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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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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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How to restore files, keeping original “Date Added”

I had an automation problem with my Downloads folder (no doubt my fault), losing the correct filename for > 2,000 files. No prob: I'm obsessive about backups (internal Time Machine plus 2 external ...
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Time Machine ‘error while restoring from the backup’

need help, found corrupted folder during the restore from time machine and did this what should be the last command or what i did wrong?
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Excluding automatic network mounts from Time Machine backups (if necessary)

I mounted several network shares with this procedure (i.e., AppleScript application run for each login). Moreover I added some alias to several network folders on my desktop. After few days, my Time ...
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Google Chrome crashes with an “Untitled” page error and causes other apps on laptop to crash as well

I'm using a Macbook Pro running Catalina. I recently purchased this laptop like a few months ago and immediately migrated my data from my old Macbook to the new one using the Time-Machine app. This ...
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Cannot mount encrypted time machine drive after unmount

I have an 3TB external HDD with 2 partitions, one of them is 1TB dedicated to time machine (encrypted). It works perfectly, but whenever I unmount the partitions (by using right click, Eject via ...
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Time Machine local snapshot directory

My current tmutil returns nothing, and I was wondering the recommended configuration for Time Machine snapshots with no external drive?
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Now that disablelocal is gone, how to stop local (internal drive) TimeMachine backups?

For years now everyone who needs backup just leaves a now-cheap ultra fast external drive continually plugged in to the back of their mac or macbook, job done. To disable the "local" (internal drive) ...
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Excluding /Library (sic, not ~/Library) from Time Machine

Is there anything - at all - of value I will lose as a user, by excluding /Library? Let's assume that rebuilding from the backup to a new machine is not important. So, what is important is ...
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Double encryption when using encrypted Time Machine on MacOS Extended encrypted?

When I create a backup partition on an external USB drive formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) and then use Time Machine to backup to this partition with Time machine's encryption ...
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Should I partition an external drive before or after using Time Machine?

If I partition my external drive into two parts, I'd like to be able to remove the partition at a later time in case I decide Time Machine should take up the whole disk. Similarly, if I'm using Time ...
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Time Machine backups are too slow

I used to backup on a USB flash drive, it was slow, and the drive became very hot in the middle of backup, so I bought a fast external SSD drive (2,800MB/s) which connects through Thunderbolt 3. But ...
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Cannot enable Time Machine encrypted backups since updating to Catalina

I updated to Catalina recently and previously I was able to backup my MacBook using Time machine backups. After the update time machine backup failed because of empty password issue (don't remember ...
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Repair Disk Permissions in Terminal seems to hang

OK, I tried following (OS X Yosemite) the instructions here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203538 And I went into Terminal and typed in the following diskutil resetUserPermissions / id -u But ...
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Copy Time Machine network backup (SMB) to USB dirve

I have Time Machine backup on SMB dirve (Synology). Now in order to restore it faster I would like to copy this backup into USB drive. I've created GUID Partition and copied there folder MyBackuo....
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How does Time Machine encrypt backups to network disk?

I see other questions regarding encrypting Time Machine backups to external disks, like this one: If I encrypt a Time Machine backup disk, is the entire disk encrypted or just the Backups.backupdb ...
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How can I prevent Time Machine encryption speed from dropping while leaving my Mac unattended?

I’m setting up a new disk for Time Machine, which is currently being encrypted. I’ve noticed that the encryption speed drops when leaving my Mac unattended; is there anything I can do to prevent this ...
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Can I do an entire Time Machine restore to another computer?

I made a Time Machine backup of my 2015 MacBook Air to a USB drive. I want to restore the entire state of the OS and my files to a 2015 MacBook Pro. On the MacBook Pro I booted into Internet ...
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Time machine backup taking more space than expected

I ran a storage check over my external hard drive (using omnidisksweeper) and found this: While under the storage section of "About This Mac", I found this: Which is accurate? If the omnidisksweeper ...
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Used my external hard drive as backup and now I can't see files that were previously there

I wanted to save my data (around 150 Gb) on my external hard drive (Toshiba Canvio 1To), which already holds around 700 Gb of movies, old work, stuff that I don't use on an everyday basis. I used ...
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How do I delete or show the size of a non-TimeMachine APFS snapshot

tmutil not only stores Time Machine snapshots, but also snapshots for other applications. E.g.: ~% tmutil listlocalsnapshots / com.econtechnologies.chronosync.236A7A4F-5F96-4F99-8559-57D3965BF6BA....
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2TB Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive not appearing in Disk Utility

I know this has been asked before but I wanted some help ASAP so recently my Seagate 2TB External Hard Drive was working fine, then all of a sudden it stopped working while I was copying some JPEGs to ...
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How to restore from Time Machine backup

I have two Macbooks. The second one I did a refresh install from a Time Machine backup and kept it backed up for several weeks on that computer. I'm going back to the first computer and would like to ...
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Use SSD as cache for HDD - Time Machine

I just bought Mac Mini 2018 base configuration for use as internal server in small company. (I need MDM, CI/CD for building apps and some other stuff.). I have 128 GB SSD and 2 * 1 TB external HDD for ...
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Does the time machine backup include the backups of my iPhone?

I have taken a full backup of my iPhone on my MacBook (about 200GB), which has taken my MacBook storage to 90%! Then I have taken a backup of my MacBook using Time Machine on my external hard drive. ...
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Is it safe to cancel tmutil delete halfway through?

I wanted to delete my oldest backups to free up space on my backup drive. Due to some confusion, I "accidentally" deleted all backups. The image shows the current progress of the command: Is it ...
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Time Machine: copying backup to new disk never ends and goes beyond initial folder size

I am trying since several days to transfer a Time Machine backup to a new larger disk (target disk). I followed Apple Support instructions and formatted the target disk as "Journaled HFS+". But when ...
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What Are The Correct/Default Volume/Folder/File Permissions For A Time Machine Image?

Months ago, I created a disk image on a large external drive to house my Time Machine backups. Yesterday…something went sideways with the permissions of my entire installation. Included in this ...
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Back up MacBook without display

How can I back up my MacBook when it's display is broken and I don't know if the computer is currently on or off or whether it is booting up correctly? I've been keeping backups on an external HDD ...
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Time Machine “there isn't enough space” despite the backup disk being larger than mine [duplicate]

My MacBook Pro is the 250 GB model. I have a 320 GB external hard drive I am using as a time machine backup disk. Right now the 320 GB hard drive has 16.14 GB of free space remaining. The last two ...
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How to use a 2 TB external hard drive containing existing data as TimeMachine backup storage without losing data already on it?

I have an 2 TB external hard drive. It is formatted as NTFS format, supported by ntfs-3g which is installed using Homebrew. There is already about 500 GB data existing on it that I need to keep. I now ...
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Copy a Time Machine “backup” from the TimeCapsule to a HD

I'm reading this, but I'm concerned about one point. In the Check the format section, it says the drive has to be Journaled HFS+ and have a GPT map. My drive is AppleAPFSMedia and the map is Unknown. ...
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Copy Time Machine backup with rsync

Is it possible to copy a Time Machine backup using rsync to another HFS formatted disk. I am concerned that rsync would not be able to track the hard linked directories that Time Machine uses

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