Questions tagged [backup]

The process or product of preserving data for the purpose of recovery from a data loss event.

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Synology as Time Capsule Replacement

I need to find a replacement for our current network based Time Machine solution. Currently we are using WD My Cloud devices plugged into the network, but they are small, getting full, and are ...
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How to restore files, keeping original “Date Added”

I had an automation problem with my Downloads folder (no doubt my fault), losing the correct filename for > 2,000 files. No prob: I'm obsessive about backups (internal Time Machine plus 2 external ...
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How to recover files from an iPhone backup without restoring to an iPhone?

I have a backup file of an iPhone that was backed up to a Mac. It was not an iCloud backup. Is there a way to browse that backup on the Mac and recover selected photos, etc.? (Without restoring it ...
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Does it help to fully reset a Mac once a year to keep it “healthy”?

So I’ve owned the MacBook Pro for about a year or so, upon looking at a list of ways to keep a a laptop healthy; was this operation in particular that stood out. To manufacture reset annually. I then ...
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Time Machine ‘error while restoring from the backup’

need help, found corrupted folder during the restore from time machine and did this what should be the last command or what i did wrong?
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Excluding automatic network mounts from Time Machine backups (if necessary)

I mounted several network shares with this procedure (i.e., AppleScript application run for each login). Moreover I added some alias to several network folders on my desktop. After few days, my Time ...
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Creating Rsync script to copy files for multiple users and the shared directory

I want to copy files to an external drive to use as a backup using RSync. I have installed OpenMediaVault to serve as NAS. I installed RSyncOsX to have a GUI to set parameters for Rsync to execute. ...
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Will Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) file/rsync-based clones to a “target disk mode” T2 MacBook work?

Summary I want to copy my entire OS/volume/disk (which is FileVault-ed) from on MacBook to another, whose volumes(s) are also FileVaulted. Assuming no OS incompatibilities between hardware, will a ...
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How to check if iPhone has been backed to iCloud?

A relative of mine has unresponsive iPhone that contains some important data. The phone has not been backed up in iTunes. Is it possible to check whether it was backed up to iTunes, and when? icloud....
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Can iPhone back up to iTunes over Wi-Fi automatically?

I know that my iPhone 8 can back itself up to iTunes over Wi-Fi. It has successfully done so whenever I've manually hit the button in iTunes to back it up immediately. In iTunes the iPhone is set to "...
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Contradictory messages about restoring to a spare device

My iPhone 4S died and I need its contents (e.g. authenticator app to log in to customer systems). I have a backup from 2019/12/31 on my MacBook, so I want to restore it to an identical spare device we ...
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How to restore recent files back to their folders?

I have recently tried to iCloud backup and I restored local files. But in doing this, accidently I pressed cancelled and local files were not backed up fully. Luckily, I found my local files in ...
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Time Machine local snapshot directory

My current tmutil returns nothing, and I was wondering the recommended configuration for Time Machine snapshots with no external drive?
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Double encryption when using encrypted Time Machine on MacOS Extended encrypted?

When I create a backup partition on an external USB drive formatted as Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted) and then use Time Machine to backup to this partition with Time machine's encryption ...
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Should I partition an external drive before or after using Time Machine?

If I partition my external drive into two parts, I'd like to be able to remove the partition at a later time in case I decide Time Machine should take up the whole disk. Similarly, if I'm using Time ...
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Time Machine backups are too slow

I used to backup on a USB flash drive, it was slow, and the drive became very hot in the middle of backup, so I bought a fast external SSD drive (2,800MB/s) which connects through Thunderbolt 3. But ...
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Messages backup take too much space than it should in iCloud

I have been using this device just for two weeks. It contains some conversations in messages. But only two of them contains media files, others are came from service providers and others. Those ...
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Cannot enable Time Machine encrypted backups since updating to Catalina

I updated to Catalina recently and previously I was able to backup my MacBook using Time machine backups. After the update time machine backup failed because of empty password issue (don't remember ...
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How to retrieve photos back after iTunes backup upload in iPhone 7 and iOS 13?

I have an iPhone 7 and i installed a backup which belongs to a few days ago. But i had several photos important i took yesterday. But i most probably didn't back them up. Is it still possible to bring ...
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How does Time Machine encrypt backups to network disk?

I see other questions regarding encrypting Time Machine backups to external disks, like this one: If I encrypt a Time Machine backup disk, is the entire disk encrypted or just the Backups.backupdb ...
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iCloud messages: After an erase all content i pressed disable and delete, but messages were not downloaded. What happened?

1- Enabled iCloud messages. Messages were uploaded to the cloud. 2- Erased all content and settings on the iPhone. 3- After i erased i went to iCloud, manage storage, messages and then pressed disable ...
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How to backup data from one external drive to another (one-way)

I have a 5TB external disk (WD My Book), which I use as my main hard drive. It is always connected via USB to my Mac. I've just bought another 5TB external disk (Seagate backup plus portable), where I ...
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Time machine backup taking more space than expected

I ran a storage check over my external hard drive (using omnidisksweeper) and found this: While under the storage section of "About This Mac", I found this: Which is accurate? If the omnidisksweeper ...
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Used my external hard drive as backup and now I can't see files that were previously there

I wanted to save my data (around 150 Gb) on my external hard drive (Toshiba Canvio 1To), which already holds around 700 Gb of movies, old work, stuff that I don't use on an everyday basis. I used ...
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Wireless & Automatic photo sync from iPhone to Macos

I've got a puzzle you can hopefully help me solve. I would like to: automatically back up my iPhone photos to my NAS without using the internet (so no cloud services etc.) iOS 13.1.2 WD EX2 Ultra ...
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Does iCloud Backup of iOS Devices have snapshot history?

