Formatting the HD and Time Machine backups
My drive external hard Time Machine seems to be failing am so anxious to save my TM backups. I've already lost a few videos which was on a 40 GB partition, but backups on the 'main' score seem ok. In another thread, I discovered that the problem I have copy backups TM externally to another drive on an iMac is a problem because my MBP is formatted Mac OS X extended suburbs and the iMac is formatted Mac OS X extended (journaled).
So, if I have reformatted the HD (journaled) MBP could reinstall Mt? or TM comes with original formatting?
I think I have my answer. Looking through the guide of TM of Pondini I see that there is NO possibility of progress as I'd hoped.
Since it is my laptop computer (MBPro) and information/data cannot be compromised, then it's time for a backup to disk somewhere image. It's just about 200GBs, then I'll have more information TM and hopefully again in the disk image.
Once I have done disk image I'll reformat the hard disk, reinstall El Capitan and drag/levitate things of the image and/or the TM to backup and I hope have my machine back as is (but with good formatting).
It is difficult for me to believe that 5TBs of storage here and there and it is not enough.
Tags: Mac OS & System Software
I fear I know the answer to that, but would like confirmation.
I am running Fusion 2.0.4 and have Mac OS 10.5.6.
As part of support to replace a faulty card from the airport on my MBP, Apple did a new install of the OS and erased my disk. When I started the laptop I told it to restore from a Time Machine backup. He restored all the files under the My Documents folder, except for my virtual machines. He has even restored a text file I had in the 'Virtual Machines' folder, but not the virtual machines themselves. Looking back through the external drive for Time Machine, I don't see the virtual machines to any previous backup.
I guess I'm watered at this point, although I'm hoping the actual VMs are located elsewhere, and under 'Virtual Machines' files are just links. Does anyone have an idea what I can try, or why the virtual machines are not saved?
If your virtual machines were in the "Virtual Machines" folder, where they are. Although it is possible to create a configuration where this isn't quite the case (for example, the link hard to another directory or volume), the simplest and explanation of the default value is that your virtual machines were either not stored (in this case I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news) or in the first place never were in this folder (you can check your drive to backup files/folders - virtual machines tend to be big so should stand out).
As to why it is, Time Machine in the first versions of Leopard would cause a deadlock (and hang the Mac) in certain circumstances, one of them was a virtual machine. To work around this problem, Fusion told Time Machine to exclude virtual machines. Apple has fixed the bug of Time Machine and deleted merge the exclusion of Time Machine, but it is possible to get into situations where virtual machines are still excluded.
In general, we do not recommend the use of Time Machine to back up virtual machines - the short version is that it will go quickly through space and that it still does not produce a viable backup. Instead, we recommend that you back up files in the comments (or their mirror to the host and let Time Machine pick them up there), or manually back up virtual machines when they are not running.
I'm under MacOS Sierra. I am connected to my iCloud account. I activated the option Desktop and Documents, but I did NOT activate the option optimize Mac storage, because I wanted to make sure that all my files would be available locally, just in case, I would need to work without an internet connection.
-J' noticed there now a menu iCloud in my sidebar in the Finder, with links to Documents and desktop.
-J' also noticed that Documents is no longer presented in my favorites in my side bar of the Finder.
-This last suggests that files saved in 'Documents' are not saved more on my HD... but only in iCloud, which isn't what I want.
-Then, sailing in the Finder Macintosh HD/users / 'My account' /, I noticed that my Documents and desktop folders are more visible, as if these files are not saved in my home folder most. Which raises the question: where are My Documents and files on my HD, so they are still?
-Using a shell session in the terminal and again navigate to/Users / 'My account' /, I noticed that my Documents and desktop folders are still there. Which suggest that records and records of office reside actually still in my home folder under users, but Finder actually hide it and present them as being stored in iCloud only disc. It's very confusing.
This raises several questions:
-In the first place, why Apple hide Documents and office files in the directory? Why not view these folders in iCloud and directory?
-Whence the iCloud folder or drive, reside actually on my hard drive?
-What time Machine. Is it still back up my document files and folders?
-What games third-party app mirroring backup of My Documents files and folders? They still work properly? (I use Livedrive backup and Sugarsync for files mirrored across several macs).
