Time Machine

Over the last several months, we’ve revisited Time Machine, the backup utility present in OS X. We’ve showed you everything from performing an initial Time Machine setup, to encrypting Time Machine backups, to restoring specific files from those backups.

Time Machine is a great tool that every OS X user should become intimately familiar with, and in this roundup, we’ll revisit each of the topics covered over the last couple of months.

Time Machine OS X Preferences

Setting up Time Machine is a breeze, and we showed you how in our initial tutorial. It’s also important for you to learn how to encrypt your Time Machine backups, as encryption keeps your backed up data safe from prying eyes.

And since space is usually limited, you’ll want to learn how to exclude certain files and folders from being backed up to your Time Machine external drive. You’ll, of course, also want to learn how to view and restore specific files backed up with Time Machine.

OS X Yosemite Beta 2 (Time Machine 001)

It’s also handy to know how to create a partition on your Time Machine hard drive, or how to set up a new Mac from a Time Machine backup. Once you’ve gotten all of that down, it’s important to know how to move your Music and Photo libraries over to a new Mac using your Time Machine backup.

Again, here’s the full list of Time Machine tutorials covered:

When we add additional tutorials, this roundup will be updated accordingly.

Do you use Time Machine on your Mac? What’s your experience been like with the utility?

  • Thien Nguyen

    Is there a way to let Time Machine backup to a windows network share?

    • I don’t know the answer to this, unfortunately.

    • Time Machine requires AFP while Windows uses SMB protocol.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Is there a way to add old time machine backups from a different Mac into the timeline of current backups from a newer Mac?

  • steveb9124

    The tutorial I’d love to see (if it’s possible at all): what if I have multiple drives in my computer, and multiple external backup drives? So I want to back up A to A, B to B, C to C, and D to D?