Time Machine is a backup utility by Apple Inc. It is included as part of Mac OS X starting with OS X 10.5 "Leopard". Time Machine supports backing up data to hard disks connected to a Mac and AFP network shares.

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TimeMachine: how to rename a folder and all its backups?

I'd like to reorganise part of my system, specifically rename the folder in which I have MacPorts installed. If I just do that without taking care of the TM backups of that directory, TM will insist ...
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Moving one hard disc from one MacBook to other one

I'd like to move my 512 gb sad from my old macbook to the new one. But I am not sure I'd face issues with it ? Backing up the entire one with time machine and restoring to the new one is quite ...
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Increasing size of Time Machine storage partition

I have a 500G hard drive attached to my iMac. When it was first attached a friend partitioned it equally for storage and backup (Time Machine). Now the backup part is full but the storage is hardly ...
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Converting a time machine backup to a clone

I'm having trouble memorizing some old passwords for some old protected DMG's. I'm hoping to find them in my old backups, because stupid young me probably saved them in his keychain (which doesn't fit ...
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How can I make Time Machine back up my virtual machines?

It seems Time Machine only checks the size of a file and not the date modified to back up. I have a Windows Virtual box and it does not back it up even though the date modified has changed since the ...
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TimeMachine doesn't want to backup

I'm using the most recent version of Mac OS X (Yosemite with Preview Update 3). However, when I want to activate the TimeMachine I get the error The server may not exist or is unavalable at this ...
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Delete one folder from One Backup TimeMachine

In Time Machine there is delete backups which deletes entire backup, and delete all copies of aaaa folder/file which deletes this folder from all backups. How do you delete one folder from one backup ...
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Restore Deleted Mails in Mail App

I am using MAC Mail app for my mails from several accounts. So somehow two of my gmail's mails got deleted and since it was using IMAP the web also deleted all of it. Other emails from Yahoo and ...
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Clone BOOTCAMP partiton for later full restore [OSX]

I have 2 Macs at home, a Macbook Pro and a Mac Mini. I want to move the Minis data to MBPs and vice versa. I made a time machine backup of both Macs, on my external HDD. The challenge is that both ...
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Attempted to reconnect old Time Machine backup; partition now completely inaccessible

I'm running Mavericks on a Macbook Pro Early 2011. I had the logic board of my Macbook Pro replaced by Apple. I have Time Machine backups on one partition of a 2GB external drive. As you may know, ...
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OSX Time Machine backup Users partition

I use Time Machine to backup my OSX Mountain Lion computer. Recently I moved the "/Users" folder to a separate partition and used fstab to mount it back to "/Users". That all works fine. But Time ...
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folder icon looks like ms word document icon

I just copied a directory from a Time Machine Backup of a 2009 iMac running Snow Leopard to a 2013 14,1 iMac running Mavericks. I went into the backup via Finder, not through the Time Machine utility, ...
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MySQL does not work on MacBook Pro after restoring from Time Machine

I just used Time Machine to restore my hard drive. However I am not able to connect to MySQL. I get the following error when I type mysql -u root -p. ERROR 2002 (HY000): Can't connect to local ...
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Time-Machine weekly not incremental? [duplicate]

I Recently bought a 2Tb external drive and configured time machine on my OS X 10.6.8 iMac. It started by making a full backup (approximately 1.6 Tb). Fine. I see a series of hourly incremental backups ...
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Time machine backup to hard drive on server

I have a linux machine that i use as a general server, I would like to be able to backup my mac to a hard drive plugged into the linux machine, is this possible?
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Time Machine encryption versus disk encryption

I'm backing up with Time Machine on a Mac Pro to an internal hard drive. I have encrypted my Time Machine backup in system preferences. This resulted in an initial backup of about 2 days, and backups ...
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Recover Time Machine partition that turned MBR only instead of GUID

I have one drive that has a NTFS partition, a TimeMachine partition (I guess HFS+) and empty space. The other day, I did one partition more from Windows 8 (bootcamp) and since then, I can't see the ...
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Back up multiple macs to an external connected to a time capsule

We have several Macs in our house backing up to a single Time Machine with an external hard drive attached via USB. We also have user accounts set up on the Time Machine for each Mac owner in the ...
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How can I automate multiple back-ups of Mac OS, data and archives?

