OS X V10.7 Lion :: Transfer Time Machine Backups From 1 Time Capsule To A Different One?

May 23, 2012

I've backup my Macbook Air Using time machine before reformat it to have window partition.However, after installing OS Lion 10.7.4, how do I restore back all my application and data on my last backup from time machine?

Info:MacBook Air

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Safely Remove All Backups From Time Machine/Time Capsule?

Jun 17, 2012

I plan to 'clean up' my Time Machine/Time capsule completely, whereby I want to make it impossible for third parties to recover all or part of these old backups.After I have accompished this I want to start from scratch backing up my Mac.

iMac 27" i7, Mac OS X (10.6.6)

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Resume Time Machine Backups - Incorrect Date And Time Set In Mac

Sep 4, 2014

I just switched from hdd to ssd and i want to resume my Timechine backups, but it says that I have incorrect date and time set in my mac.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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Intel Mac :: Time Machine Backups Taking Extremely Long Time Running Lion 10.7.4

Jul 2, 2012

I have an iMac running the latest version of Lion (10.7.4) and which I have upgraded to a one terabyte hard drive and full memory capability. I back up to a My Book 2 terabyte external hard drive using Time Machine. My iMac is often very sticky, though I've done most of the diagnostics I know of and preferences etc. are seemingly all OK and fcuk -fs gives a positive result! The Mac is often hard to wake from sleep and in particular seems to spend a lot of time backing up very-very slowly, with the result that it frustratingly seems to be backing up most of the time with the consequent effects on using other programs. Also the whole thing seems to grind to a halt after a hard days work with quite a few applications open. I'm wondering what can be causing this and what I can do to overcome this very frustrating and debilitating problem?

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.2)

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Hardware :: Transfer Time Machine Backups To New Drive?

Jan 4, 2009

I have been using Time Machine for quite sometime, and backing up to a WD Passport. I need to move to another HD, but was wondering if it is possible to move the backups on the original external HD to the new one, so that I don't have to start all over. I have a strong suspicion that this is not possible, considering the dearth of information on the topic.

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Hardware :: Transfer TC Time Machine Backups To External?

Jan 28, 2009

I just wanted to share my experience and hopefully answer any questions people may have about doing this:

I purchased a 1.5TB HDD and external enclosure to increase the backup size of my 500GB TC, and not wanting to start my backups from scratch I tried copying the sparsebundles to the new drive. To my surprise, I was able to switch my TM source disk to the new drive and the backups picked up where they left off! It proceeded to do an incremental backup, and after it was done I went into Time Machine and could see all the backups from the beginning! Now I can use my TC's internal as storage and keep the external for backups. Hope this helps anyone looking to increase the size of their backups without starting fresh...

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Transfer Time Machine Backups Without Disk Utility

Jun 24, 2012

In order to use Lion’s encrypted (Core Storage) external drive feature, I needed to reformat an external 1TB drive with Apple Partition Map, as that works only with GPT. The only partition was HFS+J formatted and was used as Time Machine Backup, which I wanted to preserve. 

Act I:

I connected the drive to another iMac running 10.6 which happened to have enough space on the internal HD. I read this article http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5096 , which describes how to copy the BackupDB just by drag and drop. In hindsight, that was a  bad idea, I should have created a disk image like suggested elsewhere, but if Apple itself suggests it, it can’t be so bad right? 

So I just dragged the whole BackupDB to random folder on the iMac (after enabling ownership), and apparently it copied correctly the dir-hardlinks, as the resulting folder had the same size.  

It seems that the Finder activates a special dir-hardlink aware copying mode when one does this. This is also confirmed by the fact that the Finder will refuse to copy the BackupDB together with other files, you have to drag and drop the BackupDB only. 

Act II:

I reformatted the external drive as HFS+J with GPT and activated ownership.. But now, when I try to copy the BackupDB back, it continues to count indefinitely the number of files to copy! I speculate that the special dir-hardlink aware mode is not activated, but what can I do? How can I trigger it? Is there some hidden command line tool which handles this? 

The lesson I’m drawing from this is: use the method described in the article only if you copy the backupDB from your old to your new drive. 

Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Capsule, Time Machine Is Asking To Make A Full Backup?

Mar 11, 2012

I have a MacBook Air and a Time Capsule - both from november 2011.Using Time Machine is givning me som problems.It works fine for some days, an is backing up as planned.But at least 5 times since I got the Time Capsule, Time Machine is asking to make a full Backup, and when I look in Time Machine, it says that there is no "old backup". It has been runing since november 2011.When I start a new backup, as it ask for, it takes at least 24 hours to finish - some times even longer.Is this normal? If not, what do I do?

Time Machine, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Time Machine Can't Complete Backup To Time Capsule

Jun 19, 2014

MacBook Pro mid-2012, 8GB RAM, 750GB hard drive, Mac OS X 10.8.5

One Time Capsule at home

One Time Capsule in vacation home 

MBP backs up everything on internal hard drive to Time Capsule at home, where we live during summer and spring. When moving to vacation home in fall and winter, MBP backs up everything to Time Capsule in vacation home. 

