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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 > /dev/...
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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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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 package?...
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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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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 ...
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Time Machine: What files and folders are affected when excluding System Files and Applications?

When you put System Files and Applications in the exclusion list, it is not clear what specific files and folders are being concerned. Is it just the /Applications and /System folders? Are /private ...
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What happens if I have switched the Time Machine off?

Im using the MacBook Pro Retina and currently using an external hard drive to store many datas using the Time Machine, i.e: songs, images, movies, docs and so on. I was wondering what will happen if I ...
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Slow Finder - Caused by external disks?

I've been finding Finder slow on my brand new Retina MacBook Pro. I've got two external disks connected to my Mac most of the time. One is a Time Machine backup, the other is a Clone, also for backup....
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migrating local USB to AirportExtreme USB for Time Machine

I've got Time Machine backing up to a local USB hard drive (i.e. I plug it directly into my Macbook Pro). I now want to use this hard drive as the Time Machine drive hooked up to my AirportExtreme. ...
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Data spread on two disk, but only one Time Machine backup

I have an MBA with 500GB SSD; However I have 850GB of data; I would like to split the data to something like 300GB in the SSD and 550GB in an external drive; And I would like to have one Time Machine ...
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Can I use a large external hard drive both as installation media and backup drive?

I am planning to upgrade my Mid 2010 13" Macbook Pro to Yosemite from Snow Leopard, on a new SSD hard drive. Being more experienced now with UNIX/Mac, I want to have a clean install to get rid of the ...
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How to give custom name to Time Machine backup

I have used Clonezilla when I was a windows and linux user. I really liked how Clonezilla allows you to rename your backup to anything. It is possible to do so during Time Machine backup? I want to ...
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Backup And Restore iPhone Text Messages

I have an iPhone that I need to wipe because I need to send it to Apple for the Lock Button Replacement Program. The only issue is I need to restore my iPhone and I don't want to lose my text ...
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Restore whole system on 10.10 with time machine

I realized that I somehow deleted some very important files on my computer. I am working with QGIS and I deleted (in my python system's native folder) some eggs and other things which led to the ...
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iPhone broken falling from car

I left my phone on the roof of my car today and drove off and the result was that I reversed over it and smashed the screen. I am insured so that is OK. The only problem I have is I haven't backed it ...
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Mobilesync>Backup eating up Disk space

My PC is always recently showing low disk space despite me eliminating files. I ran Tree size and discovered large volume from iTunes sync backup. Before deleting in iTunes>preference, May I just ...
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How to troubleshoot Time Machine when backup always halts at some point?

Everything starts ok but then it comes to a halt and does not move. Even the HD light stops :(
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Can't backup broken iPhone 6 without entering pin

I have recently broken the screen on my iPhone 6 and want to back everything up before I take it into apple to be repaired. My problem is when I go to back the phone up in iTunes, it wants my ...
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How can I retrieve the e-mail I was writing on my iPad?

On my iPad, I was writing an e-mail. I switched to Mail, and my e-mail in progress had the text “Chargement en cours…” (“Loading”) in grey instead of my text. I waited. To no avail. I have a backup ...
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Can I use the same time machine backup for two macs?

Is it possible to use the same time machine backup for two different machines? Is it possible to take the backup of my laptop and push it to my desktop? If I make changes to one machine do the ...
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Where is the clipboard stored in an iOS backup?

I have a recent backup of my iPad. Where can I find the clipboard in the backup ? I know that the clipboard is kept between restarts. So I think — and hope — that it is stored somewhere in backups.
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How to release storage used for Backup? [duplicate]

My mac pro only has 13GB left, with more than 24GB are backups, how can I release these space?
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How do I retrieve photos from an iphone backup?

I have an iphone backup with screenshots I'd like to extract. They aren't on icloud/iphoto. Is it possible to retrieve them? I no longer have the phone. Thanks.
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Time Machine restore does not recognize sparsebundle password

I am trying to do a time machine system restore from an encrypted sparse bundle. I have a mac with OS X 10.10.2 and the sparse bundle is on a time capsule. I rebooted with cmd+R and selected “Restore ...
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Migrating macports from a backup location

I recently had a Mavericks system die. The replacement is on Yosemite, so MacPorts can't be directly copied. Instead, I installed the macports base and now I'm trying to restore all the packages. The ...
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Hide Shared Network Drive in Finder

Is there any way to hide a shared network drive in Finder? I don't want to hide all shared drives, just one. I am using an NAS server for backup purposes and I don't want users to be able see or eject ...
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Carbon Copy Cloner circumvents FileVault authentication?

I have a MacBook Pro on which I created a FileVault partition. To access it, I click on the .dmg file, OSX asks for the password, then it mounts the partition in a readable form. So far so good. I ...