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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Partition Hard Drive for use with Time Machine

Is it possible to partition a hard drive in two and use one partition for Time Machine and the other for other uses? I am running Mac OS X 10.6.5 if it makes any difference. EDIT: For clarification ...
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I want to access the documents from my Mac that I backed up using Time Machine on my PC. How do I do this?

I can't take my iMac desktop with me to Colorado so I decided to take an old PC laptop I had. I backed up all of my Mac files using Time Machine onto an external hard drive. How do I access these ...
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Safe to manually delete backed-up files from Time Machine? TM takes for ever to delete backups

Is it safe to manually delete files and folders from a time capsule? ( Apple's Time Machine backup system calls backup partitions that way ) Because using TM's option Delete all backups of ... is ...
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How to restore data from external hard drive before “Erase” command of Time Machine (OS X)

I gave my external hard drive to a friend using MacBook. She plugged in and accidentally used my ext. hard drive for Time Machine. This is what happened, according to her (I don't use Mac so I dont ...
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How can I know what files and folders is Apple's Time Machine backing up?

How can I know what files and folders is Apple's Time Machine backing up when it's making a backup? I tried to exclude all the folders that are likely to contain big files, change often and are not ...
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setting up time machine for specific folder of disk not entire disk

hmm ! hello All. I just wanted to whether is it possible to take back-up of specific folder rather than entire disk ? Let me explain more deeply. Suppose I have folder named OfficeImportants in ...
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Restore (find) mystery files from time machine backup

I'm helping someone using time machine. The user deleted some files off there hdd because they where backed up on the time machine. Well now the user wants to restore the files. Here comes the kicker. ...
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How can I archive old time machine backups

I have an external drive with an old mac's time machine backups on it. It takes up about 80% of the hard drive. What i would like to do is just take the final snapshot that it took of the old mac ...
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Run time machine on a low priority

I noticed that every time TimeMachine runs, my mac becomes less responsive. Is it possible to run the time machine process on a lower priority?
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Excluding items from managed Time Machine

Is there any way to exclude items from Time Machine when it's set up on a computer being managed with Workgroup Manager/Open Directory? We have some Macs set up with Open Directory and have used ...
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How to fix Time Machine's “This backup is too large for the backup disk”?

Why I am always seeing this window on my system? I have changed the disk with a new one, bigger and after a while the message shows again. As far as I know, TM deletes old backups to store the new ...
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Restoring from Time Machine - Permissions Error

I am moving some old folders from my Mac PowerBook Pro to a UNIX network drive. In doing so I was getting a few "all files could not be copied" errors which I ignored, thinking it was aliases which ...
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How to get up and running immediately from a Time Machine backup and a borrowed computer

Imagine me showing up at my friend's doorstep with a laptop in several charred pieces, an intact external drive with (phew) Time Machine backups, and a deadline in a few hours. "Quick," I say, "give ...
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Whose backups will be deleted first when backuping multiple computers using Time Machine to one disk?

Now I have two partitions for each computer to backup there. Backups from my mac book are always big (about one gigabyte minimum), backups from second machine are mostly small (rarely more than few ...
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Mac Time Machine drive is “too small” or “permanately damaged”?

I have a 80gb HD in my Mac Mini... but only about 30gb of it is in use. I thought an old 60gb HD would be MORE than enough space. (Since I don't need to keep many duplicate copies of old files. ...
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Is it possible to restore only some apps from a Time Machine backup?

I have a time machine backup from my old laptop and I'd like to restore some parts of it onto a new one. I know I could restore the whole thing, and that's not out of the question, but I'd like to ...
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Time Machine backup solution for MacBookPro 5,3 (4TB+)

I have a MacBook Pro I'd like to backup using Time Machine. I have money to purchase any storage solution that will allow me to keep 4TB+ of "history" of a FileVault volume. My current solution gives ...
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Time Machine Single File Restore after System Reinstall

Is it possible to restore a single file (e.g. my Aperture library) from a Time Machine backup when I reinstall the OS? I want a fresh install and not restore the whole system from backup.
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Reduce Time Machine backup sizes

The average size of 'empty' back-up is 100-200Mb on my machine. By 'empty' I mean that sometimes you log-in into a computer after few hours and see time machine working with a message like 'copying ...
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How to use Time Machine with File Vault

I have a Mac with one user using File Vault. I am enabling Time Machine. How do I make sure the File Vaulted directory gets backed up?
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Snapshots are disappearing from Time Machine. Why?

I have TimeMachine enabled for my external HDD. I'm triggering backups manually 2 times per week. I have noticed, that some snapshots, that i made, are gone. I noticed this behaviour several weeks ...
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Time Machine for non-hard-drives

Is there a good method or application for backing up USB keys with Time Machine? Often I take my work from one computer to another on a USB key and thus that is where the most recent version of it ...
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Deleting Time Machine in Mac OS X 10.6.4

Does anyone know how to delete Time Machine in Mac OS X 10.6.4? Before answering: sudo rm -rf /whateverthetimemachineis does not work Disabling the ACL permissions first with sudo fsaclctl -p ...
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Exploit Time Machine sparsebundle file

I use time machine with a non HFS+ network drive to backup my data thank to the following command: defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 Everything was working ...
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Restoring over USB from Timecapsule?

I have a Time Capsule and am going to do a restore to a new Mac I bought. Instead of doing this restore over ethernet (or wifi [shudder]) is there any way to do the restore over USB from the Mac to ...
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Why do a system backup when Time Machine already does it?

