Configure and Use Time Machine

If you’ve decided to use Time Machine for versioned backups, read this chapter to learn everything you need to know about that. (If you’ve chosen other software for versioned backups, skip ahead to Use Other Versioned Backup Software.) We’ll walk through the details of setting up Time Machine, backing up and restoring files, and other activities.

As I explained in Decide Whether Time Machine Is Best for You, my enthusiasm for Time Machine is not what it once was. I still use it, but not as my only form of versioned backups, and not on all my Macs. Therefore, even though this chapter is fairly long, I make no attempt to be comprehensive here, especially when it comes to troubleshooting.

Time Machine Basics

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