Time Machine

Version: 1.1 || Release Date: 2009-08-28 || License: Included with OS Developer: Apple, Inc. | App Owner: chromice

Time Machine is the breakthrough automatic backup that’s built right into Mac OS X Leopard. 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.

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8 Opinions

Totally saved me when my hard drive died a few weeks ago. The restore was perfect; everything exactly as it was as of the last backup, no glitches.

I don't use Time Machine for the whole system, just user files, but it has proven to be absolutely awesome. Plug in an external drive, do what it tells you, and have brain-free backups and restore. Bonus: the last backup is deliberately stored on the drive unmodified and uncompressed, so that you get at your files even in the most bizarre situation.

i love time machine and i've been using it since i got my mac, but it's not freeware, you have to buy leopard to get it. you should change that info in the entry, i got excited and was gonna pass it on to my friend who uses tiger.. not very nice. quite deceiving.

It would be perfect if it could switch automatically between disks (I have a Time Capsule at home and an external HD at work and I hate having to changed the disks manually when I move every day).

Kinda love it. Macbook stopped booting due to some serious file system errors. Diskwarrior wouldn't bring it back to life. Luckily, I had just got my TimeMachine harddrive working again (an OWC Mercury mirrored RAID external drive that might actually be failing itself) and had a recent TM backup. Just in case, I made an image of the current failing volume. After numerous attempts. The only thing that worked was wiping the drive, re-installing an InstaDMG-created image, and using migration assistant w/ the TM harddrive. This restored what I had space to save (Applications, home dir, preferences, etc..) and from the other image (which had everything but was unbootable) I was able to recover my games, music, and other things I kept in /Users/Shared.

My hard drive failed a week ago and I just got my notebook back from a technician. I installed Leopard and when it asked me if I wanted to transfer files I selected "Time Machine backup," plugged in my external hard drive, and 30 minutes later it was like I never left my computer.

Time Machine restored the files, apps, preferences, system preferences, everything. It was seamless.

LOVE IT. Thoughtless backup at it's best. Go out and by a HUGE external drive and don't let this priceless app go to waste.

And the interface is NOT over the top as some say. I ask "who DOESN'T love the idea of time travel"?!?