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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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Can I do a merge restore from Time Machine

A few months ago for some reason that is not important, a large number of my files were mistakenly deleted. I did not notice for several weeks, so the later backups are of the remaining files only. I ...
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Time machine drive wiped?

I backed up an old laptop via Time Machine to an SSD ~1 year ago. Now, I'm trying to browse/restore the files on that SSD, but when I connect the SSD to my current (OSX) laptop, it is not recognized ...
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hdiutil: create failed - Operation timed out

I am trying to create a Backup.dmg disk image in a folder on an SMB file system. Using Disk Utility Using hdiutil hdiutil create -size 4t -fs APFS -volname backup Backup.dmg Both operations start, ...
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How to recover local Notes data from external backup (Time Machine)

I accidentally deleted my local Notes. I attempted to recover them from Time Machine backup but encountered an issue where Notes crashed after some seconds and my recovered notes were discarded after ...
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How can I speed up Time Machine backups that intermittently taking way too long?

I've long been amazed how fast time machine backups can be these days (well, years); even for really gigs of data. But recently sometimes my backups take forever. It seems to be independent of how ...
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Mac OS system restore using Time Machine from bootable USB- Big Sur and later

I have a close friend in a rural area whose typical download speed is 6 Mbps. They're running macOS Monterey. System restoration using Time Machine from the internal recovery partition would be ...
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Restoring from APFS Time Machine backup that includes always-connected external drive: Do I need to format the external drive?

I have an APFS (case-sensitive, encrypted) Time Machine backup that includes both my internal SSD (APFS) and a much larger APFS volume on an external SSD. The backup containing both is on a slow but ...
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Time Machine says "Waiting for Backup" and never starting

In System Settings, Time Machine tells me, that it waits for the backup to complete (not the first backup). I formatted the partition in my external hard drive as well. I also called sudo launchctl ...
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Delete interrupted backups

How can I access the files of an interrupted Time Machine backup to delete them for a fresh restart? Unfortunately, there is nothing shown via cmd + shift + . using Finder. However, when I search for ...
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Show and restore all deleted files between last backup and now?

I accidentally deleted a couple of files and tried to restore them using Time Machine. However, Time Machine requires me to know at least some information about the files so I can perform a search ...
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Need help with Inherit Time Machine backup on Big Sur

Quick explainer guys. I used a 2015 MacBook 12", battery was dead, bought a 2015 MacBook Pro 15. Migrated everything directly from one Mac to another over Wi-Fi with Migration Assistant (worked ...
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Attempting to restore Mail from Time Machine

I asked this in a different form some time ago, but I'm trying to narrow down the situation. I have a Time Machine backup of my previous computer. On my current computer, I'm not in a position to ...
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Recovery of APFS volume on external disk accidentally erased by Time Machine configuration on macOS Catalina

Long story short: adding an APFS volume located on an USB disk to Catalina TimeMachine configuration leaded to start erasing not only the volume but the whole disk. I disconnected the disk during ...
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Not finding fix for TM "backup delayed" issue on Sonoma

I never had this Time Machine problem before, only after upgrading to Sonoma. I do not use iCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive or any other Cloud services. I rebuilt Mac Mail accounts, tried ...
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Accessing Time Machine Backup of WhatsApp Mac iCloud backup folder

I previously found this thread looking at accessing WhatsApp's iCloud backup on the Mac and managed to access those files using Terminal. I was trying to find my Time Machine backup of these ...
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How to copy/move/convert (?) Synology NAS Time Machine Sparseimagebundle file to Non-NAS Time Machine backup external disk?

I recently set up a Synology NAS to replace my previous Drobos. Never ever had any issues with the Drobos, just that they were an item that would put me in hot water if I needed to fix them ever, so ...
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When inserting a FAT32 memory card why does Time Machine add "Untitled" to historical APFS snapshots? [duplicate]

I don't want to lose the intriguing comment from @benwiggy below which led me to ask this question. To test @benwiggy's conjecture I inserted a FAT32 formatted memory card titled "DR-40" ...
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iMac Time Machine backup to Qnap external drive

I can access the Time Machine backup files on Qnap external device which is shown in file station. It is named Imacsparsebundle. I use the Qnap TS-932PX system as a backup and storage server for a mix ...
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When inserting a FAT32 memory card why does Time Machine add "Untitled" to every APFS snapshot?

