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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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Why does Time Machine need a Spotlight index of the backup?

This subject has been touched on here, but in my opinion not answered at all. I'm trying to understand why Time Machine needs Spotlight. It's widely stated that it does but never explained why. I can'...
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Whatsapp: backup date differs in latest backup in whatsapp (more recent) versus iCloud backup (older) - where to find more recent one? [closed]

My iPhone was stolen and my iCloud backup is dated February 2021, so I lost 1.5 years of chat history when installing my new iPhone. However, when I look in the whatsapp app on my new iPhone, I see ...
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How to restore (with Time Machine) from a newer MacOS (Monterey) to an older MacOS (Catalina)?

Due to office use I need to move my information from a Monterey Mac to a Catalina Mac (I can't update any further this iMac). I've tried restoring from a previous TimeMachine but the older Mac doesn't ...
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iTunes can't see copy of iPhone backup from external drive

I have an iTunes backup of an old iPhone on an external drive (My Passport portable HDD), where it was placed when it was recovered by a data recovery company. When I try to restore the backup to my ...
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Why didn't iPhone data completely carry over during iPhone upgrade at an Apple Store?

I recently upgraded from an iPhone 12 to an iPhone 13 at an Apple Store. Some apps migrated properly, some apps didn't. I migrated the data with Migration Assistant while connected to the store's wifi ...
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Does an iPad backup restore the device exactly as it was?

I'm using an older version of a critical app on a slightly older version of iOS - both have updates available but I can't risk problems if I update unless there's a way to roll back, which is not ...
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Offline iCloud backups

I’m a heavy user of iCloud Drive to synchronise my files across my iOS and Mac devices. It works well, but I’d also like to have an automatic way to maintain offline backups of my iCloud data. This is ...
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iOS Backup inconsistent

Situation: I do have an iPhone which I like, but no computer at home. I use the computer at work to back my iPhone up to a hard drive via iTunes. I’m willing to contemplate jailbreak or third party ...
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Disk utility volume button is greyed out

I want to store Time Machine backups and backup other files on an external SSD. Upon backing up Time Machine, it doesn't allow me to store any other files on the SSD. I found out that a new partition ...
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Partition type FFFFFFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFF-FFFFFFFFFFFF for the primary macOS partition after uninstallation of Ubuntu Linux [duplicate]

A few month b ack I installed Ubuntu Linux on my early 2015 MacBookPro, but after not using it for a while I decided to uninstall it. After that, when I tried to boot my mac I was brought to the GNU ...
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Unable copy time machine back up files- the drive shows as read only

I've got a new hard drive and want to copy my old time machine backups over, but am unable to. When i open the drive info it shows as read only permission, even though I am the admin of this pc. The ...
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Two backups from different AppleID’s which were encrypted with two different passwords merged together in one encrypted backup

After my iphone broke down, I borrowed a friend’s iphone for some time. I have backed up his AppleID using his password on my macbook and restored my latest backup on his iphone. There were two ...
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How can I compact a Time Machine backup history in .backupbundle format?

I just got a more recent MacBook Pro than my current Late 2013 and in the transitory time in which I'll still have both but using only the newer one, I would like to keep the most recent part of the ...
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How to use iCloud Photo Backup and still access specific videos while offline

I use iCloud Photo backup for my photos. It's convenient. I can hold many thousands of photos and videos without overwhelming my iPhone memory storage. It keeps a low res version of the photos, and it ...
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How to prevent multiple device backups in iTunes

I was snooping around iTunes recently and navigated to the Devices Preferences tab and found 3 backups in the Devices backups list. I never realized when I would get new devices through the years and ...
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Clone external bootdrive without Time Machine

I currently use a external SSD as boot drive. Since then I only have issues and kernel panics. Did a bunch of things to resolve it, nothing helped. I'm still not sure if it's a software or hardware ...
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How do I two-way sync to external harddrive?