-How can I understand that Apple is doing with my folders and files? Some users might be happy with the iCloud drive concept, without worrying about how it works, but I don't take chances, and I want to keep a good understanding about the functioning of my system.
Could someone explain what is exactly happening?
With office and selected Documents, access to these files are now in the iCloud Drive, not in your home folder.
My guess would be that they do not appear in your file because it would be confusing for many people to make them in two places.
If you want in the Favorites, open iCloud Drive and drag them in the sidebar here.
All about iCloud drive has been saved on your Mac. With the exception of the office and the Documents, they are in ~/Library/Mobile Documents. However, if you choose optimized storage, older documents are removed from your Mac. I don't know what is "old".
~/Documents and ~/desktop have new metadata indicating probably Finder does not display them in a Finder window, only in iCloud drive. They are not hidden in one of the normal methods of unix.
I have not tested Time Machine or any other backup program. The folder still exist in your directory home, and they still have all the files, I don't think that changes anything.
I have a folder of music that is 600Go and has been saved on Time Machine my previous internal hard drive in the iMac.
Ive since upgraded to SSD and do not want to want to restore this music folder on my new SSD due to its massive size.
Is there anyway I can restore the folder music of time machine on an external hard drive?
This way I can still recover my music collection but away from the internal SSD.
Any info and advice would be great.
Open Time Machine
Navigate the backups to find the music folder
Click on the music folder to highlight
Click on the gear at the top of the window icon
Click on "restore to".
In the next window that appears, locate the hard drive
Click on the hard drive to highlight
Click on choose
Due to some problems with my MacBook Pro, I recently erased the hard drive and reinstalled the OS X. All is well except for minor trouble. One of them is mail folders where I had saved messages in Apple mail. I would like to get some of these old messages that are no longer available via gmail IMAP, iCloud, etc.. Where are these files located? I have the last time machine up to before I did the clear operation, so I know I have the files. Don't know how to access.
Go to Finder and select your user folder. With this Finder window as the windshield, select Finder/display/display options for presenting or order - J. When the display options opens, check "show the library folder. This should make your visible user library folder in your user folder. Select Library/Mail/V2. Enter your backup and restore mailbox store.
I have a time Machine airport TB 3 attached to the Ethernet port on my mid-2010 MacBook Pro 7.1. It has a 1 TB internal SSD I want to use Carbon Copy Cloner to a 2 TB OWC drive. The last time I did it, I had to start my Time Machine backups.
Is it possible to find 1 the UUID the new SSD, and 2-implementation to date, some sort of Time Machine (perhaps with TMUTIL) 3 information - should allow continuity with the existing backups?
T hank you
I've not had to do this, but a lot of articles about it.
If you clone a drive, migrating from an old record, etc., these articles should give you an overview. Special attention to the second article on combining a new drive for a TM backup.
I have a new HD but cannot set up encryption with system preferences. After ten minutes, I get the following error message:
"There was an error preparing the Time Machine backup disk (disc name) - could not mount drive"
Apparently, I need to set up the HD in this way:
- If you are using an external drive connected to your Mac, use disk utility to make sure that your backup disk is formatted in HFS + extended (journaled) and is the partition type GUID Partition Table (GPT)
It is not an option for the HFS + and so I used; OS x EXTENDED (journaled). GUID is ok.
Can someone let me know what I need to do.
Formatting: GUID Partition Table, OS X Extended (journaled). (it is HFS +)
For TimeMachine at best to a partition only.
Do it again if necessary, then disconnect, reconnect, Start Time Machine preferences and "select disk".
What exactly does the Time Machine backup?
We have a Mac Pro towers (NOT for sale) and Mac mini with several hard drives installed internally. Time Machine backup all internal disks or just the boot disk? This can be configured?
Time Machine backs up your default boot partition. However, if you have more than one drive or partition on your Mac (and it is formatted in "Mac OS extended (journaled)"), you can set the Time Machine to save these drives too. You can do this by removing these drives from the list of excluded items in System-> Time Machine-> Options... Preferences, so that the next backup will include all internal hard drives or partitions that you want to back up too.
Hello, I have a MBP of 2014 (10.11.2). Have a 2 TB external drive SG was NTFS but reformatted using THE HFS + and created two partitions of 1 TB (Yes, for my intended purpose in hindsight should have apparently formatted to a ready drive "Time Machine"). But just went with HFS + and Time Machine is ready to use one of the partitions to backup nonethelss.
