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What is an easy way to back up MacBook running 10.5.8?

What's an easy way to back up the files on a Macbook that is running OS 10.5.8 ? As far as I can see, I think iCloud only works with 10.7.2 and above, and MobileMe is not accepting new accounts...
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Can I apply my iPhone 3GS backup to my iPhone 4S?

As mentioned is a previous question, I made a backup of my old AT&T iPhone 3GS, then exchanged it for a new iPhone 4S at Sprint. They transfered over my contacts. However, there's a lot of other ...
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I synced my iPhone to my laptop. Can I safely wipe it clean now?

I'm planning to buy a new iPhone. I'm going to exchange my current one for the new one. Before I give the old phone to Sprint, I'd like to wipe it clean (by going to Settings > General > Reset, etc). ...
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How to backup iPhone to iTunes for the first time (data stored on the iPhone, not on iTunes)

I've upgraded to Lion OS X on my MacBook a while ago, but never connected my iPhone to iTunes for quite some time, however, there is no backup data on my iTunes but my iPhone has everything I need it ...
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New restored iPhone getting “iTunes couldnt not back up the iPhone because the backup session failed”

I looked everywhere and I can't solve this. I looked at Error trying to backup both iPhone4 and iPad (1) after 4.3/iTunes/XCode updates and didn't solve my problem EDIT: I have a used phone (1st ...
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What's the fastest way to get data off Time Capsule and onto an external drive?

I plugged an external drive into Time Capsule using the USB input on the back. Then I used Finder to move data from the Time Capsule's drive to the USB drive. Finder says it'll take over 24 hours to ...
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How can I image my Macbook Pro's hard drive prior to sending to Apple for repair?

I don't just want to back up my data. In case the hard drive comes back completely wiped I want to avoid the hassle of reinsalling everying OS X as well as a Bootcamped Windows install. What tools ...
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Is using Time Capsule better than using an external hard drive because it won't stress the hard drives? (for using Time Machine)

I just plugged in an external hard drive that has Firewire 800 and started Time Machine, but it seems that both the internal hard drive and external hard drive work frantically copying about 75GB of ...
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Is iCloud is not backing up my iPhone completely?

My iCloud is not backing up my device (iPhone 4 with iOS 5.0.0) completely. When I try to backup my Contact List or Mails via iCloud; It only backups the newest added contacts or recent mails. ...
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What is the best way to backup photos & videos from iPhoto online?

I'd love to use Dropbox to back up all my photos and videos, especially from iPhoto. But I'm not exactly sure the best way to do this is, given that I know that my 2 computers with iPhoto directories ...
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I forgot my local backup password to unlock the iPhone backup file

I just received my new iPhone from Apple after I had my old one changed due to it being a rather bad specimen. Now I'm occurring a rather irritating problem, as I connected my iPhone with my iTunes to ...
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How can I discover which files were deleted by `rm -rf`?

I had a little problem when running a script: this script reads a config file on $HOME, and it had ~/Downloads inside it. Instead of saving a file inside ~/Downloads when I executed the script, since ...
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Can I backup my Time Machine drive to the cloud and restore it to any other drive?

I currently backup my Mac to a local Time Machine drive. I'd like to start periodically backing up that drive to the cloud, using an as of yet unchosen solution. Once it's backed up to the cloud, ...
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Can I continue to use a Mac while Carbon Copy Cloner is cloning its HDD?

Carbon Copy Cloner is taking 2.5-3 hrs to work its mojo these days. I suspect this has something to do with the switch to Lion (the same process took 20 mins on SL.) In any case, is it advisable to ...
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What is the point of syncing with iTunes if I have Google Apps, iCloud and no media?

