Preserving copies of data which enable recovery from a data loss event.

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iphone 4s cloud backup issue

I have my iphone 4s set up to backup on the cloud and i have paid for extra storage place on the cloud i plug my phone up at night and have it connected to the wifi to backup when i sleep but it ...
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Fastest and safest way to copy massive data from one external drive to another

I need to be able to copy about 2TB of data from an external drive (single USB external disk) to a another external drive (Drobo attached via Firewire). Finder is not an option. If it hits any ...
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Backup iCloud Keychain

I recently encountered an issue where a very important (and non-resettable) password was deleted from my iCloud Keychain. All of my OSX-based keychains are backed up via Time Machine, but I realized ...
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Restore home from Time Machine local snapshot

I was playing with a Makefile and because of a mistyped path ~/.... it created a ~ folder. Well, I had the brilliant idea to do: rm -rf ~ instead of rm -rf ./~. I have a snapshot on Time Machine ...
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Time Machine ridiculously slow after El Capitan upgrade

I recently updated to El Capitan, and told Time Machine to backup. It got stuck on Preparing Backup for hours, so I stopped it, deleted the InProgress file, rebooted and tried again. After ~30 mins, ...
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After restoring my iPhone from an iCloud backup, all my photos are greyed out. How can I get them back?

The Problem I got a new iPhone 6 a while ago, and after restoring from an iCloud backup over wifi, all of the photos/videos in my Photos app show up grey. It's as if my phone knows the photos should ...
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How to restore Yosemite's keychain information

So basically I was able to backup and restore past version of my keychain with Yosemite but now the fun is to use those data on El Capitan. I should have made a backup after migrating to El Capitan ...
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Backup picture using FreeFileSync

I would like to backup my pictures using FreeFileSync, I say pictures because i want to migrate both iPhoto and photos libraries till i figure which one i want to keep I have my reasons not to use ...
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free alternative to DVDFab for OS X?

so I'm wondering if there's a free alternative to DVDFab. I mainly want to make unencrypted backups (to ISO file) of my DVDs. and in some instances, I want to shrink the DVDs from DVD9 to DVD5 size. ...
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About This Mac > Storage shows 10GB Backups, but Time Machine is Disabled

I'm trying to figure out what's going on with my storage. About This Mac > Storage shows that there's ~11GB of Backups. Disk Utility seems to sort the same files as "Other". Googling tells me that ...
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Create a snapshot of Mac that I can restore from

What is the easiest way to create a snapshot of my Mac at its current state that I can use to do future re-installs from. I want to be able to get my Mac back to a state where all my required apps ...
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How to pair data disks and Time Machine disks?

I want to setup my MacMini as a fileserver (similar to a NAS). I have 6 USB-HDD drives. My plan is: 3 drives - Data Disks 3 drives - Time Machine Backup How can I configure a 1:1 Time Machine ...
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iPad Update from iOS 6 -> iOS 8 and back again, possible? [duplicate]

I have an iPad 3 with iOS 6 which runs buttery smooth. I want to update to iOS 8, since I saw that it ran quite okay on my friend's iPad. My iPad 2 with iOS 9 has become unusable though, too slow, and ...
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Are there any up-to-date rsync frontends or similar for OSX?

For my work as a media professional I have been using the rsync frontend arrsync to back up my work, as time machine doesn't have the features I need. Arrsync, however, has not been in development for ...
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Phone number in someone else's Apple ID, so how to get backup quickly. iCloud back not controlled by me

My iPhone, and iPad are controlled by ex who had control "briefly". I changed back to my original carrier, new number, used my Apple ID (iTunes ). Got iPad later, got iCloud account. Clearly my phone ...
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How can I ensure continuity of Time Machine history from Yosemite to El Capitan?

I know this is a notoriously difficult problem to solve on OS X, but I'll try again, circa El Capitan era. I have used the disk shown below as Time Machine disk with Yosemite. Yet when I select it ...
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Consequences of excluding applications from my Time Machine backups

After running Grand Perspective this week I've learned that a lot of the space in my Time Machine backups is actually consumed by application files. Xcode in particular is a troublemaker. The ...
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Setting up new iPhone 6 issues and major headaches

Old iPhone 5 16Gb all backed up on iCloud. Tried to set up my brand new iPhone 6 but turned out the last (manual) backup attempted on the 5 hadn't fully completed. Reinitiated a new mail backup on my ...
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How to make Rsync copy alias files?

System specs: 2011 iMac, OS X Mountain Lion 10.8.4 I have come to understand that Rsync does not handle Mac Alises properly, and have now discovered that hundreds of aliases I've previously copied ...
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How to backup iPhone without first deleting all data?

So I bought a new iPhone 5 64GB and I enabled iCloud backup. For a while now it has not been able to backup my iPhone, since the 5GB of iCloud storage quickly ran out. I didn't feel like upgrading my ...
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How do I reduce the size of my iPhone's projected iCloud backup?

Early in 2016, I (and some others I know) started to get messages about our basic iCloud Storage being nearly full, despite not having changed any of our normal practices (photo usage the same, app ...
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How to remove my local Backupdb.backupsdb?