The problem I'm trying to solve: I don't have wifi at my current studio and won't be able to get it until I move to a new studio, which I won't for at least the next year. I need to backup the ...
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Manual copypasting apps for backup

I just switched from a full Windows+Google ecosystem to a full Apple ecosystem and I am finding my way quite easily. Still, i have to understand a couple of things about how data is stored, read and ...
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Can't set up time machine with 500G drive and 1TB samsung T7

I erased the external drive (1TB samsung T7) and formatted with APFS (journaled). It backs up the first 220G of 480G or so. Then, it stops abruptly, complaining it has only 99M available. I'm not sure ...
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Will i lose any data if i transfer backups data folders and not the whole backups.backupdb?

I can transfer dates folders(backups from different dates),but i can't transfer backups.backupdb. Will i lose something if i just transfer those files? Is there a way to transfer somewhere backups....
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iPhone 6S Plus 64 GB phone backup is 220 GB

My iPhone 6S Plus has storage of 64 GB, but the backup is 220 GB. I am taking the backup on a Windows desktop computer using iTunes. I have the 15.6.1 update installed on my iPhone, and my iTunes ...
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How to transfer backups from old external HDD to new external HDD? [duplicate]

1.Finder doesn’t work. It shows wrong size,my backup is 27GB,but when I’m trying to copy,it magically become 200GB.When I’m trying to copy this 200Gb file,I get infinity copying because the size of ...
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How to downgrade macOS from a beta whilst retaining all data without prior backup

I stupidly have lost my hard drive which contained a backup of my Mac when it was on macOS Monterey. I'm currently on the latest version of macOS Ventura and would like to downgrade. I can make a ...
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How does macOS encrypt iOS backup when password is not in Keychain?

I regularly backup my iPhone and iPad devices to my Mac and for many years have been doing an encrypted backup. Based on reading elsewhere like answer here and the comments I'm going to assume I did ...
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No data being restored from iTunes backup

So, I was having some unrelated problems with my iPhone, so I thought factory resetting it might fix it. The bug was fixed, but my problem came when I tried to restore my apps and data from the iTunes ...
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Does the iPhone backup and restore process include iOS?

I have become suspicious of whether my iPhone has been compromised (especially with CVE-2022-32893) and decided to do a backup and then restore the backup. My reasoning was on the assumption that iOS ...
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Move File to External Storage and Create Alias in Place on Mac

I am looking for setting up a backup system such that in which I can conveniently move the original file to the backup location, but it creates an alias (pointing towards the file now in the backup ...
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iPhone SE Can't be updated to iOS 15.6 without factory reset - any risk?

I have an iPhone SE running iOS 11, I wanted to update it to 15.6. At first I made a backup using itunes because I knew something can go wrong. I then tried installing 15.6 but got an error the iphone ...
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How to transfer backups.backupdb from one external HDD to another?

I have two macOS Mojave macs that back up to a drive. Now, when I’m trying to just grab “backups.backupdb” from one HDD to another,I have this error : copying is almost over and the size of the folder ...
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How to insert backup Keychains on Mac Mojave?

I accidentally deleted my Keychains while trying to figure out why the VPN wasn't accepting my Keychain's password. I went into the Keychain Access app and clicked Reset my Default Keychains, and I ...
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Endless copying more than size of folder

I'm trying to copy files from one HDD to another. For some reason copying ''Backups.backupdb'' folder won't end. The original size of the folder is 145gb,but when it hits 145,it is just adding more ...
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2 hard drives on MacBook 12 inch

I have a MacBook 12 inch with 1 USB-C port. My MacBook got too small for my Photo's library, so I put that on an external SSD. Now I want to include that SSD into the TimeMachine backup. The only way ...
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Recreate email archive from backup

I have many backups over the years and many of them have old email repositories down such paths as ~/Library/Mail/V4. The majority of files are .emlx but there are lots of other files with random ...
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Can a single iCloud account store WhatsApp backups from two phone numbers?