I have always used my Mac/iTunes to back up iOS devices. One benefit I see is that my Mac Time Machine solution will backup the contents of the computer, including the iOS backups – I imagine that as ...
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Does the time machine backup include the backups of my iPhone?

I have taken a full backup of my iPhone on my MacBook (about 200GB), which has taken my MacBook storage to 90%! Then I have taken a backup of my MacBook using Time Machine on my external hard drive. ...
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Time Machine: copying backup to new disk never ends and goes beyond initial folder size

I am trying since several days to transfer a Time Machine backup to a new larger disk (target disk). I followed Apple Support instructions and formatted the target disk as "Journaled HFS+". But when ...
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Back up MacBook without display

How can I back up my MacBook when it's display is broken and I don't know if the computer is currently on or off or whether it is booting up correctly? I've been keeping backups on an external HDD ...
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Time Machine “there isn't enough space” despite the backup disk being larger than mine [duplicate]

My MacBook Pro is the 250 GB model. I have a 320 GB external hard drive I am using as a time machine backup disk. Right now the 320 GB hard drive has 16.14 GB of free space remaining. The last two ...
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How to use a 2 TB external hard drive containing existing data as TimeMachine backup storage without losing data already on it?

I have an 2 TB external hard drive. It is formatted as NTFS format, supported by ntfs-3g which is installed using Homebrew. There is already about 500 GB data existing on it that I need to keep. I now ...
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How do I mount a sparse bundle from an NAS

I am in a bit of tight spot. I backed up my MacBook Pro using Time Machine onto my QNAP NAS before receiving a new MacBook Pro from my employer. Both were running Mojave. I have admin rights, but they ...
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MacOS 10.15 Catalina asks “AMPDevicesAgent wants to use your confidential information stored in iOS backup in your keychain”

I have just updated to MacOS 10.15 Catalina, and it asks "AMPDevicesAgent wants to use your confidential information stored in iOS backup in your keychain" when I try to backup my iPhone. It is a bit ...
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Is there a way to split multiple Time Machine subfolders from under one backups.backupdb?

On my external disk drive, my wife and I have been backing up our separate Macs to one backups.backupdb folder. Each Mac has its own folder named after it. Because we are running out of space on the ...
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Resume time machine backup after moving hard drive from external to network?

I have been backing up my MacBook (Mojave) to a USB connected hard drive for some time. I've just moved this hard drive to a Mac Mini (Catalina), so that I can backup remotely, but I don't want to ...
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How to create a disk image from an APFS volume?

I have an APFS encrypted 1TB SSD that I pulled from my now-dead MacBook Pro. I placed the drive into a USB dock and can mount it fine after entering the disk password. I cannot, however, take an ...
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Creating Automatic Period local backup of folder

So I want to create automatic backups of my home folder without connecting an external disk. This definitely seems like a feature that the mac should have. I understand that if you have Time Machine ...
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Inheriting Time Machine Backup: Invalid Target

So I got myself a shiny new Mac Mini, finally got everything transferred over from my old machine, and want to resume backing up using my existing Time Machine disk and backup history (as I've ...
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How can I restore an Application state from a cloned system?

I successfully restored my iMac after a hard drive failure, but the Time Machine backup was a bit old. I can access the "failed" hard drive as read only, which contains my most current files. I ...
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Where are back up restore app data guidelines?

I am amazed how apple smoothly handles backup & restore application data. Does apple have any guidelines for backup / restore principles? How does applications handle version compatibility of ...
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Is there a way to see if a macbook had a time machine backup done?

I was wondering if there's any way to see if someone did a Time Machine backup on a macbook.
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Restore from Time Machine backup stalls on disk password request, won't accept true password

I have a machine whose drive became corrupt. I erased the drive and installed a basic system on it. I'm now trying to restore it to its previous state from the last Time Machine backup. I had been ...
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Can't start Time Machine backups on Catalina

Running OS X Catalina, I am unable to initiate backups of any sort from Time Machine. The target disk is an external drive with plenty of space (multiples of the space on the internal drive I'm trying ...
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Archival style backup software or online service

I have some folders that I need constantly backed up. I need to have the backup in archival mode where nothing is ever deleted. That is, new files are backed up, backed up files are never deleted, ...
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fsck_hfs: What does the number pair after 'Invalid sibling link' mean?

I have been through a lot of googeling on how to restore a broken TimeMachine backup sparsebundle. The thing is that the volume seems to be mostly intact. I can open it with hfs_explorer on windows, ...
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MacBook Pro internal hard drive failure: Missing EFI partition

2 days ago as I opened my laptop (mid 2012 MacBook Pro running Catalina), it booted in recovery mode. Disk utility was showing me my internal hard drive and its partitions : disk0s1 and BOOTCAMP. ...
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How to best untangle messages on multiple apple devices?

Recently I’ve purchased a used MacBook Pro. Clean wipe, started with Mojave then moved to Catalina. The ‘Messages’ app wasn’t working at first. But I think I solved that by logging out of iCloud and ...
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Time Machine Avoid Full Backup after Clean Install

I have an iMac 5K with Mojave 10.14.6. The iMac has an internal SSD and 3 external USB HD drives connected. All these drives are backupped by Time Machine. I need to perform a clean install of ...
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How can I get back to my Mac side?

Probably not the right/good title, I admit. Accidentally quit bootcamp while it was deleting Windows partition to make new one or while it was making new one after deleting previous partition. ...
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Can I just backup my data in Time Machine before I update into an OS update?

When I attempted to update my MacOS to Catalina, I had a devastating 2 days worth of troubleshooting my Mac. It says it can't install the current update. I've reworked with Apple Support back and ...