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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to sync or backup iPhone contents to new Mac [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: transfering iphone data to another computer How to synchronize iPhone with new Mac without losing data? I have brought a new mac and would like to sync my iPhone content ...
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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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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 rest?...
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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 that....
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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 music,...
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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 ...