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Questions tagged [restore]

The reverse procedure of backup, to restore is to put information from a backup back onto the computer system.

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Can I install any iOS version I wish by picking and choosing which firmware to restore?

I'm trying to downgrade my iPhone from the current iOS to an older one, as per this question. But every time I try, I always receive this error: The iPhone could not be restored. This device isn't ...
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Boot Camp Assistant: “Your disk could not be restored to a single partition.”

I want to delete my Windows partition and regrow my Mac partition to use the whole disk. But when I click Restore in the Boot Camp Assistant, it says: Your disk could not be restored to a single ...
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How can I get back a system file after deleting it from my Mac?

I've deleted a system file from my Mac and need to get it back. System files can include: hidden files in the root of / - especially unix files in /private /System files /Library files /...
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Does Time Machine restore whole system?

I've never used Time Machine before and I pretty much know how backups work but I'm wondering if my system will work out of the box once restored from Time Machine backup? I mean I have tons of stuff ...
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How can I restore my device with simply ipsw file and iTunes?

I want to restore my iPod touch 4 gen. using a previously downloaded .ipsw file from the web instead of iTunes trying to download it again. I have tried putting the .ipsw file in the ~/Library/iTunes/...
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Macbook Pro not detecting bootable USB with Yosemite

I created a Yosemite boot USB, from the App Store version 10.10.1. When I hold option during Boot, the USB drive doesn't show up on the menu. I have an aluminium MBP, bought in 2009. It is the full ...
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Will an iOS reinstall make a jailbroken iOS device “unjailbroken” and “supported by Apple” again?

Will an iOS reinstall Work on any jailbroken-iPhone and Make a jailbroken-iPhone "unjailbroken"? Make a jailbroken-iPhone "supported by Apple"? Similarly, does such an iOS reinstall reset the iPhone ...
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How do OS X terminal sessions persist through reboots?

Being an avid Linux user prior to buying a MacBook Pro, I typically have several terminal tabs open at any one time. In the past, crashes and reboots would generally trash my workflow, and the ...
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How do I restore my iPhone from an iCloud backup?

I just installed iOS 5 on my iPhone 4 several days ago, and I backed it up to iCloud. After performing a sync with my PC, it deleted a bunch of apps. I'd like to restore these from the iCloud backup. ...
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Restoring selected files from time machine backup of a different mac

Here's the situation so far: 20" Alum iMac 2007 HDD has died (3 days after I got a new Macbook Pro - coincidence, or suicide?) It had a time machine backup on a regular external drive I have ...
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If I upgrade to iOS 5, can I restore a 4.2 backup?

I have an iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2 backed up to one of my PCs which I no longer use. If I upgrade to iOS 5, will I lose the opportunity to restore from one of these old backups? Would I be able to ...
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Confused: Will Find My Mac work if the thief just did the hold ctrl and power button restore?

Recently had my macbook pro stolen. It's a mid 2012 model with mountain lion so it can reset the OS by just by holding ctrl and the power button. I've done it many times myself so I know all they have ...
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How to restore system from network drive?

I have a 2014 MacBook Pro. I want to restore my OS from a Time Machine backup which is on a shared network volume. When I restart in recovery (Apple-Opt-R), it boots from internet, but if I try to ...
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How do I use time machine to restore my entire computer, rather than a file?

Is is possible? What is the easiest (most hassle-free) way of accomplishing this?
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Can I store all the content of my previous iPhone in a new iPhone using iTunes?

I have an iPhone 4S with multiple backups in my computer and I'd like to buy a new iPhone. Can I connect the new device to the computer and immediately store all the content from the previous iPhone? ...
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If I remove GarageBand and iMovie from my MacBook Air, can I restore them later?

