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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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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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Is it safe to exclude Outlook 16.x data from Time Machine backups?

Every hourly Time Machine backup is quite large for me, but I don't change that many files so rapidly. I've determined that the main culprits are under ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/...
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How to backup efficiently and effectively iMovie 10.0

I have a long list of Projects in my iMovie 10.0 and the focus of this question is about iMovie 10.0 backup files / folders and methodology. I would like to backup everything so that if I move to a ...
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Archive email to selfhosted cloud

Our users have a very small mailbox. Increasing it's size is out of the question and they're using only iPhones and iPads. There is a big possibility of them losing/destroying their devices (don't ...
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How to recover 100GB missing from macOS after an update?

Background: I recently upgraded my system to El Capitan. On the first run of the new operating system I ran more updates from the App Store that required a restart. However, while updating, it ...
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Are Time Machine backups to an external disk attached to a Time Capsule supported?

My 1 TB Time Capsule drive is full with Time Machine backups. I'd rather spend $130 on a 3 TB drive than $500 on a new 3 TB Time Capsule. Is an external drive attached to a Time Capsule supported ...
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How can I encrypt or prevent access to a user's files to another user in the system?

I need to take my macbook pro (MBP 15 mid 2015) to a mac repair shop for a screen replacement. I don't want to leave my files exposed to another user in the system. I plan to create a second admin ...
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Time Machine - An error occurred while restoring from the backup

Having some trouble restoring a Time Machine backup. After some initial disk problems we had to reinstall OSX and this is what has been done thus far: Booted into Internet Recovery Mode (Command (⌘) –...
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Storing Photos library on Time Machine external hard drive with partitioning [duplicate]

I have a Photos library on my Mac, which I want to move to an external hard drive in order to save space on my computer's internal hard drive. I want to move the library to the same drive I use for ...
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Time Machine: Backups.backupdb uses way too much space when copied to another volume

I'm in the process of copying my TM backups to another volume. I followed these instructions: formatted the new volume, set the permissions, disabled automatic TM backup and dragged Backups.backupdb ...
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Time Capsule not accepting encryption password

My setup here is several MBPs backing up to an Apple Time Capsule. Backups are encrypted. I boot to recovery mode on the MBP I want to restore to (Cmd+R). Choose to restore from a Time Machine ...
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Will backing up files also include files that are marked for deletion?

If i use Time Machine to back up my data to an additional disk, will the backup also contain files marked for deletion that have not been overwritten yet? To clarify, I do not mean files in the ...
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What if I stopped time machine first backup?

yesterday I was doing the first big backup with Time Machine. About 600Gb. I know Time Machine does it first, the it will backup only changes to the original. Ok. I stopped the backup by quitting my ...
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Netatalk disk not shown in TimeMachine, manual connect via afp works

I set up netatalk on Ubuntu to backup via TimeMachine to one partition there over my network. I can connect to the partition through the Finder Go... menue. But I cannot see an option to create a new ...
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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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How to restore external hard drive from Time Machine backup the right way?

My Time Machine backup (6 TB USB-HDD) contains the data from my Mac's internal hard drive (2 TB) and from an external hard drive (USB 4 TB, Mac OS Extended, FileVault Encrypted) that I always keep ...
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How does Time Machine handle changes to files at occur during a backup?

For context, I'm running macOS Mojave. If macOS is doing a backup while I'm working, and I change a file after it has been backed up, does macOS ignore the change until the next backup, or redo it ...
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Help saving photos separately and restore remaining data to a backup phone

Could any one suggest how to complete a phone changeover? I had backed up all data to iCloud from my old faulty phone so I could then restore to a spare iPhone. But I had so much data tied in photos, ...
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How to backup Time Machine's backup to a cloud?

I want to make any possibility of losing files on my Mac completely obsolete. Time Machine is awesome, but saving files to single physical hard drive is, well, not safe at all. So, I guess, what I ...
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Is it possible to exclude different volumes from Time Machine between two macOS systems that run on the same machine?

I'm currently switching between two different macOS installations on a single MacBook Air. One is 10.14 installed to my MacBook's internal drive and is my main system, and the other is 10.15 beta ...
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How to restore system from SynologyRouter Time Machine?

I want to restore my system from a Time Machine backup which is on a SynologyRouter Time Machine network drive. When I restart in recovery (Cmd-Opt-R) and try to restore from Time Machine backup, no ...
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iTunes cannot backup into Time Capsule

I followed this guide to make iTunes store my iPhone backups on my Time Capsule drive, which has free space to spare instead of my MacBook, which is low. However, when I run a backup now, I will get ...
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How long does it take to restore from an iCloud backup?

I have 12.8gb worth of photos and videos and I remember shooting videos in particular that was 1 hour long and another 30 minute one. Last night it didn't take long for the 5,000 photos (inc. short ...
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Switching back to iOS12.3 from iOS 13 beta 3

I want to switch back to iOS12.3 from iOS 13. For this apple support says that It can be done by restoring backup from iTunes: But iTunes is not installed on my Ubuntu computer. so How to switch ...
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Difference between enabling Time Machine's “Encrypt Backups” option, and encrypting from Disk Utility?