On my local harddrive on my MBP retina (2014, 10.11.3) there is a Backupdb.backupsdb folder: drwxr-xr-x+ 5 root wheel 170B 2 Jan 03:32 Backups.backupdb/ I thought that folder only exists on ...
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How to delete all files in Pictures folder after I moved all the pics to external HD

I am not a Mac owner and am only helping a friend. He bought a new external HD and he wanted to backup all of his pictures (he uses iPhoto). So, I drag and dropped the Pictures folder onto the HD ...
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Back up a network share with time capsule

I have a TimeCapsule with a 8TB drive in it. I have an iMac, a MacBook and a ubuntu server, that has the latest version of netatalk/avahi for AFP sharing. I want to store my Photos and Movies ...
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How to take backup of a partition from another partition

I have two partition one for Yosemite OS as Macintosh HD and another for El Capitan OS as El Capitan Now El-capitan part is not booting up and I have to take a data backup of El-Capitan from ...
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How to exclude everything from TimeMachine backup except one folder

TimeMachine backs up all my mac and also if I have external hard drives will back them up too. My goal is to add some general exclusion list that basically stops it from backup my mac and ONLY want ...
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Interpretation of com.apple.MobileBackup.plist file

I am looking for some explanations about the file com.apple.mobilebackup.plist that can be found inside iPhone backups. It seems to be related to the backup process but the data I see inside does not ...
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Can I backup my new iPhone 6s from my 5s that has an older ios installed?

If i use iTunes backup from my old device will it just backup my data and settings? I'm worried it will downgrade my ios. And I want the latest update..
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Backup files in single user mode

My Mac crashed for any reason and I'm trying to backup all my files from single user mode. My idea is to backup all the files in an external drive and do a clean installation of the OS. I'm following ...
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How to import .xml text messages file to iPhone 5s

I have a new iPhone 5s. i have backed up all my old text messages from my Android phone in an xml file. i would like to import the xml file which contains all my old text messages to my new iPhone 5s. ...
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Force users to backup to second time machine destination?

Background Server: 10.10.5 Server version: 4.1 All users are created within Windows AD, the Mac server uses Directory utility to speak to the DC. We recently encountered issues with using a ...
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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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One Time Machine server on two different addresses

I have a netatalk based Time Machine server set up at home. Right now, it is accessible only from my local home network. It only allows me to do backup, when I am at home. Sometimes, I'd like to ...
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Backup and restore Keychain

I want to reinstall my system so I would have fresh Mac OS X. Is there a way how can I export/backup all content of my Keychain Access (all certificates and other things) and then after reinstall to ...
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Can't see old time machine backups

I've installed a new HDD in my iMac, so i reinstalled OS X. I used migration assistant to set back only the settings. I also wanted to set back some other folders, but since my new HDD was smaller ...
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Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve reliability, Time Machine must create a new backup for you

since upgrading to El Capitan, every time my machine tries to make a backup to my Time Capsule, it prompts me with this message. Time Machine completed a verification of your backups. To improve ...
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How do I force Spotlight to stop corrupting my external hard drive and destroying my time machine backups?

I am at my wits end with this horrible technology. I've been through this cycle over and and over again. I explicitly tell spotlight not to index my external hard drive. It ignores my wishes and ...
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Can I back up a single folder on time machine?

Basically, I do a lot of work from home, some of which is confidential work. My company has a policy which restricts me from using any form of 'Cloud' to back my files up, so I have set up my time ...
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Getting all versions of a file from a Time Machine backup

I have 2 terabytes worth of TM backups on my external hard drive and I need all versions of a specific folder (more specifically, all the files from that folder). Is it possible to extract all backups ...
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I've added a second HD into my Macbook 2011 instead of CD-ROM. Is it safe to encrypt it using Finder?

Years ago I changed my cdrom in my Macbook for a second hard drive, and have been using a SSD as a first drive ever since. This HD is shown in Finder, and, clicking on it with two fingers, there's an ...
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Backing up iPhone

I haven't been able to back up my iPhone due to connection issues. I have a new phone which I have been using. If I back up the old phone and then restore to the new phone will the new data on the new ...
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Encrypt External Hard Drive for Mac and Linux

I have an external hard drive that I backup with Time Machine. I'm trying to determine the best way (or if it's even possible) to encrypt it so that Time Machine can still back it up and it can be ...
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Hardening Time Machine Security

In face of the news that there is now a ransomware for mac in the wild I thought about the security of my time-machine backups. Permissions First, I had a look at the permissions of the files that ...
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Copying applications and data manually/Wifi issues with El Capitan

Is it possible to copy both data applications manually, downgrade the OS from El Capitan to Yosemite and then copy the apps and data back? Its almost 6 weeks since I upgraded, so don't want to ...
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How Does iTunes iOS 9 App Backup Restore Work with App-thinning?

Now that iOS 9 uses app-thinning, apps downloaded on an iOS device are not transferred to iTunes during a sync. They are also not transferred when you click "Transfer Purchases", so there seems to be ...
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How to restore macbook from icloud?

I've bought new macbook after hdd crashing of previous one. Is there a way to restore data without repairing old drive? I know that backups of iOS devices are storing at iCloud. What about mac os? I ...
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backing up my backups…what to backup?

sorry about the facetious title... I am writing a script to backup my time machine backups in the event that my external HDD fails, and my HDD partition with the backups looks like this... My ...
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Time Machine shows different backup size

I used Time Machine for the first time and it said it was backing up 41 GB but my drive has 70 GB. Does that mean that it's not all backed up?
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Can I make a directory on OS X appear as a volume so I can backup using Super Duper?

I use Lightroom and keep my library on an external hard drive. After I quit Lightroom I use SuperDuper! to back up that external hard drive to an identical external hard drive. I also have two ...
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Restore incomplete iCloud backup

One month ago i lost my iPhone 5. Got a new one, 6S, and i'm trying to recover my old media. According to iCloud, there is a 1.5 GB Incomplete backup from the phone which is now gone. Is there ...