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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 ...
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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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Why is “Verify Backups” in the Time Machine icon menu disabled?

I learned in Upgraded to Lion: Time Machine spends a LOT of time indexing backup that if I hold down the option key and click the Time Machine icon in the menu bar, the "Back Up Now" menu item changes ...
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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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So, my iPhone 4 just decided to restore itself

Well, I left it plugged in via USB and charging. iTunes was open. Nothing unusual. Until an hour or so later, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a zooming shiny apple animation, picked it up ...
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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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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 ...