I would like to automatically back up my Mac OS, Data on the Mac, and also Archived data that I only keep on an external storage device (because the mac has limited storage itself). I imagine the ...
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TimeMachine migrates to the wrong date. How do I specifiy which date to migrate from?

Recently, my MacBook Pro 2011 unibody, 10.7.5 crashed due to bad sectors. After installing a new a hard drive, I preformed a restore via the migration assistance. It all went well except that it ...
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Carbon Copy Cloner corrupted Time Machine?

After cloning my internal drive to an external drive using Carbon Copy Cloner and booting from the external drive once (then booting from my internal drive again), Time Machine thinks that every ...
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Time Machine is doing only partial backup

I am trying to use my LaCie external drive to backup from my Mac (system 10.6.8) and the backed up file on the external drive is titled ".....In Progress", and won't open. I have tried erasing the ...
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How do I collapse a machine's Time Machine snapshots to just the final one?

I want to drop all but the latest snapshot from several retired machines' Time Machine store. The computers are no longer in active use, so being able to go back in time a few months ago from their ...
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Problems with my Time Machine drive on my Ubuntu server

Complete Linux novice here, I've been trying to set up one of my disks in my server as a Time Machine backup. Below is a follow up from this post: ...
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OSX 10.9 Time Machine backup to NAS

I recently upgraded from 10.6.8 to 10.9. on snow leopard i was able to make time machine backups over the network to my nas, i think i had to tweak some settings but i dont recall what i did. now ...
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Time Machine backup failed with error 33

When I start backup process I see the following error messages in console 26.10.13 22:21:29,379 com.apple.backupd[937]: Not starting automatic Time Machine backup: System clock is wrong. 26.10.13 ...
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How can I connect OS X to a QNAP Time Machine volume?

I have a QNAP TS-212 NAS running the latest 4.0.2 firmware. This firmware has a Backup Station option where it creates a Time Machine backup volume for OS X to use. In my case OS X 10.8.5. When I ...
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Time machine removed usr/bin/sudo. How can I get it back?

I had some issues with my Macbook, and I used Time Machine to recover a version of usr/bin. Unfortunately, somewhere along the process, usr/bin/sudo was removed. Now, even if I want to recover ...
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How do I create an automatic, bootable backup of Windows 8 that only backs up changes, like Mac's Time Machine?

I have a Mac (running Mountain Lion) and a Windows 8 computer. I use Time Machine for my Mac, which has saved me a few times when my HD dies, by allowing me to simply restore my entire computer and ...
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Can I transfer ITunes music from Time Machine to Windows 7

I don't have a Mac available to me (the logic board died). I have my whole Mac backed up on an external HD by way of Time Machine. I would like to copy just the music to my new Windows 7 laptop. I ...
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Choosing Specific Files from Time Machine After Reformat

I had been using Time Machine for full back-ups of my MacBook Pro for a couple of years. Today, I reformatted my internal drive with the intention of building it up piece by piece, so I opted to NOT ...
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Can Time Machine backup Windows running on Parallels

Ive got Time Machine running on my macbook and that covers the backup of almost everything, but there are also a few programs that i have to run on windows that i use parallels for. Can Time Machine ...
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access other mac's time machine drive and backup macbook with wireless adhoc

I have 1 iMac with external time machine drive and 1 macbook air. My iMac's external time machine drive is active and I know 1 disk can be use for multiple mac's backup. I want to backup my macbook ...
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Time Machine backs up symbolic links that haven't changed

Lately I've noticed that my Time Machine backups are taking a very long time. I recently replaced my boot drive, and I thought the problem might have been due to the way I reconnected the drive to the ...
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Get Time Machine's current state in terminal

I'm wondering if there's any way to get the current status of Time Machine's backup process in terminal. I'm interested in whether backup is in progress (or not) and what its percentage of completion ...
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Why does OS X Time Machine create directory hardlinks?

