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

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Using rsync to backup

I currently back up the contents of an external hard drive A by (1) deleting everything in the destination external hard drive B and (2) copying everything from A to B (in Finder). The external hard ...
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After upgrade to Yosemite Time Machine says “Disk Full” even if there's 350GB free space [closed]

I upgraded to Yosemite yesterday, and just now I got a Time Machine alert Disk is Full although there are 350+ GB on the backup disk according to Finder. It said it had deleted an old backup ...
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Keep whole Time Machine backup plus incremental Photos backup on external HDD

I have a 320 GB HFS+ external HDD. My MacBook Air only has 128 GB of storage which is why I want Time Machine to back up my Photos to that external drive in order to be able to delete the Photos off ...
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Time Machine complains of changed identity of backup volume

I had to reboot my TimeCapsule, since it was non-responsive. After the reboot, everything seemed to work fine. Except for TimeMachine on my iMac. It complains about a changed identity of the backup ...
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Remove hidden iCloud folder from Time Machine backups

Problem: Inspecting my Time Machine backups using BackupLoupe, I found that a hidden folder in iCloud drive is taking up a lot of my backup space. I don't want to backup this specific hidden folder, ...
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Will a Time Machine backup drive still be recognized as such if I add a USB hub between it and my Airport Extreme?

When I first set up my Time Machine backup, I did the initial backup by connecting the USB backup drive directly to my Mac. To my dismay, I discovered that I couldn't then unplug it and then move it ...
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How should I copy OS X server environment to another machine for update?

I have a server running Server.app (3.2.2) on Mac OS X 10.9.5. It hosts File Sharing, Mail, VPN, Websites, DHCP, DNS, and Open Directory etc. It also hosts phpBB3 bulletin boards. Because the OX ...
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iPad 2 Broken Screen!

I dropped my iPad 2 and the LCD broke so I can't see what's happening. Is there a way I can see my iPad screen on my computer so I can make a backup of the files in specific apps. I know that you can ...
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Trying to restore phone from backup, but can't update iTunes to latest version

I'm trying to update iTunes to the latest version in order to restore my newly repaired iPhone from backup. When connecting my phone to iTunes, a message box appears saying I have to update iTunes to ...
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Is it possible to restore OS X .dmg file to External Drive?

I recently traded in my iMac with 1TB HDD for a MacBook Pro with a 256 GB flash drive. I want to restore my previous hard drive but obviously it won't fit on the new hard drive. Is it possible to ...
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Restoring iPhone 5 fails - error 2001?

I've just moved to the States and a family member kindly passed on an old AT&T iPhone 5. The trouble is that it's stuck in a reset loop. When I go into recovery mode and try to restore the phone, ...
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Can I restore from a 16GB backup to an 8GB iPhone

I recently switched to Verizon. My wife's phone was a 16GB AT&T iPhone. Verizon had the 8GB version for free with the contract. Is it possible to restore from the 16GB backup to the new 8GB ...
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How to regularly and incrementally backup photo streams?

I have a bunch of photo streams that I share with my wife. I am already using iCloud photos but we would like to backup certain streams regularly to some external media, like SD-cards or hard disks. ...
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How can I omit FCPX Render Files from a Time Machine backup?

I want to be able to add my Final Cut Projects and Events folders to Time Machine, but annoyingly Apple have decided to put a Render Files folder within each and every Events folder. Is there a way ...
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Where are iTunes music files located, if they are not in Music/iTunes/iTunes Media?

I recently rented a MacBook Pro because I needed to take mine in for a hardware recall. Before giving mine up, I transferred the folder ~/Music/iTunes and the file ...
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Use Automator for saving file on NAS, what happen if NAS is not accessible?

I'm still new with OS X and have learned how to use Automator for zipping a folder in one file, named with date, on my Hard Disk. I saved the set of actions as an app. I'm planning to use Calendar to ...
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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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How to move iMovie projects from iPhone to a computer for storage?

I have a bunch of iMovie projects on my iPhone and they take up quite a bit of space. I'd like to move them to my Windows PC and then get back to them later. In iTunes I tried going to ...
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Backup NTFS partition with ‘dd’?

If I put an entire Windows 7 (bootcamp) partition using dd into a single archive, will a restore still be bootable? I just received a new machine with both OSes pre-installed, and I want to get a ...
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I can't enable iCloud backup on my phone

My iCloud backup is currently off. So I go into Settings/iCloud/Backup and switch the iCloud backup slider to on. It comes up with warning stating that the phone will no longer back up to my ...
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Can one exchange SSD's in a single MBP for doing a back-up (delayed) on one of them?

My logic board decided to leave without saying good-bye, MBP Mid 2012. This only serves as a delayed backup. I did however run Time Machine to backup my stuff, unfortunately it was 180 days ago... ...
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MacBook turned off during Time Machine initial back up - What do I do?

My external hard disk was partitioned to 3 partitions and one of which (300 GB) was set up with Time Machine. The initial back up started and was 3 hours through (around 65% of 211 GB complete). I ...
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How to rollback and override to a specific date within a Time Machine backup

my situation is kind of weird. I've totally crashed my system yesterday after installing bootcamp/windows 8.1 (bad partition format). Fortunately, I have a full backup Time Machine on a Drobo 5D ...
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How to access data from a Mac Contacts backup: a .abbu file

After I back-up Mac Contacts to a .abbu file, is there a program that lets me get at the underlying data vs. just importing them? I.e., can I open them as a text file or .CSV. Thank you!
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Backup the Time Capsule itself

How do I (automatically) backup my Time Capsule? I'm worried that I will lose important data like photo's and video's when the harddrive of my Time Capsule crashes.
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MacBook Pro, iCloud Drive, Time Machine and Time Capsule 2

Can I use Time Machine and Time Capsule 2 to backup not only my MacBook Pro files, apps, etc. but also the files stored on my iCloud Drive for sharing with my other MacBook Pro and others?
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Is it safe to backup only the Photos.app library, and not the older iPhotos?

