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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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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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How to restore non-synced Exchange Notes on Ventura?

I am running macOS Ventura 13.4.1 (c) (22F770820d) on my work laptop. I have enabled my work Exchange account and am syncing Calendars, Notes, and Reminders. While troubleshooting a sync problem with ...
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Why is Time Machine not pruning old backups?

Time Machine has stopped backing up for me "because there is insufficient free space on the backup disk." Only one snapshot is visible in the Finder; when I do right-click and select Get ...
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How to force delete files from Trash on Silicon based Macs

This is a follow up question to by previous posting: Why is Bootcamp Assistant on my MacBook Pro (M2) after using Migration Assistant? For some reason while running the various delete methods in my ...
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External drive with Time Machine not visible

mac os monterey 12.5.1 My external drive 2to is split into two partition of 1to One called backup001: it is formated mac os, and it uses for timemachine for a long time. it works ok. Another ...
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USB flash drive/stick for MacBook Time Machine backup

I'm looking for a USB flash drive/stick for my MacBook Time Machine backup. It looks like people commonly use SSD, HDD or NAS, and I'm wondering if I can just get a small 512GB drive. Does a USB flash ...
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MacBook using USB cable for connection [closed]

Please I am using external devices with my Windows PC but I went to put it on my MacBook, so when I plug it in, it displays the storage as a Time Machine backup, then I mistakenly click on use it. ...
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Time Machine [Failed to unlink item] with Google Drive

While looking at the log files for Time Machine, I realized that the previous backups were not being deleted due to an error with a single file: 2023-07-16 05:50:29.434071-0700 [BackupThinning] ...
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Is iMac FusionDrive->dual SSD migration any different from HDD->SDD upgrade from Time Machine perspective?

I'm upgrading from FusionDrive to a regular drive (or a dual-drive setup). Is there any difference as compared to regular HDD -> SSD upgrade specifically in terms of inheriting pre-upgrade set of ...
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How to keep using TimeMachine backups incrementally after disk upgrade?

I just upgraded disk on iMac: FusionDrive (small blade SSD + large HDD) -> dual larger SSDs working independently. Then I fully restored the system to the boot-SSD via Time Machine. How can I keep ...
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tmutil: associatedisk vs inheritbackup difference

When planning migration from an older to a newer Mac drive while using the same Time Machine, I often see mentions associatedisk and inheritbackup verbs of tmutil--but fail to find any clear ...
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Which users should I connect as when backing up multiple hosts to a shared drive?

Alice and Bob both have MacBooks. There's an always-on mac mini with a 5TB external drive they want to use for Time Machine backups. Bob signs in to the Mac Mini and plugs in the 5TB drive, and ...
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Finding chat history for Whatsapp for Mac

I am trying to recover chats from WhatsApp on Mac, due to a problem with my iCloud backup. I have Time Machine backups and I am trying to find where WhatsApp stores my chats in my Library. I have ...
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New Macbook Pro is case-insensitive but Time Machine backup is case-sensitive

There are related questions here, but many are dated and none seems to quite cover my situation. I have an early 2015 MacBook Pro that has been kept as up to date as possible, currently running 12.6.7....
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Time Machine (M1, MBP 2021) keeps failing across drives: "Failed to create volume info from disk 'missingURLForRemounting"

I've been stumped by an issue with my time machine. Roughly 6 months ago all time machines backups stopped working across all HDDs I have: Two separate NAS Time machines Two separate external hard ...
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MacOS downgrade. Restore Time Machine backup on older OS

I've been surprisingly stupid to believe Apple that MacOS Ventura is a worthy upgrade and didn't make a Time Machine copy prior to upgrade. Now I'm amazed by how Apple screwed up my previously perfect ...
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Can't delete folder named drkit

I recently restored my Mac from a backup and it left behind some files in a deleted users folder. I deleted all of them but there is one folder, titled drkit, that I can't seem to delete: though it ...
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How do I dedicate more of my machines resources to a specific task?

I don't know how FileVault even got turned on in my 2012 MacBook Pro running MacOS Catalina.. But it's been trying to do its initial encryption for 4 days now, over the past 20 hours I have simply let ...
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TimeMachine Backup Never Runs due to 123+ Million Changes

For two weeks I've been trying to make a backup of my MBP (I got a new MBP from work and I need to return the old one asap, but first I really need a backup!). The last backup was a bit more than a ...
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Time Machine Backups are now all failing - can't find reason

I'm on MacBook Pro running 13.2.1 with all recent updates. I have 3 backup volumes. One is APFS. Two are HFS Extended. All external drives, as well as the internal drive have all passed Disk Utility &...
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How do I copy a Time Machine backup from an HFS volume

I've been using Time Machine to backup to an external hard drive. Recently I got an error saying that TM could no longer back up to the backup volume, because it was read-only. (I assume it's read-...
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Unable to repair data volume

I'm trying to repair my "Macintosh HD - Data" volume and I'm getting these errors. Is there any way to find out which files the id objects refer to so I can copy them back from a time ...
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tmutil compare does not list changes between Time Machine backups

I can't get tmutil compare to give me a full list of changes between two Time Machine backups. When I run tmutil compare > ~Desktop/Changes_since_last_backup.txt I get a full list of changes ...
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tmutil status shows time remaining but Time Machine preference pane says "Calculating time remaining"

all. I'm running macOS 11.4. I using a new Time Machine backup destination and want to know how long it's going to take to finish. The Time Machine preference pane continually says Calculating time ...
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Can somebody explain encryption on a Time Machine drive?