On my iPhone and iPad I use Google Apps for syncing mail, calendar and contacts. With iOS 5 I now use iCloud for backup (and for syncing Reminders, Bookmarks and Find my iPhone, none of which I ...
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iPhone 4 Restore

When I upgraded to the new iOS 5 last week, I noticed that iTunes made a backup before installing, and then did a "restore". I realized that a lot of events in my iCal were missing, and so I tried ...
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iPhone backup not starting

After upgrading to iOS 5, I have some issues with my iPhone 4. I did not activate iCloud backups, preferring to keep them on my MacBook Pro, but when I sync the phone to iTunes the backup does not ...
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Missing saved files after updating iPod to iOS 5

I updated my iPod to iOS 5 and all my apps and their save files are missing. I backed them up to my computer but can not find them. How do I restore the backup?
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How to backup a Mac running Tiger?

I need to do a full backup of a Mac running Tiger. If I use Time Machine will it capture everything I need to restore a user's data after a clean install of Lion? Are there other better mechanisms I ...
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Working with subdirectories to classify apps on iTunes

I have many apps on iTunes, some installed permanently onto the iPhone, some others not installed, and same thing for iPad. I'd like to separate them on the computer (Windows 7) to be able to make ...
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How to recover data from iPhone backup files WITHOUT the info.plist, status.plist, manifest.plist, manifest.mbdb, and manifest.mbdx files?

I have iTunes 10.5 and Mac OS X version 10.6.8. I would like to restore my iPhone from backup. iTunes detects all my backups EXCEPT one, which happens to be the backup I want.  I looked in the ...
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Background Backup App – Mac to Remote Server

I am looking an app for my Mac that can backup in the background (such as Backblaze or CrashPlan) that will backup over FTP, SFTP, rsync, or scp (I'm using DreamHost's 50GB of personal backups). ...
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What is the right way to maintain Time Machine backup history for a HDD with two partitions?

I have two user partitions (not counting any hidden/system ones like Lion Restore etc.) on my MacBook Pro's internal HDD: Volume_A (100 GB) and Volume_B (20 GB). My Time Capsule has been keeping ...
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Once backed up iPhone to iCloud, can I delete an app and redownload it with same data?

Let's say I'm sick of Angry Birds, I delete it from my phone. I back up my phone daily to iCloud. In a few months when I want to play it again, will all my data be there (or is it different ...
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Carbon Copy Cloner and FileVault Volumes

I am about to get my SSD back from an RMA process. I currently have my backup HDD and I'm considering utilizing FileVault's full disk encryption. I'd like to minimize the number of writes before I ...
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Will iCloud backups of iOS devices restore the iOS Keychain?

Prior to iCloud, it was necessary to explicitly encrypt iOS device backups in order to include passwords stored in the iOS Keychain. Indeed, this was an important and recommended use of encryption, ...
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Error when restoring a iOS 4.3.5 backup onto a iOS 5 device

I have tried several times with several backups, but i keep getting the message that the backup is corrupted or not compatible.
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If I upgrade to iOS 5, can I restore a 4.2 backup?

I have an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2 backed up to one of my PCs which I no longer use. If I upgrade to iOS 5, will I lose the opportunity to restore from one of these old backups? Would I be able to ...
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How do I restore my iPhone from an iCloud backup?

I just installed iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 several days ago, and I backed it up to iCloud. After performing a sync with my PC, it deleted a bunch of apps. I'd like to restore these from the iCloud backup. ...
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Time Capsule partly stops working after some hours

I have a new TimeCapsule 2TB and use it as a wireless AP, router, and backup device. The TimeCapsule is directly connected to the DSL modem. When I turn on the TimeCapsule, everything works fine. ...
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Restore a backup without restoring OS

iTunes makes automatic backups each time I want to sync in a different day (if I recall correctly) - what if I want to restore to a backup WITHOUT having to restore the whole operating system? Can it ...
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After deleting an app, can you (much) later reinstall it and restore its data from iCloud?

I have several games that, combined, use up a pretty good chunk of my iPhone's flash. I haven't played some of them for a while, and would like to remove them. However, at least before iCloud, ...
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Will upgrade of iOS delete any of my videos or photos?

