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Time Machine is a graphically-oriented computer backup application included with macOS. First released as part of Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), the software is designed to sync with storage devices and is commonly used with disk drives.[1]

Overview[]

Time Machine is intended to be used as a storage and backup utility, instead of an archival utility or offline storage. This app creates backups of files and media that can be accessed and restored at a later date, and works seamlessly with several apps, like Mail and iWork programs. This means it's possible to restore individual files (e.g. files, documents, music, media, mail, etc.)

User interface[]

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The Time Machine interface in OS X Yosemite

When launched and receiving a file, Time Machine automatically starts using Apple's Core Animation API. It "floats" the active Finder or application window into the background, behind the open Time Machine window(s).

Requirements[]

Time Machine requires the storage volume to use the Apple File System or journaled HFS+ file format or else the user will be prompted to reformat it. Supported configurations include:[2]

References[]

  1. Inside Leopard: Time Machine by Rob Griffiths, Macworld 2007-10-24.
  2. Backup disks you can use with Time Machine. Apple Inc..
  3. Time Machine over SMB Specification. Apple Inc. (13 September 2016).

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