According to this question Does Apple's Time Machine app really copy everthing Time Machine can do a full system restore as long as you have the original OS dvd. With this in mind, is there ...
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Is it possible to backup to an Airport Disk formatted with journaling?

Is it possible make time machine backups to an disk plugged into an Airport Extreme base station when the disk is formatted as Mac OS Extended Journaled? I've tried formatting the disk in this way, ...
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Time Machine Backup stalls out writing to WD external USB drive

I'm new to Mac and have been using my MacBook Pro (10.6.4) for about a month, so I figured it was time to get backups working. I am using about 150 GB on my HD, but a lot of that is Parallels 5 ...
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Macbook Pro HDD corrupt - How to backup & restore both OSX and Windows XP (Bootcamp)

My Macbook's harddrive is corrupt, and OSX no longer boots, but Windows does through Bootcamp. What is the best way for me to backup and restore my data? How do I backup Windows XP? (Can I backup ...
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Can I resume backing up in Time Machine on my Mac?

I'm in the process right now of creating a backup in Time Machine, but I don't think I have enough time to fully make the back up. If I cancel now (Press the little X button next to the "Backing up x ...
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Would there be any problem having a Mac Time Machine backup on a multi-partitioned external USB drive?

Question pretty sums it up - should I expect any problems having an external USB hard drive with 2 or more partitions and using one of those partitions as my Mac Time Machine backup (formatted HFS+ of ...
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Recoving Contacts from a Mac Time Machine into a PC

I recently had my Mac break down on me and it was way to expensive to fix. I decided to take an inexpensive HP/windows 7 for the time being. I have a ton of contacts in my address book of the Mac but ...
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What, according to Time Machine, are “System Files and Applications”?

On Time Machine in Mac OS X (10.6), if you add /System to the exclusion list (items that should not be included in backups), it offers to exclude all "System Files and Applications" as well. What ...
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Time machine not backing up my Home Folder

I just started using Time Machine, and it appears to not be backing up my Home Folder. I just went 'back in time' and clicked on the Home Folder icon and it said 0 files. I need the things in my Home ...
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Is it possible to remove a single file from a Time Capsule backup?

I have a Time Capsule and it has backup images of my computer. There is a file within the backup that I wish to delete but I do not want to delete the entire backup. Is this possible?
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Run Time Machine on same disk containing Windows files

I have an external storage device that's pretty big. I would like to store my OS X Time Machine backup files on it, but it already has a few files I've backed up from a windows machine. Will it be a ...
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How does Time Machine deal with hard links

If I create multiple hard links to the same file on my system, will Time Machine detect it and make only one physical copy of the file?
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Backing up data on Mac OS X with 2 hard drives

I'd like to buy 2 USB hard drives and simulate a RAID0 array i.e. plug both drives into my MacBook Pro and have Time Machine back up my data across BOTH drives so that they're mirrors of one another. ...
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How can I be notified immediately if time machine is not able to make a backup?

My external hard drive sometimes decides not to turn on with my computer. Time machine tries to make a backup, but fails. After ten days of trying to make backups it pops up a warning telling me it ...
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Mounting a sparsebundle in OS X (specifically Time Machine)

I have a (not critical) problem, that seems to have been introduced with 10.6.4. I backup using Time Machine to an Airport disk (same as a Time Capsule). But if I mount the sparsebundle image ...
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How to automatically eject external drive after Time Machine runs

I have a MacBook Pro which I regularly dock to an external monitor. I have my mouse, keyboard, and iPhone dock, and an external hard drive connected via a USB hub so that I only have to make one USB ...
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How can I delete Time Machine files using the commandline

I want to delete some files/directories from my Time Machine Partition using rm, but am unable to do so. I'm pretty sure the problem is related to some sort of access control extended attributes on ...
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My Time machine partition disappeared on my WD MyBookWorld NAS

Several month ago I bought WD MyBookWorld 1TO NAS. After upgrading the firmware to the last version, I was able to configure time machine. On the left pane of the finder window, under the "Shared" ...
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Does Mac OS X's “Time Machine” back up all partitions on a dual-boot machine?

I have a dual-boot MacBook Pro with multiple partitions - of which most are not MacOS partitions. I'd like to have a backup program that backs up the entire drive including all partitions. Can Time ...
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Time Capsule on Windows 7

I use Time Machine to backup my MacBook Pro. Everything works fine. My girlfriend has a PC with Windows 7 installed. She wants to backup her PC with Cobian Backup on Time Machine, but her PC doesn't ...
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Time Machine (OSX) doesn't back up files in Mount Point or Disk Image File

I found this Q&A (http://superuser.com/questions/148849/backup-mounted-drive-of-an-image-in-time-machine) and this prompted me to ask the following question: I have two disk images which are ...
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Hungry Time Machine

i have Time Machine, enabled on my mac in manual mode. Each day, i making a backup by clicking "Backup Now". Each time, a few Gb are used, to do the backup. The question is - Why so much ? Each day i ...
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Applications with Time Machine integration

Is there a list of Mac applications that integrate with Time Machine? I think iPhoto has a somewhat hidden feature that allows you to browse previous versions of its library. What else is out there? ...
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What software utility can set detailed Time Machine settings?

I used to have a utility that allowed me some control over setting the frequency of Time Machine backups, but unfortunately I have lost the name of that utility. Does anyone know of any?
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Programs keep waiting for external disk to spin up - how to ignore disk?

Like many Mac users I have an external Firewire disk hooked up to my Mac to be used by Time Machine. This works very well, backup-wise. The problem is that very often when I use a Mac application and ...