I'm setting up Time Machine backups on a new external hard disk. I chose to first encrypt the disk via Disk Utility: But I also see these options: Is there any difference between an "Encrypted" ...
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Cant remove stalled (inProgress) Time Machine backup

I have recently switched to a newer MBP from a TM backup. Unfortunately something seems to have gone wrong during the migration. TM cannot complete a backup, it just keep accumulating into a directory,...
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Prevent Time Machine From Resizing Disk Image?

I've been trying to get Time Machine to stop filling up my NAS with backups, but so far it seems determined to do-so no matter what. Since Time Machine fails spectacularly with Linux disk quotas, ...
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How select date of full backup to restore with Time Machine - NOT the latest backup

My hard drive died after files started disappearing for a couple days. I ended up getting a new Mac since the computer was old anyway. I'm worried that the last couple days of Time Machine backups ...
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iPhone backup error - BackupAgent2 - Error uploading “<private>” to “<private>”: <private>

I have an iPhone 6s and I'm using iOS 11.2.5 I tried running a backup from iTunes, but got the following error: iTunes could not back up the iPhone "[iphone name]" because an error occurred while ...
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Time capsule wired backup transfer slow with fast “bursts”

I have recently bought a 3TB A1470 Time capsule (the latest, 'tall' ac model) to replace a 2TB A1409 (the 'flat' one, n model). The Airport utility was helpful in moving the network settings over ...
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How do I confirm that each of two attached Time Capsules is indeed keeping a backup?

I am using the following layout for two Airport Time Capsules. The second augments (wirelessly) the network of the first. The objective is to have backup redundancy, while still not bothering with ...
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How can I see the sparse bundle on a Time Capsule?

When I run in the Terminal sudo ls -l /Volumes/mydisk I get two kinds of listings. If mydisk is a Time Capsule disk, I get thousands of entries of the form: -rwxrwxrwx 1 root wheel 8836880 21 ...
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How to force a Time Machine deep traversal?

After a few kernel panics and an accidental hot-unplugging of my Firewire Time Machine drive, I'd like to make sure that my Time Machine exactly matches my Macintosh HD, much like rsync -a. Is there ...
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Migration Assistant estimated time remaining keeps climbing

I'm trying to move my files, applications, and system preferences from a Early 2015 Macbook Pro to a 2019 MBP. Here are the steps I followed: Got an external hard drive and used it for Time Machine ...
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Increase size of sparsebundle for TimeMachine

I am using a sparsebundle store on a linux server. It worked well until today. Today Time Machine tells me that the size of the sparsebundle (500gb) is not sufficient. So I use hdiutil command for ...
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What does “Restore from iCloud Backup” currently NOT restore? (Fail to preserve/discard/lose/delete?)

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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Alternative backup solution for macOS

I encountered this issue with Time Machine, so I Googled about alternative solutions, but I can't find one that's suitable for my need. I want the following: Interface: Both command line and GUI that'...
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Time Machine alternatives to clone one mac book to another

Due to nature of how Time Machine works, backing up or restoring large backups is incredibly slow, even with a USB disk instead of a network attached backup unit. As a result, I am looking for a ...
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Could I recover pictures from an itunes backup missing PLIST files?

I have an itunes backup that is only missing the Plist files and I want to know if it's possible to recover pictures from this backup? The backup isn't encrypted and programs for reading Itunes ...
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“Backup Disk Not Available”, Time Machine can't find Time Capsule any more

I have a 2 TB Time Capsule and it was used by Time Machine for many months. Some days ago the Time Capsule was disconnected from its power supply and today is now connected again. Time Machine ...
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Disable Time Machine Auto Cleaning

According to Apple, Time Machine removes all but one backup for every month, all but one backup for every week of the last month, and all but one backup for every day of the last week. I have plenty ...
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Time Machine backup silently fails. Log says “Backup canceled.”

Since a few days, most attempts of Time Machine on backing up my Mac are silently cancelled. Here's the situation: Automatic Time Machine backups are turned on. The preparation of backups is started ...
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Time Machine parsebundle too large and can't do a backup

I've been using AirPort Time Capsule 802.11ac (7.9.1 firmware) for approximately 2 years but in the last month by 4th of July, it started to stop crating backups. The /private/var/db/com.apple.backupd....
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iPhone backup takes too much space

I have my iCloud backups stripped down to only CONTACTS and NOTES and about 150MB of apps, yet the backup is 5.22 GB. How do I make my iPhone backup smaller?!
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Is there a way to retrieve WhatsApp backup from iCloud programmatically?

WhatsApp stores its backup in the cloud. Is there a way to retrieve it through a toy app / script etc?
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Is there any way to disable APFS local snapshots?

APFS local snapshots are generally a pain for me, especially on some of my systems with small internal drives. All of my systems have Time Machine backups and the hourly backups it performs are more ...
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Problem backing up my iPhone to my Mac, the iPhone icon does not appear in iTunes

I have an 2010 iMac running High Sierra. I have iTunes version 12.8.2.3 and iOS version 12.3.1. I want to backup my iPhone to my computer using iTunes. In the past I could connect my iPhone to my ...
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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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“Compress item” inside Time Machine backup

Trying to compress (by right-click + "Compress item") an item inside a Time Machine drive's /Volumes/drive_name/mac_name/Latest folder will put the resulting .zip file on /Users/user_name/Desktop on ...
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Inheriting Time Machine and merging old history

Last year I replaced my MacBook Pro's internal OEM SSD with a larger one from Other World Computing. A side effect of that migration was that my main drive was renamed from “Macintosh HD” to “OWC ...