I am changing the question, since the original has a decent explanation that predates my question, and I don't want to lose the intriguing comment from @benwiggy below which led me to ask this ...
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Sonoma Time Machine Issue - hangs when attempting to set up new volume

I just upgraded PB M1 Max to Sonoma and attempted to set up a new volume for Time Machine. The volume is a stripe of 2 2TB drives on a serial ATA interface, running off Akitio converter with SoftRaid. ...
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Trouble with Read-Only Access on Time Machine Drive and Transferring Snapshots to another drive

I have an external encrypted HDD that I previously used for Time Machine backups. I want to transfer the backup snapshots to another disk, but I'm unable to copy the files from it. Although I have ...
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Time Machine always stalling at about 96%, spends a long time reading from NAS backup disk

Just after upgrading to macOS Sonoma, I've noticed that Time Machine has been getting stuck at around 96% completion on its hourly backups. It spends 10s of minutes apparently slowly reading from my ...
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SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD not recognised after Sonoma update

After updating MacBookPro (Silicon M1Pro) I cannot get it to recognise my external SSD Drive at all. Used as Time Machine drive. Not seen in Disk Utility, Finder, Terminal (diskutil list external) or ...
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macOS - back up to a shared hard drive with Time Machine on Mac

I want to use one hard drive for multiple computer backups. You can do this with macOS Server but it's no longer supported in newer OS. I believe Time Capsule was able to do this too (attach an ...
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how does SetupAssistant treat uid numbers when moving users from an old machine to a newly installed OS?

I have two users on my 2019 iMac. (Ventura 13.5.2) I want to use SetupAssistant to move these users accounts to my brand new Macmini. The instructions for Setup Assistant indicate that on your first ...
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Does Sonoma encrypt a disk without asking?

I installed Sonoma earlier today.  First time I logged in to my 2019 MacBook Pro Intel 15 inch after the upgrade, I got a notification that an encrypted disk had an unencrypted backup destination. I ...
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Exclude files by extension for time machine backup

I'm using Time Machine to back up all my software development files. By default it backs up ALL the files and folders, which results in the object files being backed up each time the code is compiled. ...
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Time Machine: Some of the files on your Mac cannot be backed up until Cloud Files syncing has completed

After upgrading to Sonoma (macOS 14.0), I'm getting "Backup Delayed...". In Time Machine Settings, I see the following message: "Time Machine: Some of the files on your Mac cannot be ...
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How to solve "The operation couldn’t be completed. Socket is not connected" on time machine

When I use the time machine in the new macOS Sonoma to connect to my smb device, something goes wrong. It says "The operation couldn’t be completed. Socket is not connected" But I directly ...
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Can I restore from Time Machine even when encryption is not finished?

My external drive is not encrypted and therefore the Time Machine takes FOR EVER to encrypt the disk after backing my computer up. I estimate about 1 to 2 weeks minimum with the computer on every ...
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Mac Studio and Macbook Pro keep losing connection to Synology NAS

I recently got a Mac Studio and also upgraded my old Synology box (10 year old DS413) to a DS1522+. We have used our Synology for Time Machine backups, and continue to do so, but are now seeing ...
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mdsync runs constantly keeping Mac awake

The mdsync process runs incessantly and prevents the Mac from sleeping. I currently have 4 SSD drives attached via USB to my Mac as Time Machine backup storage. Previously mdsync would run quickly ...
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Time machine backup is "cleaning up" even there is widely enough storage space (Ventura)? [duplicate]

Since i upgraded to Ventura on my Mac, Time Machine Backups is cleaning up even there is widely enough storage space onthe backup disk. Can somebody help here?
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How to crack sparsebundle Time Machine backup? [duplicate]

I hope someone could help me. I've forgot the Time Machine disk password, and I need it to restore backup to my new iMac. Searching on the web I read about John the Ripper, it could help me. I've ...
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How can I get Time Machine to back up the Photos library that lives on my external drive?

