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

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Roll back to Mountain Lion but don't lose saved documents

I have a Time Machine backup of my system from last week right before I installed Mavericks. I've determined that Mavericks breaks too many programs that I need to use and doesn't add enough features ...
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Restore ebooks (PDF) from iTunes backup?

Upon opening iBooks.app on my clean Mavericks install, I noticed that all my ebooks from other sources than the iBooks Store were missing. Of course, they're not saved in iCloud. So I wanted to ...
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Time Machine Full, But Only One Backup (or, what are .RecoverySets and why do they take up so much space?)

Something crazy is going on with Time Machine. I upgraded to Mavericks yesterday with no issues. After performing a final backup on Mountain Lion, I disconnected my backup drive out of an abundance of ...
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Mavericks clean install with restoration from Time Machine

Let's say I want to perform a Mavericks clean install like described in this tutorial. But what I also want to do is to keep all my older apps (especially ones not installed from the AppStore and all ...
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Transfer data from one iMac to another

I have an iMac that sounds as though the hard drive is about to fail. It has the following spec: I then have a newer iMac with the following spec: Is there a way I can transfer all the data from ...
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Time Machine from TC ko on MAvericks

Just installed mavericks, erasing the hard drive and installing it as brand new; then I wanted to restore my backup from Time machine (as I always did) but an error screen appears, saying "impossible ...
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Exploring the files in a MobileSync backup

I'm trying to find if some movies that I had on my iPhone 5 might be hidden away in a MobileSync backup. The weird part is that iTunes → Preferences → Devices doesn't show a backup for this device in ...
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Copying files from a failing drive

I have a 2008 iMac in which the drive is failing. SMART status seems ok although AHT reported 4hdd/11/40000000 SATA (0,0) which is the code for disk failure AFAIK. Normal boot fails, Firewire target ...
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Tool to Consolidate Data on Multiple Hard Drives and List Differences Between Filesets

I have several hard drives I've used throughout the years to backup my data. Each one has a different folder structure and fileset. I now have a massive NAS that I want to consolidate all my data ...
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iPhone backup data overwritten by mistake

I was updating my iPhone to iOS 7 and in the process I took a backup of my phone. After installing iOS 7 on my iPhone, I connected it to iTunes and instead of pressing Restore from backup, I pressed ...
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How to copy apps between 2 devices using the same Apple ID?

Is there a way to copy an application from an iPod Touch gen.2 to an iPad 3G gen.1 while both devices are under the same Apple ID? The application is no longer present in the Apple Store. Using ...
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How to get back all the photos in the camera roll?

I connected my brother's iPhone4 to iTunes to sync movies in my library. Since, his phone has never done any backup and first time connect to iTunes, I'd mistakenly press on something writes ...
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iOS 7 Activation Error (legal)

I was on the iOS 7 beta in it's entirety and updated to the public version via my phone. Last night I got an activation error which is incorrect as I work for a company that builds apps and we even ...
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Time machine copy to a new drive

Here is my situation: I had a time machine backup of an old machine on a 150gb partition of a 250 gb drive I was able to drag Backups.backupdb from that partition to the desktop of a new machine ...
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Can iOS apps be safely deleted from iTunes?

On my PC, the iOS apps synchronized by iTunes take up a pretty substantial percentage of my total disk space. Since most, if not all of them, can be recovered from the App Store, is it safe to delete ...
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Backup Synology NAS to multiple external drives using OSX Server

I want to backup my NAS (currently one folder around 5tb, one about 1tb) to external drives. I tried using gnutar (installed using homebrew) which in theory does what I want, but it can't update the ...
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Unable to Access Local Snapshots when external Time Machine is disconnected

My local snapshots are behaving weirdly. When no Time Machine backup is connected and if I enter time machine, I get this prompt: Your Time Machine backup disk can’t be found. …but when my ...
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How can I restore Microsoft Office for mac from Time Machine?

I have a Macbook Pro running OS X 10.8.5. I took my laptop to the Apple Store today and they completely wiped it. I backed up through Time Machine on my G-Drive beforehand and am wondering how to ...
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Time Machine backs up way too much, never finishes

I have a major problem with Time Machine. It started a few weeks ago when it started to back up too much data (strangely, only on backups after reboots). Last week, the backup volume ran out of space. ...
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Complete recover from iCloud backup

For no apparent reason I lost all my contacts on my iPhone. I have not backed up my contacts on iCloud and was wondering if I do a complete restore from iCloud backup, would that recover my contacts ...
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Recover GoodReader data after iOS 7 upgrade?

Today I upgraded to iOS 7. I did a backup to my computer (Windows 7) using iTunes first. Later when I restored the backup to the phone, I found all apps were gone. I then went and downloaded ...
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how can I recover a file overwritten in the .app directory inside /Applications on OSX

I am using Android Studio and the application is stored in /Application/Android Studio.app. I'm not sure why, but at some point my keystore file was stored inside this directory, in the bin ...
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Deleting old Mac backup data from a Time Machine

I have a Time Machine and used it to back up two MacBooks. One is personal and the second is for business. I handed my business machine back when I changed jobs recently. I have a backup volume ...
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Making iTunes restore edited iTunes backups

When you enter names in the To field when sending SMS from iPhone, numbers and names you deleted a year ago come up as auto-complete. This is a design blunder and a huge annoyance. I found these ...
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How can I prevent a forced iOS7 upgrade when restoring iPhone 4s from backup

For some reason my iPhone 4s (running on latest iOS 6 and never jailbroken) has crashed and is stuck on a rebooting loop. I tried to restore my iPhone from a backup I made about a week ago. iTunes ...
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Command-line cloud file backup?

