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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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Time Machine fails to back up to NAS with error "The backup disk image could not be created."

On Monterey 12.7.4, I have used Time Machine to back up to an external hard drive. However, I would like to set up an additional network backup location so I don't have to remember to plug in my ...
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Third-party backup SSD not appearing

I've been using a third-party (LaCie) SSD for Time Machine backups ever since the HD in my Time Capsule router stopped working. (The SSD is plugged into the Time Capsule which also is my router.) But ...
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How to restore specific files from time machine to a different folder

I want to restore the keychain library from my older Mac, which I don't have anymore. But I don't want to overwrite the existing keychain. The Time Machine interface only lets me restore files in ...
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How big was my latest Time Machine backup?

I can't find anything that tells me how big the latest Time Machine backup was. For most folders, you can choose "Get Info" and it tells you the size of the folder. But when I do that for ...
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Simple alternative to time machine that actually allows a full restore without internet connection and OS reinstallation

I just attempted to restore a time machine backup after the latest Sonoma upgrade severely degraded several applications. When I selected a version I wanted to restore to on the recovery screen (...
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Are TimeMachine backup files accessible outside of Mac OS?

If I plug an external hard drive containing time machine backups on it into a Windows or Linux computer, will I be able to enter the password to decrypt and access the files, or will I be unable to ...
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Issue with TimeMachine drive hosted on TrueNAS - cannot connect to backup drive

I set up Time Machine according to instructions I found online (but didn't bookmark) utilizing account name for child dataset (path suffix %U) which allows multiple machines to use the same Time ...
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How do I determine the exact date and time of an OS upgrade?

I installed an upgrade to OS 14.4.1 and it appears to have caused severe performance degradation. I would like to restore the system from a backup, but I don't know the exact time of the update. I ...
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Create a local snapshot of an external drive in macOS

I'd like to backup my external drives to my NAS using rsync and not Time Machine, because I occasionally want to actually use these files on the remote server. I'd like to create an APFS snapshot ...
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Can Time Machine backup to a folder on a Samba Share?

I have a Samba shared folder set up via an OpenWrt router. One sub-folder is currently used to perform an encrypted backup of a Linux machine with Déjà Dup. I created another sub-folder which I ...
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Does macOS Time Machine backup passwords stored in Keychain Access application?

I am wondering if macOS Time Machine backs up passwords stored in Keychain Access application.
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What software backs up Mobile Documents with "optimized storage" on? and where are the iCloud Photos stored if not there?

This is a bit of an update as well as a question. It seems in the past that the only way to backup the iCloud files in the ~/Library/Mobile Documents folder was to have one Mac where "optimized ...
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tmutil delete returns error 22 while deleting backups in external drive to free up space [duplicate]

$tmutil listbackups /Volumes/.timemachine/96F5062D-1718-4C7F-A137-D0C6EC70AF68/2023-12-26-145443.backup/2023-12-26-145443.backup /Volumes/.timemachine/96F5062D-1718-4C7F-A137-D0C6EC70AF68/2024-01-04-...
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How can I mount a TimeMachine Backup snapshot in the Terminal via mount_apfs?

I backup my Apple Silicon Mac (running macOS Sonoma) to an external, directly attached drive via Time Machine. All backup snapshots on that external drive I can list via $ ls -1 /Volumes/.timemachine/...
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My WD hard drive isn't working after upgrading my system from Big Sur to Sonoma

I just upgraded my Mac from Big Sur to Sonoma. I have a hard drive - WD My Passport (1 TB) - the hard drive LED light is lit but the drive is not showing on my Mac. I tried using a different laptop ...
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Why does Time Machine settings not see a network drive?

