Questions tagged [backup]

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

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How to mount .sparsebundle on file server

This is not related to Time Machine. I am seeking a file storage solution where: Only I can access the files (e.g. not iCloud) The files are encrypted I can access the file wirelessly The closest I ...
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Include external drive in Time Machine backup: compatible formats?

I want to also back up my external drive to another Time Machine drive, but when I want to stop Time Machine from excluding it, I can't, since it's not clickable: I know the problem is, that it has ...
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How do I reset the snapshots of an APFS external drive?

In the past couple weeks, my time machine is complaining that it's not managed to complete a backup. It turns out it aren't able to create a snapshot in one of my external drives. Error message is ...
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macOS BigSur keep booting from external backup disk (made with CCC)

My Mac is on BigSur and I am using Carbon Copy Cloner to create a one on one disk which is bootable also. I have this setup running for years now and never noticed any problems – also on BigSur it ...
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bootcamp partition issues

I'm using a MacBookPro11,3 with MacOS Big Sur 11.2.1 I get an error message while trying to partition with bootcamp. It suggested me to run first aid but no problems were found. ”Your disk could not ...
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2016 13' MBP - No password accepted after a failed update. How could I possibly recover or get this data back?

FYI, I was at onetime a ACMT. So feel free to talk fast. I have MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016) that appears to have failed an update due to not having enough space. (I'll never understand why the ...
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two external drives suddenly disabled after connection with macbook pro (big sur)

I purchased two external drives of 5Tb from Western Digital. I formatted the drives using disk utility program (OS with journalling). I connected the first and started to make backups using time ...
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WhatsApp actual size is in MBs but in iCloud backup it is several GBs

My actual WhatsApp back total size is 474Mb but when I go to I cloud back up it is showing 10GB, how is it possible? I mean I have deleted all media files from my WhatsApp and in WhatsApp application ...
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How to set up Time Machine to back up to a specific folder in my Synology NAS?

I'm trying to set up Time Machine to back up to my Synology NAS. I need it to back up to this folder: /Shared/BACKUPs/MacBookPro2010 So on my Mac I go to Finder -> Go -> Connect to server and ...
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Changed iPhone Backup File Type. What to do?

I was browsing through File Explorer on my Windows 10 laptop, and I located my iPhone backup files. I thought that they were my photos, so I converted (just) one of them into a .jpeg. I can't revert ...
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My Time Machine is backing up in /private/var/folders/

My MacBook Pro (10.15.7) is backing up parts of the drive I didn't expect. I have been cleaning up and excluding directories, but this time I found something I thought was excluded by default: private/...
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How can I fix or back up a system after I use gparted to resize my drive and the system will not start?

I created an EFI to run Ubuntu on my mac it was working well but I didn't have enough space so I created a another partition in disk utility and then went to gparted and turned the new partition to un-...
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Restore from a Fusion Drive to a standard hard drive

I have an iMac with a built in Fusion Drive. I have switched to using an external Thunderbolt SSD as my boot disk, and I would now like to back up and wipe the internal Fusion Drive so that it can be ...
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What does the iTunes backup of the iPhone include and what does it not include on Windows 10?

I was under the impression that when I back up my iPhone with iTunes on Windows 10, everything is backed up, so that I can restore everything to a brand new iPhone. iTunes iPhone backup size (6 GB) ...
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External Hard Drive Won't Mount on my 2018 MacBook Pro

I have a "G-Technology G-Drive USB External Hard Drive" (8 TB) that I'm using as a backup target for Time Machine. It uses an external brick power supply. I bought it a few years ago and it ...
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'Operation not permitted' error seen with */private/var/db folders in BigSur

While backing up macOS BigSur machine, the Backup solution which I use throws 'Operation not permitted' error for following following folders. (/System/Volumes/Data/private/var/networkd/db/): (/...
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How to get access to hidden folders from another Macintosh HD (Users/Applications)?

