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Time Machine deleting backups from several months ago (but not the oldest)?

During its "Cleanup" phase, Time Machine has recently been deleting backups from several months ago—even though these aren't the oldest backups, and my backup drive isn't full. My backups go back to ...
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Disable sparsebundle backups on Network-attached time machine (Lion)?

I am running OS X Lion/10.7.4 and have set up a network disk hosted on an Ubuntu server using directions I found online. Time Machine recognizes the disk and backs up to it. However it backs up as ...
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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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Why are files moving to 'backup' in storage when I delete them off my macbook pro?

Back in the summer I bought an external hard drive for my MacBook Pro because I make videos on YouTube and they obviously take up a lot of space on my computer. The first couple of times I plugged the ...
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How can I manage two different contact lists in iTunes?

I'm trying to work out how to best manage having two separate contacts lists, mine and my husbands, to back-up in iCloud and sync to our individual phones through iTunes? Could you assist with this? ...
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Is there a way to change iPhone backup location?

I don't have enough disk space on my PC to store whatever is backed up by iPhone. Is there a way to change location to where iPhone backs up the data? I want to back it up to my external hard drive.
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Spotlight's Privacy tab not backed up by Time Machine?

I just did a full restore from Time Machine and noticed that my Spotlight Privacy tab was empty. Am I correct in assuming that this information is not backed up by Time Machine? I believe it's stored ...
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What setup is needed to stay backed up and online after retiring the TimeCapsule?

My friend has the following kit in the house (although not all at the same time): His MacBook Pro 15" with 500gb HD Her MacBook Air 13" with 256gb SSD Daughter's MacBook white with 500gb HD His and ...
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Is there any way to backup an iphone *including* passwords and such?

My iphone 4 was backing up to the cloud. I got a 5, and did the entire restore process. I was irritated and inconvenienced to discover that my email account passwords and my google 2-step verification ...
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Can I use TimeMachine with a Thunderbolt hard drive?

The Apple technicians told me that I needed a specific device to use Time Machine... namely a wireless device that had a relatively small hard drive. Since I use Oracle Virtual Box and have very ...
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Almost all files are locked in my Time Machine backups?

For some reason my files are getting locked in my Time Machine backups. I mean, when you "Get Info" on one of them, the "Locked" box is checked. Folders are NOT locked, though. Is this normal? This ...
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Force Time Machine to perform a deep traversal?

How do I force Time Machine to perform a deep traversal? I've had this happen when I needed to once before, when it took about 120 minutes to go through 500 GB and Time Machine found about 10 GB worth ...
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What external HD can I use to my Airport Extreme Base Station for use of wireless Time Machine?

The title pretty much says it all. I currently have an Airport Extreme Base Station and I want to be able to use the USB port on it to hook up an external hard drive and use it as a wireless means of ...
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Mac Backups - 5xMac's with a synchronized catalog?

I'm looking for a free or if not cheap solution to a situation we find ourselves in. Currently we have 5 designers all doing artwork throughout the day and then periodically, or when the mood takes ...
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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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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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Time Machine not fully encrypted. Is it safe to use?

I'm going to format my iMac today and I've just backed up to an external drive using Time Machine. But I am using encrypted backup, so Time Machine needs to encrypt the whole drive (after it has ...
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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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Why is Mountain Lion saying it can't do time machine backups to my time capsule hard drive?

I've got a MacBook Air that has been successfully backing up via Time Machine to my Time Capsule hardrive. Since I updated to Mountain Lion I'm getting the following error: the backup disk is not in ...
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huge time machine backups with mountain lion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Time Machine Backing Up Large Amounts of Data Each Time I have an external 2TB USB disc set up for Backup and experience huge backups. Backing up once a week would ...
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How to back up iPhoto and iTunes using Dropbox

Could someone explain in simple terms exactly how to back up iPhoto and iTunes (and if possible keep it synced) using Dropbox, please? I have purchased some additional space with Dropbox to do this, ...
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Cannot access backups in Time capsule

I have a Time Capsule which I originally used with a MacBook Air running Snow Leopard. Now I purchased a new MacBook Air with Lion and am trying to transfer my old backups on the Time Capsule and I ...
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About This Mac Shows 43 GB of Backups, Disk Inventory X Shows 0 GB, Need to delete Backups

Currently in About This Mac, I'm seeing 43.05 GB of 128.47 GB of Backups. However, in Disk Inventory X, I do not see these backups: I want to delete these Backups as I do not need them anymore, ...
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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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Stop Spotlight from indexing a drive that is regularly unplugged and reattached

I backup my Mac laptop to a volume on an external Thunderbolt drive using SuperDuper. This drive gets removed every day when I take my computer to work, then reattached when I get home. Because it's ...
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How can I mount a backup drive only on demand?

