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 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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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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Verifying Time Machine backups

I'm preparing my system for a Snow Leopard upgrade, and I prepare for the worst case scenario: full reinstall and restore. I would like to verify that my Time Machine backups are valid, and will ...
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Can Linux mount a normal Time Machine sparse bundle disk image directory?

I am looking to see if Linux can mount and read the files natively stored on a Time Capsule over a network share. Like this question, I am looking for something that replicates at least read-only ...
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Are Time Machine backups incremental? And is Time Machine any better on Snow Leopard?

I would like to understand how Time Machine backups work and has this been made any better in Snow Leopard?
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Mac - Convert from Case-Sensitive to Case-Insensitive File System

So I just got my first Mac. After getting everything set up just the way I wanted it I decided to install Steam. When I opened Steam it said something about not supporting case-sensitive file ...
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Wireless backups with Time Machine without Time Capsule

I just bought a 1TB external drive. I would like to set up time machine to backup wireless. Is there anyway I can do this with the components I have now. Which are 1 macbook osx 10.6, 1 desktop pc ...
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Time machine backup on S3

Is there any possibility to use Amazon S3 for Mac OS X time machine backups? Or in other words: Use S3 rather an external hard disk for time machine backups?
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Does Apple's Time Machine app really copy everthing

Wanted to wipe out my drive, but wanted to make sure when restoring from Time Machine, all files, apps, hack-apps, will still work?
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How do I trim my Time Machine backups and find and exclude frequently-updated large files from bloating it?

Time Machine is nice because it Just Works and it does its magic in the background. But left to itself, it can really swell up due to either large files that you don't really need backed up slipping ...
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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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Change Frequency of Time Machine Backups?

Is it possible to change the frequency of when Time Machine performs its backup?
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TimeMachine on Ubuntu?

Is there a TimeMachine like backup system for Ubuntu? If not, what is the closest thing?
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Way to migrate Time Machine data to a new disk

I know that there's a "Change Disk..." button in Time Machine, but what if you want to migrate the data (hours, weeks, and maybe even months) to a new, larger disk without starting over again?
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How do I retrieve files from Time Machine backups from another computer?

Really it's the same computer - I just did a fresh install of Snow Leopard. When I try to open the Documents directory from my old user account I get The folder "Documents" can't be opened because ...
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Backup software for Mac OS X [closed]

Which backup software do you recommend for Mac OS X? As you probably know, Leopard comes with an integrated backup tool called Time Machine. It works pretty well despite it misses some advanced ...
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How do I use OSX Lion Time Machine with Windows Home Server?

My wife and I have a mixed Windows and Mac household. A couple years ago I purchased a HP MediaSmart server with Windows Home Server on it. HP provided software to get Time Machine on Leopard to work ...
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is there a way to stop mac osx disk encryption in progress?

I chose a 1T external drive for time machine and checked the "encrypt backups" option. I thought it will only encrypt the backups, but as it seems it is now encrypting the whole drive which has quite ...
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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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Time Machine: “Delete all backups of selected files”

I am reaching the capacity limit of my Time Machine drive. Instead of purging snapshots from way back when, I'd like to just delete the backups of large files that I definitely do not need (such as ...
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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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Mac OS X full-disk encryption, with Time Machine

I want to encrypt at least my home partition on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5. I know both File Vault and TrueCrypt would do this, but I also want to keep on using Time Machine to back up my ...
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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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Permissions restoring from Time Machine - Finder copy vs “cp” copy

Note: this question was starting to sprawl so I rewrote it. I have a folder that I'm trying to restore from a Time Machine backup. Using cp -R works fine, but certain folders cannot be restored with ...
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How can I share an external hard drive between a Mac and a PC?

How should I format my hard drive for use on both a Mac and a PC? Is there any way I can also use Time Machine with this drive?
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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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When using Time Machine, does it follow Symbolic Links in mac?

I have a mac with a 250gb hd. My iTunes library is in an external hard disk, 500gb. I have Symbolic Links in my home music folder pointing to the files and the xml library (I dont let iTunes organize ...
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Accessing Time Machine backup from Windows/Linux laptops

I'm wondering if I can access my time machine backup from Windows or Linux computers... I'm just wondering what'll happen if my computer fails and I don't have enough money to buy a new mac...
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Time machine failing to backup as sparsebundle is already in use

I have an airport extreme with a drive connected, and use it for backing up snow leopard macs. I have an occasional problem with one of them that says "the backup disk image ... is already in use" and ...
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Removing large files from Time Machine?

