The reverse procedure of backup, to restore is to put information from a backup back onto the computer system.

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How can i get back information wiped off my Iphone by accidental restore?

I plugged in my iPhone to attempt to sync so that I could update my software. The sync was not working. I looked up problem on internet and they suggested that I restore the settings on the iPhone. ...
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How to restore iPhone 5 from iOS 5 backup?

I had an iPhone 4 with iOS 5 which I regularly backed up using iTunes. Then I used a Android device for a little over a year. Now I'm back on iOS with an iPhone 5. So I'm trying to setup it with the ...
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How can I erase the data from my Macbook without losing my recent OS?

I'm going to sell my Macbook Pro and want to remove all of the data before doing so. I have the OS Lion installed but my machine came with Snow Leopard. How can I remove everything and restore it to ...
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How to jailbreak 2nd gen iPod Touch without losing data?

I have an 8GB iPod Touch 2nd Generation that runs iOS 4.2.1, and currently it is not jailbroken. I want to jailbreak it using redsn0w version 0.9.6b4. I have found these instructions, but I will lose ...
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ios restore to previous version/model - without jailbreaking the original?

My non-jailbroken iPhone 4S needs to go for a warranty repair, and I want to restore its data to an older non-jailbroken 3G or to another even older jailbroken 2G, but of course itunes refuses to ...
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Restoring new iPhone from iCloud backup deactivates old iphone?

I gave a friend a new SIM card for her unlocked direct from Apple iPhone 5. She put the SIM in, and went through the setup process, restoring her iPhone 5 from an iCloud backup. At this point, her ...
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My OS X Mac Mini server crashed - How can I restore it?

I have a 2011 Mac Mini Server. It is the unibody model that has two hard drives and no optical drive. I got this second hand so I don't have anything other than the machine itself. The way I ...
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Is it easy to mount my Time Capsule after a clean install (without any restore) so that I can copy individual files from it?

People say it is possible but I am suspicious. I want to clean install and start fresh with nothing. Then I can access my Time Capsule that has my backup and copy any files I want. How easy or ...
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Full restore from backup, /Applications not backed up

I recently had my hard drive replaced. I made sure my Time Machine backup was up-to-date prior to the handing it over to the Apple Store so I could simply restore, but I made one mistake: ...
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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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Can I restore individual iCal appointments using Time Machine?

I use Time Machine to backup my Mac. While it is very easy to restore files and folders, I can't do the same with appointments in iCal. I am trying to recover an entire calendar that was accidentally ...
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Is is possible to add tag, notes or labels to backups made by Time Machine?

Is it possible to add label, tag or notes to Time Machine backups. Lets say after fresh reinstall of OS X - label it as "Base System 1" then after few days (at some point with more software/work) ...
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How to restore a late 2009 iMac after disk replacement

My late-2009 iMac will get a new hard drive this week (thanks to Apple's replacement offer. Backup is on Time Machine so I'm not worried about data loss right now. The system I get back from Apple ...
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Error in restoring iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone 4 using custom IPSW

I'm trying to restore iOS 5.1.1 on iPhone 4 GSM that currently has iOS 4.3.3 and is jailbroken. I'm using "redsn0w" to get into pwned DFU mode and then trying to restore from iTunes using custom IPSW ...
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Account on Mac restored from Time Machine has FileVault turned off

My Mac book pro was stolen. ML 10.8.2. I successfully restored all system from Time Machine backup. I remember having turned on FileVault on my user account on original system. But on restored system ...
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Gained My Daughter's Contacts… Lost Mine!

My daughter gained my contacts on her iPhone. When she noticed this she deleted all of my contacts from her phone and now I find that when she performed that, I lost all of my personal contacts and ...
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How to reset iMac to factory defaults?

I want to sell my iMac (2011) and I want to reset the system and remove all my data. I tried the Command-R method. It wants me to enter my Apple ID and password but I don't want to do this! I want to ...
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Download 4 apps at a time during restore from iCloud backup?

I noticed that usually when you download multiple apps on iOS 6, it will download 4 at a time. I had to restore my phone from an iCloud backup twice in the past week. The first time it was only ...
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How to troubleshoot Migration Assistant & Time Machine restore issues?

I just made a full backup with Time Machine. Ran it yesterday, and then again today. I have two hard drives installed in my Mac. The primary drive has the OS, Applications, data, etc. The secondary ...
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Restore existing iPhone from iCloud

I am looking to restore my current iPhone from iCloud because I've accidentally deleted WhatsApp and want to recover the conversations. I am nervous to do a reset in case I lose more than I bargained ...
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Backing up an External USB Drive to TimeMachine then Restoring Without Drive Connected?

I have just configured my iMac to backup my external USB harddrive in addition to the internal drive. I have just tested restoring some files from the TimeMachine backup, by selecting the USB drive ...
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What is the rsync command to restore from a TimeMachine backup

I couldn't get my TimeMachine backup to restore, so I just used rsync. What are the flags I should use? I just used: rsync -av /path/to/backup /path/to/restore Can it be that simple? My backup was ...
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How to restore hidden Library folder in Time Machine

I want to restore the hidden user Library folder from Time Machine but I am unable to see it when I enter Time Machine. Read on. I thought the hidden Library folder would appear if I used the ...
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My iPhone 4S has been destroyed… can I backup from the cloud at a later time?

