Questions tagged [backup]

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

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Migration Assistant Freezes at About 90%

I am swapping the SSD on an early 2015 Macbook Pro 13". The drive installation seems to have gone well. I have used Samsung EVO 970 1TB if that matters. Prior to doing the swap, I had upgraded ...
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Disks won't stay unmounted

When not using my 2019 MBP, I keep it in a back room plugged into a bank of backup drives. When I want to use it, I want to take it into the living room. So, I go and dismount any drives that aren't ...
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Recover iPhone from an older iCloud backup

There's some data I want to recover I've lost this morning due to an accidental synchronization. Unfortunately, it made a new backup, so recovering the lost files via iCloud doesn't seem possible ...
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Backup button for iPhones greyed out in iTunes

The backup button in the iPhone summary in iTunes is greyed out. I tried it with a different phone and it was still greyed out but it works as soon as I switch users. I Used an iPhone 8 iOS 14.3 and ...
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Music app only shows an outdated music library after I've retrieved it from backup

I made a clean reinstallation of my Mac a few days ago due to a problem that had been bugging me for a while now. And, among other things, I tried to retrieve my music library from my backup via Time ...
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Time Machine Backup Drive Shows Empty Files

I have backed up my MacBook using Time Machine to an external hard drive. Now, when I try to open it on a Mac Mini, it doesn't detect my .backupdb files. I were able to see some of the .backupdb file ...
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Restore Time Machine backup from Mac Mini to Mac Pro?

I need to restore a TM backup from my old Mac Mini to my new (new to me) Mac Pro 5.1 tower. Do I really have to remove the drive from the Mac Mini? It's a pain, so I'd prefer to keep the drive in the ...
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Can't restore Mac from Timemachine on external drive

I am doing time machine of my 2 macbooks on one external drive. That drive has 2TB capacity and I have split it to 500GB for my 13 mac and 1.5TB for my 16 mac. 16x - partition for my 16 inch macbook ...
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Backing up huge iCloud photo library to external HDD

I have a large iCloud photo library of about 30,000 irreplaceable images and videos. It is entirely hosted on icloud - I am using the 'optimise iphone storage' setting and have no high res images ...
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Unable to include external media drive in time machine backup

I have recently moved my apple photo library to an external hard drive to save space on my internal SSD, however i would obviously still like this external drive to backup with the rest of my computer....
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Where does Google Drive File Stream store offline files and folders on a Mac?

I use Google Drive File Stream for work, and there are certain mission-critical files that I need available for offline access. File Stream makes this easy: control-click on the file, and choose &...
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Whats the difference between backing up my photos on iPhone and storing them in iCloud?

If I go to settings -> iCloud -> manage storage There are 2 categories: Backups (118 GB) Photos (18.3 GB) In my backups, there's photo library (109.25 GB) I'm confused, what's the difference ...
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What does Converting (forward) mean in diskutil?

I had an APFS (Encrypted) disk which I chose for Time Machine backups on macOS Catalina. I was asked if it was OK to erase the disk (Time Machine on macOS Catalina dosen't support APFS). I answered ...
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Why doesn't my sparsebundle report free space, with plenty to spare?

I have a Time Machine created sparsebundle (HFS+) that reports the following limits when using hdiutil resize -limits: min cur max 403186088 403186088 34359738368 That's a current size ...
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Replacing MacBook's SSD with a new one - how to clone?

so I have a MacBook Pro, a new drive (NVMe SSD), PC, and portable USB HDD. The goal is to clone the MacBook's drive to a new drive (which cannot be attached to MacBook at the same time with the old ...
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How to Configure a Vanilla APFS Volume for Time Machine

I'd like a way using the CLI to set the ACEs and the accompanying files so that Time Machine will recognize a vanilla APFS volume as a Time Machine volume. I need the CLI that generates the conditions ...
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Execute command chain with launchd

I would like to mount a disk image, rsync a folder with the disk image, and unmount the disk image. So I split hidutil attach /Users/username/Backup.sparsebundle && /opt/homebrew/bin/python3 /...
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How to restore Microsoft To Do from TimeMachine?

