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Can Time Machine remove some files completely, and/or sync only to within 6 months?

I wonder for Time Machine, if I delete 3 files on the hard drive that I will for sure never want to use again (for example, that are 1GB each), can I tell Time Machine that please don't archive these ...
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Will backing up using time-machine also backup all the users?

I have two users on my MBP, and IIRC, both are Admin accounts. I want to upgrade to Lion GM, and have the dmg to do that. However, to be safe, I want to have a backup. I am not familiar with ...
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Time Machine backs up a huge quantity of data on every run

I have a MacBook Pro with Snow Leopard and a Time Capsule. In the last few days every backup took over 100GB of data. I don't know if there is some issue with permissions or something similar, but to ...
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How to manually restore emails in Lion?

Before upgrading to Mac OS X Lion with a clean install, I backed up Mail app according to this article on Apple Discussions. I know have the com.apple.mail file and the Mail directory and I have no ...
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How can I backup my apps from the iPad to my mac?

I recently updated to Lion and didn't keep any backup of the local library for my installed apps on the iPad. Now when I'm trying to update to the latest version of iOS it tells me this: But when ...
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Can I save my free upgrade to Lion?

I've bought a MacBook Pro 8,1 one month ago. Snow Leopard was pre-installed on it. Yesterday, I did the free upgrade, provided by Apple. I received a code for the App Store. I filled it in, and I got ...
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Moving from Lion to Snow Leopard

So it turns out that I am not the greatest fan of Lion after all. Is there a way I can downgrade from the Lion OS to the Snow Leopard OS if I bought my laptop in mid 2011? There are plenty of sites ...
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Can I use 2 harddisks to backup using time machine (not duplicate, but to extend)

I have 2 x 500 GB external Harddrives and 500 GB internal harddrive . I use time machine to backup from the internal 500GB and one external 500GB HD to the second 500 GB HD. This is good till date ...
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Backing up a Boot Camp partition

I see in the Time Machine options that my Boot Camp partition is excluded. I haven't even tried to remove it from the list of exceptions since I have read that Time Machine will not work with NTFS ...
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Remove missing pictures in iPhoto

My iPhoto (iLife 11, version 9.1.5) committed sepuku. No fear, I have backups. The backups I restored, instead of having 182GB of poorly taken pictures, ended up taking 276GB. Something failed with ...
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What's your strategy for archiving emails in Mail.app? Do you archive your Sent & Trashed emails too?

I'm using Mail.app + IMAP email accounts for my email. I want to be able to archive all my email and make them searchable. Currently I copy the previous month's email from my IMAP folders to local ...
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How do I use the iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor?

How do I use the iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor? http://supercrazyawesome.com/ I downloaded the file and extracted it but there isn't a single runnable file at all? Does anyone know how do I ...
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External hard drive buying advice? [closed]

I am trying to create a backup 'strategy' for my MacBook Pro (I have important files on Dropbox but want a bootable clone of my entire HD) using Carbon Copy Cloner. However I need an external hard ...
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Mirror (replicate) an iMac to a 2nd iMac

I have two 27" iMac's running Mac OS X Version 10.6.7 with the following specs: Hardware Overview: Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac10,1 Processor Name: Intel ...
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What are the best disk cloning tools?

Money is no object. I want a bit for bit perfect copy of a hard drive/partition which is bootable (is either possible) to be used in a backup regimen. I have heard of some tools but your ...
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How can Time Machine in Lion backup the volume content of a sparse bundle disk image?

Using Mac OS X 10.7 (Build 11A511), attempts to backup volume content with Time Machine have failed. With a simple non-encrypted image I tried three approaches: the traditional workaround, which ...
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What backups are on my mac?

According to System Information, I have about 57 GB of "Backups". What exactly is meant by "backups"? I'm guessing iPad and iPhone backups count, but that only accounts for ~25 GB. Where is the ...
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What redundant, on-site, low-downtime backup strategies exist for servers?

I'm helping manage a OSX snow leopard server for a small company and one of the first things we did was setup time machine to get backups going. However, having at least one more of the copy of the ...
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MTMFS consuming an entire CPU core and fans running full bore with Lion

You may be aware that Lion introduced MTMFS, the Mobile Time Machine File System. I've had a couple of instances now where MTMFS has been chewing up an entire core of my dual-core (mid 2009) MacBook ...
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Time Machine Backup to Samba Share under Mac OS Lion

In earlier versions of Mac OS you could enable TimeMachine to use Samba-Shares as a Backup-Target using this: defaults write com.apple.systempreferences TMShowUnsupportedNetworkVolumes 1 and create ...
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How do I remote backup while waking up my computer from sleep?

I am backing up remotely from a Macbook Pro to an external backup drive on a PowerMac G5 via Time Machine and AFP. When the G5 goes to sleep, the Macbook Pro can't back up because the drive is made ...
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Storing and working off iphoto and itunes library on NAS?

I have the 2011 macbook air with 128gb ssd. Storage is low so i'm hoping to set up for the very first time, a NAS to host large files such as photo's (raw format), video's and music (lossless and aac ...
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Can I use a Carbon Copy Cloner with a source disk that's larger than the target disk?

Carbon Copy Cloner is a great utility that's saved me a few times over the years. I've always used a much larger target drive than the source so I've never run into this problem before. Now I have a ...
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Can I restore a Snow Leopard backup onto a Lion machine?