I've been reading up on how OS X Time Machine works. Appearantly it creates hard links for directories as well. I'd imagine directories could just be created and only files could be hard linked. Is ...
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Make Time Machine stop opening a new window when backing up

A few weeks ago, I ran quite a few of the commands found at https://github.com/mathiasbynens/dotfiles/blob/master/.osx hoping to get rid of a few of the annoyances on my Mac. Unfortunately, in the ...
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cant install osx 10.8 - error “the disk is used for time machine” - its my main HD

Im trying to upgrade to 10.8 from 10.7.5 on my "13-inch macbook, aluminum late 2008", when i run the install i click agree on the T&C, and then i get to select the HD i want to install it on (but ...
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Time Machine backup taking longer over Ethernet than Wifi?

I just purchased a Synology DS412J NAS. I installed 2 3tb drives in it and formated it as SHR1. I have a fileshare setup to store my Time Machine Backups. I started a fresh TM backup on my Mac Mini ...
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If OS X is slow, will a Time Machine backup, clean installation and restore make any difference?

I've heard people suggest that when your Mac is slow, you should: perform a Time Machine backup do a clean installation of the OS then restore the time machine backup after installation. I'm ...
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OS X: Delete single folder of Time Machine Backup via Terminal

I know there is tmutil delete to delete single timemachine snapshots from a backup of another machine — but now I need to delete only one of the folders inside the backup. On my old (and now dead) ...
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OS X Mountain Lion unstable after Time Machine restore

I recently sent my Apple MacBook Pro (Retina 15" mid-2012 with OS X 10.8.3) in to Apple to repair the screen, and they wiped the hard drive. I connected my external Time Machine drive and booted into ...
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Permissions Error Time Capsule (can't rsync owned by root:wheel group)

So, I had just flat out erased my Time Capsules 2TB drive and began running a sync script I wrote alongside a Time Machine Backup. They both have been running for over a day without a hitch, but out ...
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How to use my new external HD for Time Machine backup

I use Mac OS X 10.6.8. I have a brand new external portable hard disk, a Seagate 1 TB, formatted as NTFS. I want to use it as backup drive for Time Machine. When I open Time Machine, it does not ...
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Time Machine permission errors

I back up fairly regularly with Time Machine. Recently, my hard drive crashed and now I wish to put my old contents onto /temp. I am unable to do it in the laptop, as when I open the 'documents' ...
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Is there a way to detect why a command line task like rm is still not done after several hours on mac os x?

I was trying to get Time Machine working again on my OS X 10.7 (Lion) powered iMac, and a remote drive on airport base station, and the only solution that worked was the rename my .sparsebundle file ...
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How do I find and mount the virtual volume named “TIme Machine backups”?

I have a couple iMac computers running Mac OS X 10.7 and 10.8 which back up to a 3 tb hard disk which is attached to an Airport (Apple wireless router + usb disk server). They appear to be storing ...
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Backup sshfs volume via Time Machine on macosx

Is it possible to mount a filesystem via sshfs on my mac and have time machine back that up to external disk? Time machine does backup any other external drives to its dedicated external drive so ...
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Time Machine over network using incorrect realm for kerberos authentication

Question: how can I influence the kerberos realm that Time Machine, or more specifically NetAuthSysAgent, uses? Time Machine backups over the network are failing on OS X 10.7 / 10.8 clients except ...
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When re-installing OS X and importing using Time Machine, which imports should I avoid?

My computer has been having several problems related to hanging and poor graphics performance. I want to re-install OS X to get a completely clean system. I want to keep my files, so I'm going to use ...