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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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Migration assistant won't let me use an umlaut in the password for the encrypted time machine backup

I'm trying to restore a mac from a time machine backup. The time machine backup is found but requires a password and it happens to include one of those funny letters with an accent. The usual way to ...
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What is more reliable for daily backup, rsync or Time Machine? [closed]

I have heard many horror stories about trying to recover files from Time Machine, so I am thinking of using a rsync to do at least daily backups of my files. I'm wonder if there are more expert views ...
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Using A Different Timemachine Backup

I have 3 macs (mine, my wife's and an Extra), all running 10.15.7. I use a TimeMachine Capsule to backup all three over my home network. The other day the logicboard in my wife's died and it's not ...
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How to forget Time Machine password from keychain

When attaching a Time Machine, I am asked if I want to remember the password in the keychain. If I do that, how can I "forget" the password?
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How to restore inProgress files stuck in trash?

I have been unable to backup my MBP since June. After some Googling, I found this link that suggested I should trash my .inProgress files. However, I find that I am subsequently unable to empty my ...
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Time Machine is recording *diminishing* amounts of bytes

Many issues are concerned with insufficient storage for Time Machine's disk. Mine is the opposite, it would seem that available storage is ignored. MacBook Pro: 15-inch 2018 Memory: 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 ...
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Time Machine and work directory

During my daily work, I tend to receive large files (up to a few hundred GB) which are only used for a few hours and then deleted. I am not sure how Time Machine works, but I suppose that every file ...
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Limit Time Machine size in Big Sur

In setting up a new Time Machine, how can I limit how much disk space Time Machine has access to? I am only interested in answers relevant to Big Sur's change to AFPS for Time Machine. Before 10.13, ...
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Question regarding restoring from Time-machine backup

I'm having a problem with an slightly older iMac owned by a friend. It has behaving in a problematic fashion for some time ending with it refusing to boot properly. He has a complete time-machine-...
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Time Machine errors “deleting backup” on NAS

I was wondering if anyone had seen errors like the following. I’m on Big Sur 11.1, Time Machine to a Synology NAS which was started after the upgrade (so it should definitely be APFS). I’ve been ...
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Why is a Time Machine backup so slow over a fast network?

Despite having a gigabit hardwired ethernet connection to my Macbook Air, when I have Time Machine backing up to an iMac also hardwired on the same switch in the same network, the transfer speed is ...
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Move from Intel to M1 with TimeMachine

I'm thinking about switching to new Mac with ARM in next months. I usually backup with TimeMachine my Mac. 3 years ago I moved from MacBook Air to MacBook Pro really smoothly using backup from ...
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Bootcamp Partition Erased and Partition is Gone (Now it's FREE SPACE)

I removed my Bootcamp Partition and now I suddenly lost about 75GB of space on my Macintosh HD drive. I had 256GB of internal default storage; now I have about 174GB. Bootcamp partition does not show ...
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How do I delete a Backups.backupdb file on an external drive

I have 65GB in an old Time Machine backup (Backups.backupdb) on a USB drive. I'd like to delete it and reclaim the space, but none of the tricks I've seen in Apple forums are working. I've tried to ...
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macbook air begining 2015 stuck after change SSD

I have a macbook air from begining 2015 with 120Go. I bought a Transcend Jet Drive 250 SSD (480Go). I did a backup from time machine and placed it on an external hard drive. I installed the SSD and I ...
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Big Sur: Time Machine icon in sidebar - constant spinning

New iMac Pro running 11.1 (that is, fresh in every way; new external Time Machine hardware, OWC, RAID 1, APFS). The Time Machine's icon in my sidebar seems to spin for hours - even after TM itself has ...
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How do I backup my Mac without a different storage device or computer?

I only have my Mac which is on Catalina 10.15.7 (and my iPhone SE if that helps). How can I backup using Time Machine without anything else? I want to install bootcamp and it says I should backup my ...
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Can I revert a new MacOS X installation using a Time Machine backup?

I regularly use Time Machine to create backups of my current macbook. I am trying to upgrade to MacOS X Big Sur, but I was wondering what happens if I don't like it? Is it possible to downgrade back ...
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Fixing Time Machine Backup Broken by Deleting Most Recent Backup with tmutil

I broke my Time Machine backup by using tmutil delete on the most recent backup. This meant that the "Latest" symlink no longer pointed to a valid location. My attempts to create a ...
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tmutil doesn't create a real snapshot (since Catalina?)

I'm using rsync on top of a mount_apfs snapshots, to backup a consistent file system view and without having to stop applications during the backup. After having investigated the rsync error 'file has ...
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Is there a way to access “local snapshots” without a configured time machine backup drive?

Our security posture recently required that we cannot connect any external drives ever (USB, etc.), enforced by some software we have installed. Now, we're doing SW dev, everything is regularly ...
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Restore From Time Machine Backup With Incomplete Backup as the Last one

I am using macOS Mojave 10.14.6. I had performed a complete backup on 6th Dec. My machine was then formatted and the OS re-installed. Subsequently, a backup took place before I could restore my ...
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Can't restore mail and mailboxes from Time Machine Backup

Time Machine does not work properly (macOS Catalina 10.15.7). It is possible to navigate the Time Machine interface (going forwards/backwards in time) and restore files from the Finder. In contrast, I ...
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Is it possible to limit the size of an APFS volume?

My understanding is that with APFS, volumes exist inside containers, and the volumes all grow as much as needed, as long as there is space in the container. But I want to limit the space for the ...
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Adding external wired NAS to Time Capsule

First, I have none of this equipment, so I can't just test it and see ..Yet. I Know I could hack a Time Capsule into a RaidBox via SATA/eSATA connector, But that's not the route I'd like to go. If you ...
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Mysterious login/password woes after migrating to Catalina

After migrating to Catalina, login after restart and after change-user feature different users/passwords, please help! I recently set up my new Airbook laptop with a fresh MacOS 10.15.7 and used the ...
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Can you Manually copy User Folder to new Mac?