So I am a little confused and slightly worried, and I was wondering if someone could answer this. I have a Time Machine backup saved on an external HD for my Mac mini that is running the latest ...
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Migrating iTunes library when replacing the hard disk

I am replacing my Macbook's hard disk and I have already a copy of all files I want to transfer over except for my iTunes library. Since I sync my iPad with it, and have some apps, what is the best ...
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Backup and restore application preferences

I already have a backup of my system on Time Machine, but will it restore my application preferences too when I migrate to a new system? Even if it is Lion? (I come from Snow Leopard) And what about ...
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I backed up my iphone to move it to a new phone

all my contacts, notes and calendars are gone. when the iphone backs up does it copy everything? is there a way to get my important stuff back? note: I didn't check 'sync contacts, notes, calendars' ...
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Time machine backups and deleted files

If I delete photos from my current iPhoto library which have been backed up on time machine, will it be possible to recover these photos from my time machine backup once they've been deleted from my ...
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Is it possible to use Time Machine with Airport Express + USB External Drive?

I'm wondering if it's possible to connect an external USB drive to my Airport Express and then run Time Machine backups onto that? A bit like a makeshift Time Capsule.
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Recommended way to back up a Macbook before upgrading its OS?

I'm planning on upgrading a friend's Macbook from OS X Leopard to OS X Snow Leopard. I think it's a good idea to backup all the data before upgrading the OS, in case something goes wrong. The problem ...
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How can I back up the phone numbers on my iPhone?

I've just synchronized my iPhone and backed up contacts in both Outlook and GMail. However, it has saved the email addresses only. How can I back up the phone numbers on my phone?
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iOS Backup: Restore single program's settings?

I have an iPod Touch and an iPhone. Both have the same certain application installed, but I want to transfer the Touch's app settings to the iPhone's app. I already downloaded the iPhone Backup ...
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How can I backup my system to a remote server (AFP, Samba, or NFS share)?

Here's the goal: I have a backup server with a ZFS filesystem with built in compression and snapshots. All our machines backup there nightly with rsync, and then a ZFS snapshot is taken, so we have ...
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How do I clone a hard disk excluding some directories?

In preparation for Lion, I want to make a bootable clone of my system to an external harddisk. I use TimeMachine, but I want to be sure I have a running backup. Of course, there is much stuff on my ...
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Backup software for backing up specific files only

I need some backup software for just backing up files of a particular type or a smart folder. In this case I need to backup all my video. Is there a free backup software available that will accomplish ...
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Is there a complete and detailed description of what Migration Assistant copies over?

Does it copy all files in ~/Library ? Including cache files and even things like Flash cookies? What about user created files/folders in / ? etc etc
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Rsync Backup Script

I'm having some issues backing up some data. Basically, I have FileVault enabled on my Macbook Pro and want to backup a folder I use - however, I don't want to use Time Machine (at work, I have one ...
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Copying Time Machine backup, destination takes more than original size, are hardlinks being expanded?

I'm copying the backup folder of Time Machine, but it's taking too long, the backup is 90GB and the copy already reports 160GB and there's 60% to go yet, so I suspect it's copying hardlinks as ...
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Can I restore only selected files from Time Machine Backup after a fresh OS X re-install?

I'm thinking to reinstall my Mac OS X on my Macbook Pro and starting fresh (instead of recovering from a Time Machine backup) The question is: If I do that, after OS X is reinstalled, will I be able ...
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Alternative backup solution for a mac?

I know that we can easily use time machine. However, i wonder if there exist any other way to backup the data on my macbook? Since I do a lot of modification to the system and sometimes make it has ...
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Does iPhone update deletes media content?

In my previous question I had asked about backing up the content of the iPhone in order to un-jailbreak my iPhone. I was told that simply synchronizing with iTunes should do the trick, and I did ...
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How can I un-jailbreak an iPhone 4?

I have purchased an iPhone 4 about six-seven months ago. Roughly two weeks into using it I have decided to jailbreak the iPhone for ideological reasons (I am not a big fan of The Man telling me how to ...
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Any way to extract notes from iPod Touch backup?

Is there any way for me to extract notes from an iPod Touch backup? I had forgotten to back up the notes on my old iPod Touch and subsequently lost all my notes on it. It's been a year and a half now, ...
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Syncing Linux server data with data on my Mac

I have a Linux server that stores some files, and I want to sync them with my Mac. I can mount the directory of the server, so after mounting it's just directory to directory sync. There are ...
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Off-site backup of “login.keychain”

I’m using the Keychain.app to manage all my (website) passwords, and I am also using the “Password assistant” to generate secure random passwords. But obviously I’m paranoid that my laptop is lost or ...
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How to change the location where iTunes stores backups of iPhones?

When I sync my iPhone 4 with my iTunes, the latter starts to make a backup before doing the actual sync. This backup often takes a lot of time to make, which is very annoying. What is even worse ...
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What's the most robust way to backup an iTunes library?

I have an iTunes library on my WinXP PC. This library includes tons of music, some podcasts, and a few T.V. shows. What's the best way to back up the whole iTunes library? Specifically: All ...
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How can I backup all my jailbroken iPhone apps saves before restoring to new firmware?

I have a jailbroken iPhone (3Gs, iOS 4.0.1, bb 5.13.04). I want to get jailbroken & unlocked 4.3.1 , but I cannot do it in other way than restoring from custom pwned firmware, so all my saves and ...
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Backing up entire drive (10.4.11) to FAT32 external for complete wipe

I'm quite inexperienced with OS X, despite being a fairly competent Windows techie, so I definitely need some help with this ancient family computer. It's an old Mac Mini, has a lot of photos, music, ...
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Best way to uninstall; backup programs on Mac

Macbook laptop has a few programs .. in which I'd like to uninstall and then keep the programs on a disc or external hd. Should I clone the program? (best suggested freeware? eg. Clonezilla or ..) ...