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I've had the best results restoring from Time Machine to a freshly formatted drive. I did this for a machine with lots of system modifications, (httpd.conf, ssh_config) and all of these files were restored. When I did that with an OS in place these files were missed. There were no problems when I restored to a clean drive. Everything was restored properly. ...


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Yes. Reformat and partition the HD. When you unplugged the drive, you severely damaged the directory information on the 'My Passport' partition, rendering it unusable. If there is nothing of value on the drive, this is your best bet. In addition, make sure to reformat with Mac OS Extended (Journaled) selected.


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  1. See which apps are still linked to my no longer used Apple IDs Whilst there's no 'list' of these apps, you should be able to notice apps which haven't been restored to the device, as these will be apps purchased with those Apple IDs. If you're watching the device being restored, you may notice such apps move straight from Waiting… to ...


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This is completely doable. I recently swapped the 480 GB SSD from my MacBook Pro with a 250 GB SSD from my Mac Pro which was before part of a RAID0 configuration. Long story short, fired up setup, told it to recover from Time Machine and both machines were back in their previous state in no time. Technically, you should be able to just swap the hard drives, ...


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Time Machine is a Backup Tool, not a File-Management Agent. All it does, is copying new files to the HDD (as a mirror) and all older/deleted files go into a time-stamped archive. If the disk is full, time machine deletes old stuff. I assume you want to manage the data. Nit really "backup". Because you do not copy them, you move them to the disk. I also ...


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Connect the device to iTunes (over Wi-Fi or USB), then select to backup the device. This will backup the contents of the device to ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/ which can be copied to an external drive. To restore from backup, copy the folder back and restore from this backup.


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The Final Cut Library Manager is a wonderful app that lets you selectively remove optimised and proxy media as well as render files, freeing space. These can be recreated if necessary from the original media and timeline. The original media is still required if you wish to edit the footage in the future.


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On the Microsoft website there is some information about moving data from a mac to a windows PC: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2636421



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