How to enable Time Machine backups on Mac device


Time Machine works with any hard disk connected to your computer via USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt; it also supports Apple’s Time Capsule and backup disks connected over a network, provided the disks support Apple File Protocol (AFP) file sharing. As long as the disk is available to your Mac, you can use it for a Time Machine backup.

In this article lets us discuss about how to enable Time Machine backups and also how to restore from Time Machine Back up on Mac device, if you’re not aware then simply follow the steps that are given below :

  • Initially you have to open system preferences from Apple menu.
  • Under the system preferences choose Time Machine icon.


  • Now turn on the Time Machine by sliding the toggle.
  • Click select backup disk and you’d like to use as a Time Machine backup.


  • Time Machine will format the hard drive for backups and will then start your first backup within two minutes.

How to restore files from Time Machine Back up :

  • First you have to launch system preferences from the Apple menu and then choose the Time Machine icon under the system preferences.
  • Tap on the Show Time Machine in menu bar checkbox.
  • From the Time Machine menu, select Enter Time Machine.
  • You will be taken to the Time Machine Window. Here you can navigate to the file or folder you’d like to restore.
  • Find the file or folder in question then click to restore button.
  • Time Machine will copy that file back to its original location on your hard disk.

How to restore hard drive from Time Machine back up :

  • Start your Mac device and hold down command and R keys to enter the OS X Recovery partition. Mac should boot to a screen that says OS X utilities.
  • Select Restore from Time Machine Backup and click continue.
  • Read the info on the Restore your system page and click Continue.
  • Select the most recent back up of your hard disk and click continue then you Mac will then restore the Time Machine back up once its done it will restart.

If you had to replace it with a stock drive that has nothing on it not even OS X that you won’t be able to boot from the OS X Recovery Partition. But fear not, you can get the recovery rolling from the Time Machine backup disk itself: Just hold down the Option key when you start your Mac; you’ll be able to select the Time Machine backup disk as your startup drive, and go from there.

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