I have just bought a new MacBook Air 13" (2013). It comes pre-installed with GarageBand and iMovie. I don't really need these applications and I want to save my disk space, so I was thinking about ...
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Continuing a “stopped” iCloud restore on iOS

I was restoring my iPhone 5 to the latest iOS and chose restore via iCloud. The restore process - especially for apps - was frustratingly slow and actually stopped frozen after a while. After trying ...
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Time machine backup/restore: “This user's data doesn't need to be transferred”

So, I had a MacBook Pro 15", Late 2011, that I've been using daily since I got it last October. I set up time machine and every day after work, I would bring my laptop home and plug it into my time ...
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How to restore Mac OS X on a new hard-drive?

I am going to upgrade my MacBook Pro hard-drive, but before doing so I'm trying to figure out how to restore OS X on it. My DVD drive doesn't work so I cannot re-install from the DVD. I have a recent ...
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Is it possible to restore individual app data (over iCloud)?

I am upgrading to a new iPhone 5 from an iPod touch, and I want a shiny new, fresh install. I would rather not restore the whole shebang from my tired old, disorganized, app-laden, settings-broken ...
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How to restore individual app data from iCloud while keeping all the other apps installed and new data created since the last iCloud backup?

I just discovered that one of my apps X "disappeared" for whatever reason from my iPad. It contained MBs of valuable data, and luckily I have an iCloud backup dated a week ago or so which have it all. ...
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Will my Google Authenticator codes work if I restore my iPhone from a backup?

The latest iOS update (11.1.1) bricked my iPhone, and it appears that I will need to reset the phone to factory settings and then restore from my (iTunes) backup. I have a fairly recent backup ...
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Can I restore a Snow Leopard backup onto a Lion machine?

So I am a little confused and slightly worried, and I was wondering if someone could answer this. I have a Time Machine backup saved on an external HD for my Mac mini that is running the latest ...
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How to restore individual files from TM backup after clean install?

My teenage daughter's Mac Mini (running OSX 10.8) was cluttered with all sorts of stuff, even unwanted and inappropriate popup windows when using Safari, and more. So I made a final TM backup. Then I ...
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Disable iCloud Backup without deleting existing backup?

I want to disable further iCloud backups from one of my devices, but I don't want to delete the existing backup files already in iCloud. I couldn't find any way to archive iCloud backups the way you ...
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Can I update iOS on a locked phone?

Tim Cook's open letter about the FBI's attempts to access a locked iPhone 5c have me wondering a fairly simple question that I haven't found an answer for: Assumptions: I have an encrypted iPhone It ...
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iPhone 7 Plus stuck in recovery mode and can't restore/update even in DFU after downgrading from iOS 11

Here is what has happened. I'm hoping there is still hope in me fixing this since the weekend is here and the earliest I can get a repair appointment is Monday. I've been on the iOS 11 Developer Beta ...
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The iPhone could not be restored. An unknown error occurred (9)

This is an issue that occurred to my iPhone. What is the recommended general fix for this?
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How to make sure apps remain available after upgrading macOS?

I want to upgrade macOS on my father's Mac, as it's quite out of date (currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8). I understand how to back up files before upgrading, but what about apps? For example, he ...
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If I delete a paid app purchased through the Mac App Store, can I redownload without paying?

If I delete an app purchased through the Mac App Store, can I download it again without paying for it again like I can with iOS? In the event of an app restore, does the app retain settings, saved ...
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How to access data from a Mac Contacts backup: a .abbu file

After I back-up Mac Contacts to a .abbu file, is there a program that lets me get at the underlying data vs. just importing them? I.e., can I open them as a text file or .CSV. Thank you!
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Backup and Restore Apple Messages on macOS

Is there some means of saving your Messages history on OS X and copying it to a new system without doing a full restore from a Time Machine back up? Doing some searching, I found the below and tried ...
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Unable to install an OS on Mac (prohibited sign)

I had an issue with my MacBook Air "Core i5" 1.6 13" (Early 2015) (MacBookAir7,2) and after repeated problems I decided to wipe the computer and give it a clean slate. I downloaded a copy of ...
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Would reformatting my Mac and restoring the latest Time Machine backup be likely to improve its stability?

