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Questions tagged [backup]

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

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A way to clone APFS and NTFS partitions from Mac OS?

I own a MacBook Pro and use dual-boot (MacOS and Windows). My 500gb internal SSD disk is partitioned like this: 400GB APFS volume with MacOS installed 100GB NTFS volume with Bootcamp installed I use ...
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Suggestion for software to recover data after formatting [on hold]

I have an external hard drive which had two primary partitions one ext4 and one fat32. I have recently bought a macbook and I emptied the fat32 partition of the external drive to use it as a Time ...
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iPhone backup switches to “This Computer” in iTunes and I want it to back up to iCloud

When I open iTunes and click on my phone icon, all of my settings look good except for backups which is set to "This Computer." I check off iCloud and click "Apply" and it instantly switches back to "...
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Windows: Can I set the folder where iTunes backs up my iPhone

I have a PC running Windows 10 with 2 Hard drives. C: smaller SSD which runs windows and Office D: large (2 TB) SATA that stores all my data. When iTunes backs up my iPhone to my PC, it will default ...
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Time machine backup hangs

I do backups of Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.6 with Time Machine to USB external HDD's and at some point I couldn't wait for any backup to complete. For example it can be like this for maybe over 6 hours, ...
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How do I free up space on my Mac?

I'm confused regarding what options I have to be able to keep working on my work computer. According to DiskSweeper, this is how my 500GB disk space is used: Besides from things that cannot be ...
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Should I worry that TimeMachine is making many backups during one night without me using my computer?

When I want TimeMachine to backup my computer, I usually plug my external hard drive before going to bed. Unfortunately, I am already in the position where new backups are replacing old ones on the ...
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Time Machine and the Blockchain!

I use a cryptocurrency and it's blockchain is represented on disk by a single large lmdb database file. The file is 72GB or so. Each day the crypto node updates the chain with new transactions so ...
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How to check if mac user uses Time Machine? [duplicate]

I want to know if a mac user uses Time Machine so I can tell him it's a good habit to do backups. So I need to detect if either: user never activated Time Machine last backup is very old so it's like ...
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What are the drawbacks to reformatting my hard drive back to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) from APFS

I am concerned about not being able to use Time Machine to back up my drive. I've been told that was due to my disk being formatted as APFS. What must be done to return my Mac to Mac OS Extended (...
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Why is my external disk being backed up again by Time Machine?

My 200 GB music library resides on a SD card that is permanently inserted into my MacBook Pro. The volume is encrypted using Filevault. Time Machine will include that volume when doing backups onto an ...
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How to backup only the settings from a MacBook Pro

I am totally aware of Time Machine and the process of backing up the complete Mac data on an external Hard drive. I just need to generate a small script/backup of all the settings of my MacBook pro. ...
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Does an iTunes backup to my computer save restrictions settings?

If I have restriction settings on my iPhone 7, and I back it up on iTunes after the restrictions are put on, then will the restrictions be there if I reset my iPhone and the restore from the backup?
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iPhone & iTunes refuses to enable Sync Over Wi-Fi

I have an iPhone X that for reasons was backing up and syncing to two of my Macs at home. I wanted to stop using one of them as a destination, but this was the only computer that the iPhone recognised ...
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Merge multiple Time Machine backup disk images

My MacBook Pro typically backups to my iMac Time Machine server. I went on a year long trip, during which time I switched my MBP to instead back up to my router (which acts as a NAS and runs a Time ...
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Clone hard drive from 2017 Macbook Pro to 2012 iMac

My Macbook needs to be sent to the store for repair and I plan on making a block level clone of it to an unused iMac that I have. My question is will the iMac be able to boot and not crash due to the ...
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Is it possible to temporarily skip media restore in WhatsApp?

I use WhatsApp on an iPhone X. I have chat history and media backed up on my iCloud. The total size of the backup is around 6 GB. I had to send in the iPhone X for repair, and I’m using a temporarily ...
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How to diff Photos Library backup against original (to check for corruption)

It seems the official way to backup your Photos Library is to literally drag it from your OSX desktop onto your external storage. So I did that. Now, I want to know how to do a diff between the new ...
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Command-line for iPhone Wifi Sync

I have a Mac mini which is on sleep but set to wake for network access. This works very nicely with something like Carbon Copy Cloner as the machine indeed wakes when I sync another machine to the ...
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Creating an image from a Time Machine backup – “Operation Cancelled”

I want to convert an existing Time Machine backup (on an external HDD, encrypted) to a read-only archival image. I open Disk Utility and choose File » New Image » Image from Backup, which lets me ...
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Creating Encrypted Time Capsule disk is taking DAYS!

I bought a G-Drive 8TB external USB-C hard drive to use as a Time Machine disk for my new 15" 2018 MacBook which is appointed with 32GB of RAM & 4TB SSD storage. Snappiest MacBook you can buy, or ...
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iPad Auto-delete deleted iBooks, now all my highlights are gone

iBooks iOS recently deleted iBooks for no reason, it's an app I use everyday. I clicked the restore button with the little cloud icon and it reinstalled immediately with every single book and pdf that ...
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Full Disk Encryption with Time Machine Backup

I don't know the appropriate setup to encrypt whole disk drive using FileVault 2 and Automatically backup it without issues. Currently, I'm using a 2nd-gen Intel i7 MBP running macOS High Sierra 10.13....
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Does iOS backup include the OS and related questions

I had an iPad stolen recently. I had deliberately not updated the iOS as an app I used was not being updated and worked well on the old iOS. Now I need to restore the back up to another iPad. I ...
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Time Machine won't be able to backup to my external HDD

My Info device: macbook pro 2018 13' os: Mojave (version 10.14.3) backup device: WD my passport 2TB partition map: GUID Partition Map partition name: backup (format: mac os extended(...
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Will Time Machine backup an iTunes library that's stored on a network share?

