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Questions tagged [backup]

Preserving copies of data which enable recovery from a data loss event.

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How to restore a DMG image of a Windows Volume under Mojave?

With Paragon NTFS for Mac installed Disk Utility allowed me to make an image (compressed but UNencrypted) of a Windows boot drive. Now however, it says it CAN NOT restore the image even with Paragon ...
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How do you save files locally to a Mac while having iCloud backup enabled?

I'm attempting to clean up a iCloud account a little bit; it's on the free tier and it's full of photos. I assumed I could copy-paste the photos on the Macbook from the synced iCloud directory to a ...
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Time Machine: first backup keeps growing while backing up, never completes

I'm trying to use Time Machine for backups on an AirPort Time Capsule. The initial backup has been running for weeks (with some interruptions inbetween) but has never completed. When I stop and ...
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Unable to backup my iPhone using iTunes. Error: Insufficient space on my Mac

I am trying to backup my old iPhone 7 to my Mac, so that I can restore it to the new iPhone XS. iTunes keeps giving me an error stating Unable to backup due to insufficient space on the computer. The ...
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Time Machine stopped working

I have an iMac running High Sierra version 10.13.6. Attached via the USB port is a 4 TB HDD with a 1 TB partition I use for backups. I've been using Time Machine with the TimeMachineEditor app for ...
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“Full Disk Access” for backup tool running as cron job [duplicate]

I'm running a command-line backup tool (duplicity) as a cron job. But in Mojave, there is a new user data protection feature called "Full Disk Access" (part of the TCC access control framework) that ...
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Time machine backup to a .sparsebundle on USB drive?

I noticed that when I migrated from backing up over USB to SMB that Time Machine started using sparse bundles for backup. I was unsuccessful in using this bundle as a backup drive when connecting to ...
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Photos lost in iCloud due to turning off during backup

Recently I purchased the .99 cent 50g iCloud backup and attempted to back up my 1000 photos. Unbeknownst to me my daughter was also logged in under my Apple ID user info. When backup process started ...
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Restoring from Time Machine backup without the issues causing the need to reinstall but keeping apps and settings

My Mac Pro has been acting horrible the last few months. I've decided to try and reinstall Mojave hoping this will eliminate the issue. I have backups, but am concerned that the cruft accumulated ...
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Is there a way to restrict Time Machine backups to a given size?

I'm using a Time Capsule to do Backups, I've been doing this for a while now. The problem is that the backup begins small and with time it becomes huge. So restricting its size would make Time Machine ...
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ExFAT does not support resizing - how can I partition it in order to use TimeMachine backup?

I have a 4TB external drive formatted as ExFAT file system with single partition, and I've already stored approximately about 800GB of files on it, and I decided to create a partition on this drive to ...
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What is the recommended (official) way to backup apple books (iBook) purchases?

What is the recommended way to make a backup of all the books I have purchased with Apple books (formerly known as iBooks), preferably using macOS? Or may there is even an official way recommended by ...
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iPhone 5c is not found by iTunes

So, I've got a new iPhone SE and an old 5c and I wanna transfer/sync the old one into the new one. The "bring the new phone close to an old one" and sync by bluetooth doesn't cut it cuz it requires ...
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Time Machine new copy of recently restored file, how to avoid?

I removed ~/Text folder some time ago, and recently restored it from a backup. I did not do any changes to the folder, but during next backup it was saved to backup again without linking to folder ...
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iCloud Drive Syncing problem

I made a backup of my files to my external drive, so I think I have a lot of unused data on computer so I remove it and remove again from trash. Over 1 milion files - 30GB. Now iCloud completly ...
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Time Machine backup: Does it create a disk image? Or replicate data on the backup drive?

When I use Time Machine to backup my MBP hard drive: Does it create a disk image? Or replication data on the backup drive? Am asking because I wonder whether erasing the hard drive, reinstalling OS, ...
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How can I access the files within an iPhone's iCloud backup?

