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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 to use the internal drive on my iMac for Time Machine backups

I have an iMac that came with an internal hard drive. The performance sucked so I added an external SSD drive that it boots from. I would like to use the internal drive for Time Machine backups but it ...
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Is there some way to change the minute of the hour TimeMachine backs up?

I have 2 Macs, both running macOS Big Sur 11.6.4 backing up at exactly the same time (33th minute of every hour). Is there some way to change the minute of the hour TimeMachine backs up? With both ...
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Resume TimeMachine backup with Samba on RPi

I backup my Mac using TimeMachine over Samba which is installed on my Raspberry Pi (with Raspbian Lite). Everything was OK since a long time (I started this backup from macOS Big Sur and now I'm on ...
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Time machine says "Disk Full" even though 250GB is still available

I have a 5TB external drive, freshly made into a Time Machine backup disk (formatted as APFS). The data I need to backup is about 4.8TB, which should fit fine, and in the past has worked fine on ...
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What would be the best way to create a new volume to run Catalina from my current Mojave volume?

I hope I am in the right place... I am currently running OSX Mojave on my rather old Mac desktop. If I upgrade to Catalina, many of my apps (all MS products, etc.) quit working. However, the new ...
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unix `find` excluding subsequent hard links on macos time machine?

Short of writing my own program that examines inodes (or consecutive reappearances) on a time-machine volume on macos, is there a way to convince gfind (from brew) or macos find to list only original ...
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How to restore external drive from Time Machine backup under Monterey

Previously, it was straightforward to restore an external drive from a Time Machine backup: sudo tmutil restore /Volumes/backups/Backups.backupdb/MacBookPro/Latest/USB-old/* /Volumes/USB-new Under ...
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MacOS: copy HFS+ Time Machine data to APFS Time Machine Volume?

I created a new Time Machine volume under APFS. I want to preserve my older backups of the same system that are on an HFS+ drive; that is, I'd like to copy over that data to the APFS Time Machine ...
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macOS Big Sur: Handling Time Machine backups with tmutil

Time Machine on Big Sug an APFS changed many things. See https://eclecticlight.co/2021/03/25/time-machine-to-apfs-maintenance-and-repair/ for some information. For the death of me, I cannot handle, ...
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How can I use volume names with a space in them with tmutil in Mac OS?

I am trying to write a simple electron script to switch between my different time machine backups, but I have gotten somewhat stuck because tmutil keeps throwing errors when a volume name has a space ...
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Copy / restore files from Time Machine Backup Volume without Permission Denied Error

On new MacBooks (Big Sur, 11.2.3, M1) disk space is costly, because there is no alternative to apple parts. So i have NOT used Migration Assistant, to copy over all the old files from Time Machine ...
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How can I delete Time machine files' extended attributes using commandline?

So I've been trying to delete extended attributes(com.apple.metadata:_kTimeMachineOldest/NewestSnapshot) from time machine files. I've searched everywhere to delete its attribute but there seems to be ...
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Can Time Machine backup other partitions on the same drive?

I have a Mac Mini, but would like to use an external drive to store data. I would also like to have everything backed up. If I had a single external drive, and partitioned it into Storage and Backup ...
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Recover Time Machine sparsebundle backup

I have a Time Machine backup from an old computer that I can't open. When I double click on the sparsebundle file, I get "no mountable filesystems". I've next tried this: hdiutil attach -...
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I deleted my user folder using terminal on macos

Can anyone tell me how to restore my user folder using time machine backup. I deleted my user folder in macos and do not know how restore it using time machine.
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Is there a way to check the difference (what did change) between two MacOS (Catalina) TimeMachine snapshots?