Due to something crazy happening I lost all of my todos in Microsoft To Do. I have TimeMachine backups but am not having any luck getting a restore to work. I've found ~/Library/Containers/Microsoft ...
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If I switch a SIM card from an iPhone to an Android, then back to the same iPhone, will data be lost?

I want to take a SIM card out of an iPhone 7, stick it into a Samsung Galaxy A30 for a day in order to make calls from that A30, then switch the SIM card back to the iPhone. Do I need to back up the ...
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photos library shows blanks after updating the library

What happened opened my fairly big (1TB) photos library (stored on an external drive, backup/copy on a different external drive) Photos started to update the library (no problems, took about half an ...
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How to continue Time Machine backups from a previous computer?

I had MBP 2015 in the past and used Time Machine on it. Last September, I switched to MBP 16'' 2019 and did a fresh installation / manual copy of most of my home directory files, maintaining the ...
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does there exist an app that can sync to iCloud notes?

Is there any app, That iCloud notes can sync to ? I wanted to have a backup of my iCloud notes I know iCloud is already supposed to be a backup, but I have heard of people having problems or notes ...
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How to properly unmount image (dmg / sparsebundle)

[macOS Mojave 10.14.6] I've recently discovered r/w disk images and the particularly fascinating sparse bundle. As I understand it, an image (the .dmg or .sparsebundle itself) is "attached" ...
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Time Machine keeps validating backup, how to identify reason?

I have a Time Machine backup of my Macbook running the latest MacOS (11.2.3) on my Time Capsule (so not a local drive). Recently I've noticed that the "Validating backup"-step runs often, ...
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Trying to recover from very old macOS backups, but not sure I can recall the login/passwords I was using then

I realised recently that I'd lost some important very old photos from my laptop. Because I didn't notice, they've been lost from the online backup as well. I think I have them on on some old physical ...
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“iCloud storage not enough for backup” message in spite of having loads of space

I have an iPhone 11 Pro and a 2Tb iCloud family membership. I have utilised ~450 Gb i.e. I’ve got more than enough storage for backing up my iPhone. In spite of this, I get the aforementioned message.....
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Macbook: Other Storage Growing at Insane Rates [duplicate]

I have an Early 2015 Macbook Pro Retina running Big Sur 11.2.3 that has been acting up lately. Essentially my "Other" storage is growing at insane rates. After rebooting, I have 145GB free ...
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Find all my backed up photos on Time Machine drives

I have several time machine backups. I want to get all the photos out of them and upload them to Google Photos. I believe the "Backup and Sync from Google" application will do this for me, ...
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How can I backup old hard drives intact without Finder changing the “Date Modified” attribute inside each of the folders within the drive? [duplicate]

I currently have a lot of old hard drives I am trying to backup. I am backing them up onto a large external hard drive formatted to be HFS+. Each time I do the click and drag method of transferring ...
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Uploading Time Machine backups.backupdb to cloud service?

I'd like to store some of my time machine backups on AWS Glacier Deep Archive so I can have an off-site backup in addition to my external hard drive. However, I know that time machine uses hard links ...
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How to download entire iCloud photo library to external drive attached to my MacBook

I have a large iCloud photo library (60K + images). I want to keep my iCloud library as it is and make a copy of it onto an external drive (attached to my MacBook, running Big Sur). What is the ...
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How To Change Time Machine Password - Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)

How may a Solid-state drive (SSD) Time Machine backup password be changed for a SSD formatted as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted)"? Expected This is how a Time Machine backup password ...
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iMac disk full from duplicate folders

I have an iMac 2017 running on 10.15.7 with 1tb SSD. Today I saw my storage space taken over by a folder of over 200gb. Under Macintosh/Volumes there is a folder named after my External HDD. In ...
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How to delete Health data in iCloud only?