Hmm... but 1) TM do not encrypt, and more important again, I wonder if TM 2) can perform full restore from a drive WITHOUT the OS X on the ext drive (no matter the format HFS + appropriate)?
(FYI, I received a warning when you use CCC related attempt to clone the drive to this disc hard ext, but received a warning "not re-bootable from any OS X"). Thank you!
HFS + Mac OS Extended is what should be the disk.
Because I had trouble with the speed of my MacBook Pro (and nothing else developed), I had to set up entirely new.
Before installing El Capitan, my MacBook Pro (starting 2011) ran on Yosemite 10.10.5. I made two backups with time machine, generated a bootable El Capitan installation USB key, in format Macintosh HD, installed at El Capitan and ran all the updates. The system works well, everything works perfectly and my Mac is fast again. Now, I manually copy things that I need in my system of charges.
Here, the problem is: I can't find the old keychain file in the time machine backup!
Keychain works with the keys stored in iCloud. However, the other buttons are gone.
As I discovered, ~/Library/Keychains is hidden. I did it visible on my system running. However, this does not work in the backup file. It remains hidden or - worse - have not been stored in the backup. I don't know that I have excluded from time machine backup only two totally different folders (dropbox and movies).
You have any ideas how I can find my keychain (login.keychain if my search was right) in the time machine backup?
Thanks a lot for your help!
Time Machine, please press the shift-command-C key combination. The windshield will show the mounted volumes. All snapshots should now be accessible. Select the one you want and search for files to restore.
If you need to restore from a backup of the hidden user library folder, first select a snapshot, and then press shift-command-G. A go to the folder dialog box opens. In this document, you enter the path to the folder. The dialog box will help you by automatically filling parts of the path when you start typing.
The path starts with the slash character ("/"). Enter that. The rest of the parts is separated by slashes.
The next part is the date and time of the current snapshot. Enter a '2', and the rest of the date should be filled in automatically. Press the right arrow key to access the end of the path. Enter a slash to start the next game.
Next is the volume name (usually "Macintosh HD" unless you assigned a different name.) Start typing, then jump to the end and enter a slash.
The next part is 'Users', followed by a slash.
Then is your short user name. It is also the name of your home folder, which is represented by an icon of the House in the sidebar of a Finder window.
Finally, enter "Library", and then press return. You should now be in the library folder. From there, you can move like in the Finder. You can also select another snapshot of the same folder.
Its been 2 weeks now since I updated to macOS Sierra and my Time Machine backup is always stuck on "preparing backup" and I tried different disc backup on another partition but still no luck.
Make sure that:
o drive the TM is excluded from Spotlight indexing non-mandatory;
o that all software anti-virus is disabled (especially Sophos);
o journal of iCloud and other cloud services.
o check this article: macOS Sierra: If Time Machine still at the stage of "preparation"
I have a MacBook Air and a 128 GB USB key that holds my library of photos, so I always make backups. My system - and I have recently made account how flawed it was - was to create backups on a 500 GB HARD drive, but to transfer them to a 2 TB HARD drive when it is full. So, I finally discovered that when I transfer backups in small quantities to the 2 TB, it takes more space because instead of aliases of files used to represent more recent backups, care of file just copied over and over again. For this reason, I put my 2 TB as a feature of time machine and imported all the old backups in the folder backups.db, that my Mac 'cleaned' and registered 135 GB. But 135 GB is not enough, I went and delete backups that I don't have anymore. When I looked in the trash to empty, I've seen 2 things: backups I have trashed and others who are pale sort out. I can't open the files, even if I right click and select "open in a new tab. When I try to "immediately remove" these paled-out files, I always get a message that they are "on duty." It is about 300 GB, so I must get rid of him. But it does not stop there, because when I try to "delete immediately" backups I had trashed myself, I get an error message! It is a total of about 600 GB, what I absolutely need to get rid of! If anyone has some tips, it will be greatly appeciated.
You have probably sprayed your Time Machine backup database. The best thing to do is erase the disc with Airport utility. Then start again with a new backup.
Updated for Sierra and have a minor but very annoying problem. I hope someone can help.
In the Sierra before the SYSLOG command would print the system from the Console log. Time Machine executions have been recorded there. With a simple command-line grep "iMac com.apple.backupd" I could find all the Time Machine backups and see backup times and pass/fail status, when an error has occurred, the error type.
