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Time machine backups not recognised after OS upgrade

I finally updated my OS from 10.6.8 to Mavericks 10.9 yesterday on my late 2009 iMac 27", but when I got to the point of switching back on my Time machine (connected to a time capsule 2 Tbytes) it ...
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Time Machine error creating the backup folder on a spacious hard drive

I have upgraded recently to Mavericks, and am setting up Time Machine on this system for the first time (it wasn't set up with the earlier OS, Mountain Lion.) Time Machine successfully backs up once ...
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Entering Time Machine on an external drive does not work

If I open an external drive, or an folder on that drive, in the Finder, then enter Time Machine by clicking on the menu bar icon and selecting "Enter Time Machine", then Time Machine runs, but it ...
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How can I get a photo from an iPad (iOS 5) to my Mac?

I am trying to get a photo from my husband's old iPad to my MacBook Pro. I have backed up his iPad to my computer and iCloud, but can't find the photos anywhere? I tried looking for a MobileSync file ...
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Retrieve data from individual app after iOS 7 update?

This what I did: Installed various apps onto my iPad (before the iOS 7 update was released) using another Apple ID. Used the apps, so they had data in them that I would really like back. Backed up ...
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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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Restore ebooks (PDF) from iTunes backup?

Upon opening iBooks.app on my clean Mavericks install, I noticed that all my ebooks from other sources than the iBooks Store were missing. Of course, they're not saved in iCloud. So I wanted to ...
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Time Machine Full, But Only One Backup (or, what are .RecoverySets and why do they take up so much space?)

Something crazy is going on with Time Machine. I upgraded to Mavericks yesterday with no issues. After performing a final backup on Mountain Lion, I disconnected my backup drive out of an abundance of ...
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Mavericks clean install with restoration from Time Machine

Let's say I want to perform a Mavericks clean install like described in this tutorial. But what I also want to do is to keep all my older apps (especially ones not installed from the AppStore and all ...
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Transfer data from one iMac to another

I have an iMac that sounds as though the hard drive is about to fail. It has the following spec: I then have a newer iMac with the following spec: Is there a way I can transfer all the data from ...
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Time Machine from TC ko on MAvericks

Just installed mavericks, erasing the hard drive and installing it as brand new; then I wanted to restore my backup from Time machine (as I always did) but an error screen appears, saying "impossible ...
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Exploring the files in a MobileSync backup

I'm trying to find if some movies that I had on my iPhone 5 might be hidden away in a MobileSync backup. The weird part is that iTunes → Preferences → Devices doesn't show a backup for this device in ...
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Copying files from a failing drive

I have a 2008 iMac in which the drive is failing. SMART status seems ok although AHT reported 4hdd/11/40000000 SATA (0,0) which is the code for disk failure AFAIK. Normal boot fails, Firewire target ...
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Tool to Consolidate Data on Multiple Hard Drives and List Differences Between Filesets

I have several hard drives I've used throughout the years to backup my data. Each one has a different folder structure and fileset. I now have a massive NAS that I want to consolidate all my data ...
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iPhone backup data overwritten by mistake

I was updating my iPhone to iOS 7 and in the process I took a backup of my phone. After installing iOS 7 on my iPhone, I connected it to iTunes and instead of pressing Restore from backup, I pressed ...
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How to copy apps between 2 devices using the same Apple ID?

Is there a way to copy an application from an iPod Touch gen.2 to an iPad 3G gen.1 while both devices are under the same Apple ID? The application is no longer present in the Apple Store. Using ...
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How to get back all the photos in the camera roll?

I connected my brother's iPhone4 to iTunes to sync movies in my library. Since, his phone has never done any backup and first time connect to iTunes, I'd mistakenly press on something writes ...
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iOS 7 Activation Error (legal)

I was on the iOS 7 beta in it's entirety and updated to the public version via my phone. Last night I got an activation error which is incorrect as I work for a company that builds apps and we even ...
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Can iOS apps be safely deleted from iTunes?

On my PC, the iOS apps synchronized by iTunes take up a pretty substantial percentage of my total disk space. Since most, if not all of them, can be recovered from the App Store, is it safe to delete ...
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Backup Synology NAS to multiple external drives using OSX Server

I want to backup my NAS (currently one folder around 5tb, one about 1tb) to external drives. I tried using gnutar (installed using homebrew) which in theory does what I want, but it can't update the ...
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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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Time Machine backs up way too much, never finishes

I have a major problem with Time Machine. It started a few weeks ago when it started to back up too much data (strangely, only on backups after reboots). Last week, the backup volume ran out of space. ...
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Recover GoodReader data after iOS 7 upgrade?

Today I upgraded to iOS 7. I did a backup to my computer (Windows 7) using iTunes first. Later when I restored the backup to the phone, I found all apps were gone. I then went and downloaded ...
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how can I recover a file overwritten in the .app directory inside /Applications on OSX

I am using Android Studio and the application is stored in /Application/Android Studio.app. I'm not sure why, but at some point my keystore file was stored inside this directory, in the bin ...
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How can I prevent a forced iOS7 upgrade when restoring iPhone 4s from backup

For some reason my iPhone 4s (running on latest iOS 6 and never jailbroken) has crashed and is stuck on a rebooting loop. I tried to restore my iPhone from a backup I made about a week ago. iTunes ...
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Command-line cloud file backup?