Question: Is it safe to take a backup of just the newer Photos.app library, or may it have some crazy dependencies into the older iPhotos library? Background: On my 479 GB HDD, 348 GB is used by ...
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How to give custom name to Time Machine backup

I have used Clonezilla when I was a windows and linux user. I really liked how Clonezilla allows you to rename your backup to anything. It is possible to do so during Time Machine backup? I want to ...
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Time Machine failing with (null) error

I'm getting the following after about half an hour of Preparing Backup: Setting security information: Operation not permitted Error processing extended attributes: Input/output error Error moving - ...
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Time machine stuck in 'waiting' when trying to restore

I recently updated to El Capitan and now when I enter my Time Machine click on past backups, it just sits there stuck 'waiting' and no files are visible in the backup. Any ideas what to do to be able ...
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Can't backup iphone to icloud

My iphone hasn't backed up to icloud in over 19 weeks. I have deleted hundreds of pictures, turned off Mail, Reminders, Safari, Notes, and Passbook and still it says there is no room. The only thing ...
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How do I backup and external hard drive (iPhoto Library) to another external hard drive?

My iPhoto Library is on an external hard drive. I want to copy it to another hard drive as a back up. It looks like Time Machine only backups the internal hard drive and selected externals. I don't ...
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Time Machine preferences - time estimate wrong, progress bar doesn't show any progress

When I start a backup (or when it is automatically started) I get some estimation about volume (394,2 MB of 2,58 GB) and backup time (e.g., "5 Minutes"). But even after hours this estimation does not ...
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iCloud storage differences

I was wondering if anyone could explain to me why does icloud show that I have 4.28GB left out of 5GB when my iphone backup is 2.7GB large ? I deleted the backup and backed up again and it's the ...
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iCloud Storage Space Mysteriously Shrinks

Some years ago I started paying for additional iCloud storage. I'm sure they continued to play with the pricing model and so it's no surprise to see in my receipt history that I was charged $40 ...
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Is netatalk on Linux unreliable for hosting Time Machine volumes?

During some discussion on IRC about my recent problems hosting a Time Machine volume on my Linux PC (using netatalk) -- which worked well for a long time but recently developed issues where my Mac ...
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OS X Blu-ray support to read / write BD-R discs for data storage

What I'm looking to achieve is to write (and read) data files on BD-R discs for storage / backup / archive purposes, just like one can do with CD and DVD discs. For clarity, I am not interested in ...
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Saving photos to iPhoto from iCloud, does copy/paste work?

I am new to iCloud, and trying to figure out how to save my iPhone photos to my MacBookPro (Yosemite OS) for archiving purposes. Right now, I am manually copying the photos from my "photo stream" ...
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How to access husband's iCloud account?

I have been using my husband's Apple ID for my iCloud account. Now I have noticed that my iCloud backup is off and I need to turn it on. I need to access my account since my husband already changed ...
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How can I safely backup and remove Photos from MacBook (El Capitan)?

Sub question: Can this be done without a great deal of manual nonsense? I have over 100GB of Photos / Videos in my library after a couple years of imports from my iPhone. While I know that most of ...
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Need to backup, but can't press 'Trust Computer' button because of cracked screen

I recently bought an iPhone 6s and wanted to bring my data from my old iPhone 4 to it but I have the following problem. My iPhone 4 has a cracked screen and the sensor is a little messed up. If I try ...
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Time Capsule backup consistently fails

I am running El Capitan (10.11.3 beta) on a 2011 27" iMac. Recently, my Time Machine backups (I have a Time Capsule connected to the computer directly by USB) started to fail. First, I got a message ...
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Time Machine exclusions added via tmutil do not appear in TM “Options” list

I can successfully add Time Machine exclusions using tmutil addexclusion and I can verify exclusions successfully with tmutil isexcluded but if I then open up Time Machine's Preferences and click ...
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How can I fix my external HDD?

So, my mac suddenly restarted because of an error. I was downloading some files in my external HDD when it happened. When my macbook started up, I could not open my external HDD, I tried to repair it, ...
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Merging or combining two iOS backups

In May of 2015 my iPad Mini died because it got wet. I purchased a new iPad Mini 3 and reinstalled the apps I wanted on it ( and mourned the loss of my old Mini). Now that it's July and my new mini ...
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Time Machine stopped backing up automatically

I have a Time Capsule as well as an external hard drive that I plug in every now and then to back up my laptop. For a couple of months, Time Machine stopped backing up automatically. I can open the ...
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How does itunes know which backup is which?

How does iTunes know which backup belongs to what? My folder for Music iTunes backup only has a date on it. How does it know it is for my kid's ipad and not mine? I thought about renaming the file ...
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Rsync for backups

I have gotten into the habit of using rsync to do my own backups of an encrypted volume containing my personal info onto an external hard drive. I did not use Time Machine, because I do not own the ...
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iCloud backup won't complete

I'm setting up my parents' iPad (Retina, 3rd gen, iOS 8) and trying to enable iCloud backup. We've purchased enough iCloud storage space to back up everything, and I use iCloud backup on all my ...
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Mounting SMB network share from Mavericks recovery mode

I would like to be able back up my macbook on a weekly basis doing the following: boot into recovery mode mount a windows SMB network share use disk utility to save a disk image to the network share ...