Monitor the status of backup is critical for me.
In the Sierra, the log files are completely different. I can't find where time machine stores its entries or what these entries look like.
Anyone know how Sierra I accomplish the above? In a log file or elsewhere?
See the response I posted here:
I read the info "how to ask a good question" and apparently you need details. I'll try and be concise but informative with my problem. It has been a long journey to get to where I am, but hopefully, with a little help from this amazing community, I can get to my destination.
To produce a backup solution Time Machine for the family spending as little money as possible and using the BRIC and broc, I already have.
I have a House with some ethernet cables for most rooms that through switches to allow a variety of, most entertainment devices to communicate. It is:
1 x NAS/Media (ReadyNAS Duo v2) server,
2 x TV (Samsung),
2 x TEU (Beyonwiz),
2 x Apple TV (a 2 nd generation the other is the latest version)
2 x DVD players,
1 x iMac.
2 x 8-port switches,
1 x 16 switch ports,
1 x AirPort Extreme (2007).
1 x Airport Express (age unknown but older than the extreme)
1 x Fritz! Box 7490 Modem/Router
Courses in place
All the associated TV stuff are connected in 2 rooms through ethernet via switch 2 x 8 ports switch 16 central port and then to the Fritz! modem/router box.
There are also all the usual WiFi going on with mobile phones, iPads and laptops.
Remarkably, it seems just to work!
However, I want to add some backup data on our computers. I tried to do by using the ReadyNAS as it is supposed to support Time Machine, but I can't it to appear as a backup destination. So, I thought, as I have AirPort Extreme, I add it to the network and attach a USB HDD for Time Machine since it is supposed to be easy. However, I've been home for hours and cannot make the HARD disk appear in system preferences/Time Machine.
I plugged the Airport Extreme in one of the switches 8 port said to create a wireless network with the same details as the Fritz! The box according to another article of the support (Airport Extreme wired AND expand network - need of entry). Airport utility shows me Wi-wired connections and seems to work.
I look at the AirPort Extreme disks tab and can see the attached USB drive here. However, it does not appear as a choice of drives available for backup in Time Machine preferences. I tried 2 different discs with the same result.
The Question (finally)
How can I get Time Machine preferences to show the USB disk attached to AirPort Extreme as a valid choice for backups? If anyone can give me a little help in the right direction, I would be very grateful.
Thank you for reading this,
Unfortunately, the key here is that the version of AirPort Extreme you have does not officially support Time Machine backups on a drive to the USB port of the device.
The only version of the AirPort Extreme, which will officially support Time Machine backups on a drive in the USB port on the airport is the 802.11ac current version that looks like a "tower". Older versions of 'flat and square' of the AirPort Extreme don't support Time machine with a USB drive attached.
To check, please see "Time Machine in charge of USB drives" in this Apple support document... AirPort base stations: discs on USB - Support Apple
Support for time Machine to USB drives
OS X Time Machine supports compatible USB drives encrypted, related to the time Capsule (802.11n and 802.11ac) AirPort and AirPort Extreme (802.11ac).
Given that the average life of most wireless routers lasts about 5 years, and your AirPort Extreme seems to be about 9, your AirPort Extreme did very well for you... much better than the average. It might be time to start thinking about a replacement who will be responsible for backups Time Machine... either a time Capsule (i.e. an AirPort Extreme with a built-in hard drive) or another AirPort Extreme.
I have an iMac in the House which is not backup because I have just updated to El Capitan, then now it says that the time Machine doesn't have enough space for a new backup (no doubt because my 200 + GB photo library moved to the new application Photos). Therefore, I need to get rid of some my time Machine backup. My MacBook Pro has almost 1 TB of backup files and I want to delete some, but I don't want to delete ALL my files backup, just in case I need something from him. Is it possible to delete the backups in a certain interval of time quickly, in order to keep all my backups and delete the 'old'? I know that you can delete the backups one by one, but the first backup of my MacBook was in 2014, and I don't want to have to go through 100 backups one by one to manually remove all the...
Time machine records differences, so delete a backup may stop all your backups made subsequently. Here are some tips on how do it safely for ti:
Make sure that you create the new full backup after the removal of the 'old'.
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