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September, 2019

HOW TO Set up Time Machine
~MacFormat Magazine
1. Choose a disk - Choose a disk to use for your backup and connect it to your Mac. If you’re not asked if you want to use the disk for Time Machine, go to System Preferences > Time Machine or open Preferences from the Time Machine menu bar item.

2. Choose a disk - Choose a disk to use for your backup and connect it to your Mac. If you’re not asked if you want to use the disk for Time Machine, go to System Preferences > Time Machine or open Preferences from the Time Machine menu bar item.

3. Copy disk data - If your disk isn’t properly formatted for Time Machine, you’ll be prompted to erase it, so make sure you’ve copied its data elsewhere before agreeing. Choose Backup Automatically to start regular automatic backups.

HOW TO Restore files in Time Machine
~MacFormat Magazine
1. Find the date - Click on the Time Machine menu bar item and choose Enter Time Machine. When it launches, use the arrows or the slider at the right of the screen to navigate to the date you’re looking for. Then navigate to the file or folder.

2. Restore file or folder - Once you’ve found the file or folder you want to recover, click Restore to put it back in the same location. Or, click on the gear icon in the Finder toolbar and choose ‘Restore to’ then navigate to where you want to put the file.

3. Restore Mac - To restore your Mac from Time Machine, restart while holding Command+R. When you see macOS Utilities, choose ‘Restore from Time Machine backup’. Click Continue until you see a list of backups. Choose one and click Continue.

HOW TO Migrate backups to a new drive
~MacFormat Magazine
1. Format the drive - Plug in the new drive and erase it in Disk Utilities, formatting it as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) GUID. Select the new drive and press Command+I. In Sharing & Permissions, deselect ‘Ignore ownership on this volume’ if it’s selected.

2. Copy backups - To briefly turn off Time Machine, go to System Preferences > Time Machine and uncheck Backup Automatically. Now copy the folder ‘Backups.backupdb’ from the old drive to the new one. Type in an admin name and password.

3. Old and new - Go back to System Preferences > Time Machine. Cick Select Disk, choose the new one then tap Use Disk. You can now turn Time Machine back on and subsequent backups will be saved with the old ones on the new disk.

Smart searches
~MacFormat Magazine
When you enter Time Machine and navigate to the date you’re looking for, the Finder window behaves just like a regular Finder window. That means you can use it to search for files. One neat trick is to create a Smart Search and save it, making sure the ‘Add To Sidebar’ box is checked. Now, when you use Time Machine, the Smart Folder with the search results will be accessible in the Finder sidebar. The results will update according to what was on your Mac on that date and you’ll be able to select files in the folder as you would any other file.