Questions tagged [backup]

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

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How to restore network preferences in OS X?

I took my SSD, plugged it into another Mac, and booted the system (OS X 10.10.4) there. When I opened the Network Preferences, I was surprised to find, that all VPN services had disappeared. I am ...
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Time Machine and case-sensitive HFS

Time Machine defaults to formatting a new drive to Journaled HFS+ (case-sensitive), if you set up the drive from within Time Machine itself. However, my main drive (the one Time Machine will be ...
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What does “Restore from iCloud Backup” currently NOT restore?

What does "Restore from iCloud Backup" currently NOT restore? Is restore from local backup more or less, complete? (My intention is for the answer to stay up to date, SE-style; I know this answer ...
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TimeMachine backup gets stuck during “Preparing Backup”; can't mount .sparsebundle file

I've twice now tried to initiate a TimeMachine backup, and both times they got stuck during the "Preparing Backup..." stage. I think even on the same file, as shown in tmutil status which got stuck ...
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How to increase iCloud document upload of many small files

Background So I got a new mac and decided to use iCloud to backup most of my "important" stuff, especially since I use two macs right now until I get all of the converters needed etc. I'm a web ...
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Backup iCloud Keychain

I recently encountered an issue where a very important (and non-resettable) password was deleted from my iCloud Keychain. All of my OSX-based keychains are backed up via Time Machine, but I realized ...
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How to verify that an iTunes backup is valid?

Is there a way to verify that a backup of an iPhone is valid (other than wiping the device and attempting to restore it :))? I've had a recent catastrophic incident involving an iTunes encrypted ...
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Apple Backup encrypted format specs? I need to decrypt part of a backup (for which I have the key) that iTunes won't restore

An odd one here: Encrypted iTunes backup backup completed successfully Key stored in the Keychain (since the first backup of this device a long while ago) Also stored in PasswordSafe and both ...
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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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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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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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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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Extracting data out of an old app on iOS

I have an app from which I'd like to extract some data, it's no longer being updated and will stop working as soon as I upgrade to iOS 11 due to sun setting of 32 bit support. The app contains two ...
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iCloud backup vs. your own

I had a mini crisis today after deleting some files by mistake. I have excellent Time Machine Backup to a local file server and have a history going back for a long time, and fine grained. However, ...
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iDrive backup for Mac failing

I got a message from my Mac IDrive app that there has been no backup for four days. The message says the most common cause is the Mac being turned off, but my Mac is always on and connected. IDrive ...
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How to make sure MacOS Recovery creates a Recovery Partition with Time Machine Restore?

I took a Time Machine backup to an external drive from old MacBook (Sierra) and then put it to a new one (High Sierra automatically) using macOS Recovery and "Restore From Time Machine Backup". Drive ...
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Time Machine says “Next backup: When disk is connected” even though disk is connected

After upgrading to MacOS High Sierra, Time Machine now says "Next backup: When disk is connected", even though the disk is indeed already connected. Also, automatic backups are still being performed. ...
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Is it possible to have two different WhatsApp backups in the same iCloud account

Currently I have WhatsApp backuped in my iCloud account. I want to change my phone number, not the iCloud account too. Still, I want to keep this backup. Is it possible to have in the same iCloud ...
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Recovering Corrupted Partition Table on Time Machine HD

I had a loss of power while I was restoring some data from a Time Machine backup. When I brought the computer back up, my 4TB drive was unusable, with OS X prompting me with a dialog that stated 'The ...
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Restore Encrypted Time Capsule Backup

What is the proper way to restore a MacBook from an encrypted Time Capsule backup? AppleCare fixed my MacBook and had to replace the drive. I am now trying to restore the Time Machine Backup that is ...
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External USB3 hard disk not mounting (10.11.6)

I have an external USB3 hard disk which used be my Time Machine backup drive. It is not mounting in Finder, but is showing up if I diskutil list. It sounds like it wants to mount - in fact, it sounds ...
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What is this TMCacheDelete log sequence?

I have a number of external drives used for Time Machine backups, including a Time Capsule. Since installing Sierra, backups to the TC have been significantly slower (e.g., 16 hours for a 2GB backup). ...
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download icloud backup files to pc

My phone broke and I can not afford to purchase a replacement but I need to access my information backed up on my icloud, How do I download my backed up iphone files from icloud directly from my ...
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How would one restore iCloud Drive documents from a local backup?

Unfortunately, I had to suddenly replace a lost MacBook. It has about 200GB of documents (almost anything that matters) in iCloud Drive. Open new MacBook Full Time Machine restore via Migration ...
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Retaining specific Time Machine backups

I created several Time Machine backups while I was running Mavericks. I upgraded to Yosemite and also backed it up on the same backup drive. I now have multiple backups of Mavericks and Yosemite on ...
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Encrypted External Drive Using Apple's Password Generator and Forgot the Password: Can It Be Salvaged?