Up until now, I've used iTunes to back up my iPhone. When I do that, I can look in ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup and access the raw files from the backup. In particular, I use the ...
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iOS backup missing

I would like to set up a new iPhone. As you can see in the picture above, 18 GB of storage space in iCloud is occupied by Backup. But somehow I can't find any when setting up the iPhone and logging ...
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What possible data can I lose if I backup iPhone to iTunes and then restore?

I heard that restoring iOS could eliminate the Other category bloating problem. But I'm very OCD about all my data and have a lot of apps. Also I know that iTunes don't backup apps anymore (even with ...
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If you backup your iPhone using iTunes, is it a full backup even if on the iCloud settings it's not?

I only have 5 GB of iCloud storage. So my iCloud backup settings on my iPhone, i didn't include Photos (cause I have 6 GB worth of photos). Now if I wanna do a full backup of my iPhone, does the ...
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When is Apple Watch backed up to a paired iPhone?

I'm unsure about exactly when an Apple Watch gets backed up to an iPhone with which it is paired. Online sources are a bit vague and say a variety of things (some are perhaps outdated). Is it only ...
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iPhone keyboard dictionary is not restored from iCloud backup

I recently took my iPhone SE for a battery replacement. As with any other iPhone service, I was asked to backup everything. I did the backup in iCloud which includes everything that the backup allows. ...
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iPhone X: Deleting old backup

Does deleting an old backup just delete the backup? So that I have more room in my iCloud to do another backup? Just want to make sure if it doesn't wipe out everything on my iPhone.
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TimeMachine backup broken after upgrading

After recently upgrading my Mac, TimeMachine started suggesting that it had verified the integrity of the backup and that I needed to start a new backup. I have my backup on a NAS mounted as afs on my ...
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all file names are strange or “corrupted” in time machine backup

My father bought a new computer and is trying to restore from a time machine backup of the old computer on an external drive. I am helping him using a remote screen view by skype. On the external TM ...
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Restore Time Machine backup to a new MacBook Pro

I own currently a 2012 13'' MacBook Pro with 2 SSD (one of 2 TB and one of 256 GB). I'm thinking to by a new 13'' MacBook pro with one SSD of 2 TB. Knowing the fact that I've an external Time ...
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How can I delete files on a full Time Machine volume?

while doing a backup – huge because of a lot of new RAW image files – to my external backup-volume (4TB WD MyBook that never showed any problems, age ca. 2 1/2 years) TimeMachine stopped with the ...
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Time Machine failing (.inProgress)

My Time Machine recently stopped working. When it tries to create a backup, it quickly fails with the error: "Unable to complete backup. An error occurred while creating the backup folder." The ...
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connect and disconnect from VPN before and after time machine backup

I want to have an 'all time available' time machine backup. So I've created a VPN (Lt2p) connection. Now the question is split in two: 1. How to listen to time machine's next backup schedule and ...
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Is it OK for Time Machine to take a long time to decrypt a freshly formatted encrypted disk?

I'm new to Time Machine. I just this week got an external hard disk and am starting to use it. My Time Machine backups were spending a significant amount of time in the encryption phase. Upon reading ...
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How can I access call history that no longer shows up on my phone?

I understand that the call log on the iPhone only holds 100 calls.I missed a call a few weeks ago and I know the approximate date and time I received it. Scrolling through the call log on the iPhone I ...
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iPhone syncing to wrong device name in iTunes

I have an iPhone SE with iOS12, that was migrated from 5s a year ago, but in iTunes it shows its as iPhone 4s and iOS 8.3 and syncs to this. No other device is listed although it is in the Manage ...
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iTunes requesting password to create the very first iPhone backup

This question is similar to others e.g. here but I still can't find a solution. I am trying to back up my iPhone for the very first time on a brand new MacBook Pro. When I log in to iTunes to ...
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Freeing up space on external hard drive after deleting time machine backups?

