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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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Need help bring to figure out strange Time Machine and external drive issues

I recently had to set up a new time machine back up after the 1st long time drive exhibited weird behavior - Time Machine was duplicating and appending backup folders. I formatted a new external WD ...
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Encrypt existing TM-backup when the source computer is missing? [duplicate]

I have a bunch of Time Machine archives for old computers I no longer have. I want to encrypt these archives. Can that be done using a different computer than the one that was backed up? I have looked ...
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Mounts showing up in Finder even with 'nomount' option in /etc/fstab

I have an APFS volume I mount in my home directory for some extra apps, and when I mounted it with nobrowse in /etc/fstab, it seemed to work fine. However, after enabling Time Machine, the nobrowse ...
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I recovered keychain files from a half wiped drive. Now nothing happens when I try to add them to my keychain app. What can I do?

I wanted to downgrade from Big Sur Beta because of some bugs in apps. I followed the first few steps found on the Apple support website. I got up to Step 4; Reformat and partition your startup disk. I ...
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Why will Time Machine not restore Mail?

I don't know how it happened -- I was reviewing my email on my old MacBook Pro, running Sierra, and somehow managed to send all of my Apple Mail Inbox emails to the Trash, and then they disappeared. ...
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APFS vs Mac OS Extended (Journaled) for Time Machine Backup on external HDD

Which one between APFS and Mac OS Extended (Journaled) performs better as partition store type for Time Machine backup in an external HDD (Magnetic Storage over USB connectivity)?
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Restore Dictionary.app sessions from a Time Machine backup?

By mistake I closed all tabs on Dictionary.app on Mac and now it doesn't restore the session on its own. After a bit of searching around, I've found that the Saved Application State is stored under ...
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Restore system to point in time

Running time machine and High Sierra, my MacBook Air got invaded. So I want to restore it to the backup on Time Machine from earlier this morning. But it’s not clear how I can specify from when I want ...
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Separate Time Machine backups for different partitions

I have an older Mac mini with 3 partitions: one running 10.5, 10.6, and 10.7. I'd like to back these up via Time Machine, however, I'd like them to each be separate backups. Whenever I try to back up ...
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Encrypt old Time Machine backup for archival purposes?

I have a couple of old Time Machine backups (for computer A and B) that are stored unencrypted on an unencrypted drive. I would like to encrypt them for archival purposes but they need to remain ...
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macos 10.13.6. mdworker gets killed 9 by mds and lsd goes high cpu

I have a problem that involves TimeMachine, mdworker and lsd. As soon TimeMachine kicks in to backup, lsd drives crazy (130%) In addition the syslog shows: 695 com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple....
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How to delete old and stuck local time machine snapshot from one year ago

I have an old and stuck local time machine snapshot or directory (probably from Mac OS 10.14/Mojave/2018) that seems impossible to delete (now on Mac OS 10.15/Catalina/2019). The directory is empty (0 ...
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Pages stuck during opening file

I had a crash of my Mac right in the middle of saving a Pages document I was working on. It turned out that SSD broke. I had the computer repaired, the SSD replaced, and I have also recovered the ...
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How to format a Time Machine SSD so it can also host the backup for external booting

I want to split an external 1TB Nvme SSD into 500/500 partitions - so one partition can be a target for Time Machine backups, and the second partition can be used as a target to be an external ...
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Catalina > Mojave on old MacBook Pro

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro updated from Mojave to Catalina. Want Mojave back principally for iTunes. Catalina was released Oct, 2019. I have TM backup from August 2019 that should have Mojave on it. I ...
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Time Machine file hierarchy being added to - folders have been added

some 2 weeks ago I got my computer back from Apple service in which they had to wipe it. I restored the time machine backup with no issues and have been using it since - waiting to make sure all is ...
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Time Machine not properly deleting backups

I have an issue with Time Machine on macOS Catalina 10.15.6 (and earlier versions of Catalina) that prevents it from properly deleting backups to free up space. I am backing up to a FreeBSD server ...
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Time Machine backup on shared folder prevents automatic update

I set up my MBP to use Time Machine backup on a shared folder located on a Mac Mini. For the Mac Mini when it perform automatic OS update and required a restart, the restart is prevented by a dialog &...
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Should there be a problem making a Time Machine Backup with a sparse disk image containing a bootable installer on my current drive and volume?

I am trying to make a virtual machine using VirtualBox. I have been following the comment David Anderson made for me here on this post (his comment I am talking about is at the bottom): Install macOS ...
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Share only a partition of an external drive with Time Machine over a network?

I am setting up my old Mac mini as a home server. As part of this I want to set it up as a network based TimeMachine backup location. I have an external 1 TB drive connected to it, which is ...
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What is the best way to validate every single file on an external drive?

My mac is having a kernel panic every time I try to time machine this external drive. I've tried disk utility but I'm pretty sure it doesn't actually check for much, except maybe for some directory ...
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Restoring iPhone Backup from External Hard Drive

I had recently organised all the storage on my Mac and was finally able to back up my MAC and my iPhone. In order to create more space, I found an article online which told me how to move the back up ...
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Time Machine says “There isn't enough space” and says I need 50 petabytes available to back up a one terabyte drive

Time Machine hasn't backed up for a week. It says "There isn't enough space," and yet there is plenty. I'm backing up to a Western Digital My Passport with 5 TB capacity and 4.81 TB free. ...
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Upgrade to Catalina erased all data, have backups but how to restore applications/software?

I had tried upgrading my MacBook Pro to Catalina from Mojave a couple of times on my own, but always got stuck on a 'could not be verified' error at the very end of downloading the said upgrade. ...
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Unable to restore Time Machine backup from a network volume

I have a Time Machine backup on a networked volume and not a Time Capsule. The hard drive in my computer failed, so I replaced the drive and reinstalled the operating system. Afterward Time Machine ...
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Is there any advantage to different file systems on microSD?

