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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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Meaning of Time Machine configuration keys Interval, Delay and GracePeriod

I just wondered if there is any kind of documentation regarding some Time Machine related configuration settings, especially Interval, Delay and GracePeriod. Interval seems to be obvious to me (least ...
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Recover deleted notes from deleted (not existing anymore) e-mail account

Today I accidentally deleted the notes account of an old e-mail address by removing the internet notes account. In notes I noticed ALL my notes of this e-mail address were gone. I tried to restore ...
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Mojave: Macbook Pro (2011) loads endless after password

so I try to fix this annoying problem of a pretty aged Macbook Pro (2011) with Mojave. What I've done? I created a TimeMachine Backup to move from the old HDD to a new SSD. The creation and importing ...
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Displaying difference between APFS snapshots

Problem APFS is amazing... and infuriating with its lack of tools available. What I'm trying to do is simply an equivalent of btrfs send --no-data -p /snapshots/parent /snapshots/child My ...
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Why is time machine is claiming to ignore my current backup, but then doesn't?

I'm using TimeMachine with a Synology DS216, over wifi. It has been running properly all along. Today, it told me the disk was disconnected, and I assumed a wifi error. So I removed the disk from ...
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Remove unknown user for time machine

I use time machine for backups. I just updated to Catalina 10.15.4 from Catalina 10.15.3 and don't have permission for backups, unknown user is the only user that has read/write permissions. How do ...
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Time Machine converting .backupbundle files back to .sparsebundle for downgrading back from Catalina to Mohave

I'm one of the unlucky sods who accidentally updated wife's workstation to Catalina only to find out the hard way that her CS6 Suite won't really work. Long story short, got back to a fresh install of ...
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Stop macOS from ejecting external disks on logout

I have a Mac Mini running 10.14.6 and hosting file sharing and Time Machine backups on an external drive. Every time a user logs out of the console, the external drive is ejected. This happens even ...
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Restoring MBP with macOS that is installed on an external hard drive

A work colleague many many years ago helped me with this setup. I don't know what all he did, I just know it has worked perfectly for years. He connected an external hard drive to my Mid-2015 MBP ...
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Problem accessing external hard drive through Time Machine after plugging into my phone

I accidentally plugged my time machine backup drive into my phone. This installed a set up routine on the drive (which I didn't go on and set up) but now the disk is not visible to the time machine as ...
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Find folders with greatest disk I/O or disk changes [duplicate]

I got to this issue by becoming aware that MacOS's time machine is backing up large amounts of data (say usually 1-3GB for each backup, i.e., each hour) while I am not doing anything on the computer. ...
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Fixing “The startup disk does not have enough space to be partitioned.” error in BC Assistant

I'm running a Late 2014 iMac running the latest version of Catalina (10.15.3 as of 3/19/20), and I'm trying to install Windows, and nothing is working. I have a flash drive with a Windows 10 disk ...
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What is the difference between APFS Local Snapshots and Time Machine Snapshots?

I have an external disk always backing up my system, since Time Machine was launched. Not the same disk all these years. Catalina introduce this thing called APFS local snapshot that wastes disk ...
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Previous backup drive still identifies as Time Machine backup

I'm trying to offload my Logic Pro X Sound Libraries to an external drive. I had used this drive previously as a Time Machine backup. I have since changed backups to a separate drive. In System Prefs, ...
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how to ignore all the node_modules folders from time machine

How to add the node_modules folder paths to time machine ignore paths. These folders are like tmp data for backups. These are very dense folders and also slow down TM. Is there is a txt file which can ...
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Time Machine stuck in “copying” phase without number of bytes

root@Joys-MacBook-Pro /p/v/root# tmutil status Backup session status: { BackupPhase = Copying; ClientID = "com.apple.backupd"; DateOfStateChange = "2020-03-14 03:02:37 +0000"; ...
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Cannot finish first backup with Time Machine

My first Time Machine backup systematically fails when it is about to finish. I looked at the system logs and I have these errors: Failed to unmount '/Volumes/Copies de sauvegarde Time Machine' (...
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APFS: Snapshot is invalid

Running fsck_apfs reports an error checking my main disk: root@bix ~ # fsck_apfs -n -l /dev/disk1s1 ** Checking the container superblock. ** Checking the EFI jumpstart record. ** Checking the space ...
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Backup to two sources (external HDD and network folder) at the same time

My setting: I use a iMac 27” Retina 5K with macOS 10.15 Catalina At the moment, I use the Time Machine to make a backup to an external HDD. For safety reason, I would like to save a copy of my Time ...
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Time Machine wants to decrypt the backup volume

I replaced the ssd in my mbp. Rather than simply restore from time machine, I reformatted and did a fresh install of Mojave 10.14, I like to start from scratch every so often and this seemed like a ...
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Disk Utility First Aid error

I got the following message when I try Disk Utility First Aid. Is there a way to fix the problem? (I have macOS 10.14.4.) Running First Aid on “usbhd” (disk3s1) Repairing file system. Volume is ...
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How can I verify my Time Machine password?

Since I've been using for Time Machine for a long time with several machines that I no longer have, I would like to do some cleanup on my password manager but I don't want to erase my current Time ...
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Time Machine alternatives to save registration information

When restoring a Time Machine back-up to a new machine, none of the registration information for the purchased programs carries over to the new machine. Is there a back-up program which would ...
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Encryption of Time Machine backup disk taking several days

It has been two days since I started Time Machine encrypting my external hard drive (6 TB in size.) Why is it so slow? (disk connected via USB 3) When I selected the disk for Time Machine, Time ...
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File » Revert to Previous: Where are versions stored?