During the 6 months at each residence, the backups work great to the Time Capsule at that particular house. However, after some time (maybe a week?), Time Machine displays an error in Notification Center: "Time Machine can't complete backup to Home Time Capsule" (when in vacation home) or "Time Machine can't complete backup to Vacation Time Capsule" (when at home). 

It's obvious that this occurs because Time Machine was set to back up to 2 Time Capsules and expects both of them to be reachable. Is there a way to suppress these Time Machine errors for the time that we're away from one of the Time Capsules?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Capsule Backups Taking Too Long

Apr 26, 2012

My Time Capsule backups are taking too long. Time Machine says it is indexing. However, I have had my Time Machine configured since I installed Lion last year and it has been making automatic backups every hour since. Why is it 'indexing' now, and why is it taking so long?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Does Not Work On Time Capsule?

May 20, 2012

I have updated to 10.7.4, and now Time Machine does not work on my Time Capsule.  I have erased all backups using the Airport Utility.  When I try to run Time Machine, the disk is mounted, files are calculated, backup starts, then stops, and no backup is done.  Also, no error messages. 

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Move Backups From External Drive To New Time Capsule

Feb 21, 2012

I have an external drive I have used with time machine. I now have purchased a time capsule. Can I move the backups from the external drive to the new time capsule?

Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Backups To New NAS Fail?

Feb 19, 2012

I have recently connected a NAS and have attemted to use Time Machine as a backup and have been met with failure. I have attempted most things in the forums to no avail. I have also transferred about 700gb from another mac to the NAS with no problem. Here is the syslog: 

Feb 19 12:15:47 Office-Mac com.apple.backupd[1154] <Notice>: Attempting to mount network destination URL: afp://admin@
Feb 19 12:15:49 Office-Mac com.apple.backupd[1154] <Error>: NAConnectToServerSync failed with error: 2 for url: afp://admin@


Imac, Mac OS X (10.5.6), 4g Ram

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Delete Time Machine Backups?

Jun 2, 2012

There appears to be several threads regarding deleteing Time Machine backups but I can't seem to get the correct answer to delete the entire backup folder (Backups.backupdb). I move the location of my backups files and they are working fine now so I want to delete the folder on the disk it used to backup to. How can I do that? I have everything backedup to the proper disk so I don't need this folder any longer.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Doing Many Full Backups

Jun 8, 2012

My new MacBook Air running latest as of today Lion seems to do full backups way more often than I'd like. Just this morning it finished up a full back up, then I noticed it did a small incremental. Now it is doing another full back up for no apparent good reason. I have not made any significant changes to the system at all. I'm backing up to an external drive that is attached to my AE. How to reduce the amount of Fulls it does because each day seems it does a couple.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Oldest Time Machine Backups Missing

Mar 20, 2012

I'm having a strange problem with Time Machine. Any backup older than 1 week seems to go missing when viewed from Time Machine. Time Machine preferences shows my oldest backup as February 13th, 2012. But, when I enter Time Machine only entries back to March 14th, 2012 are shown. When I use "sudo tmutil listbackups" all my backups are shown including the one from February 13th. Why aren't they showing up in Time Machine? The disk still has 89 GB available and I can see that the log is adding incremental backups and deleting old ones from February that are no longer useful (daily-backups removed so that only weekly ones are visible).

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3), Time Machine

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Deleting Old Time Machine Backups From External HD

Apr 29, 2012

I have a 1 TB external hard drive that I've been using as a time machine drive & also as a place to put random files i dont need on my computer and its starting to get very full. Most of whats on there is old backups from the past year & 1/2 that I have no use for anymore. is there a way to delete all of the backups that are on there right now without deleting the other files I've put on there. I have a bunch of projects and files on there that I cant put anywhere else and just format the drive. Basically, i need a way to delete all of my time machine backups off my external hd without deleting all my other files on there.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine Does Not Work With Automatic Backups

May 13, 2012

I just bought my time capsule. It works doing backups manually but the button is in 'on' and the next backup field always says 'automatic backups off'.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Cannot Install On A Volume Used By Time Machine For Backups

May 23, 2012

I installed Snow Leopard, upgraded it to OS X 10.6.8, paid for and spent the hours necessary to download Lion, but Lion will not install. Even though it says the requirements are 10.6.6 or greater, when I try to install, I get a message saying I need 10.7. to install Lion.

Info:iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Lock Down A Generation Of Time Machine Backups?

Jun 5, 2012

There is possible to lock down a generation of my time machine backups?I want to lock permanently a version of my backups using Time Machine. I can copy to another disk but, I want to know if there some kind of configuration available using Time Machine to configure for not delete from my disk? 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Time Machine

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Two Separate Time Machine Backups On Mac?