I've had an issue with an old Mac where I can no longer boot into it. I plugged the drive into another computer and I can access my user folder. Is it possible to restore this whole user account on a ...
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NTFS Partition got merged in Time Machine

I have an external storage drive where i had two type of partitions as NTFS and exFAT. To take backup from my macbook, i formated my exFAT and selected for the Time Machine. Then both partitions ...
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Removing duplicate apps after migrating from Time Machine backup

I recently used Time Machine to migrate apps to my MacBook Pro. What I did not realize is that they would not overwrite the old apps but rather copy over all apps again, and now I have used almost all ...
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External hard disk(HHD) showing irregular capacities and partitions

I tried to partition my external hard disk on Mac using disk utility. First I have Erased newly added 2TB HHD with "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" with "GUID Partition ". After that ...
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How to use tmutil delete on Big Sur, APFS

I'm using macOS 11 Big Sur and APFS. I sometimes want to remove old backups to save space. I don't want Time Machine taking up the entire external drive. % tmutil listbackups 2020-10-18-001052.backup ...
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How to backup and restore /opt with Time Machine on macOS High Sierra?

I have an old MacBook Pro running High Sierra. Time Machine backs up /Users but not /opt. The Time Machine preferences let me exclude directories, but does not let me add directories that I want to ...
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Time Machine backs up complete drive as new data after failing to mount reference snapshot (after a restart)

Since January/February 2020, most restarts of my Mac (High Sierra) cause Time Machine to see the complete content of one of my two (internal) drives as new and copy it fully to my Time Machine ...
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Unmountable disk after Big Sur installation

I have a Macbook Air early 2015 model. I was previously running OS Catalina. I installed Big Sur which then got stuck for hours. I had no choice but to do a hard reset. But now, I am unable to use my ...
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MacOS Mojave stopped showing certain icons in the menu bar

Recently I started up my computer (MBP 2015) and I realized all of the system icons were missing. The time, wifi, keyboard, etc were are missing. However all of the icons that come from programs I ...
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Big Sur - Time Machine structure

I'm running Big Sur and I noticed three things about Time Machine: if I format a drive as HFS+ and then I choose it for Time Machine, it gets automatically converted to APFS without asking; once a ...
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Is it possible to configure Time Machine to encrypt network backups?

Since NASes as usually 24/7 online, there is a certain risk of being hacked/compromised and it's not wise to rely solely on the drive's encryption inside of the NAS. Is it possible to set up Time ...
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Random prompts for password for an encrypted time machine drive

Time Machine on my 2018 model Mac Mini is set to use an encrypted external hard drive that is connected directly to a USB port on the back Mac Mini. From time to time, I am prompted for the password ...
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OS ask me every time password if I remove migrate file

I have a problem with the files permissions. I make a new install of Catalina (many bugs in Big Sur) and I copy/paste the file from my TimeMachine in my new OS. In the paste, I have the message "...
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Big Sur can't see pre-Big Sur Time Machine saves

My Big Sur upgrade had severe problems, to the point where I had to reformat the disk and install as a fresh system. Once I got the "fresh" install done, yesterday, I started restoring ...
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What is this process called?

Apple Time Machine software seems to backup in increments. So you do your first full TM backup and then after that the initial backup seems to be "built upon" with new data. But, in data ...
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Differential diagnosis: source of password error with external HD

I have a LaCie Rugged external HD that has had issues with the password for the disk-level encryption resulting from being formatted in macOS Recovery for use with Time Machine. On a number of ...
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Can’t connect to Time Capsule in recovery mode (Big Sur)

I made a big mistake and updated some Python packages with Homebrew on my 2015 MacBook Pro, MacOS 11.0.1. The updates caused many issues with my preferred IDE, PyCharm. Of course, I made a backup on ...
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Archive Utility Error 13 - Permission Denied attempting to create archive

I want to compress a Time Machine backup folder to a Zip file on another drive. I've set what I believe are the right preferences for Archive Utility. But when I try to run it, I immediately get "...
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Will ext4 formatted disk configured as Time Machine over SMB be recognised as Time Machine disk when directly attached?

I've bought a new router (LinkSys WRT32x), flashed OpenWRT onto it, and set it up as a NAS server with a disk attached (formatted in ext4 because OpenWRT is a Linux distro). I have the disk recognised ...
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System Apps not opening in Mojave

I recently upgraded to macOS BigSur, but after that my mac started to lag. By lag I mean the transitions while switching between apps using the trackpad were very slow and the trackpad used to respond ...
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Restore lost notes from Backup device

I am using MacBook Pro which is running macOS Catalina 10.15.4. Recently my MacBook was suddenly shutdown. I actually don't know why it has happened but After booting again I found there is no Notes ...
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Reset mac — can't reinstall macOS

So after updating to Big Sur a lot of problems hit my mac all at once and I decided to roll it back. Since I didn't make a backup (dumb move I know) I had to basically start from scratch. Before I did ...
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Seagate “Premium Recovery Suite” allocates space - how to thoroughly clean disk

I had a drive which was only greyed out in disk utility and could not be reactivated. I have described the problem here in more detail. I called LaCie since the drive was still under guarantee and was ...
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Restore Time Machine Backup of 2016 MBP to 2011 MBP?

My 2016 Macbook Pro needs service and I'm planning to use my old 2011 Macbook Pro until I have it back. Will I be able to restore a Time Machine backup of my 2016 Macbook Pro onto my 2011 Macbook Pro ...

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