Preserving copies of data which enable recovery from a data loss event.

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Time Machine performing a mobile Backup to a location I can't find anywhere

First of all: I'm running OS X Lion 10.7.4 on a recent MacBook Pro, have a local USB hard drive (1TB) Time Machine is configured to use for backups – this works perfectly fine. Additionaly, I once ...
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Time Machine from networked Mac?

Is it at all possible to setup Time Machine so that it backs up to a disk image on my external Mac? Here's my setup: My MBA which will be backed up MBP which is connected to the wireless network ...
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iPhone backup restore SMS

I have had to restore my iPhone 4S to factory settings - wiping everything on the device. Fortunately I have frequent backups so I was able to restore most of the settings and stuff. However, is ...
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USB vs FW400 for iMac G4 external backup drive?

I am setting up an old iMac G4 running Mac OS X 10.5.8 as a computer to back things up from my network. I.e. it uses SSHFS to mount network shares and back up their contents (about 120GB) to a ...
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iPad Backup without iCloud or PC/Mac

Are there apps or appliances available for iPad (or iPhone I suppose) that would allow me to backup the content (photos etc) of my iPad without a PC? I was thinking of something like ...
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Where does Time Machine store its cache? Mine is sometimes corrupted

Whenever a backup is run, Time Machine says "Preparing Backup...". During this stage, it looks for what files have been changed since the last backup by comparing changes in the Event Log (I assume) ...
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Time Machine keeps asking to create new backup?

Every time a backup completes I get this message - 'Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you.' I am backing up to ...
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Will updating my iPod delete my files?

I am going to update my iPod to the newest software and was wondering if this will delete the files? Most of my songs are from my old computer which I now longer have, so I no longer have the songs ...
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How to backup iPhone contacts (no iCloud, iTunes or Outlook)?

I have an iPhone from another age (pre 2008) which is ready to be commissioned as defunct and replaced with a new 4S. My question, is how to back up the contacts form the old iPhone and transfer them ...
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How should a user of OS X verify whether backed up data comprises everything required for lossless restoration?

I'm most interested in approaches that compare both: the original file the backup – after the time of backup. I'm aware of two approaches. Others will be appreciated. Less interested in ...
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How to get Time Machine disk to backup itself?

How to get Time Machine disk to backup itself (ie, non-Backups.backupdb on the Time Machine disk)? Specifically: I moved my /Users folder to a separate parition, a parition that also houses Time ...
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Facebook deleted email addresses from Contacts, how to restore?

Most of my contacts that I'm also connected with on Facebook, no longer have any email address in Contacts. Sigh! The problem is described here: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=13197 I ...
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Data Storage Using Dual-Boot System

It's probably not pertinent, but I'm a Mac user since the 1980's. I freely confess that as a middle-aged dog I find it increasingly harder to keep up with the latest and greatest in available Apple ...
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Move external HD to a new drive, but have Time Machine think it's the same?

I have two external drives, one for data and one for Time Machine backups. Time Machine backs up both my internal HD and my external HD. My external HD is dying, so I bought a new one and plan to ...
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Video backup solution in the Cloud

I'm about to purchase the new Macbook Pro with Retina display and I want to get the cheapest version. But it only comes with a 256gbyte hard drive. I probably use 30gbytes for all my data and ...
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Time machine backup/restore: “This user's data doesn't need to be transferred”

So, I had a MacBook Pro 15", Late 2011, that I've been using daily since I got it last October. I set up time machine and every day after work, I would bring my laptop home and plug it into my time ...
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What should I do before I give up my iPhone?

I am changing jobs and so I am giving back to the old company an iPhone 3GS running iOS 5. I am searching for a To-Do list for things to copy from the iPhone to a Mac computer so that I don't lose ...
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How select date of full backup to restore with Time Machine - NOT the latest backup

My hard drive died after files started disappearing for a couple days. I ended up getting a new Mac since the computer was old anyway. I'm worried that the last couple days of Time Machine backups ...
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Need AirPlay and a network drive - is having two devices my only option?

I am replacing a PC in my house with a Macbook Air, and there are two primary functions that the Air won't replace: Streaming music to a whole-house audio system. A home-base for my main ...
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Clone the Windows partition with Carbon Copy Cloner?

I have bought a new Hard Drive and I want to switch from my old disk to my new one. Time machine will do the job for my Mac partition, but not the Windows partition I guess. So I'm looking for way to ...
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Time Machine stuck on “Preparing backup” whenever returning from Boot Camp to OS X

I have Windows 7 installed in Boot Camp. Whenever I go into Windows 7 and then go back to OS X Lion, and then run a Time Machine backup, Time Machine is stuck on the "Preparing Backup" stage for a ...
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Should I use Dropbox or Aperture to back up iPhone photos?

I want to back up my iPhone 4 photos and have been just downloading them into Aperture and then deleting them from my phone. No desire to do any of the various sharing options, I just want to make ...
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How to make full back up of iPhone?

With iTunes popupmenu I have just restored my iPhone from a backup from March 2012. However all my apps made with Xcode was sadly not restored. How can I back up everything? Besides Xcode apps, ...
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How do I create and save multiple iPhone backups in iTunes?

I had a near death experience this weekend. After purchasing a new 13" MacBook Pro I migrated all my data from my old MacBook Pro over to the new one and in the process with iTunes ...
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Reinstalling my Windows machine and wanting to preserve iTunes backups

Is there a way to preserve the backups from all my iDevices stored into the iTunes folder - photos, audio notes, SMS etc. and move them to the new Windows installation. Is this possible? How?
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Why does my phone say I can't backup to iCloud even after deleting lots of video?