Current backup solution Macbook Pro 13" (2020) running macOS 14.4.1 Sonoma Seagate 1TB external USB 3 drive formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)/Master Boot Record I would ...
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I accidentally deleted Notes from iCloud

While attempting to clean an iPad to give away I accidentally deleted my Notes on iCloud. I have a backup of my current iPad (although slightly out of date). I have a current TimeMachine backup on my ...
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TimeMachine Share between MacMini & MacBook

I have an external SSD plugged into a mac mini, this drive is used solely for TimeMachine backups. I'd like to also use this drive for backing up my MacBook. I've done lots of testing & searching, ...
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Where are the TimeMachine Backup snapshots in Terminal on macOS Ventura?

I have set up a new Apple Silicon Mac and attached an external drive as Time Machine. The Time Machine drive I can see in Terminal as $ ls -1 /Volumes ... Persistently ... And in Finder I can in the ...
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What files do not get backed up when using Time Machine?

I am upgrading from a 2018 MBP to a new AirBook. The last time I did a factory reset, I didn't use Time Machine, and forgot to back up files like ~/.bach_profile, ~/.zshrc, and my conda environments. ...
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Time Machine failing with missingURLForRemounting error

My Time Machine backups keep failing. I've tried 3 separate drives. I'm on Ventura. I see this line multiple times in the logs. Failed to create volume info from disk '<TMDisk: 0x7f952493b400> '/...
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Re-partition without damaging backup set

I have an eight-terabyte powered drive formatted as follows: /dev/disk12 (external, physical): #: TYPE NAME SIZE IDENTIFIER 0: ...
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Keyboard shortcut to browse Time Machine file versions

In some apps, e.g. Keynote and TextEdit, there is a built-in option to browse previous versions of a file using Time Machinve: File > Revert To > Browse All Versions. Is there a way to browse ...
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tmutil associatedisk on macOS Sonoma - volume mount point and volume path

I'm trying to reassociate an external SSD drive restored from a Time Machine backup on MacOS Sonoma 14.3. I used all kinds of combinations of this command: sudo tmutil associatedisk -a "/Volumes/&...
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How do I make 'Restore to ...' actually prompt me for a destination?

Running 14.1.1 on a mac mini. From the time machine 'starfield', I select a directory, click right, select 'Restore to ...'. But nothing prompts me for a destination, and then the attempt to restore ...
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Why is Dropbox listed among "Apps Using iCloud Drive" in macOS Sonoma?

I have recently noticed something weird. This MacBook Pro I now have is new, M3 Max (14-30), 16-inch, so I documented every step of its configuration. In System Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > ...
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Timemachine Sparsebundle from 2014 is missing partion map and file system [duplicate]

I need to get data off of an old sparsebundle file but when opened, it says eject or initialize. In finder it says it is 56 GB but once its mounted it shows the full size of the external (2 TB). It is ...
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Transfering a Time Machine Backup to a Macbook Already in Use

It seems like my MBP (15in, 2019) is nearing the end of its life–or at least its life off of the charger. I do weekly backups just in case and I have another MBP (14in, M2 Max) that I'd like to ...
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tmutil inheritbackup fails

I lately moved my world to a new MacBook Pro: Apple silicon, Mac OS Sonoma 14.2.1. I'd like to maintain continuity with my Time Machine backups on the older computer (Mac OS Catalina, Intel based). ...
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Erase & reset user settings without losing my files

I want to reset all the user settings that have changed on my MacBook, without losing any of my user files. My issue: I've made a lot of changes to my system as a developer: user permissions, ...
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Recover files from a deleted and erased external disk partition

I had an external disk with two volumes: Volume A was formatted as NTFS which had videos/photos backed up Volume B was Mac Extended Journaled - which was used for Mac Time Machine backup. However, ...
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Client gets wrong DHCP lease time

I am running OpenWRT 23.05.2 r23630 on a Linksys WRT1200AC router for my home network. The DHCP server on this router is set to give all clients a lease time of 7 days. This works fine for all the ...
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New Mac clean install except for Music?

