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

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How to copy/backup photos from iPhone wirelessly to Windows shared folder

I have an iPhone with several 10 GB of photos (also some videos - I'm talking about the Photo Library, as in the Photos app). I want to copy/backup them all to my Windows PC. The destination folder is ...
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How to change the backup location of multiple iOS devices using symlink?

This article outline the steps to take in order to move your iPhone or iPad backups to an external hard drive... https://www.imore.com/how-move-your-iphone-or-ipad-backups-external-hard-drive What I'm ...
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High Sierra Time Machine back up disk unusable

I recently switched out my old Seagate Barracuda HDD for a OWC SSD 3G in my late 2009 iMac 27", fantastic results. But when restoring from a Time Machine back up made just minutes prior opening ...
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Why are photos in iCloud storage as well as iCloud backups for each device?

My partner and I both have an iPhone and iPad. My photos are in iCloud and iCloud backup is enabled for both devices. Photos are not included in the backups as expected. My partners photos are in ...
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Moving GarageBand and projects to external HDD

After some major issues with my MacBook, I have to rescue my GarageBand and session projects. I know it probably isn't as easy as simply copying the .band files, so I've copied the following folders ...
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How to export Time Machine exclusions or list them in Terminal

I have a Mac running Time Machine and it has dozens of exclusions that were added through the Time Machine UI. How can I export this list? Using tmutil in Terminal, I am able to access Time Machine ...
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Disable TimeMachine with AppleScript and Automator on Monterey?

I was using an App created with Automator to quikly disable and enable Time Machine backups on my Mac with just one click. I was using a command that for some reason seems to doesn't work since I ...
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WhatsApp Videos not working after i upgrade my iphone

I just upgraded my iPhone recently I did backup for my WhatsApp using iCloud, but after installing WhatsApp in my new iPhone and restoring my chats all my VIDEOS are not working anymore. Videos are ...
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Accessing a Whatsapp backup on iCloud Drive (Windows)

I am trying to retrieve a Whatsapp backup file that is stored on iCloud. I have found this thread which explains how to do that with a Macbook: accessing whatsapp icloud backup I have a pc with ...
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Why are my Timemachine snapshots being deleted almost immediately?

I am on Big Sur and realise that Timemachine is not keeping local snapshots anymore. I have already tried turning automatic backups off/on in Timemachine. I created a few manually and within a few ...
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Space manager is invalid on APFS volume inside sparebundle on NAS

I cannot get the sparsebundle to mount on my synology NAS drive, the error returned suggests that it's corrupted. I have re-installed macOS and I'm looking to restore the files from the backup. ...
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Where is Maps data stored? Need to find old Favorite, info not in User Library Maps,

Where is Maps data stored? All I see in Maps in the my User Library is "report a problem". I want to find an old Map Favorite on backup or TimeMachine. Thanks
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Is it possible to save the latest backup from a Time Machine backup drive?

I have an old Time Machine backup drive containing backups of my old laptop. I would like to format and repurpose the drive, but at the same time want to archive the latest backup in case I ever need ...
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time machine not able to complete backup

I have an external 5 hard drive, that I use for time machine backups and for storing other data (images and so on). It used to work just fine and I could do regular backups. For over a month now I ...
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How can I backup just user data to an external drive that anyone can read?

I'm trying to back up a mac for a friend who move and left her 2020 iMac 27 (intel) with me. She is having me send her the data from it and then sell the mac. The 1TB SSD iMac hard drive is in APFS ...
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Example of using APFS local snapshots to backup (snapshot), diff and restore a folder in macOS 12+?