I had a external hard drive in use for Time machine, but now use a different one, so wanted to free up the space. I removed the HD from the Time machine backup drives, then deleted the Backups....
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Free Space Differs Between DiskUtility, Finder, TimeMachine, and Storage Tab

The actual question: Time machine calculates the size of my backup as 925GB, while diskUtility shows only 858GB is used, while OmniDiskSweeper and GrandPerspective apps show that I am only using ~...
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Restoring the RAW external backup drive Time Machine backups

My external hard drive suddenly started to be recognised as one RAW partition. This drive had all of my Time Machine backups. With EaseUS Data Recovery software I was able to recover Backups.backupdb ...
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How far is my Time Machine “preparing backup” step?

I want to do a Time Machine backup and it's not the first time I do it in this external hard drive, so Time Machine is doing the "preparing backup" step since a few minutes. As it's been quite long I ...
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How to make SSD Drive bootable from a disk utilies restore [duplicate]

My mid-2009 mac book pro hard drive is dying so I bought an SSD to replace it. I tried plugging in the ssd drive to the mac via a usb to sata connection and using SuperDuper to copy the contents (saw ...
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Can I put my Photos library on an external hard drive also used for Time Machine?

So, I am new to Macs, and I have a MacBook Air. I've got lots of phots to import into the Photos program, so I decided to stick them all on an external hard drive. I have also used that hard drive ...
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Can I safely delete three icloud drive (archive) folders that take almost 80GB of storage?

I know there's already a similar question about this, but the answer "If you don't need their contents, you can delete both of them." is not clear to me because I need the contents, just not three ...
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Location of blocked numbers within iTunes backup

Tools such as iExplorer allow you to easily browse through an iTunes backup and it's contents, and then things like the plist command for converting preferences down to readable XML. Where would the ...
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Can I eject and remount an external drive Time Machine is backing up?

If I include an external drive in my time machine backup, can I be sure it will always be backed up any time it's mounted? What if I dismount it and then later remount it? Will Time Machine gracefully ...
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Where to configure Time Machine quota when backing up to Mac Server

We use a Mac Server in another subnet as a Time Machine target for some of our MacBooks (macOs 10.13). Despite the manual configuration caused by the server being on a different subnet, this setup ...
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Disk Utility First Aid Fails on Time Machine Disk

I've been backing up my Mac with Time Machine on an external hard drive for several years. I recently plugged the external drive into my Mac, it spent a long time running fsck_hfs and finally showed ...
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What Would Cause APFS Volumes to Show Up Under the Wrong Disk?

I’ve got a pretty interesting APFS problem. There are two volumes on one, internal drive, and two that were cloned from it, on an external. All four volumes show up under the internal drive, even ...
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Restore deleted contacts from iCloud without iCloud backup

iphone se ios 11.4 I am following this post, but the answer there doesnt answer the question. Recover a deleted contact without iCloud backups I deleted a contact accidentally, and the contacts ...
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Backup iPhone iTunes

Recently, I made a backup of my iPhone in iTunes. Nothing weird about that, only that the photos of my other devices were backed up too (iPad and old iPhone). I repeated the backup via iTunes numerous ...
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Backup Photos photobook templates

I want to backup the photobook templates in Photos, because they will be discontinued at the end of the month and I want to continue to use them. I found a cache here, /Users/user/Library/Containers/...
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How to repair, merge, or “update” (using rsync ?) partially downloaded/backed up duplicate icloud archives?

When I used icloud drive on my mac, and then disabled it, it moved all of my desktop files and documents to an archive. This happened multiple times. Now, I am no longer using this feature and I want ...
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Searching for lost .pem file in time machine back up

I recently had to wipe my apple mac, and I have been using time machine to back up my mac. I would like to retrieve a specific file (a .pem file) which I use to log in to my Uni server. I have tried ...