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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 ...
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Disk Utility vs Carbon Copy Cloner - How to clone your drive with Apple's built-in app

What is the point of using commercial apps like Carbon Copy Cloner when disk utility can also clone your drives? This article here http://www.macworld.com/article/2461362/drive-cloning-utilities-the-...
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Is there a way to list the largest files and folders in Time Machine backups?

I would like to clean up my backups since there are a lot of files which I don't need to access anymore (e.g. videos, podcasts and installation packages). The problem I am facing is however that I don'...
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I can't find Notes on iCloud

I had an iPhone 5c, backed up to the computer. Then I also backed up my new iPhone 6s Plus. Everything restored to my new iPhone except my Notes. I can't find them on iCloud, or on the computer ...
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Upgraded iPhone 4 to iOS 7 and restored from iTunes, but still being asked to restore or set up new

Using iTunes on OS X, I have first backed up my IPhone 4, and then have selected Update. When everything was complete, the phone restarted, then once I had entered my language and region, it gave me ...
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Cannot make iCloud backup with iPhone 5

My iPhone 5 cannot make any backups anymore. My last backup is from June 2015. I have checked if: I have enough space in iCloud (about 3 GB). The size of the backup (approximately 790 MB). Removed ...
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Unknown email password required after selecting iCloud backup

While restoring or setting up an iPhone (new or old) and choosing a backup from list of provided backup in my iCloud, I'm shown to enter a password for kmward@roadrunner.com , which I don't have idea ...
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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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How can I safely clean up open files left by spotlight on my external hard drive?

Spotlight decided to index my external hard drive that I use for backups without asking my permission. This made it impossible for me to safely eject the external hard drive without potentially ...
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Time Machine Backup Failed

Ive been using my Time Machine for almost 3 years without any problems. It's a 3 TB LaCie. This week it has decided to stop backing up my work. I tried repairing the disk and unmounting and remounting ...
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Is there “danger” in removing Macintosh HD from my Time Machine as a back up? I want to use Seagate Backup Plus Drive

I'm a novice (obviously!), and my Seagate will not back up my computer because it says there is nothing to back-u since my Macintosh HD is in my "Exclude these items from backups" under "Options". I'...
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View iPhone back up in iTunes

I have backed up my iPhone to iTunes (via wifi) to my Mac. How do I go back and view contacts, etc. on my mac?
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iPhone iCloud Backup location of “blocked numbers/contacts” list

I am wondering if anyone knows the exact location in an iCloud backup of an iPhone running iOS 9, in which I can find the list of blocked numbers or respectively blocked contacts. I'm guessing it's ...
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My available disk space does not make sense. Why?

I have a 256 GB SSD installed in my Macbook Pro. Today I observed that Finder tells me that I have a free disk space of 247.51 GB, which is unquestionably wrong. At the same time, in System → ...
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Network Intermittency with Time Machine causes a 'Completed Verification' dialog

It appears that when disconnecting from a network while a TM backup is in progress results in the "Time Machine has completed a verification of your backups" message once the connection to the backup ...