I have a folder I want to experiment with. Unfortunately the folder is several hundred gigabytes and I don't want to spend time backing it up again and restoring it if something goes sideways on me. ...
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How to get Time Machine backup out of "Backup in use" state without originating computer

I have (well, had) a Late 2013 MacBook Pro running Big Sur backing up via Time Machine to a Time Capsule. That MacBook died a sudden and horrible death with no chance of ever booting again. In an ...
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Resetting drive data to test com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup

I'd like to be able to test automated disabling of TimeMachine asking to use a new drive. It's also made me curious about how macOS/OSX identifies "New Disks" vs ones it's seen before, and ...
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Backup iPhone to Mac Via Terminal Command

Does anyone know what the Terminal command is in macOS to trigger an iPhone or iPad backup through finder? I need both and I'd like to have them run at certain times of the day automatically. Thanks!
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Is it possible to clone a Mac directly to another Mac with Carbon Copy Cloner, or with other means?

Is it possible to clone a Mac directly to another Mac with Carbon Copy Cloner? I just need an answer for macOS 10.13.6. Both machines have exactly the same hardware and OS, except that one of them is ...
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Time Machine believes that iMovie Library is deleted, when iMovie is open

I have a Mac Mini (Mid-2011 model), running Mac OS X 10.11.6, with iMovie 10.1.6. I have a iMovie Library.imovielibrary file in the ~/Movies folder, which contains all my iMovie projects. When I don't ...
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My backups are not showing up at all despite taking up space

I recently created a partition (APFS, Case-Sensitive, Encrypted) on a hard drive to use as a Time Machine backup for my MacBook (Air, 2020, M1, running Monterey 12.0.1). I then used Time Machine to ...
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How can I restore Notes from a time machine backup?

I originally had the Notes app syncing to my Google account. I changed my google password 8 months ago and never bothered to update it on my machine. Today I went to Notes/Accounts and unchecked the ...
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How can I export and important Notes stored on Gmail?

My phone has crashed and reset. my latest backup if from 2019. the only data I have left from the past two years are the notes which are stored also in Gmail. I still didn't re-install the phone and ...
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Cannot restore mail from TM under Catalina

Time Machine seems not to work with Apple Mail. If you enter Time Machine from Apple Mail, you are supposed to be able to see your email in all your backups. But if I try to do this, I cannot travel ...
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iTunes has reset my phone instead even though I chose update - is all data lost?

This is a nightmare, I have an iphone 11 pro, the storage was almost full (256gb), apps did not open, so I restarted it. it then got stuck on apple logo. hard reset did not help, so I followed Apple ...
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Transfer WeChat history from Mac to iPhone (not the other way around)

My phone broke and was forced to get a new phone without backing up my WeChat chat history. However, because I always use the MacOS app, I still have my entire history on my Mac. But I can't seem to ...
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iCloud Drive set to "Optimise Mac storage" but Mac is running out of hard disk space

My setup is: Macbook Air 13 inch 2017 - 121gb flash storage Running Catalina 10.15.7 2 TB iCloud account Mac is Set to Optimised Mac Storage I'm running out of hard disk space and only have 6gb ...
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Is the "Clean Up" phase of TimeMachine necessary?

I am using a fresh drive via USB A to SATA 3 to use as a TimeMachine backup. The back up didn't take very long however the the "Clean Up" phase is taking just as long if not longer than the ...
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Backup iPhone with dead screen on unknown Mac

My grandma´s iPhone 6 dropped from about 6 foot height, and the screen is absolutely dead. The iPhone itself seems to not be dead, but it´s locked and shows no visual indication whatsoever. When ...
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Is there a way to review the iTunes backup history of an iPhone?

When I look at the device Summary in iTunes for the backup of my iPhone I see a single Latest Backup timestamp. Is there a log file or some other means I can review the history of times I've synced ...
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"Not enough space available to transfer" message from Time Machine while attempting to restore a backup

I am attempting to restore a backup with Time Machine for the first time. I use a Macbook air M1 2020 (its SSD is 512 GB), and an external SSD of 1 TB used only for Time Machine with this Macbook. I ...
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Struggling to recover space after backup deletion on older system

My 2TB external drive (seagate SRD00F2) is refusing to recover space after deleting backups. I've tried a number of things, hoping to find help here, TYIA. The older backups were not deleting ...
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Best compression format for backing up many MacOS files (7Z, GZIP, BZIP2, etc)? [closed]

I want to take a backup of the folder ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync which houses my iOS Backups on my MacOS computer. To do the backup, I'm planning on archiving this folder with file ...
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My Macbook’s internal SSD is dying and throwing errors when transferring files. Should I attempt backing it up myself or send to a professional?

