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How can I mount a drive with Truecrypt through a script based on its UUID?

I keep an external drive on my desk at work that I used as an off-site (ie not at home) backup. Because it could easily get taken I have a partition on it encrypted with TrueCrypt. I've got a script ...
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How to enforce backup of an .ipa from iPad to iTunes/Mac?

Usually, all the .ipas are backup up in the ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications folder. I accidentally deleted an .ipa in the folder. Now, after syncing, the app is on iPad but the .ipa is not backup ...
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Any Hard drive Mirroring or Software Raid or Sync tools on the Mac that are free?

I am trying to mirror a hard drive that is 3TB on the PC using SyncToy from Microsoft's PowerToys (as a backup method). But Mac is usually better for indexing and content searching, but is there ...
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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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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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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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Can I transfer backups when replacing a Time Capsule?

If I get a new Time Capsule, how can I transfer the backups from the old Time Capsule to the new one. I see an option to Archive the Time Capsule from the Airport Utility, but I don't see any way to ...
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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 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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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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Merge Time Machine Backup

Is it possible to merge to Time Machine Backups? When I look inside the sparse-bundle which Time Machine generates then I see that the folder-structure ordered by dates. So theoretically I could copy ...
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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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Restore from backup on iPod touch issues

Here's the story: I recently tried to update my iPod touch 4th Gen. to iOS 4.3. I did make a backup yesterday at 6:30PM, then I clicked update in iTunes. That's when everything went to hell. The first ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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 ..) ...
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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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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 know which GUID represents which app in my iTunes backup of my iPhone?

I backed up my data from my iPhone to my PC. This backup is not encrypted. When I open up the backup folder, I see a bunch of files named with long GUIDs. Each app that saves data (e.g. to a SQLite ...
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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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Mac - External hard drive backups

I have two external hard drives, WD 320GB and a WD 1TB. I would like to backup my WD 320GB on a regular basis. Please could you inform me of a good application which could provide these needs: ...
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Move Time Machine backup from local disk to Airport Extreme disk and share with others

I recently picked up a Drobo for storage and light backup, and want to clear the 1TB Western Digital external drive I have off my desk. I would like to still use Time Machine, but possibly off a share ...
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My iPhone is over capacity. Is there a way to remove specific data from an iPhone Backup?

Let me explain my situation. I jailbroke my iPhone 4 when the untethered 4.3.1 jailbreak got released last week. As precaution, I did make a backup of my Cydia apps back when it was 4.2.1 and my ...
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Unable to access my Mac keychain due to this

i am completely new to Mac. Recently i tried to change the home folder name of my mac mini. i have gone through a website and followed some instructions to do that. finally i have ended up by ...
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Error trying to backup both iPhone4 and iPad (1) after 4.3/iTunes/XCode updates

After the slew of updates this week I'm no longer able to backup either my iPhone 4 or iPad. There are two errors: "iTunes was unable to load data class information from Sync Services. Reconnect or ...
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How to clone CD or DVD from the CLI so it can be accessed in VirtulaBox Windows VM

How can I clone a CD or DVD to an ISO or DMG, using just the CLI, so that I can attach it to a VirtualBox VM. I often clone CDs or DVDs using the following commands: diskname=`df -kh /Volumes/* | ...
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Looking for a free/cheap backup solution on OSX for NTFS external HDD

I'm looking for an incremental backup system on OS X that plays nice with USB NTFS-formatted external HDDs. I am currently using NTFS-3G to work with the HDD, but since Time Machine doesn't work with ...
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best way to backup a jailbroken iphone 3gs?

I want to be able to backup my apps, sources and themes so that i can still do restores without having to go through the whole process everytime. I am a tinkerer, and sometimes I break stuff. I need a ...
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iPhone 2G has “NO SERVICE” after restore from possibly corrupt backup

I'm having a hell of an issue with my iPhone 2G. A couple of days ago, I noticed my phone was behaving strangely and appeared to be 'half-synched'. I tried restarting it then did a restore to my last ...
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External Disk Capacity for Time Machine

I have a 500 GB hard drive in my iMac, and I am planning to buy a new external hard drive to use for Time Machine. I don't know if Time Machine synchronizes, or something else. What size external ...
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Software to sync external HD and NAS - must work with FAT32

I am a photographer and archive my images on a NAS (LaCie Networkspace), but as this is a single point of failure I also back my images up to an external harddrive. However, when I am away from home I ...
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Why does changing “Open with” also change a files “Modification date”?

Something I noticed a while ago. I use Carbon Copy Cloner for backing up my files and I noticed one day when I changed a video's "Open with" flag to always open a video file with Movist instead of ...
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What are the advantages of Time Capsule over Airport Extreme with an external hard drive?

I would like for someone to outline the differences between buying a time capsule vs. just getting an airport extreme and attaching an external harddrive. The latter seems more flexible (easy to ...
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Backup Mail.app

Quick question. I'm reinstalling Snow Leopard, and am not sure how to back up my Mail. It is all done solely in Mail.app, so is there a folder I can just back up and have Mail 'rediscover' after I ...
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Can I backup iTunes 9 before upgrading to iTunes 10?

I am happy with iTunes 9 and am a bit leery of upgrading to iTunes 10 on my Mac based on some feedback I've heard from others. Can I duplicate iTunes.app in my Applications folder prior to running ...
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iphone upgrade - did it back up?

If you tell iTunes to upgrade your iPhone from os4 to os4.versionupdate (example)... Does iTunes automatically back it up before attempting upgrade? my phone is currently in recovery mode - and I ...
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How to backup data for Shazam app from iPhone 3GS

NOTE : I just want to backup only the data associated with Shazam app, not the full iPhone backup. Apple recently swapped my iPhone 3GS due to some issues on the speaker, but I am having issues with ...
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Force an app to run one of its menu options from a shell script?

Is there any way to force the App to run one of its menu options if there is no command line interface available? Perhaps an Automation sort of thing? EXAMPLE I would like to run NewsFire's "File > ...
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Options for itunes-filled disk?

I haven't bought any TV shows on iTunes, but my boss has -- many. His MacBook Pro's 250GB disk is more than half filled with TV shows (mostly sitcoms for entertainment during travel). Most of the rest ...
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Best practices for a backup and fresh install

I try to keep my mid-2009 Macbook Pro (5,3) pretty clean but over the last year I have definitely felt things slowing down a bit. I'm anxious to do a fresh install but I want to make sure I have a ...