I store my iTunes library on a Synology NAS and access it from an SMB share. The library is larger the SSD in my Macbook, so I cannot store it locally. Does Time Machine back a library that is on a ...
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Transferring data from android to iphone

I had a Samsung S7 edge phone that broke and won't turn on. I have my data, including text messages, saved to Google Backup. I am trying to figure out how to use the Google Backup to restore my data ...
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What’s the point of iTunes backup restoring?

I have just substituted my iPhone XS due to a camera fault and restored it from iTunes backup. My phone is 256gb in storage and therefore I use to have all my Photos library (about 12.000 elements) ...
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Want to Restore Android Backup to iPhone [closed]

I backed up my android phone (lg g7) to google, then sold the phone. I no longer have it in my possession. I now have a new iphone xr and wish to restore that backup to my iPhone - call history, sms,...
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Time Machine backups (2 backups at same time)

I have 2 questions regarding time machine backups: I have a touch bar MacBook Pro 15'' with 256GB SSD (let call it A) and macOS 10.14.3. Currently I perform a Time Machine backup on an external 1TB ...
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How can I get Time Machine to mount a local sparsebundle - error 45

I'm switching from a local backup disk to a local .sparsebundle so that I can easily save the encrypted .sparsebundle to remote storage. The following works: Mount the sparse bundle to /Volumes/foo ...
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Fix a sometimes happening prohibitory sign 🚫

Well, I know there's an answer to a similar question here: Getting a 🚫 sometimes on boot, but this is slightly different. My system is running on external drive. Actually on an external ...
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Spaces taken up by iBooks is not showing on iCloud?

I recently deleted iPhone backup on iCloud which was occupying almost 4gb out of my 5gb basic iCloud storage. Since then when I check my iCloud account it shows that iBooks 3.8 data but only showing 1....
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How Does Time Machine Check for “Runtime Corruption” and How Do I Reset It?

After working quite happily for months, Time Machine running with a NAS as a backup destination has suddenly decided that my backup is "corrupt" after failing a check for "runtime corruption" and is ...
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Back up other drive using Time Machine

I'm trying to diagnose & fix some problem on my MacBook Pro - the machine randomly hard-crashes instantly & shuts down. I have a somewhat-old Time Machine backup of the drive on an external ...
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How to delete “invisible” files/folders (device backups)

I am trying to recover about 162 GB of drive space by deleting device backups from ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup on a MBP running El Capitan (10.11.6.) To be safe I dragged the ...
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Whole system backup boot-camp included

I have access to a 1TB drive. I need to backup the MacBook which I have access to, which has a version of Windows on it via Bootcamp. I have learned that Time Machine does not keep track of windows ...
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Can't delete time machine backups - error 8072 [duplicate]

I am not able to delete permanently time machine backups from an external hard drive which are now in my trash. After an hour or so « deleting items » and a growing number, I get « the operation can’t ...
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TimeMachine Backup of APFS SSD in Mojave Never Completes

I am trying to setup up TimeMachine to a network attached storage (NAS) drive. My setup is successful, but like many others with an APFS partition (instead of HFS+), TimeMachine never completes the ...
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Using iCloud as file storage and synchronization service

I am considering to choose iCloud Drive vs Google Drive to store old music and photos folders present in external drives. Is it possible to upload large folders to iCloud Drive that are not present ...
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iOS Backup Size plus Next Backup Size?

If I have a limit of free 5GB iCloud, and the Backup Info states: Backup Size: 4.28GB Next Backup Size: 1.10GB Doesn't this mean the next backup will be smaller? Therefore, shouldn't it overwrite/...
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How can I repair my Mac so Time Machine backup will work?

I'm trying to backup my computer for the first time running Yosemite OS. The time machine fails, despite trying with two different external USB 3 drives with this error partway into the Time Machine ...
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reclaiming space on TimeCapsule

I tried deleting old backups in order to make space for more. I deleted a bunch with finder, then discovered no space was actually reclaimed. I tried emptying the trash - it ran for three days, ...
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How can I back up my notes in the Notes app?

Is there a way to export all my notes written in the Notes app in any format so that I can import them to another Mac?
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How can I restore macOS on a MacBook if all the data on the hard drive is wiped/corrupted?

I want to be secure against a worst-case scenario because I'm about to start tinkering with my SSD (going to try installing Linux). What backup methods would allow me to perform a clean reinstall (I'm ...
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Airport Time Capsule - check backups with another laptop

My laptop is dead. I got an AirPort Time Capsule, and I want to check if there is a fresh backup inside. But because my laptop doesn't start up anymore, is it possible to use another computer to check ...
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Combine Time Machine backups in Mojave

My Time Machine backup drive became corrupt. It would take several minutes to mount, and then MacOS would warn me to back up the data. When I tried copying Backups.backupdb out I got "Error Code -36"...
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Backing up another user’s mid-2013 Macbook Air

I have pretty much been a Windows user all my life but a family member has recently given me his mid-2013 i7 Macbook Air. This machine is logged in with his Apple account (I have the credentials) and ...
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TimeMachine setup backup to internal harddrive

I want to setup TimeMachine backup to my internal hard-drive on MacBookPro with Mojave 10.14.3 (I know it is not safe in case the hard-drive fails!) So I added a new encrypted AFPS volume. But in ...
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Large external HD array for a Mac mini with RAID to run the Mac mini as a NAS

I'm looking at getting a NAS to store about 12 TB of data (but would like expansion options in future). The main purpose of the NAS would be to: Backup Have cloud files like Google drive and ...