(I see that this has somewhat been brought up in other unresolved questions, but I've gathered information that I think justifies it as a new question.) As with a lot of people, my on-board Mac SSD ...
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Why do external Time Machine backups appear on internal drive in /Volumes/.timemachine?

I'm trying to use Time Machine to back up my Mac (Ventura 13.5) onto an external SSD ("BackupSSD"). Strangely, most of the backup folders appear to be on the internal hard drive in /Volumes/....
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How do I replace my smaller Time Machine Drive with a New Drive on macOS Ventura (Encrypted)

How do I format my New Drive and Move the old backups from my Old Time Machine?... Now it would seem straight forward at first with a simple drag and drop from old to new drive, but my old drive is ...
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Can you restore a macOS Sonoma Time Machine Backup onto a fresh Ventura install?

I've upgraded my MacBook Pro 14" (2021) to the macOS Sonoma Beta, but I'd like to reset it to macOS Ventura. However, I've used the beta for over a month and there are a lot of files that have ...
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Attaching a Time Machine backup to new machine

I switched from my old iMac to a newer one, so I wanted to stay with my existing Time Machine backup. After reading this post I'm still struggling to get the job done on my machine: sudo tmutil ...
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recover corrupted Apple_APFS

I have a Time Machine backup stored on a Synology NAS that got corrupted for some reason (probably a power failure). The folder containing the sparsebundle is mounted on the Mac using smbfs. I tried ...
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Would restoring from Time Machine overwrite iCloud Drive files?

Just to confirm, restoring macOS from Time Machine wouldn't impact the files currently on iCloud, right? I just want to make sure my iCloud files don't revert to some sort of earlier state from when ...
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How to trigger a full backup with Time Machine

Is there any way that I can trigger a full backup with Time Machine? I am hoping for a backup which backs up all files on my computer, as opposed to just the changes in those files relative to that ...
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TimeMachine - NAConnectToServerSync failed with error: 80

I am at a real loss. As it happens timemachinig to an external drive HFS drive (connected to a Mac Mini M2) used to work no issues. I have also tried with an APFS just because. Did all the dances I ...
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Retrieving Notes data using time machine on external hard drive to a new laptop [duplicate]

I'd like some help pleases. I have a time machine backup of my old macbook air (purchased 2013) which is no longer operational. I have a new macbook air purchased 2022 and I would like to transfer ...
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MacOS TimeMachine sparsebundle corrupt

I'm somewhat pissed off with my almost 6TB TM backups that have become unusable, particularly after Apple had to replace my MBP (failed mobo). TM running on a Synology NAS. What I get now from 1st aid ...
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Time Machine: How to deal with backups consistently reporting "disk was disconnected" error

My several latest Time Machine backups are consistently reporting the following error when I try to restore from any of them: "The backup disk was disconnected while restoring from the backup. ...
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Why do fsck_apfs and tmutil report a different number of snapshots?

I'm running macOS Mojave 10.14.6 on a Mac Pro 5,1 and investigating a Time Machine snapshot issue. When I run tmutil listlocalsnapshots /, it shows 20 of them: Host:~ user$ tmutil listlocalsnapshots / ...
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How to back up broken device with Time Machine in Recovery Mode / Target Disk Mode?

Due to being unable to access anything but the recovery mode (and target disk mode) of my broken MacBook, I'm attempting to back up files that hadn't been backed up since my precious Time Machine ...
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How to correct "time machine config disappears"

Macbook pro intel, macos ventura 13.4.1 I have 2 timemachine backups. A time capsule at work, an USB HDD at home. It's been working like a charm for years. Here is the description as given by the ...
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Can't mount old TM backup sparsebundle on Apple Time Capsule

I have an old ATC (Apple Time capsule) - which used to backup my Mac Mini and my MacAir. The Mac Mini has now died, but I wanted to retrieve some files from the sparsebundle. Unfortunately, I can't ...
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