Something is suddenly not clear about Time Machine external drives. And I'm also unclear on how one can tell whether an external drive is encrypted. My current active Time Machine drive (for my 2017 ...
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How do I partition an external drive on macOS 13.2.1? [duplicate]

I have an external drive and I am running macOS 13.2.1. I'd like to partition the external drive into two partitions and use one of those for a Time Machine backup. In Disk Utility, it has the +|- ...
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how to restore disappeared saved web passwords after changing local user login password

The web passwords saved for a local user "UL" have disappeared after changing that local user's password and I need to recover them. Here is my specific setup: I'm working on a MacBook Air ...
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Time Machine detected that your backups can not be reliably restored

I have a Synology with a 4TB hard drive and I'm getting this message. While I understand that I probably won't be able to continue using this for backup unless I erase it, I do wonder if I can access ...
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External APFS SSD partition stops mounting after a while mount even after erasing/reformatting

I have been trying to use an APFS partitioned Samsung T7 shield 2 TB for a couple of weeks now but keep running into the same issue. After a few days of use, one of my partitions will no longer mount. ...
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How to safely delete old Time Machine backups from external disk [duplicate]

I can browse through Backups.backupdb on the disk, and find ancient folders I would like to delete to save space on that disk. I am wary of simply deleting those in case the oldest ones have lots of ...
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How to make time machine back up immediately

I just plugged an external hard drive into a MacBook. On that MacBook I opened Time Machine.app, turned off "Back Up Automatically", chose the external hard drive as a disk to back up to, ...
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Huge Backups.backupdb folder on the same local drive

I recently noticed that my newly installed local disk is running out of space on High Sierra. After some investigation, I found a Backups.backupdb folder that was taking up a significant amount of ...
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How do I access the Library and Downloads folder from another Time Machine backup in Ventura?

On a new Mac, I connected the Time Machine disk from my old Mac and now want to copy specific files out of the ~/Library and ~/Downloads folders from a past Time Machine backup. I can navigate to my ...
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How do I thin an abandoned Time Machine backup?

I have a NAS with multiple computers' Time Machine backups. Most of these are abandoned, old computers that I don't have anymore. I want to keep the backups—or at least, the latest copies of files—and ...
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How do I keep a full Time Machine restoration from changing the filesystem type?

I'm stuck on upgrading from Mojave to Catalina. (Yes, I'm late to the party.) My most recent Time Machine backups continue to be from my Mojave system on an HFS+ Mac OS Extended (Journaled) filesystem....
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Mac file sharing (smbd) wedged, how to debug?

I have a 2020 M1 Mac Mini running Ventura 13.2.1 as a file server, and an old 2015 Macbook Pro running Monterey 12.6.3 trying to connect to the shared drive. The connection gets wedged in some kind of ...
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External drive twice as big as internal hard drive but cannot backup due to insufficient space

For now more than 2 weeks, I cannot backup my internal hard drive with Time Machine. I have backed up to 2 external hard drive (external hard drive number 1 and 2) that worked fine so far, but the ...
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macOS: backupd creates hidden empty folder on desktop

I noticed a hidden empty folder on my desktop, .J5NASODWVY73, created and last opened 2012-03-16. I have full permissions and I can trash it, but after every restart / reboot, the folder reappears, ...
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I want to mount an external HD connected to one mac on my main mac va my network

I have a Mac Mini 2012 running Catalina 10.15.7 with a 4TB external HD plugged in via USB. I want to mount this external HD on my IMac 2020 running Big Sur 11.7.4 over my network so I can use it for ...
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The WireGuard tunnels are GONE right after MacOS Software Update! + RESTORE?

I used the "Software Update" to update MacOS to the latest 13.3 (22E252) version. Unfortunately, the WireGuard app (installed through App Store) did not take it well, and all of my tunnel (...
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Time Machine backups of Multiple Macs to external drive with APFS: Should I use separate containers, or one container with different volumes?

On an external drive, I have 3 APFS containers each with 1 volume in them respectively. The 3 containers and their respective volumes are used for Time Machine backups from 3 different Macs. The APFS ...
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Can APFS containers be resized while retaining their contents? (Case-sensitive, encrypted)

Can APFS (Case-sensitive, encrypted) containers be resized while retaining their contents (e.g. not having to reformat them) in MacOS? I have an external hard drive with 3 different Time Machine ...
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How to associate a new external disk with complete Time Machine history

I want to restore my external USB drive to a new drive from a Time Machine backup. I used sudo tmutil associatedisk as was suggested in this answer to a similar question. The actual restoring worked ...
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How to open Internet Recovery on Mac Pro 1.1?

someone donated a MacPro1,1 (so from 2006) and it came without hard drives and I inserted a hard drive and the question mark appears when I turn it on. How can I install an operating system on it? ...
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Time Machine fails in Power Nap

2020 13" Pro M1 connected to QNAP NAS. If I manually run Time Machine it works just fine. However, it doesn't work in Power Nap. I used TimeMachineEditor to schedule a backup at 2am but it never ...
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