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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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 to cloud

how are you? I am looking for a solution to backup using Time Machine to the cloud. I have about 10 macs that previously backed up a NAS which is no longer available. Could you please help me? Thanks ...
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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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How to restore files from a system folder in time machine (macos)

How can I restore files from a time machine backup. The files are in a /usr/local/share/ sub-folder. I can open time machine but it only allows be to restore from my documents folders.
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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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Netatalk Login problems on RaspberryPI with a disk HFS+

I have just setup a RaspberryPI with the idea to use it as TimeMachine. I installed Netatalk and attached a usb disk which has been formatted with HFS+. When I try to login from my Mac I get this ...
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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 SparseBundle NAS and Google Coldline Storage Backup Strategy

I currently have a NAS which is configured to act as a network timemachine backup location. Timemachine has completed a successful backup of my macOS laptop to this location and is using it regularly ...
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Git clone hanging after restoring from macOS Time Machine

I just recently restored my Mac from a Time Machine backup and almost everything works perfectly. Strangely, git clone now fails to succeed. Instead, it just hangs after displaying Cloning into 'repo-...
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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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Mounting sparsebundle file on time machine USB drive on Debian Buster

I have a Raspberry Pi 4 and use a USB drive to backup my Mac via Samba. The backups work and get saved to a sparsebundle file on the USB drive. I used apt-get to install FUSE. Then cloned the GitHub ...
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Configuring External USB Drive as Samba Share on Raspberry Pi 4 (Debian Buster) for Time Machine

I followed this guide -- the correct version of Samba is already installed on Pi 4 with Debian Buster. My specifics are: USB Drive is at /dev/sda2 My mounting point for the drive is /media/tm When I ...
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New Install of OS X but saving my old system somewhere and make it bootable?

I have a Mac. It's is a big mess and I'd like to start afresh and install OS X again on top of it, getting rid of the old install and all the files. However, I'd like to somehow save the state of my ...
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Error Deleting Time Machine Backups

I moved roughly 200 time machine backups into the trash. I appear to only have read permissions for these files, but didn't get an error when moving them from the backup drive to the trash. When I ...
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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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How to put back Time Machine files from Trash?

I accidentally deleted the backup files from the hard disk into the trash. How can I put them back?
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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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Time Machine backup on Samba share fails with errors 512, 20 & 14

I've set up a Samba share for Time machine backups according to this guide. My Mac recognizes the share correctly, but the initial backup fails with the generic error message that no Backup could be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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