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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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Reseting password on employer's network account time machine backup

I recently used a time machine backup from my former work computer to give my personal computer a fresh start. I just restored the backup from my work computer (which I've now handed back in) to my ...
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How to extract data from the iphone backup on the PC

I have a huge amount of image files on my Whatsapp, which are locally stored on the iPhone. I do not see any way of moving these specific files from the iPhone to the PC, whereas of course from ...
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efficient duplication of Time Machine backups to remote location

I have been using both Arq and Time Machine for backup for years, but a year or so ago I got unlimited Google Drive space and decided to try making a remote backup (with Arq) of my Time Machine drive. ...
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Where is Time Machine restoration software installed?

I am seeking to upgrade a MacBook Air MacBookAir4,1 (11-inch, Mid 2011), running OS X El Capitan and Office 2011. The SSD is documented here. If a Time Machine backup is made, does the new SSD need ...
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Optimize Mac Storage: Keep local copy AND iCloud backup of directory

My active projects in a directory under ~/Documents/, which puts it in the path of iCloud's Optimized Storage. Often, I'll open a project folder to find files replaced with .icloud placeholder files. ...
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What happens when WhatsApp from an old phone is connected again?

I‘ve got an old iPhone in my closet, which I used until one year ago, when I bought a new one. On the old iPhone, I had WhatsApp with iCloud Backup enabled. However I did not include the videos in ...
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iCloud Backup Problem

I have just had my iMac crash and so I wiped the drive and did a clean reinstall of Mojave. Have reinstalled my software over the last 24 hours. Now coming to add my docs, pre crash I had it so that I ...
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How to use fiber-optic LC connector with my MacBook Pro for access to LTO-5 tape drive?

I'd like to use an LTO-5 tape drive to provide long term backup storage for files on my MacBook Pro that I wish to archive. It appears the drive uses a fiber-optic LC connector. Is there a way to ...
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iCloud (re)uploading all my documents again

I have recently bought a new Macbook Pro 13" (i7, 16GB) and to do the switch from the old one to this one, I have installed Mojave and restored it from my other Macbook Pro's Time Machine backup. This ...
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Do I need to back up /private, /tmp, or /.DocumentRevisions-V100?

I'm trying to back up my Macbook Pro using this rysnc script to an external USB drive: sudo rsync -avxE --progress / /Volumes/backupdrive/... which I found here: https://serverfault.com/questions/...
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Can I restore my data to an older version of macOS?

I had to send in my old Mac (10.11) for screen repair, and worked on a replacement MacBook with 10.14. Now, I'd like to transfer my data back from the replacement's Time Machine to the old Mac. I don'...
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Can I restore an iPhone backup and keep the original version of apps (and not download the latest available one from the AppStore)?

I have an iPhone backup created while it was running iOS 10, and want to restore it onto a new iPhone which is running iOS 12. I'd like to keep the original versions of the iOS apps instead of ...
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Does Time machine backup apps data and OS configuration? [duplicate]

Does Time machine backup apps data and OS configuration or just apps and files? Coming from Windows with a 3rd party full disk image backup(Note :I mean a disk clone, not the Windows' default backup ...
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How do I configure Time Machine to backup my Macs to iCloud?

I have the 2 TB iCloud storage plan and back up my iPhones and iPads there. How do I configure Time Machine to do the same with my MacBook Pro's and Mac Mini's?
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New iPhone, took a few nice pictures, then restored with the data of old iPhone. Pictures gone - help!

Bought new iPhone, took a few nice pictures with girlfriend, then proceeded to restore with the data of old iPhone. Pictures gone now. Can I get them back somehow? The pictures were not backed up by ...
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Error on TimeMachine (unable to backup)

Until the mid-april I was used Time Machine with no problem but now no backup is possible (Time Machine starts, finds the drive, prepares the copy and stops). In the log I have found the following ...
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Time Machine says “Next backup: When disk is connected” even though disk is connected - Redux

Before pouncing gleefully on this question, claiming it has already been answered, no! It was asked, but not answered here: Time Machine says "Next backup: When disk is connected" even ...
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Restoring data deleted from Directory Utility

When trying to rearrange user accounts, I deleted some data using the Directory Utility (data on a user account under "Users" in the Node "Local/Default"). I would like to restore this data. I have ...
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Replace hard drive whilst saving installed software

I want to replace hard drive on my 2012 MacBook Pro. I have all the data backed up, but the only thing I want is to keep all my installed software, mainly music software like native instruments, waves,...
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How to export/backup Notes in macOS in one go

I have a lot of Notes on my machine which I don't want to loose. It's not logical to export them one by one. Is there any way to export them in one go, which would make me either use them on my new ...
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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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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 ...