The other day I downloaded DriveDx and found out my Macbook’s internal SSD is failing. The reason is related to wear leveling that’s led to a rapidly growing number of retired blocks and I/O errors. ...
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Can't mount sparsebundle that used to be a Time Capsule backup

I used to have a Time Capsule with a backup of all my data contained on its internal hard drive. That internal hard drive broke down and I couldn't access it anymore, so I disassembled the Time ...
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Are locally-stored Filemaker Go databases included in an iPad backup?

There are two options for backing up an iPad: icloud Backup the most important data on your iPad to iCloud This Computer A full backup of your iPad will be stored on this computer Does either of ...
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Time Machine data needed, no longer showing

Time machine backup started then failed due to not enough space. Older data needed before reformatting. When opening the drive folder files no longer show, instead the only option is a .inprogress ...
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How do I backup everything on "Photos" icon on my iPhone locally

"Photos" icon/app on my iPhone has different types of media photos and videos let alone different formats like burst and live. Importing them to a PC in order to save them locally converts ...
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Time Machine thinks I made 850 thousand changes in an hour?

My laptop has been nearly idle all day.  Edited a couple of Notes, two images, and downloaded maybe a dozen e-mails.  When Time Machine started a backup, it claimed to have found more than 850 ...
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Macos terminal command to make dmg of user profile, similiar to option you get when deleted user account [duplicate]

Looking for a terminal command that's the equivalent to archive user profile to diskimage prompt you get when deleting a user account.
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Use iCloud Drive as a backup of finished work

I have hundreds, if not thousands of completed projects on my Mac. I backup to an external hard-drive, using Time Machine. And once a month to a different external hard-drive, again using Time Machine,...
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External encrypted drives

I'm using OS X 10 13 High Sierra and have an number of drives that I encrypted using Disk Utility when formatting them (none via TimeMachine). Couple of questions: I can't determine which are/aren't ...
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Lots of iOS apps apparently "corrupted", yet they work

This is on an Iphone 8, iOS 14.8.1. As mentioned in this question, I haven't been able to back up my Iphone to my PC using iTunes for a while. Using iMazing, I managed to locate the error message it ...
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How to backup iPhone over WiFi without iCloud? [closed]

Whenever I connect my iPhone to my wifi, I want it to automatically create a backup to either my MacBook Pro or to a NAS, so that I can be sure my iPhone data is always backed up without having to ...
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Two choices for Time Machine restore?

I did a full Time Machine backup on an external drive recently. I loaded an embroidery app and royally messed up my folders. I want to restore to that recent backup but I’m being asked from what ...
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Associate duplicated .backupundble file with the ongoing Time Machine backup for redundancy

Background I've a ~2 TB XXX.backupbundle file that I've copied from the old Time Capsule to a network drive. I would like to start using the network drive and continue using the old TimeCapsule for ...
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Stop Spotlight from indexing Time Machine volume

The following processes are running more or less constantly and are starting again after each Time Machine backup: mds mds_stores mdworker_shared Terminal command mdutil -s -v /Volumes/Backup ...
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Cloning Time Machine backup to run two backups at independent locations

I would like to check if the following scenario will work. Present set-up Backing up to Time Capsule via Time Machine Amassed over 2 TB I want to build redundancy to cover for ageing Time Capsule ...
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Copying of Time Machine backup at 127%

I am trying to copy pre-existing backups from an older 2TB drive to a new 5TB drive. Given that I am on macOS Catalina, I simply copied in Finder using command-C on the Backups.backupdb folder and ...
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