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MacBook Air serial number

I am seeking to find a Macbook Air serial number from within the backup files created by the Mountain Lion operating system and stored on an external hard drive. Exactly which file do I need to be ...
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Invalid Argument using ditto

I'm using a backup script on my server that uses ditto and I keep getting the following error: ditto: /Volumes/BKP/Daily_bkp.051114/VM Share/Machine/Backups/backup_copies.cmd: Invalid argument This ...
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TimeMachine inconsistant with backed up data. How do I access earlier data from the backup - they ARE there, Time Machine just doesn't show them

This is a bit difficult,. I will try to explain in detail, please excuse if it get's a little long. Outlook 2011 crashed, and I was advised to reinstall. That was a mistake, all my local folders in ...
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How to get Mail files from Mountain Lion Time Machine backup in Mavericks?

I have upgraded my MBP to Mavericks and got the system to how I like etc. Tt has since backed up using Time Machine onto an external HD. Now it slipped my mind that I would like to have my e-mails on ...
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Reverting back to OS X 10.8 from 10.9 without a previous backup [duplicate]

I upgraded to 10.9, as I have all others, without thought. I have never performed a backup (I will now!). I use my MacBook Air almost exclusively for work and our EMR (electronic medical records) is ...
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Roll back to Mountain Lion but don't lose saved documents

I have a Time Machine backup of my system from last week right before I installed Mavericks. I've determined that Mavericks breaks too many programs that I need to use and doesn't add enough features ...
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359 views

Unable to Access Local Snapshots when external Time Machine is disconnected

My local snapshots are behaving weirdly. When no Time Machine backup is connected and if I enter time machine, I get this prompt: Your Time Machine backup disk can’t be found. …but when my ...
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468 views

In Mountain Lion, where is the exclude list for Time Machine stored? [duplicate]

I want to know if the list of Time Machine excluded files (pictured below) can be found in a file somewhere. I know about the question On Lion, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine ...
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Some files in Time Machine are being locked

I run Mountain Lion 10.8.4 on a Mac Mini 2012. Over the past year or so (dating back to my older iMac mid-2010, after which I transferred the data to my current Mac Mini), I've noticed that most of my ...
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1answer
174 views

Continue managing external drive backups on a different computer

I have an external drive with data on it that is shared on the local network. There's another external drive that's daisy chained where backups are stored. The computer that was originally managing ...
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Time Machine backup to Airport Extreme AirDisk

I thought it was NOT possible to use the USB hard disk attached to the Airport Extreme Base Station (AEBS) as a backup destination for Time Machine backups. This was mostly due to Google results as ...
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Time Machine stuck on “Preparing Backup”

I have a MacBook Pro from 2009. It came with OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) but I upgraded to 10.8 (Mountain Lion). A few days ago, I tried to backup my files on an external hard drive, like I have ...
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Time machine backup only on home network

I've set up my Ubuntu server at home to act as a Time capsule using this guide: http://alisnic.net/blog/use-a-ubuntu-as-a-timemachine-server/ It works very well, and I have two macbooks backing up ...
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1answer
299 views

How do I restore a Deja Dup backup (done in Ubuntu) in Mountain Lion?

I have pretty much started from scratch on my new installation because I couldn't figure out how to restore the files I backed up on my Linux installation with Deja Dup. I have GPG Keychain access ...
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restore Mac OS Mountain Lion to factory settings without discs or time machine backups

I installed XCode 3 on Mac OS Mountain Lion 10.8 and now I am getting the Apple BSODs. Can I do a system restore without having the discs as I seem to have nothing to use, also I have no Time Machine ...
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Time Machine doesn't backup folders with same name as user

Let's say my OS X user's folder is called Attila and I have a folder with the same name in a folder, e.g. ~/Xcode/Attila/. Now, if I do a Time Machine backup, the ~/Xcode/Attila/ folder won't be ...
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Why is it that I can no longer access some folders in my old time machine backups and how can I get access?

So I recently had IT reformat my Mac OS 10.6 laptop to put a 10.8 image on it. When I first got it back I could still access all folders in my old backups, including the Library folder under my old ...
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How to wipe huge .MobileBackups folder?

I found my .MobileBackups folder quite large, it weights 160 Gi. Shouldn't the .MobileBsckups folder be wiped after the TM 'backup session'? Since I have backup done on my external drive how can I ...
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Will time machine wipe out my old time machine backups if I move it to a new mac (or upgrade os x)?

