Questions tagged [backup]

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

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Restored iPhone from iTunes backup - where's all the iMessage storage that was previously used?

iPhone 7 Plus running iOS 12.4.1. Device showed the following iMessage statistics under iPhone Storage: I took encrypted backup using iTunes on Windows, then restored that backup (also to 12.4.1). ...
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370GB unused but cannot shrink APFS container

200GB unused, but can't change APFS container size due to minimum requirement I would like to shrink my APFS container on the macOS side to 100GB so that I can allocate more storage to Bootcamp. ...
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Find file in Time Machine backup with command line

I am looking for a specific file starting with "Screenshot 2019-07-11" with an unknown location. I tried: $ sudo find /Volumes/TimeMachine/ -type f -name 'Screenshot 2019-07-11*' find: /Volumes/...
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Backup mails from outlook app

I had an email account configured in outlook app in my iphone. I recently lost access to the email account and only mails available are the ones already downloaded in the outlook app. I want to backup ...
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iPhone 6 and iCloud contacts reverted back to an old list

I recently noticed my contacts seem to have reverted back to what they were several years ago. I've lost contacts I added within the last year or so and old contacts I deleted years ago have made a ...
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Thoughts about recovery MBP that has 2 months old Time Machine copy

I have an MBP late 2011 with High Sierra installed. Two disks are installed inside: an SSD with macOS and apps, and the second disk is a Macintosh HD with a home folder. The last backup of Time ...
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How to restore an iPhone backup from an external hard drive (windows)

I backed up my phone on itunes and it took a lot of space on my laptop so I put the backup on an external drive, however, not knowing any better, I did not create any symlink. Is there any way I can ...
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Itunes backup for Iphone folder on Windows 10?

I'm doing really hard on finding the backup folder, that Itunes uses for my Iphone 6s. The Backup worked fine, but I cannot find any Apple or Apple Computer folder in my AppData folder, which I access ...
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How to backup iCloud only files?

How can I securely backup files, which are purged from the local harddrive due to the Optimize-Storage feature in macOS? They are NOT backed up in Timemachine They are NOT backed up with CCC (see ...
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Copy Mac Time Machine Backup Directories from One External Drive to Another

I decided to stick to the safest approach to make copies of my backups. In other words, my Mac backs up everything to one external drive and then I copy that entire backup directory to the second ...
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Disk Utility Image from “BOOTCAMP” creating empty dmg

I have a very complicated and time consuming Windows 10 install on my mid 2018 Macbook Pro (running 10.14.6 Mojave) Bootcamp partition. Virtualization (including Parallels 15 with Metal support) is ...
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Time Machine can't back up to an attached external USB drive

Mac "A" (iMac, macOS 10.14) has an attached USB hard disk "EXT" (3TB, GUID, macOS Extended, Journaled). Mac "A" can use Time Machine successfully to back up to external drives shared from other ...
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Is there a programmatic way to save and re-create launchpad groups in Mojave?

I have to switch machines from time to time. I keep a dotfiles that's pretty elaborate, as part of this routine. I'd also like to make my launchpad folders be portable. I'm fine with solution that ...
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Pairing Apple Watch to new iPhone without erasing

My iPhone was lost and I want to pair my watch with my new iPhone. Everything I see says that unpairing the watch will erase it. The problem is I don't have a backup of the watch since it's a new ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Move photos to a new iPhone without iCloud

I've got 24GB of photos on an iPhone 8 Plus that I'd like to move to an iPhone X. Normally, I believe I can just backup on iTunes and restore to the new device. Unfortunately, I am on iOS 12.3.2, ...
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Can't restore from Time Machine server

I have a Mac mini running 10.14.5 as a server. In System Preferences / Sharing I set up a shared folder on second internal drive HFS+ formatted drive for time machine backups. Backing up and entering ...
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Time Machine backing up way more space than hard drive contains

I have a new MacBook Air running 10.14.5 (Mojave, non-beta). The drive is 500GB and formatted APFS. The initial Time Machine backup has been running for about 24 hours and still isn't finished. But ...
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Difference in encrypting a sparse bundle for Time Machine before or after mounting the drive?

I created a sparse bundle to use as my Time Machine back up hdiutil create -size 800g -encryption -type SPARSEBUNDLE -fs "HFS+J" -volname TimeMachineEncrypted TimeMachineEncrypted.sparsebundle When ...
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Find Notes in Time Machine

So, I haven't found a question asked for this particular issue. I am trying to find Notes from an old computer on Time Machine backups, but the typical location in Containers or Group Containers ...
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Whatsapp backup issue on iCloud with iOS 12.2

I've been using this iCloud account for 3 years and now it is having issues with the WhatsApp backup. If I try to do a manual backup in WhatsApp settings, it sticks on preparing or either goes to max ...