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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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 ...
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Best linux backup software that is most like Time Machine [closed]

What is the best Linux Mint backup tool that is most like Time Machine (that ships on Macs)? The one thing that I want it to have similar to Time Machine is that it only backs up files that have been ...
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Why has my Mac been running fsck_hfs for two days now?

I first noticed that fsck_hfs was running, taking up 50-75% of a CPU, yesterday. It continues to run today. ps shows that it is doing /sbin/fsck_hfs -f -n -x -E /dev/disk3. Only problem: I don’t ...
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How to shedule time machine backup

the standard backup interval for Time Machine is 1 hour. In plist-file, i changed it to one day. But, i need more tweak - to launch Time Machine backup at the specified time of day. I prefer making ...
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Command-line access for Apple Time Machine?

We use Apple's Time Machine to back up our Apple 10.5.8 workstations at the office. If I want to restore a file, I need to open up the Time Machine GUI and browse files there. The GUI is ugly ...
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Restore using time machine from an macbook to an macbook pro (first intel)

My girlfriend have Macbook 10.6.3, the first plastic version. the screen broke an its at service store now. In the mean time, i have tried to restore from hers TM backup to my old macbook pro 10.6.3 ...
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Time Machine (archive) of pre-Leopard systems?

I want to get off an older Mac OS X system permanently. It is an iBook G3, so that has two important characteristics: Power PC, not Intel based. Runs only Tiger, not Leopard. This means, as far ...
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How to configure Time Machine to also backup an connected external hard drive?

I've inserted a sweet SSD into my MacBook Pro, but it had limited space. So I had to export 60 GB of Data to an external hard drive. But now, when I run TimeMachine to backup my stuff, of course it ...
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Is it ok to work with files, while Time Machine is backing them up?

Currently, my Mac is backing all my data up. At this time, I working ... Is it ok, when I move/change files during backup ? Or, I will have side-effects later ?
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How to use Windows Server 2008 as a Time Machine-style backup?

Is there any way to setup Windows Server 2008 as a Time Machine-like backup device for my laptop?
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What's the easiest way to move from one Macintosh to another?

Here's the story: Company bought me a $599 Mac mini (as of this writing, 2.26GHz/160GB HD/2GB RAM) I have it set up to some extent with software for development Company decides it needs a second Mac ...
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Opening Time-Machine OSX backup files on Windows 7?

Have Time Machine backups on a Western Digital External HD. The Time Machine backups were done on my now dead Mac G4 running OSX Leopard- I am waiting on a new iMac but in the meantime I need to ...
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Backup mounted drive of an image in Time Machine

As a mac user, I'm fairly new but I now find myself using disk images a lot (dmgs and sparseimages/bundles) to organise my files. Mostly encrypted images to hold my private stuff and other images that ...
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Backing up my xcode projects

What is the best way of ensuring my xcode projects are backed up. I am new to Mac and I see there is a timemachine programme, but isn't that for all files? I just want to make sure my xcode files ...
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How to stop Time Machine on Mac use of removable disk?

One of my friend recently bought a Mac and somehow when she connect her removable disk to the computer, Time Machine took control of this device uses it as backup device automatically -- she could not ...
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Is it possible to browse a Time Machine sparsebundle file on a non Mac OS X system

(e.g. Linux) - command line or tool is fine. Time Machine backups on local disks are just folders with softlinks, so they are easy to browse.
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How do I verify that Time Machine backed up my system properly?

I just used Apple's Time Machine for the first time on my new laptop...I wonder if everything backed up ok, what is the best way to check?
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Can I use the Apple Time Capsule as a NAS?

1) Can I use Time Capsule as server? Can I run operating systems on it? 2) I'm using Time Machine with my Mac with Time Capsule. Let's say my Mac crashes, and I cannot use it anymore. Can I restore ...