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 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 ...
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Fix a sometimes happening prohibitory sign 🚫

Well, I know there's an answer to a similar question here: Getting a 🚫 sometimes on boot, but this is slightly different. My system is running on external drive. Actually on an external ...
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Spaces taken up by iBooks is not showing on iCloud?

I recently deleted iPhone backup on iCloud which was occupying almost 4gb out of my 5gb basic iCloud storage. Since then when I check my iCloud account it shows that iBooks 3.8 data but only showing 1....
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How Does Time Machine Check for “Runtime Corruption” and How Do I Reset It?

After working quite happily for months, Time Machine running with a NAS as a backup destination has suddenly decided that my backup is "corrupt" after failing a check for "runtime corruption" and is ...
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Back up other drive using Time Machine

I'm trying to diagnose & fix some problem on my MacBook Pro - the machine randomly hard-crashes instantly & shuts down. I have a somewhat-old Time Machine backup of the drive on an external ...
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How to delete “invisible” files/folders (device backups)

I am trying to recover about 162 GB of drive space by deleting device backups from ~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup on a MBP running El Capitan (10.11.6.) To be safe I dragged the ...
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Whole system backup boot-camp included

I have access to a 1TB drive. I need to backup the MacBook which I have access to, which has a version of Windows on it via Bootcamp. I have learned that Time Machine does not keep track of windows ...
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Can't delete time machine backups - error 8072 [duplicate]

I am not able to delete permanently time machine backups from an external hard drive which are now in my trash. After an hour or so « deleting items » and a growing number, I get « the operation can’t ...
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TimeMachine Backup of APFS SSD in Mojave Never Completes

I am trying to setup up TimeMachine to a network attached storage (NAS) drive. My setup is successful, but like many others with an APFS partition (instead of HFS+), TimeMachine never completes the ...
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Using iCloud as file storage and synchronization service

I am considering to choose iCloud Drive vs Google Drive to store old music and photos folders present in external drives. Is it possible to upload large folders to iCloud Drive that are not present ...
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iOS Backup Size plus Next Backup Size?

If I have a limit of free 5GB iCloud, and the Backup Info states: Backup Size: 4.28GB Next Backup Size: 1.10GB Doesn't this mean the next backup will be smaller? Therefore, shouldn't it overwrite/...
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How can I repair my Mac so Time Machine backup will work?

I'm trying to backup my computer for the first time running Yosemite OS. The time machine fails, despite trying with two different external USB 3 drives with this error partway into the Time Machine ...
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How can I restore macOS on a MacBook if all the data on the hard drive is wiped/corrupted?

I want to be secure against a worst-case scenario because I'm about to start tinkering with my SSD (going to try installing Linux). What backup methods would allow me to perform a clean reinstall (I'm ...
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Airport Time Capsule - check backups with another laptop

My laptop is dead. I got an AirPort Time Capsule, and I want to check if there is a fresh backup inside. But because my laptop doesn't start up anymore, is it possible to use another computer to check ...
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Combine Time Machine backups in Mojave

My Time Machine backup drive became corrupt. It would take several minutes to mount, and then MacOS would warn me to back up the data. When I tried copying Backups.backupdb out I got "Error Code -36"...
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Backing up another user’s mid-2013 Macbook Air

I have pretty much been a Windows user all my life but a family member has recently given me his mid-2013 i7 Macbook Air. This machine is logged in with his Apple account (I have the credentials) and ...
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TimeMachine setup backup to internal harddrive

I want to setup TimeMachine backup to my internal hard-drive on MacBookPro with Mojave 10.14.3 (I know it is not safe in case the hard-drive fails!) So I added a new encrypted AFPS volume. But in ...
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Large external HD array for a Mac mini with RAID to run the Mac mini as a NAS

I'm looking at getting a NAS to store about 12 TB of data (but would like expansion options in future). The main purpose of the NAS would be to: Backup Have cloud files like Google drive and ...
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How to ensure Time-Machine can rollback to a specific-date backup? (not deleting it)

I just upgraded from El Captain to Mojave and I have a Time Machine backup of the instant before starting the upgrade. I need to be able to eventually restore the previous operative system, but I am ...
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Deleting backups

On iOS, if I delete a backup will I still have all of my photos, even on my photo stream? I would like to know as my iCloud storage is running out so I want to get rid of my old backup and make a new ...
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External hard drives keep failing

A couple years ago, I learned my lesson. I had bought a WD My Book Thunderbolt external RAID. I didn't have a backup plan of course; it failed within a year, and I lost everything—this was about a ...
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Permission of ~/.Trash is always gone after Time machine backup

Every day, permission of ~/.Trash is always gone(Pic1). And .Trash become zero bytes file. That mean, I can't move files to Trash, and Finder will delete files immediately. Every time ~/.Trash go ...
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Is it safe to create a tarball of a Time Machine backup?

Is it possible for me to create a .tar.gz, .tar.xz, etc file of a .backupdb? Are there any precautions I need to take to ensure that all permissions, hardlinks, etc are preserved? Will tar destroy the ...
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Why would running rsync cause the Date Modified value on a particular folder on the source volume to change?