My MacBook Air used to be rock solid, but it has grown increasingly unstable over the past year. For example, this afternoon I can't switch to my other user account. I select the account from the fast ...
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How can we unlock an iPhone backup file if we don't know the password?

I've got a rather peculiar problem. My wife's iPhone got stolen and we bought a new one from the insurance money. When trying to restore the backup file to her new phone, iTunes asks for the password: ...
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Clone one Mac and restore it on multiple Macs

I am going to setup a bunch of MacBooks Pros with the same settings. I could go through every Mac and install all the programs but here is what I would like to do. I would like to setup one Mac with ...
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Restore ebooks (PDF) from iTunes backup?

Upon opening iBooks.app on my clean Mavericks install, I noticed that all my ebooks from other sources than the iBooks Store were missing. Of course, they're not saved in iCloud. So I wanted to ...
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iPhone 6 after death

My 89 yr old Dad just died. Before I catch static, yes, I have a death certificate. He was somewhat forgetful and would often forget passwords and reset them (and forget those too). I have his ...
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How to restore hidden Library folder in Time Machine

I want to restore the hidden user Library folder from Time Machine but I am unable to see it when I enter Time Machine. Read on. I thought the hidden Library folder would appear if I used the ...
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Why is my iPhone screen stuck on the 'connect to iTunes' screen?

I need help with my iPhone. It's stuck on the 'connect to iTunes' screen. iTunes does recognize the iPhone, but when I select 'restore', it goes through a few progress bars, then errors again. I've ...
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Google authenticator blank after backup restore

My iPhone 7 had issues and I had done encrypted backups using iTunes. Apple gave me new iPhone as replacement. When I restored from iTunes backup, my Google Authenticator is blank. I have lot of ...
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Is there a complete and detailed description of what Migration Assistant copies over?

Does it copy all files in ~/Library ? Including cache files and even things like Flash cookies? What about user created files/folders in / ? etc etc
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Can I use Time Machine to restore to a smaller disk

I have used Time Machine to restore my MBP to a larger HDD with great success, but am about to purchase a smaller SSD for it. With the obvious caveat of not having more data than the SSD can hold, is ...
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How do I restore a case-sensitive, journaled Time Machine backup to a case-insensitive, journaled filesystem?

I would effectively like to switch from a case-sensitive journaled filesystem to that of a case-insensitive journaled filesystem. Booting into Lion's recovery allows me to format the drive as I wish, ...
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How does keychain restore work in other idevice?

app A stores passwords in keychain programmatically. One password is stored in one keychain item. Keychain item is a class of type Generic Password. app A is installed & used in idevice1 & ...
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How do I recover purchased music on my iPhone 4?

I replaced my iPhone 4 today and used iTunes to restore all of my settings, contacts, calendars and apps. Everything but my music was restored- including my purchased items. I have tried the iTunes ...
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How to restore a backup to a user account? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to restore from a Time Machine backup when there is already a user account set up? We just sold my wife's MacBook Air, and we're going to try sharing my MacBook Pro for a ...
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How can I erase the data from my Macbook without losing my recent OS?

I'm going to sell my Macbook Pro and want to remove all of the data before doing so. I have the OS Lion installed but my machine came with Snow Leopard. How can I remove everything and restore it to ...
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Do I need to take special steps to fully restore an iPhone after jailbreaking it?

I heard that the iPhone has some sort of counter that counts every unauthorized connect or something like that, and with said counter, Apple Geniuses can tell if it has been jailbroken and they won't ...
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How to use Time Machine backup on a different computer?

I had a MacBook Pro, Mid-2010, which I regularly made weekly Time Machine backups of. The computer accidently got destroyed. When it died it was running OS X 10.10.4. I then got a new MacBook Pro, ...