My iPhone 4s is giving me the option to set up as new phone or restore via iTunes or iCloud. I have pictures on my previous phone that is now destroyed. I am unable to maintain a stable wireless ...
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Restoring iPhone's state from a dd hard drive image

This article, Recover Lost Data From Your iPhone, in its "Method 1" suggests a promising method to backup iPhone's entire state, that is iOS settings, apps, email settings, media files, that is ...
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iPhone backup restore SMS

I have had to restore my iPhone 4S to factory settings - wiping everything on the device. Fortunately I have frequent backups so I was able to restore most of the settings and stuff. However, is ...
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I've lost everything on my iphone4, how do I put my library back? Syncing doesn't work

First my phone said "No wi-fi" so I reset everything on the phone, the phone now has nothing on it & asked me to set it up again. I opted for 'restore from back-up' instead of 'new phone', now it ...
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How can I solve an iPhone 4S restore failure loop?

My iPhone crashed while it was connected to the computer. I performed synchronization and left the phone so it can recharge. When I looked it after some time I saw Apple logo. I have tried multiple ...
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Restoring iTunes/iPhoto Libraries After a Clean Install

I have an iMac i7 that's got a collection of files, settings, etc. that's the culmination of being transferred from past machines (originally an iMac G4, then a PowerMac G5). I finally decided to ...
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How should a user of OS X verify whether backed up data comprises everything required for lossless restoration?

I'm most interested in approaches that compare both: the original file the backup – after the time of backup. I'm aware of two approaches. Others will be appreciated. Less interested in ...
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Facebook deleted email addresses from Contacts, how to restore?

Most of my contacts that I'm also connected with on Facebook, no longer have any email address in Contacts. Sigh! The problem is described here: http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=13197 I ...
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Time machine backup/restore: “This user's data doesn't need to be transferred”

So, I had a MacBook Pro 15", Late 2011, that I've been using daily since I got it last October. I set up time machine and every day after work, I would bring my laptop home and plug it into my time ...
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What should I do before I give up my iPhone?

I am changing jobs and so I am giving back to the old company an iPhone 3GS running iOS 5. I am searching for a To-Do list for things to copy from the iPhone to a Mac computer so that I don't lose ...
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Restoring a MacBook from backup

I have a MacBook Pro that is just being ridiculous, so I'm planning on erasing the hard drive and restoring from a Time Machine backup. I hear that Time Machine will only restore from backups that ...
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How to make full back up of iPhone?

With iTunes popupmenu I have just restored my iPhone from a backup from March 2012. However all my apps made with Xcode was sadly not restored. How can I back up everything? Besides Xcode apps, ...
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Reinstalling OS X Lion vs restoring from Time Machine backup

If the system doesn't boot up (it was due to this issue), is it better to reinstall OS X Lion, or restore from a Time Machine backup? I do see a Time Machine backup from 3 AM last night, so if that ...
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Can you use an iMac backup for a MacBook Pro?

Just curious: Is it possible to use a backup from an iMac on a Time Capsule to restore a MacBook Pro with the same items? It seems like it would be possible given that all it really backs up is the ...
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Some backup and restore questions?

I have connectivity problems and I suspect the latest firmware version 5.1.1 is the source. I think it's impossible to revert back to the previous firmware, but my last backup was from before the ...
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why is my ipod stilll using so much of the “other” catergory after it was restored?

The keyboard on my iPod malfunctioned, and I couldn't get onto it. I then backed it up and restored it. After it was restored, I tried to put my previous files back on it, but only got my pictures and ...
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Will I lose my game saves when I downgrade to iOS 4 from iOS 5?

I have just recently upgraded from iOS 4.3.5 to iOS 5.1.1 on my 3rd generation iPod touch, but it seems that my iPod is slower and a little unresponsive, so I want to downgrade back to 4.3.5. I want ...
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If my timemachine was done with lion, but my host is snow leopard, how will it restore?

What I want is for my Mac to go back to exactly as it was, which was with lion. Of course, there's no lion disk, so I've done a clean reinstall with snow leopard (new drive). Should I restore from a ...
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Can't restore image to USB stick

When I try to restore, I get message: Could not validate source - Operation not supported haven't seen anything like this on the web
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Clean Install Snow Leopard without Disk — Build 10K549

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011) -- shipped with Snow Leopard (Lion hadn't come out yet) -- that I need to wipe and reinstall. This is for security/privacy/performance purposes, so the goal ...
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Can I restore data backed up from a newer version of iOS?

I have a 3gs with iOS 5.1. I backed up my data, and wanted to restore to my new iPhone 4, with iOS 5.0.1. Somehow, I was not given an option to restore my backup. Is it possible to restore backup ...
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Restoring to previous state: concerns with Carbon Copy Cloner and Time Machine conflict

One week ago I experienced an odd and catastrophic failure of my MacBook Pro. The details of the failure are not important, and the relevant parts have been replaced, among them a new HDD. Side note: ...
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Will an iPhone only activate using the SIM card that it was originally activated with?

I read this question and was wondering if I need to have a SIM card that has previously activated an iPhone in order to activate an iPhone. I'm inheriting my mother's old 3Gs to use as an iPod / for ...
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Restore system from DMG (original source disk bigger than destination)

I'm running Lion and trying to restore a Snow Leopard system archived in a DMG file. The restore destination is an external Firewire disk (160GB) and the original system was installed in a 250GB ...
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How to backup Store Apps?

I have been searching and I didn't find an optimal solution for my problem. I have some apps purchased from the Mac App Store (Pixelmator, GarageBand), and other ones installed (Xcode). I want to ...
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HOME dir on another disk, how do I restore from TM backup?

I have two disks in my MBP. One is small SSD for the OS and applications, and the other is slow HDD for my HOME folder, downloads and stuff like that. I have Time Machine set up. Everything seems to ...
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iTunes refuses to Restore home screen arrangement from Backup

I backed-up my device to my MacBook Pro at the Apple Store right before I got my replacement iPhone. I did it with an empty iTunes, as my library was on an external drive that I didn't have with me. ...