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Questions tagged [time-machine]

Time Machine is Apple's built-in backup software. Time Machine was first introduced on OS 10.5 Leopard.

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How can a Mac split a single backup to two independent, external drives

I have been asked to perform an emergency backup of a device showing signs of HDD failure. I'm being provided with two individual external hard drives to accomplish this. Each drive is independently ...
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Applescript to turn HDDs off during day, and back on at night

I figure I should ask my first question, I'm curious to see how an Applescript could control my HDD that my TimeMachine is backed-up on to un-mount during the day, and back on before the scheduled ...
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Mac producing corrupt “dataless” local snapshots

On my MacBook Pro running 10.13.6 and formatted with APFS, I'm periodically seeing an issue where the machine is frozen when I try to wake it up, and requires a hard reboot to use again. After some ...
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Each of my Time Machine backup is over 100MB

And when I run tmutil compare in the terminal, RIGHT after the latest backup is complete, it just start spitting every single file in my system: ! (xattrs) /.vol ! 8.0K (...
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Time Capsule/Time Machine volume slow to process with tmutil

My 2TB Time Capsule has functioned as our home router and backup device for years. It's not very fast at backing up over network, but since this is a passive activity it's never been a problem. I ...
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How to make Time Machine inherit backup history after restoring from Time Machine

I received my MacBook Pro back from repair (got a new Logic Board which includes the SSD) and restored from my Time Machine backup. I made sure to restore everything, including all settings. Now I ...
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Time Machine is backing up files from StdExclusions.plist

For some reason, Time Machine is backing up content listed in /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents/Resources/StdExclusions.plist which doesn't make sense. Specifically, /private/var/...
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Import photos from Time Machine backup of other machine, without losing metadata

I replaced my MacBook and I have the Time Machine backups from my old laptop, but I'd like to start the system fresh, importing only the files I really need and re-installing all the programs manually,...
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In TimeMachine, what happens during the “clean up” phase?

When TimeMachine runs a backup it goes through several phases. There is the "prepare for backup", "backup" and "clean up" phases. There might be more. What happens during the "clean up" phase?
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Directory with correct permissions is not writable

I installed high sierra on a new machine and then copied over some directories inside my home from my time machine external disk. The backup was created with another machine and os version from a ...
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Manually restoring macOS System folder

I have been trying to restore using migration assistant from an Airport Time Capsule with no success despite following multiple support avenues. I’m now trying to manually restore all my files but ...
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APFS/High Sierra - tmutil deletelocalsnapshots will not delete snapshots - Error parsing argument

This is kind of an addendum to APFS/High Sierra - `tmutil deletelocalsnapshots` not deleting snapshots as I've discovered a new quirk in tmutil My snapshots all have am or pm appended. I have no idea ...
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Can't Delete Time Machine Backups, Can't Move Them Out of Trash

I think this is similar to this question, but I'm having a slightly different problem. I've been using an external LaCie drive for my Time Machine and SuperDuper backups. But I was getting messages ...
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I hosed my Time Machine Backup Process. Can I salvage other backups?

I tried to drag an older Time Machine nightly backup to the trash. I know better now but Time Machine does not perform any longer on that disk. Is there any way to make it work or to save the older ...
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Clean OS X install, keeping Time Machine history?

I need to wipe and rebuild my Macbook Pro Retina's hard drive (OS X Yosemite, if it matters) and am planning on using Setup Assistant to restore all my data from my Time Machine backup. Question: once ...
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Time Capsule not accepting encryption password

My setup here is several MBPs backing up to an Apple Time Capsule. Backups are encrypted. I boot to recovery mode on the MBP I want to restore to (Cmd+R). Choose to restore from a Time Machine ...
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Slow High Sierra after restore from Time Capsule

So I had a hard drive (SSD) failure some time ago (it lasted 5 years of intense use, so I kinda expected that to happen). Luckily I had my Time Capsule running all the time, so it was a no brainer to ...
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Netgear R6220 + WD Elements to use as Time Machine

I want to use a new drive I obtained on sale as a networked Time Machine drive, but I am having difficulty configuring it to do so. I had thought (and perhaps I am wrong) that I could format my new ...
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rsync only user directories on old Time Machine drive?

I have an old Time Machine drive that was tied to a couple of different home computers from several years ago. It's no longer used as a TM drive. I'm trying to grab all of the non-hidden, non-...
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Emptying the trash after deleting Time Machine Backups

I went to my Time Machine External HD and deleted one of the backups by dragging it to the trash. Now when I try to empty the trash I keep getting messages that certain folders can't be deleted ...
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Delete specific Time Machine backup via GUI

I would like to delete specific Time Machine backups, but not the oldest backup (which Time Machine will do automatically) but one in the middle. Simply dragging it (i.e., a folder such as for example ...
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Unnecessary iCloud sync after Time Machine restore

I replaced an iMac 2009 HDD with an SSD, and restored from a Time Machine backup. All went well - I log in as before and see my files. But now I see iCloud is syncing - uploading and downloading many ...
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Encrypt backups on encrypted APFS drive for Time Machine backup?

I have a 1 TB internal drive (with APFS file system and FileVault enabled) I want to backup using Time Machine to an external USB hard drive. I want the backup itself encrypted so no one who has the ...
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Failed to verify installESG.dmg on install mountain lion

Have a mid 2012 Macbook pro that last week wasn't able to find the drive to boot from (just saw the folder with a question mark on booting). When I opened disk utilities from macOS utilities the disk ...
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MBP mid 2015 initial Time Machine backup to Samsung T5 blindingly slow

The title pretty much sums it up. Just bought a new 500GB Samsung T5 external SSD, and the first time machine backup is seems like an inside joke. The majority of the time it's backing up at a crawl &...
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Will Time Machine recognize old files after a clean reinstall of macos?

