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Yes, the backups are interchangeable between device types.


There is a C function 'CSBackupSetItemExcluded' you can use to tell Time Machine to exclude a file. You can find it documented here... https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/MacOSX/Reference/Backup/#//apple_ref/c/func/CSBackupSetItemExcluded


In iPhoto or Aperture preferences on your Mac, select Photos (or Photo Stream) > My Photo Stream > Automatic Import. All of your photo stream photos will import into your Events, Projects, Photos, Faces, and Places folders in iPhoto or Aperture. From My Photo Stream FAQ


Just restored my macbook pro late 2011 13" running 10.7 off of nothing more than a time machine backup and it worked fine, even with a blank internal. Remember to format your new drive with disk utility using the mac journaled file system. Make sure your external drive is powered and on before you boot, then press option while booting. Select time ...


Much easier yet to just make an alias to the desired folder, name it Backup and drag it into ~/Library/Application\ Support/MobileSync/ To clarify: There are two Library folders in Mac OS X. The correct one is /Users/[USERNAME]/Library/Application Support/MobileSync. It is not in /Library/Application Support/, which confusingly also exists (~ in the above ...


I eventually figured out a solution. iTunes has an option to back up apps from the phone, which is called "Transfer Purchases". It moves around in every version of iTunes, but it should be there. Because I was using an iTunes installation associated with a newer iPhone as well, I had newer, incompatible versions of apps already downloaded, so transferring ...


Tubedogg is right; there is no way to directly back up to your dropbox. However, if you have your heart set on storing your backups in dropbox, you could back up to your computer and use a sym link to route iTunes' backups to a dropbox folder


You can't recover from an iPhone backup, but there is other way. You can check your apps directory within you iTunes Media Folder Location (under iTunes → Preferences → Advanced). This will tell you where your iTunes are located (example: /Users/username/Music). If you go to /Users/username/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications you can find that this is the ...


Assuming OSX 10.8 or later, you could use a combination of find and tmutil tmutil delete <path> will remote the snapshot at <path> while find /path/to/backups/ -maxdepth 1 will list all of your backup snapshots. The last one ( Latest ) is a link to the latest one. You can be a little creative and use find /path/to/backups -name 2\* -maxdepth ...

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