I wanna upgrade to the latest iOS 5 and wonder if my existing photos and videos at Camera Roll will be still on device. Is that right? Or I have to backup them before upgrading? If so, how would I do ...
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Limit the number of versions time machine stores of particular files

Is there any way to limit the number of versions time machine keeps of files? In this case, I want time machine to back up some of my Virtual Machines. However, Since VM images are very large and ...
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Calendar backup while away from time machine

I am occasionally away from my time machine disk. During these periods I would still like to backup my calendar in case the hard disk (MacBook's) crashes. Which file or directory should I copy to ...
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Can I restore an iPhone backup taken from a previous iOS version, or is there a better way to retain my data?

I just put orders in for a few new iPhone 4S upgrades for the wife and I but I'm not sure how to keep her data (app data mainly, the other essentials are synced with outlook). She has an iPhone 3G, ...
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How can I back up a computer with PGP whole disk encryption enabled?

My mac has PGP whole disk encryption (WDE) installed. I would like to back up my entire drive. However, the backup must also be encrypted (although not necessarily with PGP WDE). I need to be able ...
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Copy to network share using local disk cache in Mac OS X Lion

I'm using rsync in Mac OS X Lion to copy a backup directory from my local HD to a network mounted share (local LAN). My goal is to archive the local backup to the network drive, thereby freeing up ...
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My iPod has fallen out with iTunes. What's the safest way to get them back on speaking terms?

My girlfriend moved her iTunes library into Dropbox and now her iPod Touch doesn't recognise it. I moved it back to where it had been before, but this wasn't enough to get it to sync without ...
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Snow Leopard Time Machine backups are not visible in Lion

I upgraded to Lion recently. I noticed tonight that backups performed on Snow Leopard do not show in the Time Machine interface so I cannot restore from them. If I browse my backup volume I can see ...
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How to coerce Lion Time Machine into offering backup history migration?

This article describes a feature I heard about from multiple sources about an automagic backup migration process that Lion will do for you. Essentially, when migrating to a new machine, you can ...
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How do I restore a case-sensitive, journaled Time Machine backup to a case-insensitive, journaled filesystem?

I would effectively like to switch from a case-sensitive journaled filesystem to that of a case-insensitive journaled filesystem. Booting into Lion's recovery allows me to format the drive as I wish, ...
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Why is my Time Machine backup failing to fire at the hourly interval?

At some point after upgrading to Lion my Time Machine backups have stopped firing on the hourly interval. It works manually, but not automatically. It also works first thing in the morning when I ...
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NAS-drives for Lion [closed]

I want to invest in an NAS drive for backup & I looked around on the internet to see what is available; I looked at NAS drives from most of the leading brands but most of them get bad reviews ...
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Uninstalling OS Lion, and transferring photos to MacBook if full restore needed

I have, stupidly, upgraded to OS Lion on both my desktop and laptop. I've now done a hard restore on my laptop, back to Snow Leopard, and reinstalled my photo software, which wouldn't work with Lion. ...
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Sync Local Folder with NAS storage device

I have a local folder Photos which keeps growing as I import pictures from the camera. The question: is it somehow possible to easily synchronise the folder with a NAS storage device? I stumbled over ...
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iPhone Backups on Network drive

By moving my iTunes Library to a network drive, will iPhone/iPad backups also be stored on that network drive? (If not, is there a way to set this up?)
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When Time Machine says it's 'Verifying Backup…' what is it actually doing?

I have a third-party NAS drive (Western Digital MyBook World II) which I used for time machine backups in Snow Leopard. I've upgraded to Lion and the first backup has spent over an hour 'Verifying ...
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What are the downsides to using time machine?

I hear a lot about the good aspects of using Time Machine, particularly the fact that it's so easy to use that people actually do backups! What are the downsides to using Time Machine compared to ...
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How can I use tmutil to figure out which files just got deleted?

I'm on Lion and until ten minutes ago I didn't know that the nifty new tmutil existed. But now I'm a little uncertain with all its options and sub-commands which to use to try and figure out what went ...