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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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If you believe your Mac has a virus or any kind of malware you should clean your Mac using a piece of software designed to remove malware. Time Machine isn't intended to be used to remove malware. There is nothing to stop a piece of malware from infecting your Time Machine backups.


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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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There are two library folders on OS X. One is your user level library folder which is ~/Library and the other is the system level library at /Library. Although most of the preferences will be in your user level library, some programs save their files in the system library. For example, Microsoft Office will save preferences in the system library. I recommend ...


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No - Power Nap is extremely selective about what activities it will take on and thus far, no third party hooks or API is provided by Apple to allow someone to easily modify what happens when the OS wakes from a nap. Clearly, someone could reverse engineer things and come along with a solution, but that hasn't happened yet. If they do, we can surely come ...


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CrashPlan by Code42 supports backing up data between different operating systems running on local computers: Dust off that old computer. It doesn’t even matter which operating system it uses. Install CrashPlan on both computers. Make sure to use the same email address. Your other computers will show up in “Computers” under “Destinations.” Select computer ...


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Another alternative is to spend < $100US to purchase a external USB HD (Western Digital, Seagate, and LaCie make good drives,) and use Time Machine to back it up. Time Machine is a very handy and reliable method to backup your entire Mac.



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