Is there a free cloud file server for personal files with shell commands like Unix ls, cp etc. ? Along the lines cloud ls [-options] pattern cloud cp-up pattern cloud cp-down pattern My ideal would ...
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Retrieving a file from an iOS backup

So I have recently updated from iOS 6 to 7, but in the process, I did a clean restore. Beforehand though, I have done a backup in iTunes before the update. Something I forgot to grab when doing the ...
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How do I export my iPhone Messages to a PDF file?

Is there any app that will allow you to export your iPhone text messages to a PDF file while keeping all the conversation threads intact?
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iPhone 4S restore from backup 64 GB to 16 GB

I am trying to restore a new 16 GB iPhone from my old 64 GB backup, and am getting the error message that the old backup is too large (for the record, I don't believe it's very much over 16 GB)...the ...
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Time Machine and case-sensitive HFS

Time Machine defaults to formatting a new drive to Journaled HFS+ (case-sensitive), if you set up the drive from within Time Machine itself. However, my main drive (the one Time Machine will be ...
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How can I backup an Application in the applications folder?

I was wondering what will happen if I copy the content of an application in the applications folder, compress it and move it to another hard drive. Will it work if I put it in the Application's folder ...
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Can I backup using Time Machine and restore to another account?

I am planning to re-install the OSX when Mavericks release. I am also actually planning to change my username after re-installation. I need to backup my whole personal folder under username "a", but ...
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Pulling files off of Time Machine Back Up After Full Reinstall

I have a MacBookPro, purchased October 2012. I use Time Machine to back up files. I was having slow computing issues, so the Genius Bar folks recommended a wipe out and reinstall from scratch, but ...
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How big should my Time Machine backup drive be?

My 13" MacBook Pro has 500GB internal hard drive space, and I bought a 1TB external HDD to use as my Time Machine backup. I only read from many articles that the backup should be about 2 to 3 times ...
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Apple Configurator question

My Apple Configurator will auto close and leave me a message "Apple Configurator quit unexpectedly." when I launch this App. Anyone can help me fix this problem?
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Iphone 4s restore back up [duplicate]

I was having problems with my phone, I couldn't log into the app store. I didn't know what else to do so I restored my phone but I backed it up before I did. Now it's saying I cannot restore my back ...
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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 upgrade from iOS 4 to iOS 6 without losing app data

I am still on iOS 4, and I understand that I need to erase my iPad before upgrading. But I don't want to lose the game data stored locally, particularly Candy Crush. :) Is there a way to preserve data ...
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What contributes to my iPhone iCloud backup size?

Settings lists my phone's iCloud "Backup Size" as 2.2 GB (excluding other phones and general "Documents & Data") though all of its apps turned "on" for backup below don't even approach 0.5 GB when ...
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iCloud backup file access [duplicate]

Can I extract data from my icloud back up to view on pc? I have changed phones but have lots texts etc on new iPhone. Can I view my icloud back up data as I have done texts I would really like to ...
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iPad is crushed, how to access iCloud backup? [duplicate]

My iPad was recently destroyed. There were a lot of pictures on it I would like to retrieve. I did have iCloud turned on. How can I access that backup and retrieve my pictures?
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iPhone 5 trying to back up my latest data on 6.1.4 after installing iOS 7 and restoring it to 6.1.4 [duplicate]

Ok admittedly the title was confusing sorry I have no idea how to phrase it. So I have my iphone 5 which was running the latest version of iOS 6.1.4 with all my data on it, but stupidly I decided ...
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Can you prevent a remote wipe from iCloud after it has been issued?

I thought I lost my iPhone 4s, so I blocked and told iCloud to erase it the next time it connects. Now that I found it, I know that as soon as it gets internet connection, all my information will be ...
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iTunes backup process programmatically on iphone 5

I am using iTunes 11 and iPhone 5 on Window XP. I want to create iTunes backup process programmatically in my selected location (not in default location). Can you provide any type of suggestion.
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Finder window pops up every time Time Machine makes a backup

I have configured a shiny new Time Capsule a few days ago. It runs firmware 7.7.1 and my Mac is on 10.8.4. The Time Capsule works perfectly so far, except that every time Time Machine makes a backup, ...
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Clean 5.1.1 to 6 with backup?

I have a 3rd gen retina ipad with 5.1.1 and no jailbreak. I want to try ios 6, but with the option to go back if I don't like it. From what I have read Apple gives no way to go back. I don't mind ...
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Time Machine backup between networks

I have a computer on network A that I would like to backup via Time Machine to a drive connected to a computer on network B. Can this be done? Would I need a VPN? I just need the network B computer's ...
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Can I build an OS X Image with preinstalled software? (Or, please help me move back one OS X version.)

My MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a year old, and I'm in the mood of a fresh install. (I've got random stuff lying around, etc.) For compatibility with some software I'd like to run, I'm moving ...
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Time Machine backing up more data than I can physically have

I have a Retina MBP with a 512 GB SSD. Today, Time Machine shows me this: Does anybody know how Time Machine can be backing more data than I can fit on my hard disk? For what its worth, I still ...
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Backup camcorder using Final Cut Pro or iMovie

I have a Canon Vixia HF11 HD camcorder, Synology DS213 NAS, MacBook Air, iMovie '11 and Final Cut Pro 10.0.9. I just backed up my camcorder using Final Cut Pro and ran into a couple problems: The ...