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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How do I configure Time Machine to correctly mount my external hard drive after waking my laptop up?

I have a an external hard drive attached via USB to my 13 inch Mac Book Air 2011 running 10.7.4. I have Time Machine setup to backup to this drive exclusively; this hard drive serves no other purpose. ...
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Time machine slows to a crawl

When the time machine backup starts, the speed of the backup, as reported by the progress window, seem fine. I have a USB 3 disk and it reports 60GB will be backed up in about an hour. For the first 5 ...
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Time machine backups getting corrupted

About once a month, I get the following message for my time machine backup: Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for ...
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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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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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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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Why does my Time Machine backup fail?

I am trying to backup my Laptop to my UnRAID server. Now the third time it failed and displayed this message: My backup is 650 GB big and contains 1.6 million files. May this be the problem? Or is ...
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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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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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Time Machine says it must create a new backup erasing my backup history?

Time Machine completed a verification of your backups on “MyBackupDrive”. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you. What does this mean and why did it happen?
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Time Machine seems to ignore external drive

I have an external disk formatted HFS+ case sensitive. When time machine runs it seems to ignore the entire filesystem on that drive. The volume name shows up if I dig in to Backs.backupsdb but it's ...
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Time Machine - backup is too large for the backup disk?

I just installed a new 1TB system drive, of which 872 GB are currently available, and installed Snow Leopard on it. I also installed a new 1TB backup drive, which I formatted in Mac OS Extended ...
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restore os x from specific time machine backup

I upgraded to yosemite, but it was killing my computer, so I decided to restore my compute from a time machine backup I have on an external hard drive. My time machine backup directory ...
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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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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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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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Migrate to a new Mac does not recognize external HD

I bought a new Mac (Mini Late 2012). I have a Time Machine backup of the older computer (Macbook Unibody Late 2008) and I want to restore system configuration and apps. I open Migration Assistant, ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 - Timemachine - Suddenly can't find disk

I have used my Ubuntu server as backup through my network with my Mac Book Pro Mountain Lion for a while. But suddenly it won't work. It sais it can't find the disk. Even though I can connect through ...
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Can I use the Snow Leopard install discs to recover a Mountain Lion Time Machine backup onto a new hard drive?

I'd like to install a new SSD into my 15" mid 2010 MacBook Pro which is currently running Mountain Lion. Previously when I have changed the hard drive I've been able to recover the system using its ...
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How do I prevent Time Machine's persistent dialog “xserve.local unavailable”?

Running Mac Os X 10.7.5, all of a sudden I'm getting hourly connection errors caused by Time Machine when I'm away from our work network, saying it can't connect to the backup server – duh! The alerts ...
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Time Machine backups & OS restore

My permissions were all screwed up and after every exhaustible try to change them all back my only solution was a complete restore. So I did a time machine backup onto my external and started ...
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Why are my backed up Time Machine files smaller than the originals?

Why are the files I've backed up smaller than the actual files? For example, Aperture is 225 GB on my external drive but only 202 GB on the Time Machine backup.
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External Drive appearing as Logical Volume Group, cannot use as Time Machine on Mac

Once upon a time I encrypted my Time Machine and I cannot remember the password I used to encrypt it (yes, very frustrating). I wiped my Time Machine using Disk Utility, thinking I could just start ...
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Setup new Mac from encrypted timemachine

I was setting up my new Mac from encrypted timemachine, to my surprise, Lion start importing the files from timemachine without asking for the encrypted key. I couldn't find any documentation about ...
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Problems with TimeMachine configuration - can I blow this away and start over?

I am migrating from a MacBook Pro (early 2009 - OSX 10.6.8) to a new MacBook Pro (OSX 10.7.2). I have been backing up to an external drive using TimeMachine. I want to migrate the back up to my new ...
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Time machine moving files from .Trashes

My HDD on my laptop (MBP 13) running Lion decided to suddenly die. Just before it did, my intelligent self was deleting files from my external HDD where TimeMachine was doing backups. My reason for ...
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How do I use Time Machine to restore my Mac to its previous state?

OSX Lion I accidentally installed a bad driver, and it's causing problems. I want to use Time Machine to have my entire system go back to its previous state. So I went into "Recovery HD" option (ALT ...
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Time Machine preferences being ignored

I have partitioned a 1TB external drive into three independent drives i.e. iTunes, Docs, Video. In Time Machine I have set the Preferences to only back up the internal drive (which contains my apps, ...
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Backup with Time Machine on WD My Book live fails

Directly after buying this baby I had no problems using the built-in Time Machine compatibility. Then the problems began. Back then I wasn’t able to associate an application directly with the failing ...
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How I restore Apache to a usable state from a time machine backup?

I have just restored a time machine backup to a new Macbook Pro. Everything seems to work fine apart from Apache. I am a PHP developer so have a custom setup but use the stock apache install with a ...
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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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Time Machine doesn't back up some folders/files (that it should)

MacBook Pro 17" (Snow Leopard) --> WD 2TB external drive MacBook Pro 13" (Snow Leopard) --> Seagate 1TB external drive I find that Time Machine sometimes doesn't back up new folders (and the files in ...
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Excluding SyncServices from Time Machine backups

I've noticed using BackupLoupe* that lately each of my Time Machine backups burns some space on ~/Library/Application Support/SyncServices. Can I safely exclude the directory from Time Machine if I ...
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Deleted most recent Time Machine backup, will my alias still work?

I deleted my most recent Time Machine backup and now my 'Latest' alias tells me "The operation can't be completed because the original item for 'Latest' can't be found." Will this autocorrect once I ...
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Cannot access old time machine backups in mac osx due to permissions

I can't access my old backups on my external HD because I'm getting permissions errors. I have no luck even with trying to change the settings via "Get Info" in Finder. Can someone please help me?
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How to recover the disk and the data from Time Machine failure

I have a problem when it's started to do Time Machine the process was stucked within 2 mins. Could you advice me to recover the data from the external disk? I can not access the disk and can not ...
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missing the 'Latest' folder in Time Machine

The 'Latest' Symink is missing form my friends Time Machine backup that is making it think there is no backup at all. the Hard drive failed on the computer and we are unable to restore because of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Alternatives to Time Machine

I have been having trouble with time machine now for a long time. I originally thought it was my network storage device, so I got a new one and the problems persist. See my question here: Time ...
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Time Machine is getting stuck at “Preparing to Back Up” and my Trash isn't emptying

I have encountered two separate problems, but I am putting them in the same question in case they are related. First, my Trash would not empty. It seems to be getting stuck on certain files, because ...
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Time machine back up with iMac 27

I am using iMac 27 with Lion Mac Os 10.7.3. I was using a hard disk for time machine back up which was working fine till the internal hard disk crashed. After replacing the hard disk I was able to ...