Aug 22, 2014

I had a Mac from 2006. Bought a new one in 2011. I have a time machine back up from my old mac.. This HD was damaged in 2010 and recently repaired. I bought a new HD and used it with time machine on my new mac. I am looking for something on my old Time Machine... Specifically iTunes playlists.. They are very difficult to find by just searching through the back up folder.. What I want to do is, enter the old time machine on my old HD and export some of the iTunes playlists to my new HD. Then of course go back to my current time machine back up and continue using my computer... Can I do this? and Can I have both Time machine devices connected to the computer at the same time?

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Avoiding 'Time Machine Completed A Verification Of Your Backups'

Feb 15, 2012

I use Time Machine to wirelessly backup my MBA to a Buffalo NAS. It will work fine for weeks or months, then I will see the dreaded "Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you.” error. Of course this means I lose all my backups.I have researched this pretty thoroughly and I know that using TM with a NAS has some risk. But I am hoping to not have to resort to dragging out a USB drive everytime (daily) I want to do a backup.Can anyone share sucess stories of how they make TM work reliably with a NAS? Is it a Buffalo problem and a different NAS works better?

iPad 2, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Time Machine - Auto-backups To Hard Drive?

Mar 28, 2012

Time Machine is not working correctly since installing Lion. I found (from using Adobe Bridge) that there seem to be automatic back ups being made 20 times a day and onto my hard drive!  Usually I back up to an external drive specifically for back up using Time Machine. Now time machine takes several hours to back up when I have that disk wired in (with USB) and the Time Machine icon in the Apple menu is always showing that the back up is delayed.   

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: How To Show Invisible Items In Time Machine Backups

May 10, 2012

How can I show invisble items on //Time Machine Backups/Backups.backupdb? I've backed //Lion/ Users/User/ Library , but when i checked the backed folder, i could not find it.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.3), RAM: 4GB

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Migration Assistant Will Not Accept Time Machine Backups

May 23, 2012

I have an iBook G4 running 10.5.8 and a new iMac running Lion. Migration assistant will not accept Timemachine backups. I can't upgrade the OS on the iBook anymore. I only want to move my music, photos and documents.Can I do this by Firewire?

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Why Is Time Machine Filling Up HDD With Incremental Backups When Computer Is Not In Use

Jun 23, 2014

I ran an experiment with Time Machine.  Last Monday I attached a freshly erased 2TB Time Machine external HD to a Mac Mini with 400GB of data on the internal 1TB HD with no exclusions.  I left the Mac Mini off network -- no wifi, no ethernet -- and did not use it for one full week.  Today the 2TB Time Machine HD has only 35GB of free space. 

Why is Time Machine filling up the HD with incremental backups when the computer is not in use?

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OS X :: Time Machine Backups Missing / Unable To Find Backups

Sep 30, 2008

My Time Machine has been making the usual regular backups for a few months onto my Time Capsule. I just found that all the backups prior to about a week ago have vanished. It's not a disaster (I think) as I assume that the current backups reflect what's on my iMac (I haven't had to delete files from it yet).

Where did they go? Why did they go?

A possible connection: My TC is 500GB; my iMac 1TB. I recently put extra files for temporary use onto the iMac hard drive - Time Machine said (in effect) 'that's too much, try removing certain folders from the backup'. I excluded said folder and things seemed okay, but it would be at around the time I did that that my old backups have gone.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Have Time Machine Overwrite An Existing Backup Instead Of Making Excessive New Backups?

May 28, 2012

Is it possible to have Time Machine overwrite an existing backup instead of making excessive new backups? If not, is there a way to control when Time Machine preforms its backup task so as to not make excessive backups?

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X Mountain Lion :: Time Machine Backups Excluding Bootcamp But Want One Folder Included

Aug 21, 2014

I use Bootcamp occasionally for some software that is not available on a Mac as well as MS Office,  but unfortunately, I had the partition set to 150 Gb when I set it up which is way too much. I don't want to reformat etc. to reduce the size so just recently, I decided to use that partition for my iTunes folder plus Gb's of work documents which suits me just fine. 

I have Time Machine setup to backup my Mac and whereas before I had Bootcamp excluded, I am now trying to have the settings so that all of Bootcamp is excluded EXCEPT for 2 folders - iTunes and Personal. I can't see a way to do this because since I have Bootcamp excluded, the subfolders are non-selectable. I tried one way where instead of selecting all of Bootcamp, I did a CMD-A and selected all with an idea of deselecting folders, but even this way, I am unable to deselect the 2 folders because all folders are greyed out. 

So the question is - Is it possible to exclude Bootcamp and at the same time to de-exclude the 2 folders? If not, I suppose my option would be to backup (well, actually copy!) the 2 folders to my TM drive. 

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), ...

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OS X :: Unable To Find Backups / Time Machine Backups Gone

Nov 4, 2009

Just wondering if anyone has had a similar problem with the Time Machine. I bought a 500gb Time Capsule last July and it has been running perfectly until a few days agp. I noticed that all my backups were no where to be seen (when entering Time Machine on my MBP) and that it was doing a full backup.. The backup took the guts of 36 hours.

I've come home today to find that all backups are gone again and it is doing another full backup!!!Any ideas what is wrong here?

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