I have a two new microSD cards and I'm going to use them for overflow storage and Timemachine using macOS Catalina. They have exFAT now. Q. Is there any advantage to formatting them in any other ...
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Why is my external HDD failing to mount on my MacBook?

All of my MacBook Pro 13" 2017 backups are kept on my Toshiba External HDD. I decided to update my MacBook to macOS Big Sur developer beta (because I am a dev) and test it out. I backed my ...
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Migration Assistant won’t copy (some) files, though running through smoothly without error

we’re just migrating my wife’s MacBook Pro to a new one, both most recent macOS versions via a TimeMachine backup. In the process all files are selected, Migration Assistenten on the new mac runs ...
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Is it Possible to Mount SMB share in Internet Recovery?

I'm currently setting up a Time Machine backup on a Windows Server. The simple method is to create a sparsebundle image on the Windows Share and mount that in macOS which works fine. In the past ...
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How do I delete a Time Machine local snapshot which is empty and in the wrong place?

Somehow I have a folder on the root of my hard drive called com.apple.TimeMachine.localsnapshots. This contains a few other folders which end with a couple of dated folders containing folders with the ...
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How do I fix a (bad?) Time Machine USB hard drive?

My Time Machine USB hard drive no longer mounts in MacOS. When I tried to run $ diskutil verifyVolume /Volumes/[drive name]/ it would stall for 12+ hours. I tried to fix the drive in Linux. It looks ...
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Time Machine encryption variations - how does each work?

I've seen some great answers on Time Machine encryption, especially one by Gordon Davisson. But the variations regarding networked volumes is still hazy. The rules for locally attached volumes seem ...
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Time machine doesn't delete older backups when device is full

I'm not sure what the default behavior is, but I'm confident I did not receive any "backup failed, device is full" error message from time machine before Catalina. I have a 500G SSD set up ...
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Restoring `System.keychain` from a Time Machine backup without access to system `/var/db/SystemKey`

I have an old backup that (hopefully) holds the encryption keys to some encrypted disks in the System.keychain. To unlock that properly, I seem to need the /var/db/SystemKey that does not seem to be ...
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Time Machine isn't searchable

Despite having the dates on the right hand side when I enter Time Machine, whenever I try to search Macintosh HD or any other folder, I get zero results. This happens for every date I click. Even ...
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Cannot mount or erase or use first aid on a partition of WD hard drive

i wanted to use this partition for the Time Machine, i tried creating this partition on windows machine as it won't erase the data. using AOMEI app. it was later formated with FAT32. then i came to my ...
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TimeMachine shows a sea of nothingness when I select Mail

I select Mail I open time machine it shows this: You see? Nothing, no message. There is nothing on the timeline. Timeline does not offer anything to click. You click and it goes nowhere. I have used ...
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Restore open Terminal sessions from Time Machine backup?

I just did a Time Machine restore of the full system on Catalina, and seems to have worked pretty well, with one exception - I had several Terminal windows open with bash history, but these haven't ...
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Apple Preview resets notes and highlighting on a PDF. How do I recover them?

I ended up having exactly the problem described here: I was highlighting and taking notes on a PDF file with macOS 10.14 Apple Preview and I realised only yesterday after finishing studying a ...
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Unable to backup macbook using time machine

Since a few weeks ago, i am unable to backup my mac using time machine. It finds my backup drive, but each time i get a message that reads : failed to create a local snapshot. I have already ...
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Restoring Catalina timemachine back-up to Mojave

I have read a few posts and answer but I am not quite sure... I was on Catalina and for multiple compatibility reasons, I need to go back on Mojave. I did a time machine back up on Catalina, erased ...
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How do I give myself full read/write/admin access to Backups.backupdb on a old Time Machine HD

I have a hard disk which I don't want to use as a time machine anymore but I do want to delete files on there but I get: The operation can’t be completed because backup items can’t be modified. I ...
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How can data be restored when I downgrade macOS versions?

I just upgraded to macOS Catalina and that was a pretty bad experience. I didn't know 32bit anymore, so none of my games work. Is there a process to back-up everything to prepare downgrading to ...
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Terminal has Full Disc Access, yet I can't change ownership of files on my external backup drive with sudo

After using Migration Assistant, the home directory ownerships in Time Machine backup got reversed, so now I can't access my files but I can access the other user's files and vice versa. Not only that,...
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Time Machine backup of an external drive (to another external drive)

I back up my internal drive to an external backup drive using Time Machine. I would also like to back up a 1TB external drive of mine, to another 1TB external drive of mine. Is it possible to make ...
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macOS Messages app: how can I undo the deletion of a conversation?

I deleted a conversation by mistake. Restoring ~/Library/Messages from Time Machine doesn’t undo the deletion. Something else must have to be restored. What? I'm on macOS 10.15.5
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How do I browse files in my `.backupbundle` backup?

I am currently trying to access my Time Machine backups manually, because the Time Machine feature was a little to slow for me and I needed the finder search. Before Catalina this was possible with ...
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How to restore Homebrew config from Time Machine

TL;DR I killed my Homebrew and now need to restore from Time Machine. I had a working Homebrew with various packages installed and working. I've installed some new packages (newer php) which I didn't ...
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unable to restore full disk from TM

I have daily time machine backups. After a crash I am trying to restore the full disk but it keeps giving error of unable to the restore the restore disk. I have old 2012 December MBR15 while I had ...
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Stuck at full bar, in logo screen after system restore from TM backup

My machine is a 2015 13" MB Pro. A couple of days ago, out of the blue, while it was operating normally, suddenly it got the "Black screen with a folder icon blinking" I got a new compatible SSD, ...

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