As per subject, suppose I have two consecutive TimeMachine local snapshots on my Mac: is there a way to e.g. mount both them and compare ? I.e. to know what files have been changed from the between ...
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Temporarily disable Time Machine backups to a specific disk

I have Time Machine configured to back up to a disk image. (Actually I have multiple backup disks configured.) I want to verify the backups using tmutil verifychecksums, and I don't want Time Machine ...
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How to execute a script when a volume is mounted in macOS

I have used this technique to back up my Time Machine backups to my Google Drive. I have a couple of issues remaining, and one of them is around automatically mounting my encrypted virtual Time ...
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Renaming netatalk volume with Timemachine

I have set up avahi and netatalk on my NAS to provide a Timemachine share for my MacBooks. At the time of setting this up, I had no idea of the intricacies of how this works (neither from the Ubuntu ...
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How to restore a time machine backup of a volume whose name contains a slash

I am trying to restore a volume from a time machine backup on a different machine using tmutil on a Mac. Unfortunately, the volume I am trying to restore was named "/#defaults". File names ...
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How to copy Mac Time Machine from on drive to another

I am trying to copy a Mac Time Machine folder from one external hard drive to another. The folder I want to copy is about 507Gb and, as it is a Time Machine folder, has a lot of symlinks, as many of ...
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How to mount my TimeCapsule partition on my external hard drive?

I'm trying to backup my computer and I cannot figure out how to mount my harddrive. I have an external that I've split into a TimeCapsule and random stuff like movies and files (Tachyon is the name). ...
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<Mac> TimeMachine backup keep prompting fail message

I have setup time machine on my mac to backup periodically to may NAS. Having given a quota to the disk space allocated to the backup, I have observed that there are messages prompting periodically ...
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Time Machine: tmutil compare gives always 0B as result

i had several time machine backups. The most recent drive failed. I wanted to compare an older backup to my current Mac OS internal drive. Usually, you would use sudo tmutil compare however it gives ...
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Back up old time machine backup without mac

A long while ago, I owned a macbook for several years, and backed it up on to an external hd with time machine. I no longer have a functioning mac, but I do have the original drive, and the hd. I've ...
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Restoring rebuilt system from its Time Machine backup after an SSD failure?

Following an SSD failure I need to restore my user directories and some other miscellaneous config files. When I first restarted with a fresh OS (Catalina) I tried to use migration assistant to ...
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How to restore a time machine backup from a newer OS version?

I'm currently trying to downgrade my macOS from Mojave to High Sierra. I got High Sierra working without any problems. But the migration tool won't accept my time machine backup as it's from a newer ...
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why cant i change the size of the time machine partition on my external drive?

i have 2 partitions on my external drive (macos high sierra 10.13.6). 1. time machine 1 TB 2. General storage 3 TB i simply want to increase the size fo time machine partition to 1.5TB and reduce ...
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Time Machine: .backupdb became .backupbundle

I have a usb drive that I plugged in physically in my Macbook and used quite a while to backup my Mac OS X system. The backup folder was called Backups.backupdb. Recently, I attached this to a ...
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Deleting "Recovery" folder from Time Machine backup

I am using Time Machine on Mac (with 512GB SSD) to backup my files to a 2TB external drive, but it only worked for 2 days and now it's reporting lack of space to do more backups. It only did 2 ...
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Reverting a hard drive encryption process on Mac stuck on X percent

I have an external HDD used for both storage and Time Machine backups (by "storage" I mean non time-machine files are found on that HDD as well, outside of the "backups.backupdb" folder) After not ...
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Recovery the partition and data

I would like to know how I could recover information from a disk or failing to make the disk appear for windows to detect. It happens that by mistake someone used it for the backup option in Mac OS, ...
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Mac mini with 2 MacOS installs backup both MacOS installs

I have a Mac mini with a external SSD. On internal SSD of my Mac mini I have a MacOS install for private use. On the external SSD I also have MacOS installed but this one I use for my work. So if I ...
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Time machine Detection over VPN via DNS-SD?