I have a MacBook Pro 15" with the SuperDrive removed. As the primary boot drive I have an SSD, and in the SuperDrive slot I have a larger spinning disk. Each night, I use SuperDuper to clone the SSD ...
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Why is Time Machine using 180 GB of my 250 GB for backups?

So this may be a misunderstanding as I am still getting to know my MacBook Pro, But can the majority of an internal drive be occupied by Time Machine backups? I was looking at the space taken up on ...
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How to revert to Lion from Mountain Lion?

I'm running a Mid-2011 Macbook Air, my first Mac. When I bought it, it had Lion pre-installed. Yesterday I picked up an external hard drive, and made my first Time Machine backup. In the next few ...
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How do I stop iTunes from automatically backing up the iPad?

I'm trying to move some pictures from my laptop to my iPad, but every time the first thing iTunes starts doing is making a backup of the iPad. But since I already keep a backup at my desktop, I want ...
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Backing up an External USB Drive to TimeMachine then Restoring Without Drive Connected?

I have just configured my iMac to backup my external USB harddrive in addition to the internal drive. I have just tested restoring some files from the TimeMachine backup, by selecting the USB drive ...
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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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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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“Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi” in Time Machine backups

I've noticed the error "Failed to upgrade encrypted tmbootpicker.efi: Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=-50 "Could not find any Apple_Boot corresponding to the encrypted volume..." ...
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Does Time Machine change file permissions while doing a backup?

I use Time Machine to make backups of my computer. Now I would like to mirror the complete backup to a remote machine for added security. Here's my rsync command: rsync -azvH --progress --partial ...
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Why is my “Encrypt backups” option greyed out for local (USB) time machine disc?

I'm using Mountain Lion on a new MacBook Pro (retina) with a local USB drive for backup. From what I've read searching around (including other questions on here) I should be able to encrypt my time ...
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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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Syncing folders/directories in Finder

I manually backup my home directory onto an external USB drive. So far, I have to override everything data on each backup which, of course, results in long back up times. Is there a free and simple ...
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Mac and Windows backup

I have a Mac and a PC at home, and I am thinking of getting a NAS like (GoFlex Home Network Storage System or Western Digital My Book Live) to back up both machines. If I were to use Time Machine to ...
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How to create backups of DVD software discs?

I'd like to make some backups of my software DVDs that I can use to install the software again in case they are lost or get damaged. What's the best way to do this? Is it creating a .cdr disk image of ...
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Best strategy to transport a MacBook backup

I just bought a new MacBook Pro overseas. I currently own a MacBook Air and I need to bring a backup of this current computer to US, so I can restore it on my new computer when I arrive. I currently ...
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Is “malformed base path in GetVolumeEntry” a cause of concern for Time Machine failing to start backing up?

I have one Mac that sits at calculating changes and won't start copying files to the backup drive. Both the Mac and the external drive pass Disk Utility checks (repair / verify of the drive and the ...
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TimeMachine with multiple disks (one at a time)

I have backed up my Mac to an external disk using TimeMachine. When I plug in a different external disk the Mac still expects to backup to the first disk. Is it possible to backup to two external ...
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Backing up iPhoto pictures and folders from the command-line

I'd like to install a new OS X on a MacBook and I'd like to know what needs to be done to backup only the iPhoto pictures. I definitely do not want to backup the entire /Users/Cedric/ directory. All ...
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Is it safe to delete “~/Library/iTunes/Mobile Backups”?

Good morning- Is it possible to delete the contents of ~/Library/iTunes/Mobile Backups? This seems to be where backups were stored in older versions of iTunes/iOS? It appears like it is every ...
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How do I change my TimeMachine volume in a script

I have a TM volume on my desk at work and I also have one at home. That way, I have a better shot of my data surviving a disaster. Right noow I have to manually change the TM volume based on where I ...
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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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Which Time Machine backup destination over Wi-Fi to choose: old computer running Ubuntu or Time Capsule?

Here is my situation. I live in a shared house where there is already a wireless router that other people use. I have a Macbook Air that has 128GB of hard drive. I want to use Time Machine for ...
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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 can I use my existing Time Machine drive on the network?

I have an external HD that I've been using as a time machine for my MBP. Here's what I want to do: attach the drive to my desktop machine configure time machine on my MBP to use the drive as a time ...
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Is my private key available in the Time Machine backups? Where can I find it?

I've used Time Machine on my Mac to perform backups of my Lion install. My SSD failed and I installed Mountain Lion on my machine. Now, I want to recover my private key from my backup so I can ...