So, I've decided not to store my health data in iCloud anymore, for various reasons. I just want to have it on my iPhone and on my iPhone backup on my Mac. Here's what I have tried so far: So I turned ...
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How to bring back files that are deleted from trash? [without using external software]

I have an external hard drive that contained some folders and I had permanently deleted that by mistake. Is there any way I can get that folder back? MacOS Version: Catalina 10.15.5 Disk Drive: ...
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How to mount .sparsebundle on file server

This is not related to Time Machine. I am seeking a file storage solution where: Only I can access the files (e.g. not iCloud) The files are encrypted I can access the file wirelessly The closest I ...
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Include external drive in Time Machine backup: compatible formats?

I want to also back up my external drive to another Time Machine drive, but when I want to stop Time Machine from excluding it, I can't, since it's not clickable: I know the problem is, that it has ...
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How do I reset the snapshots of an APFS external drive?

In the past couple weeks, my time machine is complaining that it's not managed to complete a backup. It turns out it aren't able to create a snapshot in one of my external drives. Error message is ...
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macOS BigSur keep booting from external backup disk (made with CCC)

My Mac is on BigSur and I am using Carbon Copy Cloner to create a one on one disk which is bootable also. I have this setup running for years now and never noticed any problems – also on BigSur it ...
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bootcamp partition issues

I'm using a MacBookPro11,3 with MacOS Big Sur 11.2.1 I get an error message while trying to partition with bootcamp. It suggested me to run first aid but no problems were found. ”Your disk could not ...
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2016 13' MBP - No password accepted after a failed update. How could I possibly recover or get this data back?

FYI, I was at onetime a ACMT. So feel free to talk fast. I have MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016) that appears to have failed an update due to not having enough space. (I'll never understand why the ...
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two external drives suddenly disabled after connection with macbook pro (big sur)

I purchased two external drives of 5Tb from Western Digital. I formatted the drives using disk utility program (OS with journalling). I connected the first and started to make backups using time ...
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WhatsApp actual size is in MBs but in iCloud backup it is several GBs

My actual WhatsApp back total size is 474Mb but when I go to I cloud back up it is showing 10GB, how is it possible? I mean I have deleted all media files from my WhatsApp and in WhatsApp application ...
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How to set up Time Machine to back up to a specific folder in my Synology NAS?

I'm trying to set up Time Machine to back up to my Synology NAS. I need it to back up to this folder: /Shared/BACKUPs/MacBookPro2010 So on my Mac I go to Finder -> Go -> Connect to server and ...
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Changed iPhone Backup File Type. What to do?

I was browsing through File Explorer on my Windows 10 laptop, and I located my iPhone backup files. I thought that they were my photos, so I converted (just) one of them into a .jpeg. I can't revert ...
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My Time Machine is backing up in /private/var/folders/

My MacBook Pro (10.15.7) is backing up parts of the drive I didn't expect. I have been cleaning up and excluding directories, but this time I found something I thought was excluded by default: private/...
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How can I fix or back up a system after I use gparted to resize my drive and the system will not start?

I created an EFI to run Ubuntu on my mac it was working well but I didn't have enough space so I created a another partition in disk utility and then went to gparted and turned the new partition to un-...
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Restore from a Fusion Drive to a standard hard drive

I have an iMac with a built in Fusion Drive. I have switched to using an external Thunderbolt SSD as my boot disk, and I would now like to back up and wipe the internal Fusion Drive so that it can be ...
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What does the iTunes backup of the iPhone include and what does it not include on Windows 10?

I was under the impression that when I back up my iPhone with iTunes on Windows 10, everything is backed up, so that I can restore everything to a brand new iPhone. iTunes iPhone backup size (6 GB) ...
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External Hard Drive Won't Mount on my 2018 MacBook Pro

I have a "G-Technology G-Drive USB External Hard Drive" (8 TB) that I'm using as a backup target for Time Machine. It uses an external brick power supply. I bought it a few years ago and it ...

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