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Questions tagged [time-machine]

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 does deleting old backups from time machine work

Time machine uses incremental backups, so to restore a backup it needs all backups made. Time machine also has the feature to delete the oldest backup when there is no free space anymore. But isn't ...
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Wrong click with Time Machine use [on hold]

I never use time machine & not connected any hard drive with my mac for this system, so while i connect an external hard drive i click every time "decide later" or "don't use" option before, but ...
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Disk Utility First Aid Fails on Time Machine Disk

I've been backing up my Mac with Time Machine on an external hard drive for several years. I recently plugged the external drive into my Mac, it spent a long time running fsck_hfs and finally showed ...
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Install mac os x from time machine

I have a MacBook pro that I backup using time machine. I need to set up a mac mini but I want the same programs and settings I have on my MacBook. Will it be ok if I install it from the MacBook’s time ...
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TimeMachine and localsnapshots on APFS volume

I have a latest (GM) version of MacOS X Mojave and have an issue with TimeMachine backups. It basically stops after ~27GB of backup (my harddrive is 512GB, 200GB free). I tried to reformat backup ...
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Show file's history in Time Machine via Terminal

I've checked online about Time Machine via Terminal, and I could not find this use case: Given a file path, show me a list of the file's TM backup version with their dates. The real use case is to ...
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OSStatus-Error when trying to tell Time Machine to use external server as backup drive

I want to use a Raspberry Pi 3 as a backup drive for my Mac using Time Machine. Therefore I installed Samba 4.8.0 which shall be able to be connected to by the Time Machine backup software according ...
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best process after drive upgrade (High Sierra APFS with FileVault encryption)

I am running MacOS 10.13.5 with APFS format SSD and FileVault encryption. I need to upgrade the drive from 1/4 TB to 1/2 TB. I want to avoid having to reinstall all my applications and data after re-...
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How can I convince Time Machine that FileVault has completed encrypting or decryption a disk?

Summary: Time Machine backups have stopped working 3 days ago. Error indicates FileVault is busy encrypting or decrypting. This is not true, as far as I can tell. Any ideas how I can get Time ...
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TimeMachine for Mac no longer mounts

I have two external hard drives that use to function as my Mac Timemachine. Now, neither one starts. The diskutil gui does not show them, and command line diskutil can not unmount them. they do show (...
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macOS Sierra Time Machine backups fail

Yesterday my external HDD and Time Machine started acting strangely, and I hope you can help me with this. When trying to make a backup, at first my external HDD took a very long time to clean up old ...
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How to create user account for Time Machine backups on Asuswrt Merlin?

I installed Asuswrt Merlin on an RT-AC68P router, which offers Time Machine backup support. I enabled it within Asuswrt and attached a suitable USB drive and verified I can When picking the backup ...
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Time Machine to two external USB drives vs Time Machine to 1 external Raid-1

Recently I purchased an iMac Pro with an internal 2TB SSD and restored my system from an external 1TB HDD Time Machine backup as originally created by my old MBP. For the time being I have continued ...
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Time machine with borg offsite backup: concurrent modification?

I use time machine to backup my mac to a NAS (FreeNAS, jail). I have set up an incremental offsite backup to an external server using borg which runs every night. The problem is, that my ...
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error backing up to encrypted HFS+ backup disk using Time Machine on High Sierra

I've recently upgraded my MacBook pro to High Sierra from Yosemite. I am trying to use a NEW external hard disk drive for Time Machine backups. I've formatted the drive to MACOS extended (journaled, ...
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Recovering deleted file from old user account with time machine

I am a Mac OS time machine user! I have an external drive that I use to hold backups every month or so. Earlier this year I was having a user specific bug so I created a new account. I used both of ...
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Terminal fails to show the local snapshots on my computer

I typed sudo tmutil listlocalsnapshots / in terminal and entered the password. However, nothing happened. I suppose terminal to return all local snapshots on my computer, but it only returns xxxs-...
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Files deleted from Time machine backup still show up in the Finder

When deleting a file from a time machine backup via the following command: sudo /System/Library/Extensions/TMSafetyNet.kext/Contents/Helpers/bypass rm -r LOCATION the file is deleted immediately, ...
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Backups: Possible to use time machine in my scenario, cloning as alternative?

I want to backup an external HD (A) that is only occasionally connected to another external HD (B). I would like to use time machine for this, but it seems this isn't possible in my scenario. ...
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Mac OS X - Store a single restore point in Dropbox

I just finished setting up a new MacBookPro with my standard setup (think like a boilerplate). Every year or two I like to wipe my machine and start fresh again. So before my system gets too cluttered ...
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Fail to transfer OSX TimeMachine backups from a current backup drive to a new backup drive

This was my mac osx scenario: Time Machine was using a RAID set (2 external hd of 1Tb each). I wanted to expand the RAID set with an extra 1Tb disk without loosing my old backups, so I followed this ...
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Check password of encrypted Time Machine backup

I have a Time Machine backup for my Macbook Pro that points to a Synology NAS drive on my network. The backup is encrypted, and I am pretty sure I know my password, but it's been so long since I set ...
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Windows 10 Workstation backup

My need can be descibed as backing up selected forders by type, and the type of backup I am looking for is like File-History or Time-Machine. Basically, as a developer, I only want to backup the code ...
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Why is Windows finding malware in a sparsebundle?

I'm copying over a sparsebundle containing some Time Machine backups from my mac onto my Windows machine's drive. While copying, Windows Defender starts complaining about a threat called Exploit:Win32/...
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Backup of MacBook to external drive [closed]

I am planning to setup backup process for my MacBook machine to external drive. I see a few choices: use Apple brand and buy 'time capsule' or any third party external drive; use Apple 'Time Machine ' ...
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Chrome thinks two of my devices are one

I have just got an iMac and I had a backup of my Macbook Pro on my time machine. I restored the iMac from this backup and everything was fine ... until I signed in to google chrome and it thinks the ...
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Can `tmutil restore` recursively override files?