I have an iphone 4s and I got an error message saying it can't do a backup because I have more than 5 GB to backup (more details listed on my question here). When i go into the detail i see that the ...
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Cannot read internal hard drive

My MacBook Pro (Mac OS X Snow Leopard) would not start up and the apple service guy suggest me to take the internal hard drive and back up the data to another computer using an external hard drive ...
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Can you use an iMac backup for a MacBook Pro?

Just curious: Is it possible to use a backup from an iMac on a Time Capsule to restore a MacBook Pro with the same items? It seems like it would be possible given that all it really backs up is the ...
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how do I create an ISO/CDR file from a hard disk?

Presently I am attempting to back up my whole computer's primary hard drive to an ISO file. When I attempt to do this using Disk Utility, I perform the following steps: Open disk utility and choose ...
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Is it safe to delete the contents of Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup if using iCloud?

My /Users/{username}/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup is 5GB and I'd really like to reclaim that space if I can. I back up my iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch to iCloud, so is there any ...
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How do I restore itunes library onto another computer

I followed all the steps as suggested for backing up and restore iTunes library in the apple support website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1751 but I have problems with the 'choose library' part in ...
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Will I lose my game saves when I downgrade to iOS 4 from iOS 5?

I have just recently upgraded from iOS 4.3.5 to iOS 5.1.1 on my 3rd generation iPod touch, but it seems that my iPod is slower and a little unresponsive, so I want to downgrade back to 4.3.5. I want ...
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Dedicate 1 ethernet port on Mac Pro to internal backup volume?

Is this possible? I'm using a Mac Pro as a home (Lion) server, connected via ethernet to a gigabit switch. One internal drive is reserved for network backups from local users via Time Machine. All ...
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Is it possible to retrieve a single application from a Time Machine backup?

I've got a Time Machine backup from an old machine. I don't want to over-write all the content from the backup, I'd just like to retrieve a couple of applications that were on my old machine - ...
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access iCloud backup app data

How can I access the iCloud backup app data, i.e. the app data from my iPhone? E.g., I would like to make a local copy of it on my computer (without accessing the iPhone directly, i.e. really just the ...
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Western Digital external hard drive is constantly ejected

I have a 1TB Western Digital external hard drive that I use for Time Machine backups, and recently my iMac has started to randomly eject the hard drive, preventing backups. It tends to happen while ...
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How do I back up my old iPhone 4 onto a new Mac?

As it said, i recently got a new apple mac and I want to backup my old iPhone onto it because i have a new iPhone 4S which i would like to get up and running. I have all of my music and photos onto ...
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Can I restore data backed up from a newer version of iOS?

I have a 3gs with iOS 5.1. I backed up my data, and wanted to restore to my new iPhone 4, with iOS 5.0.1. Somehow, I was not given an option to restore my backup. Is it possible to restore backup ...
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Restoring to previous state: concerns with Carbon Copy Cloner and Time Machine conflict

One week ago I experienced an odd and catastrophic failure of my MacBook Pro. The details of the failure are not important, and the relevant parts have been replaced, among them a new HDD. Side note: ...
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How can I automate keeping historical versions of iOS apps on the Mac?

I find that iTunes management of backing up Apps isn't ideal for a number of reasons. It will happily keep a copy of the most recent App in it's own area within the iTunes library, but it's archival ...
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How to backup Store Apps?

I have been searching and I didn't find an optimal solution for my problem. I have some apps purchased from the Mac App Store (Pixelmator, GarageBand), and other ones installed (Xcode). I want to ...
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What is the size of a typical iPhone backup to iCloud?

What is the typical size of an iOS backup stored to iCloud? I currently backup my iPhone and iPad to iTunes. I'm considering switching the backups to iCloud, but I am not ready to purchase one of the ...
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Does an iTunes iOS device backup include everything on the device?

Does an iTunes iOS device backup include all of the application data on the device? I assume it doesn't include a second copy of your iTunes data as this is already on your Mac anyway. But I ...
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Too many apps; not enough space on my iPod

I have a new PC. I have never used auto sync because I have more data than space on my iPod and I swap songs, movies, photos, and apps back and forth. My new PC now has all my music and photos on it ...
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How to set up new iPhone without deleting its data?

I had my first iPhone synched with my Macbook, then I bought a second iPhone, a 3GS, and I still haven't synchronized it with my Macbook. In fact, I'm not sure I set this 3GS up with any computer at ...
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Can the iCloud apps backup of an iPhone be restored to a different iPhone?

The main or phone backup of my iPhone happened to my PC, but I had iCloud backup enabled for a number of apps (like WhatsApp, and others). My iPhone crashed and burned last week and Apple gave me a ...
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Mac OS reinstall - what to backup for manual restore?

In the next few days I'll have to reinstall my Mac OS/ Snow Leopard computer. I'm trying to figure out what to backup first. I’m not talking about the user data but rather OS specific things like in ...
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What tools exist to recover a file I clobbered using cpp in terminal?

I accidentally typed cpp Scriptname.py DestinationDirectory, intending to copy the Python script into the folder. I realized afterward that I should have used cp, but now my Python script is ...
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Do I need two partitions on an external drive when backing up using Super Duper! and Crashplan?

I have a 1TB external drive which I want to use as a bootable backup of my Mac. I want to use this same disk as a backup destination for Crashplan backups too. Is it possible to do this without ...
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Restoring from Backup error - cannot be saved to computer

I have all permissions organized and a single backup in the correct folder. I have 23 GB of space. I have an Iphone 4. I recently synced it and updated to the latest IOS. My contacts were lost, ...