I need to back up the main Users folder, as well as all other data, from my main Mac (2013 13" MBP). I've gotten the dreaded UEFI-inspired flashing question mark, and tried running Disk Utility's ...
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How does iPhone restore so fast?

Yesterday, I restored my iPhone in DFU mode. I think iOS is built from source in this mode and there is no way to access old data. My backup size was around 3 GB. Even though my internet speed is fast....
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What, if anything, has changed regarding retrieving an older version of an iOS app from a local backup?

In the past, I know that there was a procedure that allowed one to delete an iOS application from an iPhone and then restore on that iPhone the version of the application that is stored on a backup. ...
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Is it possible to create a formatted list or manifest of all photos in my Photos library?

I would like to compare two different instances of the Photos libraries, then export only the files that are different and merge into a single library. I know it is possible to export all from one ...
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Unable to mount encrypted TimeMachine backupbundle using DiskImageMounter

I've been backing up two of my MacBooks to a network-accessible USB disk. The backups have been done using TimeMachine and are encrypted. One of the machines was recently damaged and unrecoverable, ...
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How to know what is backed up in local backup? (esp. Health Data)

I don't use iCloud and want to back up my iPhone on my Mac. I followed this guide to do so and checked the "Encrypt local backup" box, since I also want to back up my health data from my ...
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My airport extreme failed - can I access my timemachine backup that was attached to the airport?

I am still running an older macbook pro on El Capitan (10.11.6), with a timemachine backup running to an external harddrive connected to the USB port of the airport extreme. The airport has now failed,...
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How to disable “ignore ownership” option on an external volume on Mac OS X El Capitan?

I'm using a MacBook Pro 13'' mid-2012 running Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11.6). My problem is similar to https://serverfault.com/a/402216/616473. I use rsync to create backups from my internal drive to ...
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How do I restore the computer backup from an older iPad to a new iPad

My wife has a first-generation iPad Air running the latest iOS version it can possibly run (12.5.1). There is no updating it any further. She has backed it up using a 2017 MacBook Pro running macOS ...
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How do you perform a proper time machine backup when you have existing data in the hard disk that you have saved

Sorry for the asinine question but I am pretty much paralysed with fear on how to do a proper backup without losing anymore data. My hard disk went blank and I managed to salvage the data with the ...
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How to delete a backup of /dev/fd?

For extra safety, I recently decided to make a second backup of my Macbook's HD. Initially I did so with rsync, because I was already using Time Machine for my first backup. But then I realized Time ...
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error when using scp to copy files to remote mac

I'm having a problem using rsync (or scp) to backup a large number of files from my old Macbook Air (running 10.13.6) to my new Macbook Air M1 (running 11.1). I initially noticed the problem when ...
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Time Machine drive takes long time (~5 minutes) to mount on boot

My time machine backup drive (a Samsung T5, 1TB) is giving me trouble: I noticed that it takes a long time for the drive to show up on my desktop (5 minutes or so) after start or restart. The drive ...
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External drive for Time Machine cannot be mounted, formatted or repaired

I just upgraded my MacBook Air to 11.1. I used to run regular backups on a WD 1TB disk using Time Machine. But for a couple of days, the backup has not completed, issuing a "cannot find disk"...
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How to give the disk image a name and point it

I have just reinstalled SuperDuper for Mac/Catalina, but now the backup disk that IS mounted does not show as an option in scheduling? How can I get it listed in super duper- backup TO choices? On my ...
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Can I back up one external hard drive to a smaller external hard drive via Time Machine?

