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

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Can I install any iOS version I wish by picking and choosing which firmware to restore?

I'm trying to downgrade my iPhone 4s from iOS 7 to iOS 6.1.3 as per this question. But every time I try, I always receive this error: The iPhone could not be restored. This device isn't eligible ...
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How do I restore my iPhone from an iCloud backup?

I just installed iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 several days ago, and I backed it up to iCloud. After performing a sync with my PC, it deleted a bunch of apps. I'd like to restore these from the iCloud backup. ...
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If I upgrade to iOS 5, can I restore a 4.2 backup?

I have an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2 backed up to one of my PCs which I no longer use. If I upgrade to iOS 5, will I lose the opportunity to restore from one of these old backups? Would I be able to ...
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Confused: Will Find My Mac work if the thief just did the hold ctrl and power button restore?

Recently had my macbook pro stolen. It's a mid 2012 model with mountain lion so it can reset the OS by just by holding ctrl and the power button. I've done it many times myself so I know all they have ...
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If I remove GarageBand and iMovie from my MacBook Air, can I restore them later?

I have just bought a new MacBook Air 13" (2013). It comes pre-installed with GarageBand and iMovie. I don't really need these applications and I want to save my disk space, so I was thinking about ...
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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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How can I restore my device with simply ipsw file and iTunes?

I want to restore my iPod touch 4 gen. using a previously downloaded .ipsw file from the web instead of iTunes trying to download it again. I have tried putting the .ipsw file in the ...
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Continuing a “stopped” iCloud restore on iOS

I was restoring my iPhone 5 to the latest iOS and chose restore via iCloud. The restore process - especially for apps - was frustratingly slow and actually stopped frozen after a while. After trying ...
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How do I use time machine to restore my entire computer, rather than a file?

Is is possible? What is the easiest (most hassle-free) way of accomplishing this?
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Can I restore a Snow Leopard backup onto a Lion machine?

So I am a little confused and slightly worried, and I was wondering if someone could answer this. I have a Time Machine backup saved on an external HD for my Mac mini that is running the latest ...
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How can I get back a system file after deleting it from my Mac?

I've deleted a system file from my Mac and need to get it back. System files can include: hidden files in the root of / - especially unix files in /private /System files /Library files ...
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Would reformatting my Mac and restoring the latest Time Machine backup be likely to improve its stability?

My MacBook Air used to be rock solid, but it has grown increasingly unstable over the past year. For example, this afternoon I can't switch to my other user account. I select the account from the fast ...
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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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Is it possible to restore individual app data (over iCloud)?

I am upgrading to a new iPhone 5 from an iPod touch, and I want a shiny new, fresh install. I would rather not restore the whole shebang from my tired old, disorganized, app-laden, settings-broken ...
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If I delete a paid app purchased through the Mac App Store, can I redownload without paying?

If I delete an app purchased through the Mac App Store, can I download it again without paying for it again like I can with iOS? In the event of an app restore, does the app retain settings, saved ...
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How to restore Mac OS X on a new hard-drive?

I am going to upgrade my MacBook Pro hard-drive, but before doing so I'm trying to figure out how to restore OS X on it. My DVD drive doesn't work so I cannot re-install from the DVD. I have a recent ...
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How to restore individual files from TM backup after clean install?

My teenage daughter's Mac Mini (running OSX 10.8) was cluttered with all sorts of stuff, even unwanted and inappropriate popup windows when using Safari, and more. So I made a final TM backup. Then I ...
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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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Boot Camp Assistant: “Your disk could not be restored to a single partition.”

I want to delete my Windows partition and regrow my Mac partition to use the whole disk. But when I click Restore in the Boot Camp Assistant, it says: Your disk could not be restored to a single ...
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The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (9)

This is an issue that occurred to my iPhone. What is the recommended general fix for this?
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Can I use Time Machine to restore to a smaller disk

I have used Time Machine to restore my MBP to a larger HDD with great success, but am about to purchase a smaller SSD for it. With the obvious caveat of not having more data than the SSD can hold, is ...
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How does keychain restore work in other idevice?

app A stores passwords in keychain programmatically. One password is stored in one keychain item. Keychain item is a class of type Generic Password. app A is installed & used in idevice1 & ...
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Macbook Pro not detecting bootable USB with Yosemite

I created a Yosemite boot USB, from the App Store version 10.10.1. When I hold option during Boot, the USB drive doesn't show up on the menu. I have an aluminium MBP, bought in 2009. It is the full ...
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How to restore system from network drive?

I have a 2014 MacBook Pro. I want to restore my OS from a Time Machine backup which is on a shared network volume. When I restart in recovery (Apple-Opt-R), it boots from internet, but if I try to ...
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How do I recover purchased music on my iPhone 4?

