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How can I manually delete old backups to free space for Time Machine?

I've been asking myself this very question, and the answers on here certainly helped. However there's an aspect that's lacking which may be a new implementation "detail" that didn't exist when this ...
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Why is Time Machine backing up to .sparsebundle file?

I'm pretty sure you can't, and you wouldn't want to. The OS only bypasses the bundle for locally attached backup destinations. Direct attached storage (DAS) uses the HFS+ filesystem and /Backups....
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Is it possible to use an Apple Time Capsule just as a network attached backup drive and not a router?

Yes, this is possible and actually quite simple. To prevent the Time Capsule from acting as a WiFi access point or router, and use it only as a backup disk, just open the AirPort Utility app on a Mac (...
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Difficulty to inherit Time Machine backups on new MacBook Pro

I had the same problem and found a solution: I added the terminal app to System Preferences -> Security & Privacy -> Privacy -> Full Disk Access, then it worked.
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How do I temporarily relocate my Time Machine backup files

If your drive is corrupted in any way you probably don't want to use it for backup purposes any more, unless the data is not of great value to you. Apple does not allow an easy transfer from drive to ...
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How do I know if a time machine backup is running?

The canonical way to check status of time machine is to use the utility and check status or for newer os check the current phase only: tmutil status tmutil currentphase Now, you have to process ...
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Time Machine - List of Files that were backed up

If you want to watch which files are being transfered in realtime you can monitor the time machine daemon with sudo fs_usage -f -R filesys backupd If you see abnoramly large file transfer you might ...
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How to really exclude Time Machine Backups from Spotlight-indexing?

According to Apple, at https://web.archive.org/web/20180101183140/https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21902?locale=en_US If you add a Time Machine backup disk to the privacy list, you will continue to see ...
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Installing Ubuntu 16.04 server on Mac Mini 2006

Alright, I see you've added some requisites to your answer. Here goes. Part 1: Install Ubuntu 16.04 Server. Download this. (Ubuntu Server 16.04 32-bit) This is done the same way any other Linux ...
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How to backup Time Machine's backup to a cloud?

You should use multiple levels of backups, not a series of backups. The difference being with a "series" of backups (backup of a backup of a backup etc.) you run the risk of backing up garbage if ...
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How to inherit sparsebundle on macOS Server Time Machine service?

As it turns out, it is super easy with a single Terminal command. First, you need to mount the Time Machine share using Finder. Just browse to the server, then to the share so that it mounts. I ...
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Time Machine: first backup keeps growing while backing up, never completes

I might have another solution to your problem, as I have finally managed to resolve the issue with my Time Machine. I have been using Dropbox with Smart Sync, which allows for files to appear on ...
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How to fix a Time Capsule disk in "Internal disk needs repair" status?

It is simple but non-obvious, as you have discovered... There is an Apple KB article that states: "Simply restart your AirPort Time Capsule. AirPort Time Capsule automatically performs a file ...
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Is it possible to use an Apple Time Capsule just as a network attached backup drive and not a router?

You should actually do BOTH of the things suggested by the other answers. Go into Wireless tab and set the mode to Off so that it doesn't create a WiFi network anymore. Go into Network tab and set ...
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What is the maximum capacity for a Time Capsule's hard drive?

Nobody seems to know what the official drive size limits are, but I just connected an 18TB hardware RAID to a 1st generation Time Capsule, and it works. To duplicate my setup: Configure a 4-drive ...
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Time Machine - List of Files that were backed up

I combined the above tmutil answer by BMIKE into this handy one-liner, hopefully it can help someone! This will take the last 2 backups, and diff them for you. The sed is to put quotes around the ...
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Why did my Time Capsule disappear, while continuing to work as wireless router?

The same thing happened to me yesterday; I don't know if this will work for you. What fixed it is as you said go to "Configure Other", then disable Back to my Mac by clicking on the - sign on your ...
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Is it possible to use an Apple Time Capsule just as a network attached backup drive and not a router?

Yes, you can simply disable routing on TimeCapsule and set it as DHCP client.
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How to backup Time Machine's backup to a cloud?

Don't backup a backup. It's not only complex at times, it also assumes that backup is a good one, which you shouldn't assume. I like to follow the 3-2-1 guideline: 3 backups, 2 media, 1 (at least) ...
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If I quit Terminal.app, do processes that it initiated quit with it?

For the command to continue after closing the Terminal application window, you need to do the following. Precede the command with nohup. This will allow the command to continue after the Terminal ...
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Time Machine - move backup from local disk to network volume. Wrong case sensitivity?

I ran into the same issues when following advice similar to the OP, specifically, to use Time Machine to start the backup to create a new sparse bundle on the network share, stop the back and copy ...
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Inherit Time Machine backup after changing source hard drives

When you plug in the new HDD, do you get a message saying Would you like this computer to inherit the backup history from xxx on the "xxx" backup disk?" then an option to choose Don't Back Up ...
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Why is Time Machine backing up to .sparsebundle file?

A Sparsebundle is a disk image format introduced by Apple in OSX 10.5 as a method of effectively using space for backups on a disk. This is an expandable/retractable disk that will only take up as ...
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Two macs backing up to one Time Capsule, first Mac hogging all the space

There is nothing stopping you from deleting some of the older backups, so long as you do it safely. After all, you're not likely to need 2yrs worth of backups. Follow these steps to safely delete ...
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Airport Time Capsule US power cord in Europe?

I remember reading the tech specs for Timecapsule some time ago and it is specified it has a range of 100V to 240V. So it should be fine. AirPort Time Capsule 802.11ac - Technical Specifications ...
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Can you use an APFS-formatted Mac with a pre-APFS Apple Time Capsule?

Yes, you can use a normal Time Capsule that is not APFS-formatted with APFS-formatted disks. APFS and Time Machine You don't need to change any Time Machine settings to back up APFS-...
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Can you use an APFS-formatted Mac with a pre-APFS Apple Time Capsule?

Having an APFS-formatted system backed up to an HFS+ Time Machine/Time Capsule disk is actually the currently intended use case. The current version of Time Machine supports APFS only as a source ...
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Is there a way to restrict Time Machine backups to a given size?

You could try using the Disk Utility to make a partition of a given size, and then having Time Machine backup to that partition.
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Time Machine backup silently fails. Log says "Backup canceled."

Try clearing some space on the origin drive you are attempting to backup. I have seen Time Machine logs similar to this when Time Machine is having trouble organizing things within the space ...
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Are Time Machine backups to an external disk attached to a Time Capsule supported?

Yes. You can use Time Machine with a drive connected to a Time Capsule. This Apple support doc - Backup disks you can use with Time Machine (as of Sept 2015) - says: Time Machine can back up the ...
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