So I've just had an external hard drive (5TB Seagate Backup Plus Portable) fail on me, the 3rd such time in 5 years. This is not unexpected behaviour in my experience: each of these hard drives has ...
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Sync directories without too much overhead

I want to have a cloud-backup of my Documents directory; however, I'm not too fond of the idea of uploading the Documents in an unencrypted fashion. That's why I looked into the Cryptomator app. I do ...
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Moving time machine backup sparsebundle from Time Capsule to USB exFAT disk

I have a Time Machine backup on an Airport Time Capsule (name: computername.sparsebundle). Now I want to access that backup on a USB disk formatted as exFAT. Several online resources describe the ...
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How to copy/export emails from old iPhone

I use iPhone’s Mail app to get my emails. I got a new iPhone and found emails are not copied from the old iPhone. It seems the logic is to download emails from the email servers again. However, one of ...
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One Hard Drive to backup two Macs with Time Machine, then recover from one, then the other?

I have a question and its based on the situation below. The whole aim is to get certain important files out of my Macbook Air's backup. My Macbook Air crashed and won't wake up at all anymore. Before ...
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Can't get inheriting TM to work (Big Sur)

I have a similar problem as described in Inheriting Time Machine and merging old history and after cross-checking the tmutil man page and other posts on the issue I am pretty sure that this solution ...
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How to clone a MacBook Pro disk into bootable external device

I would like to clone my MacBook Pro (15-inch 2018, macOS Mojave 10.14.6), which I will call "Mac", into an external USB hard drive, which I will call "backup". I want to do this ...
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Clone APFS Time Machine volume to 2nd hard drive (Big Sur)

I run Time Machine on an APFS formatted SSD and wondered, if it is possible to make something like a backup of my backup. In practice I would like to copy / clone / get an image of my Time Machine SSD ...
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Time Machine won't sync after moving backup to new destination

I migrated from a custom-built Ubuntu machine to a QNAP TS-431 and therefore archived the Time Machine .backupbundle directory of my MacBook to a tarball and moved it to a network share on the NAS ...
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How to recover songs from iPod when backup restore has none?

I mistakenly restored my iPod to the content of another. I restored it again to the backup of that iPod and now the music library is empty with no playlists, and no songs except those purchased with ...
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Can't restore iTunes backup

I've got a device (iPhone 7 Plus) with iOS 14.3 to which I did a backup about a month ago on a Windows 10 laptop with iTunes. I can't remember if it was on iOS 13.7 or iOS 14.3, as the same day I did ...
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Synology: Time Machine backup keeps stopping without errors

EDIT: It appears this may not in fact be a Synology issue, as I'm now experiencing the same behaviour trying to run a Time Machine backup to a newly-formatted local USB drive. I just bought a Synology ...
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Iphone stuck in start cycle (occasionally enters recovery mode but itunes fails - storage full)

Have read the other related posts (and must confess to not understanding all technical hacks people have tried), but so far not solved my difficulties. My iPhone XR is stuck in a restart cycle with ...
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Understanding TimeCapsule repair output from command line

I have a TimeCapsule device and I am often facing usual problem of time machine corrupted backup, with the advice of starting a fresh one. There are many guides on the web about how to solve this ...
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Playlists are not synced after copying Music Library.musiclibrary with Music.app

I have two Mac machines both running Music.app and I'd love to share Music Library.musiclibrary between the machines. Problems However, after copying the .musiclibrary from one machine to the other, ...
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Does erasing the HD and then restoring from time machine backup remove applications?

My wife has a 2017 MBP and after upgrading her OS to Big Sur, the laptop has become dog slow. It takes literally seconds for a new program or browser tab to open. The OS should be called 'Big Slow'. ...
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Time Machine restore is asking to install MacOS and use Migration tool

My MacBook Pro came from service center and I am trying to restore from Time Machine back up. I performed the following step. Started mac and pressed command + R Selected option to restore from Time ...
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Why Does Time Machine Fail to Delete Old Backups?

This on a 2017 iMac running Catalina with a 500GB boot drive which has 180GB free. The Time Machine backup is a 1TB partition on a WD MyBook 25EE 3TB drive. This worked fine for a few years. Some time ...
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How to fix persistent crashes in Google backup and sync?

I have set up Google Backup and Sync to automatically synchronise certain folders on my iMac to Google Cloud both for backup and enabling sharing with other computers. The process works well. But one ...

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