I am about to fully wipe and reinstall macos. However, on my Time Machine backup disk there is not a lot of space left and I am wondering, when I set up Time Machine again after the reinstall, will ...
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Back up specific IMAP mailbox?

macOS 12.13.5, Mail.app 11.4. with an IMAP email account, Time Machine I'd like Time Machine to automatically and regularly back up a specific IMAP mailbox and its contents — even better would be the ...
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Find corrupted files/folder?

My iMac, running macOS 10.12.6, was* acting slow and at least one application isn't working properly. I believe the issue is the hard drive, possibly corrupted files. I rebooted into recovery mode and ...
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Time Machine gets stuck

So I have a MacBook Pro Late 2016 w/ Touch Bar on macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, and an old laptop hard drive I've reformatted to macOS Extended (Journaled). I'm trying to use the hard drive as a time ...
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Editing Startup Manager items

Recently I've restored macOS from Time machine copy. When I boot my Mac using Startup Manager, it shows me 3 options: boot macOS, Windows and Time Machine backup (which I don't need to see anymore). ...
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Time machine backup fails on Mac OS X 10.13.5 & Airport Time Capsule 7.7.9

I am using a Retina MacBook pro laptop, model A1398 (OS X 10.13.5), backing up to an Apple 802.11AC 2TB Airport Time Capsule. The airport utility says that the time capsule is version 7.7.9. All the ...
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Time Machine separate backups across 2 drives

Is it possible to have time machine backup different drives separately? So I have 512GB internal and 1TB external working storage that I currently backup to a 1.5TB external. I'd like to add another ...
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How does Time machine handle a new startup drive?

I've been running my machine for years and using Time Machine all that time. Now I have just decided that I needed a separate system partition for some work stuff where I wanted to have the whole ...
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Boot from time machine backup

As Apple suggests, Mac running OS X Lion v10.7.3 or later should be able to boot from Time Machine backup disk. I followed the instructions on this page https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht202796. I ...
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How to transfer files between two disks without error 36 or permission denied?

I've got the HDD out of an AirPort Time Capsule (2TB) that I have connected to my laptop via USB and a LaCie drive (4TB) via thunderbolt: I've tried just copying and pasting "Data" (997GB) directly ...
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Backup workflow from macOS to NAS?

I manage several Macs in an office which run a mixture of 10.10 - 10.13 (all latest sub versions). I'm looking for a backup solution / workflow so I can set automated backups for each machine to a ...
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Is it safe to add other files on the same drive that Time Machine uses as a backup destination?

I have my back-up data & storage all on the same partition (No partitioning was done) on an external HDD? Could time machine overwrite other data or does this arrangement keep all the data on the ...
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ClientDied Time Machine

I keep getting this, PID 7963(backupd) ClientDied BackgroundTask "Time Machine backup" 00:09:43 id:0x0xb00008607 [System: DeclUser kDisp] almost a dozen times a day, but as far as I can tell, ...
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Does Time Machine restore whole system?

I've never used Time Machine before and I pretty much know how backups work but I'm wondering if my system will work out of the box once restored from Time Machine backup? I mean I have tons of stuff ...
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Time machine external disk ejects before backup is complete

I'm creating the first full backup on a new 3TB drive. Time reports just over 1TB will be needed. Drive returns a disconnect message and time machine stops after every 100-300mb. My Mac runs High ...
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Can reverting to a previous Time Machine instance enable Keychain data access?

A client is running 10.9.5 on a ten year old Mac. They recently reset the admin password so that it is now different from their keychain password. They've got a bunch of passwords stored in keychain/...
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If I archive the “DATA” on my AirPort Time Capsule to an external drive will it affect that drive's data?

I'm new to using the AirPort Utility. I just want to backup the data on an old AirPort Time Capsule of a freind's to their external LaCie drive: I click on "Archive Disk", and I'm prompted with this: ...
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Can i restore a back up of the user folder to a fresh install without issues?

Can i restore a back up of the user folder to a fresh install without issues? I created the back up with the disk utility tool I am fresh installing an iMac late 2015 because it's very slow. I have ...
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time machine runs very slowly, then stops

I've been using Time Machine with my MacBook Pro without issues for some time, however, I’m now having a problem that I haven’t had before: when connecting the external hard drive on which backups are ...
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How to exclude times for Time Machine backups via command line?

I'd like to exclude specific times where Time Machine should not run. This is so that I can create an off-site backup of the Time Machine backup for disaster recovery purposes. I don't want a TM ...
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Recurring Volume damage + Time Machine issues

This may take some explaining, so please bear with me. Mac Pro 4,1/5,1 High Sierra 10.13.5 4 HDs & a boot SSD installed. Related to Add Recovery Partition to APFS drive? & peripherally to ...
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Time Machine backup fails returning 112 and other errors

I've encountered 112 error when attempting to back via Time Machine to Time Capsule: I've tried: Restarts, both Mac and Time Capsule Running Verify Backups available via Time Machine menu when ...
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Time Machine Backup (error 2)

I'm getting the following errors in Console when running a Time Machine backup: 6/18/18 9:24:00.637 PM com.apple.backupd[13199]: Error determining directory contents for /Volumes/Wells: Error Domain=...
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Backup - Time Machine

Trying to set up an external drive as backup drive. my imac tells me "There was an error preparing the Time Machine backup disk “WANDY-ARHOL” this disk is already reverting." meaning what? (NB: ...
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Time machine : Using small SSD for frequent update + HDD for slower schedule

I have a few SSDs of small capacities which I'd like to put to work, and imagined they could be useful for frequent backups. At the same time my time capsule HDD stopped working after 5 years of duty....