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My MacBook won't recognize my external hard drive (Passport - that I use to back up the Mac!)

I'm not techie at all. But I manage the basics. I've always backed up my MacBook (2009) on a Passport. I just plug it in while the Mac is connected to power source & click the icon & it ...
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How do other Macs in the network see my Freenas 9.3 backup drive attached to iMac via Ethernet?

I have a Time Machine back up setup on a Freenas 9.3 server. It works really slowly via WiFi attached to my broadband router. So, I attached it directly to my iMac via Ethernet instead - a full backup ...
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Is it possible to browse my iTunes backup files?

I use to store older backups of my iPad, iPod and iPhone made using iTunes. So, as long as some data (i.e: photos) is stored on one of these backups, I feel free to delete it on the devices. If, in ...
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Time Machine fails to create an incremental backup

I use Time Machine to create incremental backups to an external USB hard drive. Backups used to complete properly, but now Time Machine wants to backup much more data. Instead of the couple of GB of ...
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IPad and IPhone - backing up “corrupted” file - spyware on IPad

My IPad Backup failed because the back up is corrupt. Deleting the back up using iTunes or Windows File Explorer and repeating did not work. During Backup to my PC I got multiple popups from ESET ...
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Errors copying files to external drive

I back up my data on NTFS Windows formatted external hard drives (different brand names), cloning each drive to protect against hardware failure. I copy from Mac, Windows, Linux, or Android machines ...
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Backing up data to an NTFS drive

I have a 2TB external hard drive that is about half full of various photos and other things that I use it to hold. Now, I'd like to backup my MacBook Air to it, as I have no more room on my computer. ...
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Reduce the backup from Linux configured TimeMachine

I have created Time Machine server on CentOS and forgotten to set size limit to backup. Now I want to set the limit to 700G but my backup already 800G. Can I reduce the backup without deleting it ...
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How to backup, restore and erase OS X GPT using dd under Linux?

How does one backup, restore and erase OS X GPT using dd under Linux like it's shown in Archlinux Wiki using the MBR analogue: To backup the MBR: # dd if=/dev/sda of=/path/mbr-backup bs=512 count=1 ...
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How to replace internal HDD with SSD in Mac Mini?

I'm a complete nube to Mac (bought Mac Mini 10/Apr/15). So far I have cloned OSX from Internal HDD to USB SSD which is to become my Boot Disk. The HDD is solely to hold a recovery partition, and Data ...
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Is backup of IMAP necessary when switching to a new Macbook

I am switching to a new macbook and am in that case wondering, if it is necessary to backup my e-mail. All my mailboxes are Exchange or IMAP. I mean they are already located on the server, so is it ...
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how to remove a backup of a purchased app

I have a certain app installed on my iPhone 6 Plus device. Due to some technical issues with this app, I need to completely remove it from the device and re-install it. Although it seems like I can ...
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Any way to access FileVault account after Time Machine restore on Yosemite?

I have an Early 2011 MackBook Pro, currently running Yosemite after many upgrades over the years. I had two user accounts, one of which, "account2", had FileVault encryption enabled. Both were backed ...
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How does Apple Watch backup work?

Does the Apple Watch use the same mechanics of the iPhone in terms of backup data in the cloud? For example, if for any reason, such as password forgot or whatever you need to reset to factory ...
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iPhone 6 iCloud Backup is super large

I recently jumped from an iPhone 4s running 8.1.2 to an iPhone 6+ and suddenly there is no more room for iCloud backups. When I go into "manage storage" I can see my old phone at 2.6GB and my iPad at ...
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Backups seeming much much larger than my hard drive

Can anyone explain this to me? My drive clearly does not have 140TB of backups on it... this is on a late 2013 retina macbook pro 13 inch.
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Can I use Time Machine to dump Photos?

Can I use Time Machine to restore my machine to the iPhoto app without destroying the files that Photos has converted? I don't find Photos intuitive and I'm up against the clock on a project ...
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Restore Firefox & Thunderbird user data from Time Machine

I have a fresh installation to which I want to transfer my Firefox and Thunderbird user data. I have my Time Machine backup available from Other backup disk and could in principle restore the hidden ...
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A partition copied with cat can't be mounted

Well some days ago my mac got broken, I had an Ubuntu on it and booted through it, first thing I did I copied mac partition to an external hard partition, something like this: cat /dev/sda2 > ...
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Is it safe to delete my Time Machine sparse bundle? Can a fresh one be recreated?

Is it safe to delete my Time Machine sparse bundle file? Can a fresh time machine backup be recreated WITHOUT reformatting the drive or affecting any other files on my external Time Machine drive? My ...
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Backing up Photos library to external hard drive

Regarding Photos and its file structure, if I want to back up my photographs to an external hard drive, what files do I identify to be copied over? That is, if I back up the Photos Library, am I ...
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Automatically shrink existing Time Machine Backup to a fixed size

I googled for hours to find a solution for this issue, but I couldn't find an answer that fitted for my problem. My setup: I have an iMac with a ~1TB Hard Drive I'm backing it up via Time Machine ...
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Restore Mac from Time Machine Backup via Terminal

I ran into some major problem today when trying to delete old TM backups from an external drive. Now that I have a Time Capsule I wanted to clear the old backups from another external drive. At some ...
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Rsync not copying some files with extended attributes

I am attempting to rsync from a network mounted volume to my Desktop. However some but not alll of the files are not copying because of an rsync error. I am using rsync 3.1.1 from Brew. I'm using ...
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I want to backup my Mac partition, including the OS, so that I can use the backup to restore my hard drive to its current state