I ran rsync last night to backup some of my drive. When I woke up, the source folder (which is sorted by Date Modified, descending) had a particular sub-folder at the top which I haven't touched in ...
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What is a good way to move my MacBook life to a temporary computer, and back to primary computer?

I use my MacBook Pro extensively, for work and pleasure. I have a lot of apps and settings. I have a ton of data in my Calendar app and Contacts app. I have a sequence of year-based project ...
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Time Machine wants 4.50 PB to backup 266.14GB

I'm currently unable to backup via Time Machine, as backups fail with the following error message: "Time Machine couldn't complete the backup to "Time Machine"". "The backup disk needs 4.50 PB for ...
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Can Time Machine files be restored across different OSs?

I am backing up my MacBook Air that runs OS X El Capitan 10.11.6 to an external Hard Drive using Time Machine. I have another older MacBook that runs Mac OS X 10.6.8. If I wipe the hard drive of the ...
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Multiple Time Machine backups, both encrypted and unencrypted

I have an unencrypted Time Machine backup with a long history. I'm planning to add a brand new disk to the Time Machine, and use both to do backups simultaneously. The new disk will be stored in an ...
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Backup my hard drive data from dead macbook pro (early 2013)

When I tried to upgrade my macbook pro (early 2013 model) to macOS Mojave, it restarted within 5 mins of starting the installation and after that display was not working. I had to replace the logic ...
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Save compressed container for backups

Time Machine does NOT backup up files, which aren't on the Mac due to iCloud optimization technology. To Backup these files on a monthly basis I want to write an automator script, which simply copies ...
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How do I update my iOS version with iTunes on Mac without backup?

Since Apple's weird rule makes me unable to upgrade my phone via mobile data. I have to use iTunes to upgrade. I have a lot of traffic so it's not a big deal for me. I have a Mac with me and I can ...
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Why does TimeMachine generate large backups and is there a way to optimize them?

I have 2 Macs: MacBook Air (13-inch, Early 2015), 128 GB MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2009), 512 GB Both of them make backups to the same Time Machine (set up on a local NAS). My issue is that ...
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Time Machine Backups

I am doing a clean install of Mojave on my MacBook - it has simply not been possible to upgrade from High Sierra to Mojave automatically. I understand that it will overwrite all of the HDD contents I ...
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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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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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How to downgrade to OS X Yosemite 10.10? (Have not yet upgraded)

I have a 2015 iMac 5k running OS X Yosemite 10.10.x. I've always been nervous about upgrading an expensive machine. Now I am curious about upgrading, but I would like to find an option that would ...
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Is there a way to selectively sync files/folders in iCloud Drive?

I have a 2TB iCloud storage plan and I'd like to upload a media folder for backup purposes onto Apple's servers without having it automatically download to iCloud Drive on my local SSD. Is there a ...
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How to use HFS+ encrypted partition as Time Machine backup drive

I formatted one partition on my external drive as MacOS Extended (Journaled, Encrypted). Now when I open Time Machine and want to use that partition I see a checkbox Encrypt backups. Because I don'...
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How to reinstall Viber with no connection with my previous Viber usage?

I used to use Viber on iPhone for a while with one set of Viber credentials. Now I want to reinstall Viber on the same device "erasing its memory" completely: to use it with completely different ...
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Copy entire user profile to new device with different username

My work MBP has been set up as a standalone device, but now needs to join the corporate network. Is there a way to copy my entire user profile (apps, config, terminal settings etc) to a new device (...
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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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Merge two time machine backups into one folder

I have two time machine disks from two macs, first disk has Backups.backupdb/mac1 and the second Backups.backupdb/mac2. How can I merge these backups into one? Or in other words, copy Backups.backupdb/...
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I made a backup of my iPad Pro using iTunes. Can I restore that backup onto another iPad?

I made a backup of my iPad Pro using iTunes. The backup is on my PC not on iCloud. The iPad broke a few days later, so I went to a store to make the AppleCare valid, we formatted it on the store. ...
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How to restore messages when Messages in iCloud is enabled?

How can I restore deleted messages when Messages in iCloud is enabled? Historically one would just restore the iPhone to an earlier iCloud Backup however I have attempted to do that but since ...
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How do I separate iMovie projects for backup and sharing?

Whenever I create a movie in iMovie, it seems to lump it all into a single iMovie Library file. This means I can't easily backup or share individual projects. I realize I can "Show Package Contents" ...
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Creating mountable snapshot view in macOS

I'm used to backup my user's home using rsync. However, I now have data (eg, running database) that shouldn't be backed up while being changed, and I'd like to keep the applications changing them ...
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TimeMachine's `tmutil compare` shows lots of files as changed even though there's been no updates

For example, if I run tmutil compare I see lots of entry like: + 42B /Applications/Books.app/Contents/Frameworks/BKLibrary.framework/Versions/A/Resources/vi.lproj/InfoPlist....
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Is there a way to sync contacts between an android phone and an iPad without using a computer?

If I use a computer, then I can log into iCloud to download all my contacts, copy them to google and sync between gmail and the android phone. Is there a way to do this without a computer and just ...
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Lost preview.app. How to get it back?

After resetting my Mac from a backup (High Sierra, version 10.13.6), I somehow lost the preview.app. It's not there. I still see remnants like com.apple.Preview.plist (yet, no com.apple.preview folder)...
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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 ...