We are from the UK and had a phone stolen two days ago, we are in South Africa for another month. The UK network provider is sending another SIM to our UK address as it can’t be activated from abroad. ...
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How can I see how large each Time Machine backup is in APFS?

Previously (on HFS+ backups), I used TimeTracker to see how big each backup was, and which files were taking up the most space. With APFS TM, TimeTracker no longer works (and is no longer in ...
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Time Machine - delete entire specific volume's history

From How can I manually delete old backups to free space for Time Machine? it is possible to delete an entire Mac's backups, or specific folders by date from Terminal. Entire Mac… sudo tmutil delete /...
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Problem with permission to access folder in time machine backup

Somehow I lost permission to access folders in my time machine back up. Last time I copied some files from this archive was four days ago and I didn't have any problems. Today I started to make I a ...
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"This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available", but there is almost nothing in iCloud (260MB of 5GB used) [duplicate]

I cannot do the backup, the message on the iCloud backup page says: This iPhone cannot be backed up because there is not enough iCloud storage available but I removed almost everything from my ...
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Smb issues with Mac 12.5 Monterey

I have an Linux VM running Openmediavault on a separate machine which has a usb3 external drive plugged in. I use this for file shares and time machine backups. It has worked perfectly for years. ...
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Time machine cannot backup after initial backup on samsung T7

I'm running macOS 10.14.6. I successfully backed up using time machine to my Samsung SSD T7 five months ago but I cannot backup to it when I tried using time machine now. I get the "preparing ...
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How to activate Time Machine on forced OS upgrade

I hd my late 2019 iMac running on Catalina due to some Software wich needed it. Early 2022 everything was ready to upgrade to Big Sur and then Monterey. On this Update OSX told me it won't install on ...
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rsync listing directory with no changes

I have been trying to figure out this rsync behavior, where it still lists directories with different timestamps and the same sizes despite providing a --size-only flag. # lists some directory without ...
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Bricked by Monterey 12.5 update - what happened to my Mac?

The following are some details of a system failure and recovery process that I’ve worked through over the last week. Even though things seem relatively stable now, I’m keen to get any thoughts on what ...
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How to backup multiple Macs with a single USB drive without attaching to network?

I have multiple Macs backing up to a NAS. The NAS is backing up to an off site server. Problem is, the network Time Machine backups are unreliable (in my experience), often getting corrupted, and not ...
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How can I recover photos from iCloud that were lost when setting up a replacement iPhone?

I have an iPhone 12 mini. The TrueDepth camera on my phone recently stopped working, but thankfully I was able to get the phone replaced for free because I paid for AppleCare+. I followed the ...
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iTunes showing incorrect storage in my iPhone - will not back up

Hi guys I'm having problems with the storage of my iPhone and backing up to both iTunes and iCloud I have always backed my iPhone and other apple devices through iTunes with no problems. The iPhone ...
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iPhone backup symlink to external drive doesn't work after creation

I made an iPhone backup on my MacBook and then copied the backup folder to an external drive. I then created a symlink between the two using the following terminal command: ln -s /Volumes/'TOSHIB EXT'/...
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Anyway to restore An old iphone 5 images and videos?

I have my old iPhone 5 and I want to restore the old deleted images on it: for context, it had a lock button problem and when I gave it to my phone company to fix it they deleted everything on it the ...
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Using Time Machine for Backup on Old OS Version

Tomorrow, I am getting the battery replaced on my early 2015 macbook air. As there is a chance of data loss, I plan on using "time machine" to make a back up on an external drive beforehand. ...
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Phone damaged in water 10 days ago but last back-up was made on computer 1 month ago. What shall I do to keep all the data when I get a new phone now?

I dropped my iphone x in the sea 10 days ago and since then been using an Android phone my friend loaned me. My last backup on that iphone was made a month ago on my Macbook. I have been using ...

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