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How to Restore a Mac from a Time Machine Backup

Aug 24, 2015 - 23 Comments
How to restore an entire Mac from Time Machine backup

While Macs have a great reputation for being stable and rarely experiencing major issues, the reality is that sometimes things can go wrong. Typically this happens when either a hard drive fails or an OS X system update goes completely awry, but if you have set up Time Machine backups on the Mac like all … Read More

How to Delete Old Backups from Time Machine on Mac

Jul 27, 2015 - 14 Comments
Time Machine in Mac OS X

If you use Time Machine to backup a Mac to an external drive, you may decide to manually delete old backups that are no longer needed. Yes, Time Machine does it’s own housekeeping, but sometimes users need to manually intervene. This can be for a variety of reasons, whether for simple removal of old backups, … Read More

How to Set Up Time Machine Backups in Mac OS X

Jul 12, 2015 - 34 Comments
How to setup Time Machine Backups in Mac OS X

Time Machine is an easy Mac backup solution built into OS X that allows for automated continual backups of files, apps, and the operating system itself. Not only does Time Machine make it incredibly easy to maintain frequent automatic backups of a Mac, it also makes it equally simple to restore from a backup in … Read More

How to Browse & Revert to Prior Versions of a File in Mac OS X

Jun 16, 2015 - 5 Comments
File version control and revision in Mac OS X made easy

All modern releases of Mac OS X include a powerful built-in version control system that allows a user to revert to any previously saved version of a file or document, assuming the app supports the version revision feature. This ability is often overlooked by Mac users, but it can be a real lifesaver when you’ve … Read More

Fix Time Machine When Stuck on “Preparing Backup” in Mac OS X

Mar 31, 2014 - 37 Comments
Time Machine stuck on Preparing Backup

Time Machine is by far the simplest way to keep regular and reliable backups of a Mac, and usually the automatic backups start and finish without any incident. On some rare occasions though, Time Machine may get stuck* on the “Preparing Backup” stage for an inordinately long amount of time, causing a backup to never … Read More

Unable to Empty Trash and Delete Time Machine Backups? Here’s How to Fix That

Aug 12, 2013 - 5 Comments
Empty the Trash when Time Machine backups won't delete

Despite Time Machine being a remarkable solution for easy backups, a peculiar issue can arise for some Time Machine users that causes the OS X Trash to not be able to empty when the backup drive is connected to the Mac. This will usually manifest itself as the following; a user attempts to empty the … Read More

Easy Redundant Mac Backups with Time Machine and Multiple Drives

Aug 9, 2013 - 1 Comment
Use Time Machine to backup to multiple drives

Having reliable and regular backups of your Mac should be considered a mandatory part of maintenance, and for most users Time Machine provides that with easy and peace of mind. But what if you want multiple backups stored in different places, like a backup at home, and another at the office, or perhaps a backup … Read More

How to Remove a File or Folder from Time Machine Backups in Mac OS X

Aug 6, 2013 - 1 Comment
Enter Time Machine

Time Machine is the simplest way to keep a reliable backup of everything on your Mac, but sometimes we don’t want every file or folder saved, or maybe you just no longer need a given directory to be preserved by external backups. In these situations, removing backups of any specific file or folders, or even … Read More

How to Safely Move Time Machine Backups to a New Hard Drive

Jul 7, 2013 - 5 Comments
Move Time Machine backups to a new hard drive

You can switch hard drives that Time Machine backs up to easily, but to properly migrate from one Time Machine backup drive to another and preserve the existing archived backups, you’ll want to take a few additional steps to insure that your existing prior backups are safely moved over as well. This is an easy … Read More

Use a Single External Hard Drive for Time Machine Backups and File Storage

May 1, 2013 - 35 Comments
Specify the Time Machine partition

Having regular backups of your Mac is a necessity, and there is really no easier way to consistently back up your Mac than by using the excellent Time Machine feature of OS X. But with the enormous size of external hard drives and their prices becoming cheaper and cheaper, it’s not always necessary to dedicate … Read More

Start a Time Machine Backup on a Remote Mac with SSH

Nov 5, 2012 - 3 Comments
Start a remote Time Machine backup with SSH

Time Machine backups can be triggered remotely thanks to SSH (Remote Login) and the command line. This is an excellent solution to use if you left the home or office without making an important backup, though the SSH requirement does add a potential layer of complexity that may make it more appropriate for advanced users. … Read More

Encrypt Time Machine Backups with Mac OS X

Sep 26, 2012 - 4 Comments
Encrypt Time Machine backups in Mac OS X

Time Machine backups can be encrypted right from your Mac. This means the backed up data is extremely safe from prying eyes and the very unlikely event of a cracking attempt, and it also means you’ll need a password to access the encrypted backups yourself. Enabling encrypted backups in Time Machine for Mac OS X … Read More

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