from old MacBook. When TM tries to do a backup from new MBP, it tries to ...
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External USB drives are permanently active, even when ejected

I'm using several external drives on my 2017 iMac 5K. Among them are two hard disks, one 2.5" with 4 TB and a 3.5" with 8 TB. On the latter I'm running Time Machine. Both hard drives seem to be ...
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Time machine tells me UID or GID have changed but they don't seem so!

Using tmutil compare to show the changes between the latest snapshot and the current state of the disk, I am told that most of, if not all, my files had their UID or GID changed. Here is one line from ...
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Create symlinks in time machine backup?

I have a time machine backup /Volumes/MyTimeMachine/Backups.backupdb/MyMachine. Exactly as Apple creates a Latest symlink pointing toward the latest snapshot, I would like to create symlinks toward ...
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Make Time Machine use two drives from Terminal

My desire is to have two identical Time Machine backups on two different locally attached drives. My first thought was a clone via Carbon Copy Cloner, but it won't do it, because Apple won't let third ...
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Recommended way to move data when changing hard drive in a Mac

I'm considering upgrading the SSD in my mid 2014 MacBook Pro. I'm wondering: If I backup my hard drive with Time Machine, will I be able to use Time Machine to paste my current content (whole or ...
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How to restore entire system with time machine on a new mac?

OS: High Sierra My first Macbook was defective and I want to recover the entire system from my time machine backup onto the replacement. However, if I follow the installation assistant and recover ...