I'm running a local DNS server in my home network (dnsmasq) and a Netatalk instance for Time Machine over WiFi. Due to limitations of Multicast over my VPN setup, my Time Machine does not get ...
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External hard drive is unusable after using it as a Time Machine backup for a new Mac. How do I reformat an external hard drive?

I recently got a new mac and used my external 1TB hard drive as a Time Machine backup. It had me erase everything on the hard drive, and when it was complete I was able to restore my new mac using the ...
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macOS Time Machine messes up permissions on external volume

I have an external storage RAID that I use for all kinds of things and share on my network. I decided to allow time machine to use it as backup location but as soon as it started doing it's thing the ...
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How can I delete a hard linked directory from an old Time Machine backup?

I'm trying to collate old Time Machine backups from different computers I had over the years, and want to keep only the last unique version of every file. I managed to do that using ls -d 20* | while ...
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Clean OsS on MacBook

I am getting really desperate with my beloved MacBook Pro (8.1 early 2011). As some may know, these models can't update to Mojave natively. There is a patch by Dosdude though to make things work. By ...
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Can't use USB external hard drive connected to Raspberry Pi 4 for Time Machine on macOS

I followed this guide to a tee but haven’t been able to add the drive to my Time Machine. I see it in the Time Machine settings, but get this error: “You do not have the necessary read, write and ...
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Does anyone know of a method to do a partial restore of many time machine incremental backups

I'm trying to extract just the pictures from every backup, there are about 40. The Macbook Pro that they were backed up from has a failed H/Drive & I'm having to try & copy them to another ...
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How to restore a failed external HDD from Time Machine?

My external HDD failed. I used a QNAP for TimeMachine but I cannot figure out how to restore the files from my HDD without mounting the old HDD. Basically, when I open TimeMachine, the HDD is not ...
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Restoring exchange internet account settings on mac from Time Machine

I have a problem to connect to my employers exchange account with my Mac. For a while I have got an error message "Unable to verify account name or password" when trying to connect to the account. ...
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Is the encryption status of a backup logged in macOS?

I am running macOS Sierra (10.12) and I lost a backup I made in May 2019. I am not sure if it was encrypted or not. Is there a way to find out if it was encrypted? Is that logged somewhere in the ...
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TimeMachine: Will MacOS let me add second cloned HDD then use both?

Starting from one TimeMachine 2TB external USB HDD filled to 1.2TB, I used the Apple-recommended "Drag Backups.backupD folder" to a second 6TB external HDD. Counting files (5M) took 2 days (!) then ...
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Disable Time Machine on a Mac - tmutil disable doesn't work

I want to permanently disable Time Machine on a mac. I can grey out the System Preferences Time Machine Tab, but I can't prevent the user from reenabling it on the terminal. So I wanted to write a ...
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How do I reset TimeMachine to remove backup history if the backup volume is no longer available?

My virus application found a virus in the backup. I formatted the backup volume, so the backup no longer exists. However it still exists in Time Machine's history. tmutil delete fails because it can't ...
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External disk with encrypted Time Machine partition doesn't eject properly

I'm not sure when this started, maybe when I setup my Time Machine partition to be encrypted or maybe at a particular OS update, but the Time Machine drive no longer ejects properly. I'd love some ...
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MacOS Time Machine extremely slow

I have a Macbook Pro Middle 2012 running Mojave 10.14.4 with SSD 250Gb internal drive. I bought a external SSD 250Gb Seagate Barracuda drive to make backup with Time Machine software, but for my ...
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Time Machine did not back up because FileVault was encrypting or decrypting a disk. Backups will resume once FileVault finishes

As of yesterday, Time Machine has stopped making backups because it thinks that FileVault is encrypting or decrypting a disk. It's not. In fact, FileVault has never even been switched on! I've ...
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Can you back-up your Google Drive folder (on my Mac) with Time Machine

Is this possible? We are using Google Drive File Stream (Version: 29.1.81.1927) to sync all of our working files from our Macs with our Google Drive account. So this contains a mixture of Google Docs/...
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