I ran the following commands: cd /Users/user/ mkdir back_me_up touch back_me_up/touched_file tmutil startbackup --block rm back_me_up/touched_file tmutil restore /Volumes/BackupParition/MyMac/Latest/...
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Exclude folders by regex (?) from time machine backup

I use a Time Machine server for my backups. Meanwhile I am developing lots of web applications where the project usually consist of a folder with the application files I want to backup and ...
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How likely is it that backups made against a failing hard drive will be corrupt?

I had the hard disk portion of a fusion drive fail, starting with slow access and culminating in unable to boot in a period of a day. I have regular Time Machine backups. I'd much rather restore the ...
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Windows 10: File History -vs- OS X: Time Machine

I've noticed that with Time Machine, it keeps an organized set of files and doesn't take up a whole lot of space. You can also recover an entire system without it being a system image that's not ...
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How to view time machine log in MacOS Sierra?

In previous version of OSX, I was able to view the results of past Time Machine backup jobs thus: sudo syslog -F '$Time $Message' -k Sender com.apple.backupd Now syslog is no longer part of the ...
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Mac OS X : cannot restore mac by any recovery mode

I fooled around and installed Kubuntu on my mac whipping out the HDD completely, but as not satisfied from the OS, I tried to return back to OSX. I had the most recent back-up but when I tried to re-...
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Restoring a single application to a previous state without restoring the system entirely

On a Mac running OS 10.11.6 I mistakenly deleted some saved passwords in the Google Chrome app that I now need to recover. I have Time Machine backups that I can use to restore the system as a whole ...
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Get Time Machine to recognize new external drive

Here is the deal: I had an external 4TB hard drive with around 3.8TB of data which I included in my Time Machine backup. Since it was nearly full I decided to upgrade to a new 8TB drive and ...
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Time machine and RAID 5

If my hard drive is 3TB and my RAID 5 network system (wdc PR4100) is 4 x 2TB will I have problems backing up the drive with time machine once the drive goes beyond 2TB (computer hard drive)? I ask ...
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Time Machine backup interval in Sierra does not appear to work

Apple seems to keep modifying the behavior of Time Machine in small steps. In El Capitan (OS X 10.11), SIP changed the ability to directly modify certain system files/directories, however, with SIP ...
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Windows Backup doesn't show Hard Drive

I am trying to get the Windows Backup working because the program that was delivered together with my Seagate Backup Drive is really stupid. I want to make incremental backups every hour. Something ...
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Create Windows 10 Backup TimeMachine like [closed]

Is it possible to create a Backup with Windows 10 that behaves like Apple's Time Machine Backup system? I know Windows 10 has some new Backup features but I am not familiar with them. I usually use ...
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How to fix the access denied on folders in a old Time Machine Backup drive?

Specifics: Mac OSX El Capitan Time Machine is from an older mac that this new mac replaced. Both running El Capitan. The specific issue I am trying to solve is that some folders show the red circle ...
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Microsoft Storage Spaces as MAC OS X time machine destination

I have several MacBooks at home. And I want to build home backup solution based on Microsoft's Storage Spaces ( Windows 10 Pro). It would utilize ReFS and "three way mirror". I guess, it is hardware ...
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File system for external hard disk that supports access from Windows and Mac OS X [duplicate]

What is the file system for external hard disk that supports access from Windows and Mac OS X? Also, I would like to backup using Mac Time Machine application, and use the disk to store other data. I'...
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OS X Time Machine

So was trying to backup my time machine drive onto another disk, but I got an message about it being case sensitive. So I was playing around with Disk Utility in El-Capitan, I was on the partition tab ...
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How do I remove “ghost” backups from Time Machine?

If I check the Time Machine backup mount, I see this: SilentMac:SilentMac almo$ ls 2015-02-28-102519 2015-05-17-121037 2015-11-08-161652 2015-03-29-194158 2015-06-25-022353 Latest 2015-05-04-...
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Error preparing the Time Machine backup disk

One of my backup disks has problems. I keep this disk (BU2) at another location and do a backup when I'm there. The last backup was from before the upgrade to El Capitan. At home I have another backup ...
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After time machine restore, zillions of .com.apple.backupd.mdmv files?

I used time machine to restore OSX. After restoring, there are zillions of .com.apple.backupd.mdmvXXXXXX files everywhere. XXXXXX is a seemingly random number, typically 7-8 digits long. There seems ...
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what happens when disk is full when using one disk for multiple macs' time capsule backup

I'd like to use same external disk for multiple macs time machine backup. I have a concern that is what will happen when during one macs' backup reaches hdd full capacity. Will it give me the option ...
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OS X Migration Assistant: Forced to restore everything

After doing a fresh installation of OS X, I wanted to recover some of my data from a Time Machine backup using the Migration Assistant. However, when it comes to the selection of data to be restored, ...
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Security of Time Machine's AFP connection

I use Time Machine to backup my Mac over the Internet on a Synology server. TM connects throught AFP protocol, it this protocol resistent to Man-in-the middle attack (attacker can't steal creditials ...
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Does an external hard drive draw more current writing or deleting files?

I have an external hard drive that is powered off of the usb connection to my Raspberry Pi. I use it for Time Machine back ups so it is almost always writing data to the external hard drive. However, ...
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Restore device by Time Machine backup of another device

I have a Time Machine backup for an iMac-500GB and backup size is 100GB. Now trying to restore it on a Macbook-250GB and it doesn't work and restore application alerts that there's no enough space for ...