If you can't back up or restore your Mac using Time Machine
Before using TimeMachine, you need a backup drive to copy your backed up files onto. TimeMachine is designed to work with the following:External drives directly connected to the USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt ports on your Mac The built-in drive of an AirPort Time CapsuleA USB drive connected to the USB port of a Time Capsule or AirPort Extreme 802.11AC base stationA networked volume served by OS X Server using Apple File Protocol (AFP)If your backup drive is connected differently, it might
How to move Time Machine backups from one AirPort Time Capsule to another
Before you can copy files from one AirPort Time Capsule to another, you need to turn off TimeMachine on any Macs that back up to it.On your Mac, open System Preferences from the Apple menu.Click the TimeMachine icon in the System Preferences window that appears. Slide the TimeMachine switch to Off.
Restoring OS X Server from a Time Machine backup
In Lion Server v10.7.2 (or later), OS X Server (Mountain Lion), or OS X Server (Mavericks), service data can be stored on a non-startup volume. The steps to restore from a TimeMachine backup depend on whether your data was stored on the startup (boot) volume or a non-startup volume.Important: When restoring, restore from a local TimeMachine backup. If you try to restore from a network-based TimeMachine backup, not all settings will be restored correctly.
Mac Basics: Time Machine backs up your Mac
Before you can use TimeMachine, you need to select a backup destination. You can back up your files to:an external hard drive (sold separately) connected to a USB, FireWire, or ThunderBolt port on your Macan external hard drive (sold separately) connected to the USB port of an AirPort Extreme 802.11acan AirPort Time Capsule or OS X Server on your networkTime Machine keeps hourly backups for the past 24 hours, daily backups for the past month, and weekly backups. The oldest backups are deleted
About Time Machine local snapshots
You might not always be near your TimeMachine backup drive when using your Mac notebook computer. When your backup drive isn't connected, TimeMachine makes copies of the files you create, modify, or delete, and stores them on your startup drive. These copies are called local snapshots. After your backup drive becomes available, TimeMachine copies the local snapshots from your startup drive to your backup drive so that they're stored in both places. You can recover files from local snapshots
iPhoto '11: Restoring from Time Machine with iPhoto '11 (9.2 or later) and OS X Lion 10.7.2 (or later)
Important: If you are using earlier versions of iPhoto 9 and OS X Lion, please update them first. Do this by clicking the Apple () menu, choosing Software Update, and installing any available updates. iPhoto may need to be updated through the Mac App Store; please see About updating iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand for more information. When using iPhoto ’11 (version 9.2 or later) and TimeMachine with OS X Lion 10.7.2 (or later), iPhoto no longer has
Mac OS X 10.5.3 or later: Time Machine - "Backup volume could not be mounted" after changing network volume's password
This may happen if the password for the network backup volume has changed since TimeMachine was originally configured. Log in with the user account that was used for the initial TimeMachine configuration, then reconfigure TimeMachine in System Preferences by selecting the backup volume again.Alternatively, you can use Keychain Access while logged in with the affected user account:Open Keychain Access (in /Applications/Utilities).If the Keychains list is not shown in the upper-left corner
Time Machine and AirPort Updates v1.0
Time Capsule is a revolutionary backup device that works wirelessly with TimeMachine. TimeMachine is the breakthrough automatic backup that’s built right into Mac OS X. It keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on your Mac — digital photos, music, movies, TV shows, and documents. Now, if you ever have the need, you can easily go back in time to recover anything.Learn more about TimeMachine and Time Capsule.What’s New in this Version- This update is recommended for all users and includes
Time Machine: How to transfer backups from a current backup drive to a new backup drive
If you want to switch to a different TimeMachine backup drive, use these steps to move your existing backups.
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