I'm getting a new MacBook, and I would like to do a clean install of everything except Apple Music where I would like to copy exactly my current set up (all songs, rating, play count, playlist, etc). ...
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APFS volume not utilizing full container space

So a bit of background: I originally had a couple partitions on my macOS hard drive that I recently removed. I've done this before so pretty simple. I then try to run diskutil apfs resizeContainer ...
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Restoring an APFS disk image cloned with (G)DD [duplicate]

Back in August I cloned a 500GB APFS container off a 2TB external HDD consisting of a Time Machine backup of my old macOS install and some APFS scratch space, and formatted that partition on the ...
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Migrating TimeMachine backup from USB-C flash drive to SMB mounted TimeMachine dedicated TimeMachine share

I'm looking at the following scenario. On laptop with macOS 14.2.1 I've run a TimeMachine backup to a pendrive connected via USB-C The backup completed and I've switched it to manual backup. Now I'm ...
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Remove login items from old profile that no longer exists, after Time Machine restore

I recently had my work MacBook Pro's admin software removed (by IT, the same department that initially set them up) and the macOS freshly installed, with the old profiles removed. I had a Time Machine ...
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Multiple Errors with Encrypted Backup Disk on Mac: -69845, -69808, and -69502

I'm dealing with several issues on an encrypted backup disk on my Mac, and I'm seeking advice. The disk has two partitions, and I've encountered different errors for each section and the container. ...
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Missing free space after Sonoma, and it's not Snapshots!

After upgrading to Sonoma I've been running out of disk space (and application memory) even tho Finder shows 300+GB free. I read about it being a common problem with too much Time Machine snapshots in ...
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Restore IMac(Late 2015 - 17,1) from Time Machine gets stuck on HD reformat

I tried to update my late 2015 IMac (27" I7 - IMac 17,1) to the latest MacOS version it will support - Monterey. The upgrade failed, leaving my OS in an unbootable state. I am trying to restore ...
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How to mount a bootable APFS snapshot from command line?

First, I have Time Machine enabled and my aim is to make rclone cloud backups of a snapshot of all locally backed up files, excluding system files. It is mainly non-system volumes and $HOME. I am ...
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Will it make a difference if I buy a fast SSD disk for time machine?

Since Sonoma, waiting for Time Machine to finish is a hell. It takes 2 to 4 hours to make a simple incremental hour backup. I've read that Apple throttles down the backup process. I have typed this at ...
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Cannot see files in Time Machine folders

I've been using an external Harddrive for Time Machine backups. Yesterday I made a Time Machine backup before resetting my MacBook Pro to factory settings. I've now connected the Time Machine Hard ...
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How to delete TimeMachine Backups selectively?

Since Sonoma and similar versions it is no longer possible to delete TimeMachine Backups in the TimeMachine Browser directly, I think it was Mavericks or so, this was the last time possible. I tried ...
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Copy Time Machine backups from HD to SSD [duplicate]

I'm retiring my old slow Time Machine HD in favor of a new SSD. The new SSD is working fine (in Sonoma), but how do I copy the old HD backups (I want to keep) to the new SSD so I can turn off the HD? ...
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Can I do a merge restore from Time Machine

A few months ago for some reason that is not important, a large number of my files were mistakenly deleted. I did not notice for several weeks, so the later backups are of the remaining files only. I ...
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Time machine drive wiped?

I backed up an old laptop via Time Machine to an SSD ~1 year ago. Now, I'm trying to browse/restore the files on that SSD, but when I connect the SSD to my current (OSX) laptop, it is not recognized ...
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hdiutil: create failed - Operation timed out

I am trying to create a Backup.dmg disk image in a folder on an SMB file system. Using Disk Utility Using hdiutil hdiutil create -size 4t -fs APFS -volname backup Backup.dmg Both operations start, ...
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How to recover local Notes data from external backup (Time Machine)

I accidentally deleted my local Notes. I attempted to recover them from Time Machine backup but encountered an issue where Notes crashed after some seconds and my recovered notes were discarded after ...
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How can I speed up Time Machine backups that intermittently taking way too long?

I've long been amazed how fast time machine backups can be these days (well, years); even for really gigs of data. But recently sometimes my backups take forever. It seems to be independent of how ...
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