Over time you learn some tricks on your Macbook. TextEdit has this really neat feature, where it takes care of autosave and allows you to revert to nearly any prior edit stage of a document. Question:...
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Mojave Time Machine Makes Mac UI Slow, Even Non-responsive—How to Decrease TM Disruption?

Since its introduction, Time Machine has worked very well for me, both with Time Capsules and directly connected USB external drives, until Mojave. My Mac mini (Late 2012, four i7 core, 16GB RAM, new ...
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Time Machine menu in system preferences shows no backups

Time Machine is saying that this computer has never been backed up... but it has! When I enter the time machine, I can still access backups. I checked tmutil machinedirectory and it points to a ...
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What happens to files restoring from case-sensitive to case-insensitive?

If I have IMPORTANT-RESOURCE.jpg and important-resource.jpg on a case-sensitive file system, I do a Time Machine backup, then wipe boot volume, and create a case-insensitive volume, then restore from ...
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TimeMachine in the “Cleaning Up…” state forever

My TimeMachine is in the cleanup state for a long time (several days). The backup is to an external drive and the disk on the mac laptop is less than 500 GB. It usaually takes much less time to clean ...
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Automator recipe to speed up backups in Time Machine

Backups on my MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2016) with macOS Catalina 10.15.3 are ridiculously slow. If I disable the low priority for my backups from the terminal with sudo sysctl debug....
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How do I access files that are owned by another user?

I recently formatted my Mac Pro and I copied all the files to external drive, I didn’t use TM. After creating a new account on a new OS I can’t open the files, because the old user can’t be located. I ...
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Reconstitute a user from time machine

On OSX Catalina, I have deleted a user and did not set aside a backup. However, going back on Time Machine, I can find the user directory. I am considering creating a new user with the same name as ...
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Unable to restore Time Machine backup to a different computer

I have a MacBook Pro 2017 that was sent for replacement. The system was always synced with Time Machine. I have a temporary MacBook Pro 2017 I am trying to restore to, but I can't get it to work. ...
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deleted the backups folder from time machine

I recently deleted the backups folder from my time machine. Before realizing what may be the problem I tried deleting the stick files from my trash with a number of methods like rf -Rm, sudo, trash it!...
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Where are Time Machine local snapshot stored on Mojave?

There are some discussions here. But I don't think it applies to Mojave. Does anybody know where the local snapshots are actually stored on Mojave? Where are Time Machine local backups/snapshots ...
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Offsite Backup Strategy for Multiple Macs

I have 4 Macs in my household that have a decent local backup strategy. I am preparing an offsite backup disk and wondering about the best strategy for structuring the offsite backup disk. I want to ...
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How to copy the entire contents of a Time Machine backup drive to a new one?

I have a Time Machine backup drive (also used for other archival purposes) which has a damaged file-system. I am able to mount it "Read Only," but fsck_hfs will not repair it. *(Apparently it's ...
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Move recent backup files in time machine folder

I need to use the migration assistant to restore a user. Unfortunately, I need to do this from an older backup. This answer suggests this can be done by moving the more recent backup files. I tried ...
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How extract apps from a iTunes backup file?

I have recently restored my iPhone using the IPSW file but before this, I had made a full backup of my iPhone using iTunes. Now when I restore the backup, it just brings icons of my app and needs to ...
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Create encrypted partition for Time Machine from command line using diskutil or gpt, instead of Disk Utility?

I can use Disk Utility to create an encrypted partition, intended for Time Machine backups. I would choose the Mac OS X Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) format. However is there also away to achieve ...
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Time Machine: error occurred while enabling ownership on the backup disk

Time Machine started failing on an external USB drive. Time Machine couldn’t complete the backup to “ExternalTimeMachine”. An error occurred while enabling ownership on the backup disk. You ...
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Sudo error deleting TM backup

I am trying to delete a TM backup on Mojave using sudo (this has worked in the past). Any ideas why I'm now getting this error - apparently 4294967295 is a UID in the sudo command. I get the same ...
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Restore directory under ~/Library from TimeMachine

I want to restore a directory from TimeMachine backup. Unfortunately the folder I want to restore is under ~/Library which is not shown when I enter TimeMachine. It is simple enough to access ~/...
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Photos faces lost after full restore through Time Machine

I recently did a full restore through Time Machine with my MacBook Pro (Early 2015). I have just opened the Photos app and realised that all face recognition data appears to be lost. So I have a few ...
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Now that I have iCloud, what benefit does Time Machine provide?

For a normal Mac laptop user, it would seem that almost everything important (Documents, Desktop, photos) are backed up on iCloud. Most apps needs to get downloaded again anyway. Does iCloud retain ...
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Can't restore Time Machine backup in Catalina

My old my MacBook was stolen so I have to buy a new one. I have an Airport Time Capsule, so I have the Time Machine backups. Yesterday I plugged the new MacBook for the first time and tried to recover ...
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Using a HFS+ formatted Time Machine backup in APFS Catalina

I've updated to MacOS Catalina on my MacBook Air. The system drive has been formatted as APFS now. I want to revert back to an older state of the system with an older MacOS (I believe it's Yosemite) ...
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How to move time-machine backups to a new external disk?

My 4TB external hard drive has 2x2TB volumes. I use one of these for time-machine backups. I have ~6 months of backups on here. The drive is beginning to die so I want to transfer the data from each ...
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How can I have multiple connections through AFP?

I have a Synology NAS and I always connect to it through AFP. I enter my login and password and I can access all the shares. Recently, I have started to use TimeMachine and I created a user for it ...
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Synology as Time Capsule Replacement

I need to find a replacement for our current network based Time Machine solution. Currently we are using WD My Cloud devices plugged into the network, but they are small, getting full, and are ...

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