Is there a free cloud file server for personal files with shell commands like Unix ls, cp etc. ? Along the lines cloud ls [-options] pattern cloud cp-up pattern cloud cp-down pattern My ideal would ...
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Retrieving a file from an iOS backup

So I have recently updated from iOS 6 to 7, but in the process, I did a clean restore. Beforehand though, I have done a backup in iTunes before the update. Something I forgot to grab when doing the ...
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How do I export my iPhone Messages to a PDF file?

Is there any app that will allow you to export your iPhone text messages to a PDF file while keeping all the conversation threads intact?
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iPhone 4S restore from backup 64 GB to 16 GB

I am trying to restore a new 16 GB iPhone from my old 64 GB backup, and am getting the error message that the old backup is too large (for the record, I don't believe it's very much over 16 GB)...the ...
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Time Machine and case-sensitive HFS

Time Machine defaults to formatting a new drive to Journaled HFS+ (case-sensitive), if you set up the drive from within Time Machine itself. However, my main drive (the one Time Machine will be ...
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How can I backup an Application in the applications folder?

I was wondering what will happen if I copy the content of an application in the applications folder, compress it and move it to another hard drive. Will it work if I put it in the Application's folder ...
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Can I backup using Time Machine and restore to another account?

I am planning to re-install the OSX when Mavericks release. I am also actually planning to change my username after re-installation. I need to backup my whole personal folder under username "a", but ...
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Pulling files off of Time Machine Back Up After Full Reinstall

I have a MacBookPro, purchased October 2012. I use Time Machine to back up files. I was having slow computing issues, so the Genius Bar folks recommended a wipe out and reinstall from scratch, but ...
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How big should my Time Machine backup drive be?

My 13" MacBook Pro has 500GB internal hard drive space, and I bought a 1TB external HDD to use as my Time Machine backup. I only read from many articles that the backup should be about 2 to 3 times ...
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Apple Configurator question

My Apple Configurator will auto close and leave me a message "Apple Configurator quit unexpectedly." when I launch this App. Anyone can help me fix this problem?
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How to make Rsync copy alias files?

System specs: 2011 iMac, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 I have come to understand that Rsync does not handle Mac Alises properly, and have now discovered that hundreds of aliases I've previously copied ...
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How to upgrade from iOS 4 to iOS 6 without losing app data

I am still on iOS 4, and I understand that I need to erase my iPad before upgrading. But I don't want to lose the game data stored locally, particularly Candy Crush. :) Is there a way to preserve data ...
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What contributes to my iPhone iCloud backup size?

Settings lists my phone's iCloud "Backup Size" as 2.2 GB (excluding other phones and general "Documents & Data") though all of its apps turned "on" for backup below don't even approach 0.5 GB when ...
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iCloud backup file access [duplicate]

Can I extract data from my icloud back up to view on pc? I have changed phones but have lots texts etc on new iPhone. Can I view my icloud back up data as I have done texts I would really like to ...
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iPad is crushed, how to access iCloud backup? [duplicate]

My iPad was recently destroyed. There were a lot of pictures on it I would like to retrieve. I did have iCloud turned on. How can I access that backup and retrieve my pictures?
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Can you prevent a remote wipe from iCloud after it has been issued?

I thought I lost my iPhone 4s, so I blocked and told iCloud to erase it the next time it connects. Now that I found it, I know that as soon as it gets internet connection, all my information will be ...
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iTunes backup process programmatically on iphone 5

I am using iTunes 11 and iPhone 5 on Window XP. I want to create iTunes backup process programmatically in my selected location (not in default location). Can you provide any type of suggestion.
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Finder window pops up every time Time Machine makes a backup

I have configured a shiny new Time Capsule a few days ago. It runs firmware 7.7.1 and my Mac is on 10.8.4. The Time Capsule works perfectly so far, except that every time Time Machine makes a backup, ...
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Clean 5.1.1 to 6 with backup?

I have a 3rd gen retina ipad with 5.1.1 and no jailbreak. I want to try ios 6, but with the option to go back if I don't like it. From what I have read Apple gives no way to go back. I don't mind ...
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Time Machine backup between networks

I have a computer on network A that I would like to backup via Time Machine to a drive connected to a computer on network B. Can this be done? Would I need a VPN? I just need the network B computer's ...
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Can I build an OS X Image with preinstalled software? (Or, please help me move back one OS X version.)

My MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a year old, and I'm in the mood of a fresh install. (I've got random stuff lying around, etc.) For compatibility with some software I'd like to run, I'm moving ...
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Time Machine backing up more data than I can physically have

I have a Retina MBP with a 512 GB SSD. Today, Time Machine shows me this: Does anybody know how Time Machine can be backing more data than I can fit on my hard disk? For what its worth, I still ...
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Backup camcorder using Final Cut Pro or iMovie

I have a Canon Vixia HF11 HD camcorder, Synology DS213 NAS, MacBook Air, iMovie '11 and Final Cut Pro 10.0.9. I just backed up my camcorder using Final Cut Pro and ran into a couple problems: The ...
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Having trouble restoring backup of my iPhone

I'd been having a few issues with my iPhone 4 (one of the main being that apps wouldn't open and turning it off and on again to remedy this resulted in me losing all of my contacts in my address ...
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Will Time Machine delete old backups for other computers on the same drive?

I have an external 500 GB HDD that I've used for Time Machine backups for three different computers: An old PowerBook G4 A white MacBook My current retina MacBook Pro I now have less than 100 GB ...