I recently had the IT guys here at work wipe my hard drive and upgrade my mac to 10.8 from 10.6. And other than spending a few days getting it up and running again and spaces being jacked it is going ...
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369 views

Cloning an image from MacBook Air to MacBook Pro

I am getting a mid-2012 13" MacBook Pro. I currently have a mid-2011 11" MacBook Air. I will be purchasing a Crucial M4 512GB SSD for the Pro and I want to clone my existing Air's HDD before I give ...
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1answer
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TimeMachine restore issue

Times ago I did a "restore from time machine backup" in order to restore all my files on a new SSD I bought for my macbookpro (with OSX Lion), and all went fine. Today I installed Mountain Lion on ...
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Is it possible to reinstall Mountain Lion using Lion Time Machine backup?

I have an old MacBook which cannot run anything newer than 10.7.5 Lion. I do regular Time Machine backups to an external drive. I plan to buy a new MacBook Air, but I want to make the migration as ...
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Backup MBP to a network attached Disk Drive

Im kind of stuck with this... im following this link? I get these errors that are in the image. aka they timed out for some reason. im upto 5b, stackexchange wont let me put a image... image ...
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How effective is a Time Machine backup?

I'm having a problem with Office not installing correctly and not being able to update. I have one last resort which is Backing up and formatting my system. However I would like to know how effective ...
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What is the best backup strategy for macbook pro laptop?

I have a lot of data on my macbook pro retina laptop and i am looking for the best backup strategy. I have previously had a windows desktop with an external harddrive connected all of the time and a ...
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Time Machine thinks “Latest Backup” is same as current version even though its not?

I've noticed an interesting thing with Time Machine and how it compares the current version of a folder with the Latest Backup version. I have a folder with a single text file. For some reason, when I ...
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1answer
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Time Machine deleting backups from several months ago (but not the oldest)?

During its "Cleanup" phase, Time Machine has recently been deleting backups from several months ago—even though these aren't the oldest backups, and my backup drive isn't full. My backups go back to ...
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1answer
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Time Machine External Backup Disk Icon

I bought a new external hard drive to use with Time Machine: The Western Digital "My Passport for Mac" 1TB USB 3.0 Hard Disk Drive. This is the second hard drive Time Machine uses, the first one being ...
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2answers
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Time Machine Error - The backup disk is not available

Problem My automatic backups for my Macs have recently started failing with the following message (same error if I attempt to "Backup Now"): Time Machine couldn't complete the backup to ...
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2answers
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Is is possible to add tag, notes or labels to backups made by Time Machine?

Is it possible to add label, tag or notes to Time Machine backups. Lets say after fresh reinstall of OS X - label it as "Base System 1" then after few days (at some point with more software/work) ...
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huge time machine backups with mountain lion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Time Machine Backing Up Large Amounts of Data Each Time I have an external 2TB USB disc set up for Backup and experience huge backups. Backing up once a week would ...
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1answer
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Does Time Machine need a “clean drive”, or can I use an old hard disk

I want to use Time Machine on my Mountain Lion. I have 1TB external HDD I use for storing various stuff. The thing is I selected the drive for Time Machine to work on but nowhere it is mentioned ...
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Export all stickies at once on OS X 10.8?

I am using Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8). I have a lot of stickies, but have been unable to find a simple way to export all the stickies at once as either text or HTML. Have I overlooked something ...
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Will installing Mountain Lion require a complete refresh of my Time Machine backup?

I currently have my Time Machine backup on my network and access it wirelessly. This means a complete backup of half a terabyte of data can take a significant amount of time. So, I'm concerned that ...
4
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1answer
370 views

Is it possible to backup my iCloud contents?

One of the major features in Mountain Lion is the ability for almost all programs (certainly all the pre-installed ones and any newer MAS based apps) to store the files that they create and/or edit in ...
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Time Machine says “Waiting to Backup” after ML upgrade

I just upgraded to ML and my Time Machine says "Waiting to Backup". Is the cause of this got to do anything with Spotlight indexing?
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How to revert to Lion from Mountain Lion?

I'm running a Mid-2011 Macbook Air, my first Mac. When I bought it, it had Lion pre-installed. Yesterday I picked up an external hard drive, and made my first Time Machine backup. In the next few ...
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Proper backup procedure for upgrading to OS X Mountain Lion

I'm rarely an early adopter of new software, but I'm taking the plunge today and buying Mountain Lion. I don't know if it will break anything important (I run a few rather obscure programs on my ...