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For Maximum Safety, Copy Everything The safest option is to copy everything, including invisible meta-data files. Files tend to exist for a reason and as software changes, so will the existence, purpose, and contents of these meta-data files. Copying everything will reduce the maintenance burden and offer ease of mind that nothing is being lost. The log ...


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I'd advise against pruning meta-data during a backup, particularly the dot-files e.g. ._$filename, however if you really want to exclude the dot-files from your rsync command add --exclude '.*' to it. rsync -av --exclude '.*' --progress --delete /Volumes/A/ /Volumes/B


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You will need an external drive formatted Mac OS Extended (Journaled) to use as a Time Machine backup. TM cannot use a NTFS formatted disk as the backup destination. Unfortunately, Time Machine cannot use an NTFS drive as a backup source, either. Time Machine relies on the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) file system on all drives acted on to do its work. (This ...


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Part of the issue is that low priority I/O now seems to get throttled heavily (or so fs_usage tells me - if you run fs_usage and look for backupd, you can see it getting throttled). So if you have a ton of files, just the time it takes to do the i/o takes forever, even if the files are small (because it performs a bunch more i/o operations around xattrs/etc ...


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I have used rsync for backups at several jobs, and I use it at home. I highly recommend it, but with some modifications. As a backup tool, it's great, but as an archiving tool it falls a little flat. Yes, it copies everything, but you don't get versions of everything, you always get the latest versions only. I used this guide ...


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Yes - Time Machine saves a snapshot of the locally synced files from iCloud so you should be able to recover them even if they are gone from iCloud. Since one Time Machine destination can be connected to many Macs, you could cross share that was as well.


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It would be hard to tell with out looking at the backup. If I was in you situation and I was not sure if the first backup was successful I would wipe that partition and start again (assuming when you say initial backup you mean the first ever!) From my personal experience however when similar things have happened to me during a backup I've had no corruption ...


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Apple recommends backing up your HD as they "can't guarantee the integrity of the data on hard drive." Or words to that effect. Theoretically you can do what you have proposed. You may have boot issues, EG the Mac the SSD is swapped into may not boot but that is unlikely to damage either the Mac or the drive, so if you have the Mac and the time, go for it. ...


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I have realised today, that OS X seems to automatically omit Render Files in the Time Machine Backup. Apparently, Time Machine intentionally doesn't backup certain files/folder. The file /System/Library/CoreServices/backupd.bundle/Contents/Resources/StdExclusions.pl‌​ist includes all absolute paths (globally and for each user) that TimeMachine ignores, as ...


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I also use netatalk/afpd, backing to a USB-mounted drive. If I partition the drive on OSX first (hfsplus, no journaling), then mount it under Linux, chmod & chgrp it to the TimeMachine userID, and share with netatalk, then I get the same error you report (after "preparing backup", error is "Setting security information: Operation not permitted"), and ...


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The iTunes Library .xml file located at ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Library.xml contains location information for your media files. I just checked and I can pull up locations (or last known locations) of all my tunes from there, even if the files themselves have been moved.


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I'm not completely pleased with the current answers, but I will try to cover here a bit of the possibilities that I've seen on the web trying to find a nice setup for rsync. And, by the way, if one is interested in Time Machine like copies, there's rsnapshot. And there's also Unison for two way syncronizations. Plus, there's actually a few GUIs, like Backup ...


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There is no silver bullet to migrate your Mavericks server installation to a brand new machine. It really depends on the acceptable downtime and on the hardware. First some facts: Migrating a server installation or a Time Machine backup of it over a network is not possible Any migration either with the System Assistant or the Migration Assistant has to ...



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