I have a partition on an external HD with some Time Machine backups. I decided to encrypt the partition using Finder and used Apple's built-in password generator to create the passphrase. ...
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How to combine an older Time Machine backup with a newer one

I have a client who was using a certain external drive as their Time Machine drive for a while. Then, they misplaced it. So, they got a new external drive and started using that. Now, they've found ...
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I can't restore 'library' with support files from Time Machine

Due to an accident, my entire applications folder with all the support files, including plists and caches got deleted. I tried restoring by files from the most recent Time Machine backups but I ...
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How do I get TimeMachine to backup a FUSE filesystem?

I have - /Users/me/Documents/ /Users/me/Documents/ADocument ... /Users/me/Fuse4XFileSystem/ /Users/me/Fuse4XFileSystem/AnotherDocument ... TimeMachine will happily backup /Users/me/Documents and ...
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Time Machine Backup at night only works when Laptop lid is opened

Important: I back up to a time capsule, via wifi. I set my computer up to automatically wake up at 2:58 AM. At 2:59 AM I run a script that launches "caffeinate -s", in order to prevent my MacBook to ...
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iTunes local backup of iOS device: can't disable encryption

I have a strange problem with iTunes local backup of an iOS device (an iPod, in this case). I know I've backed up the iPod to my computer before, but iTunes states, "Latest Backup: Your iPod has ...
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How to upload photo library (of photos not taken with this iPad) from iPad to iCloud or Google Photos

I have an old iPad that has about 8,000 photos on it, most of them not taken with this iPad, but rather synced from a Mac at a time when iPhoto on Mac was still a thing (before Photos.app and before ...
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Add Time Machine files to an existing account with Migration Assistant

I have a Time Machine backup from Mac A (now retired), containing 4 accounts worth of data. I would like to add the data from one of these accounts to an existing account on Mac B (replacement for Mac ...
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Restoring an accidentally deleted iMessage thread using my iPad?

I have the full iMessage thread on my iPad, but accidentally deleted it off of my iPhone. How can I transfer the full thread to my iPhone?
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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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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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Is it possible to set different options for time machine depending on the destination drive?

I have a local spinning drive where i'd like to keep a 1:1 copy of my macbook hdd but i also have a networked time machine with less space where i'd like to skip archiving some "less important" files ...
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How do I backup my mac with Optimize Mac Storage

How can I backup my Mac when I have Optimize Mac Storage turned on? Backblaze, Arq, and CCC all won't follow the offline file links. But I want a complete copy of my Mac backed up. The iCloud copy ...
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recover files from newer time machine backup after restore to older state

I have recently restored my machine's state (December) to an older state (November), but forgot to save a couple files from December. When I go into Time machine the December state is not available, ...
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Force Time Machine to Compare Against Incomplete Backup

For the past few days I've been running an initial backup of my system (3.5tb total) to a new NAS volume. This has been going fine, running overnight as it's not the fastest NAS, and while it got ...
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How to encrypt external network drive timemachine backup

I am following this: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/turn-nas-windows-share-time-machine-backup/ Which basically says that you have to create a sparse disk image and put that on your external network ...
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How to restore iPhone using laptop

So I erased my iPhone but my Home button broke off after dropping it. Is there any way to restore it through my laptop? When I click on restore nothing happens.
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iOS - fully automate testing process with backups - is it possible?

The Story: We have hundreds of devices running UI and unit tests. The tests are written using XCTest framework, and run on our applications, as well as system (Safari/Settings) and third party ones. ...
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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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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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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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Is it normal to be signed out of all services and accounts when moving iOS devices?

today I replaced my iPad because the old one was damaged. I restored from an iCloud backup. The restore went ok, but I must re-authenticate / sign-in to every app which connects to a web backend (...
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iCloud - Recovering Data from Incomplete Backup (iOS 11)

I got a new iPhone and gave my old phone during the trade in, but I was unable to backup my old one completely. A similar question has been asked which doesn't apply in my case, as I don't have the ...
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Import photos from Time Machine backup of other machine, without losing metadata

I replaced my MacBook and I have the Time Machine backups from my old laptop, but I'd like to start the system fresh, importing only the files I really need and re-installing all the programs manually,...
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SuperDuper - how to restore a backup?

I have working, bootable backup on external drive called "SuperDuper" and my internal drive where I want it restored is "Macintosh HD". I just reinstalled MacOS to make sure it is not a software ...