I replaced my iPhone 4 today and used iTunes to restore all of my settings, contacts, calendars and apps. Everything but my music was restored- including my purchased items. I have tried the iTunes ...
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How can we unlock an iPhone backup file if we don't know the password?

I've got a rather peculiar problem. My wife's iPhone got stolen and we bought a new one from the insurance money. When trying to restore the backup file to her new phone, iTunes asks for the password: ...
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Do I need to take special steps to fully restore an iPhone after jailbreaking it?

I heard that the iPhone has some sort of counter that counts every unauthorized connect or something like that, and with said counter, Apple Geniuses can tell if it has been jailbroken and they won't ...
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Moving from Lion to Snow Leopard

So it turns out that I am not the greatest fan of Lion after all. Is there a way I can downgrade from the Lion OS to the Snow Leopard OS if I bought my laptop in mid 2011? There are plenty of sites ...
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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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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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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 selected files from time machine backup of a different mac

Here's the situation so far: 20" Alum iMac 2007 HDD has died (3 days after I got a new Macbook Pro - coincidence, or suicide?) It had a time machine backup on a regular external drive I have ...
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How can I recover iPhone data lost after iOS upgrade?

I've had my iPhone 4 for about 3 months and when I connected it to my computer today I was prompted to update the iOS, so I did. But somehow I didn't realise that it meant I was going to need some ...
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How do I restore a case-sensitive, journaled Time Machine backup to a case-insensitive, journaled filesystem?

I would effectively like to switch from a case-sensitive journaled filesystem to that of a case-insensitive journaled filesystem. Booting into Lion's recovery allows me to format the drive as I wish, ...
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Trying to restore Macbook Pro to factory setting, but it freezes when inserted the DVD

I'm trying to restore my Macbook Pro (17") to factory settings, and here were the steps that I took: I inserted the Snow Leopard DVD. I turned off my Mac. I turned it back on while pressing the ...
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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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After iPad restore (from iCloud) apps still appear as 'waiting'

I just got the new iPad, and since I backed up my old iPad using iCloud, I restored from the iCloud backup. After restore, it restarted and began downloading all the apps. Now, I have all these ...
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Restore MacBook Pro backup to a Mac Mini?

I've got to drop my MBP (2010 model) in to the Apple store asap to get it repaired and it'll be out of action for a week during a time I need it most. My thought process is, due to the urgency of it ...
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My iPhone is protected by password, is it possible for the thief to restore factory setting?

I quickly activated lost mode in find my iPhone. I worried that the thief managed to restore factory setting before I do that. The thing is before I put lost mode, I disable the 3G dataplan following ...
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Failing to restore my iPhone 4S from iCloud backup over wifi

I have been trying to restore my iPhone 4S over iCloud since yesterday. Invariably, it will fail with the message that the iPhone is no longer connected to the internet. The wifi over which my iPhone ...
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Is it possible to return the iPhone to its very original factory state?

Back to the screen that asks for SIM insertion and iTunes connection on background. Is it?
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iCloud backup from old 4S to new 4S?

I just got a replacement for my 4S. Before, I did an iCloud backup and thought I could just restore from that. But with the new phone, it says there's no backup to restore from available. Any ideas?
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Lion's Preview regularly hangs when unhiding with open documents

In Lion, I've had an incredible amount of difficult with Preview hanging indefinitely when restoring open documents after being hidden for any extended period of time. There is no immediate solution ...
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Why is my iPhone screen stuck on the 'connect to iTunes' screen?

i need help with my iPhone it is stuck on the connect to iTunes screen. iTunes does recognize the iPhone, but when I select 'restore', it goes through a few progress bars then errors again. I've ...
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Backing up/Restoring Messages history on Mavericks

Is there some means of saving your Messages history on OS X and copying it to a new system without doing a full restore from a Time Machine back up? Doing some searching, I found the below and tried ...
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Downgrade pre-installed Lion to Snow Leopard on a 2011 Macbook Pro?

I have very recently purchased a Macbook Pro pre-installed with Lion. After spending several days unsuccessfully trying to get it to play nicely with Active Directory I purchased a retail copy of ...
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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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Can I install an older OS X over a newer OS X without restoring from backup?

Previously I was running Yosemite. I upgraded to El Capitan and started having problems with an app I used regularly. The backup I have is OS X Lion. If I restore this backup, I'll lose a ton of ...
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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 can I backup all my jailbroken iPhone apps saves before restoring to new firmware?

I have a jailbroken iPhone (3Gs, iOS 4.0.1, bb 5.13.04). I want to get jailbroken & unlocked 4.3.1 , but I cannot do it in other way than restoring from custom pwned firmware, so all my saves and ...