I want to dual-boot Ubuntu (14.04) of my Mac running OS X 10.10.3. I want to make sure that I can use my backup to fix any issues I might have dual-booting. I have a bootable USB with Ubuntu on it, ...
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Backup Disk 'doesn’t contain an EFI system partition'

I have a 750GB Western Digital external HDD which I use for Time Machine backups (MBP, OS 10.10.3). Today I had the need to boot to recovery, which I did from said backup. But I was unsuccessful in ...
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Apple Time Machine doesn't see my WD My Passport 2 TB using USB 3.0

I have Yosemite 10.10.2 on my Early 2008 24". Time Machine has been backing up to my WD external hard drives for years. I just purchased a new 2TB My Passport using USB 3.0. It's formatted in Mac ...
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Keep bootable backup with rsync [closed]

I've ditched Carbon Copy Cloner now that it went commercial, well I felt guilty about using a closed source application anyways. What rsync options do you prefer when maintaining your bootable ...
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How do I copy a Mac volume using cp?

I have researched this for hours. In Single User Mode, I used: cp -Rpvn /* /Volumes/MyBackup My external USB is mounted on /Volumes/MyBackup The issue however is that after 24hrs it still has not ...
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Does Mac keeps a history of all actions I have done with files/folders similar to terminal?

2 days ago I accidentally deleted my work folder which include many projects aI have worked on them for last 2 weeks and I didn't packed them up at all. I used Dr.Cleaner to clean up "un-wanted" ...
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iTunes backup disappears after software update iphone 6

My iPhone screen had stopped working and before going to get it traded in for a new one, the store told me to do a complete backup to my computer. After doing so and getting the new phone, I plug it ...
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How can I verify that my external hard drive contains my backup using Single User Mode

I only have access to Single User Mode. I did a backup using: cp -Rnpv /MacHd /Volumes/MyBackup I want to see if it was successful. I don't have a second Mac.
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Extract specific app data from an older iCloud Backup

My problem is this: About a year ago I installed an application that did a very simple task. Just counting days from a specific date. Long story short, after a bunch of iOS updates, this app started ...
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Is it possible to use Time Machine with iCloud?

I have a MacBook Pro (early 2011) with a 320 GB hard disk, and I have a 200 GB storage plan on iCloud. The problem is that I cannot simply copy the Applications folder to iCloud Drive and restore it ...
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Time Machine on a local drive, then make that drive a network drive (via Server.app) on a different computer

I have two macs running OS X 10.10.3. One has Server.app installed, is connected to the internet via ethernet, and also has a 2 TB disk attached via USB, with two partitions - "Backup" and "Storage". ...
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Can I back up to an SD card?

I happy accident occurred this weekend when I left my camera's USB cable at work. I discovered that I have an SD slot in my MacBook Pro. Can I backup to an SD card using a third party back up ...
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TimeMachine backup over network - are OSX Server or Time Capsule more reliable than TM -> NAS?

Time Machine famously has problems backing up to a network drive ...just the other day I got the dreaded message where TM wants to wipe my existing backup and start from scratch again :( (that's from ...
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Can I create a backup of a specific partition and restore it later?

I have my beta partition on my SSD and I want to create a backup of it so I can identically restore it on a different partition, later. My simple question is: Can I? I've got multiple partitions and ...
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Time capsule wired backup transfer slow with fast “bursts”

I have recently bought a 3TB A1470 Time capsule (the latest, 'tall' ac model) to replace a 2TB A1409 (the 'flat' one, n model). The Airport utility was helpful in moving the network settings over ...
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Is my Time Machine backup encrypted or not?

As you can see, I use Time Machine to backup on drive "Data" on "ZRH" which is a Time Capsule. To the best of my knowledge, I selected "Encrypt backups" when I configured this backup a few weeks ago. ...
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Recover deleted Time Machine older important backups

Time Machine deleted older very important backups and I want to know if it's possible to retrieve the deleted information in a way. Seeing that deleted files are only deactivated information on the ...
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iPhone – restore from iCloud backup of newer iOS version

I have an iCloud backup from an iPhone running iOS 8.3. Now, I'd like to restore another iPhone from this backup. The problem is that the other iPhone is running iOS 8.2 (this iPhone cannot be updated ...
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How do you lengthen the amount of time that Time Machine keeps hourly backups?

Time Machine keeps hourly backups for 24 hours by default before purging for daily backups and I'd like to extend this further (to a week of hourly backups). Is there a way to change the backup ...
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Can I restore a system upgrade from a Time Machine backup?

I created a full backup from OS X 10.10.3 and I'd expect that sub-minor upgrade to be included in the backup. However this seems not true when I apply that backup in the initial setup-process of a ...
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Simple Low-Cost Network Backup System - Drobo? Alternatives?

I'm hoping to graduate from manually copying important files to multiple external desk or portable drives; affordably. We have 3 Macs and an iPad or two. I have just now learned about Drobo, who as I ...
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Downgrading from Yosemite to Mavericks with TimeMachine backup from another Mac

I have an iMac mid 2011 with Maverick which i have replaced with a iMac retina 27" with Yosemite Preinstalled. I did a Migration Assistant to transfer files from old to new mac. Now i want to ...
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Retaining specific Time Machine backups

I created several Time Machine backups while I was running Mavericks. I upgraded to Yosemite and also backed it up on the same backup drive. I now have multiple backups of Mavericks and Yosemite on ...
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Creating a OS backup image for an easy restore on a new system

I have set up my macbook with all the files, apps and configurations I like. In about a week, I am upgrading to the 15" model. Is there a way to create an easy-to-restore backup file / iOS image that ...
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Get Automator to remount a partition for an attached hdd

I've got a setup where we backup our server every day to an external thunderbolt drive, and we alternate between two different drives. I've got an Automator script that ejects the drive every week ...