I love the way Time Machine works. And I'm smart enough to have excluded certain folders, like Music and others. But I foolishly forgot to exclude my virtual machines. That's 3GB+ that's now been ...
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tms-like Time Machine backup utility for Snow Leopard?

I'm looking for a tool like tms that I can use to browse files on a Time Machine backup (on a Time Capsule) of another computer. tms is apparently "expired" and refuses to work on Snow Leopard.
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Time Capsule & Encrypted Backups under OS X Lion

How can I have an encrypted Time Machine backup on my Time Capsule? The option is in Time Machine preferences, but greyed out. Anyone know of hacks/workarounds to make this work?
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How to reuse backup on Time Machine on Snow Leopard after a logic board change, after choosing wrong option on popup

After my logic board was replaced, I connected my laptop back to my network, and Time Machine gave me a popup, as shown on this thread: ...
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Are Time Machine backups secure?

I have my Time Machine backups on an external disk (WD My Passport with no hardware encryption) and I'm worried if the data stored on the disk is safe in case somebody steals it and connect it to any ...
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How to make TimeMachine back up contents of any path or mounted volume

I keep different types of data in different encrypted sparsebundle images (say, one for each client) which automatically mount upon login but can't be opened by anybody other than myself. So, after ...
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How to stop Spotlight indexing a networked Time Machine backup?

My Time Machine backs up to a hard drive connected to my Airport Extreme. After I've upgraded to Lion I have noticed that the mds process (the Spotlight indexer) has been running at 100% cpu every now ...
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Can I restore files from a Time Machine backup onto a different computer?

I have a Time Machine backup (of personal files only) made from my MacBook Pro provided by my previous employer. Now I have a new job and a new (employer-provided) MacBook Pro. Can I somehow restore ...
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How to jailbreak an Apple Time Capsule?

Anyone know of any tools to jailbreak an Apple Time capsule? I'm interested in installing sshd for sshfs access.
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Migrating Time Machine Volumes

I have two external drives I use for Time Machine backups. On each drive, I have Time Machine backups for multiple computers. My primary computer has a large disk, and the associated external Time ...
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How to restore a failed external hard drive from Time Machine?

My external hard drive has failed. It will no longer spin up and therefore is unmountable. Thankfully I had added it to my OSX Time Machine backups. So, since disks are cheap, I can just go buy a ...
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Migrate selected applications from a Time Machine backup

I upgraded to OSX Lion. I have a previous Time Machine backup and I would like to get back just the information from Mail iTunes iPhoto I wonder if there is any workaround in the migration ...
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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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Extracting Data from a WD MyBook External Disk

I have a WD Essentials MyBook, which was working fine as my Time Machine volume on Snow Leopard. I have since upgraded to Lion and now the disk is really slow to access. I tried to take the disk out ...
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Error during Time Machine backups on OS X Lion

After I turn on my machine, the first couple of Time Machine backups seem to go OK, but after about an hour I get this error: Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup ...
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Disable Time Machine reminder on Mac

While giving a presentation in Keynote for a job interview, the presentation suddenly exit and I got a Time Machine message telling me that the last backup was more than x days ago, which was very bad ...
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Can I use the same disk to backup multiple Macs with Time Machine?

So I've been using an external hard drive to backup one of my Macs using Time Machine. Now I have another Mac that I feel the need to backup, but I don't want to buy a new hard drive, so I was ...
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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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How well do Macs work with Windows Home Server?

If a network has a Windows Home Server setup, how well can a Mac running Leopard 10.5.8 take advantage of the services provided by the Windows Home Server system? I'm specifically looking for Time ...
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TimeMachine: how to identify which files are bloating the backups?

I just started a TimeMachine backup after having only negligible changes to files on my HD (as far as I can tell). Yet the backup is shown to be of ~6GB (!!) Is there some easy way for me to see ...
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How much space should I reserve for my Time Machine backups?

I'm quite new to the whole Mac OS X and all of its services. I have my MacBook Pro now for about 3 months. What I wanted to do now is to setup automatic backups using the Time Machine. The situation ...