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Best way to copy all files, ignoring errors?

I like using rsync in order to copy files from a corrupted source to a functional destination: rsync -auv --delete --ignore-errors /path/to/source/ /path/to/destination/ Where: -a = "archive mode" =...
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Backup files from Terminal in Recovery Mode

My goal was to copy files to the external hard drive. They are stored in Macintosh HD (I originally thought I will find Macintosh HD in a subfolder of OS X Base System - wrong assumption). There was ...
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Backup files from Terminal in Recovery Mode

For new macs using disks with APFS (Apple file system) you can simply do: diskutil apfs unlock "Macintosh HD" And then access it by: ls "/Volumes/Macintosh HD"
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Is it technically possible to recover iPhone 11 data after reset (ios15)?

No, this is not possible for any practical scenario. It is also totally false that this was "very easy" before iOS 12. This is basically a duplicate of your other question here: How to copy ...
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Backup to External in Recovery Mode (Terminal or Time Machine)

Whatever you do, leave the faulty disk alone until you know what you are going to do. The risk that the disk breaks entirely any moment now is very high. This answer assumes you don't have FileVault ...
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Size of /Users folder is way too low, where is my data?

Finder is probably just counting the /Users/Shared folder or other public folders. You probably don't have permission to the folders containing data for the user, so even though the data is there, ...
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Error recovering MacBook login password: “There was an error communicating with iCloud”

It seems like the issue was with my iCloud's "Advanced Data Protection" being turned on. It's a buggy feature, which will hopefully be fixed in future versions, but it seems it's not ...
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How to recover data from formatted encrypted external hdd?

Unfortunately, it’s gone. When you encrypt your drive, it gets scrambled with a randomized key so, if you were to look at the actual sectors of the drive, it would just be a jumbled mess. The key is ...
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Can I Recover an Erased Time Machine Disk?

The chances of recovering the directory structure & therefore the data intact in its original form are minimal. Time Machine uses a complex structure of links to files in order to reduce disk ...
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Notes.app - how to access history?

If you use backup software such as Time Machine, you may be able to access your Notes.app history/older versions of your notes by restoring the 3 .sqlite files in: ~/Library/Group Containers/group....
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Re-install Python on macOS

Ideally you can restore whatever you‘ve deleted from a backup. If you removed the standard Python installation of macOS, boot into the Recovery Partition (if any) and reinstall macOS from there. ...
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What's the safest way to ship diskettes?

Any time I shipped magnetic media, I used the anti-static bags that electronic components came in. Granted, when you have access to an IT department, they are easily available; we would save them for ...
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Data Recovery for Accidentally Erased Hard Drive

Use quality recovery software There is a product called DiskDrill that I have used with good success. You can use the product for free to see what it can find. To actually recover your files, you ...
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Recovering Notes from Water Damaged iPhone

Have a technician (not an apple one) carefully open up the iPhone (hopefully you dont have a warranty). Remove the SIM card and battery. Then lay the halves flat and then use a vacuum cleaner with a ...
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How do I access files that are owned by another user?

Even if you have the same username on a different instance of macOS (it could be the same computer), the OS doesn't see the two as being the same. What you need to do is take ownership of the files. ...
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What are next steps when fsck reports "could not be repaired after 3 attempts"?

To add here I had the similar situation. The steps I took: Boot in single mode. Run /sbin/fsck_hfs -drfy /dev/disk0s2 many times, it didn't help. In the output I noticed there is a circular link ...
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How to make sector level copy of external hard drive with FileVault 2 enabled?

At least Carbon Copy Cloner is just a wrapper for either dd or rsync. I suspect that it's the same with SuperDuper!. Since both tools (of which rsync is not needed here) are already included in OS X ...
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How to recover apparently missing directory and data from APFS volume? `found zeroed-out block`

There is a particular fsck error: ** Checking the object map. error: (oid 0xd31c1) om: btn: found zeroed-out block Object map is invalid. Here, om refers to the object map of the macOS volume, and ...
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Will a buyer be able to recover my files if I format my mac HD and sell it?

The accepted procedure these days is that you already have FileVault enabled, right from the first time you use the Mac. If you do, then the simple format & reinstall in Apple's instructions is ...
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How to copy all bytes of a phone (formatted or not, 64GB/64B) into a computer hard drive?

No, that's not a typical way to recover lost data on iPhones. In almost every instance, your old data is either UNMAP'ed (TRIM'ed) or it was encrypted and now the encryption key is gone. So a copy of ...
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Reset name and password to access macOS

You can ask Apple to request access to the Apple ID account: this would cover photos stored in iCloud, Calendar, Contacts, email and any documents in iCloud Drive. https://support.apple.com/en-gb/...
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Recover QuickTime 7 Pro registration from backup?

The file that contains the serial number, if you still have it, would be here: Macintosh HD/Library/Preferences/com.apple.QuickTime.plist *NOTE: This is the main Library folder, not your User folder ...
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Switch back to HFS+ from APFS

I'm afraid there's no non-destructive way to revert back to HFS once converted. You may use diskutil apfs deleteContainer /dev/disk(x)s(x) (where x is your correct APFS container). This will revert ...
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Data Recovery for Accidentally Erased Hard Drive

Another alternative to the awesome TestDisk is GetDataBack, it's a paid software, but I used it successfully on hard drives that TestDisk could not recover. You can try the demo to see if the files ...
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Recovering Notes from Water Damaged iPhone

Btw you could immediately have disconnect the battery from board if possible. That will prevent further short circuits. One thing I can suggest is, replacing battery and try turning on if possible. In ...
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What's the safest way to ship diskettes?

Well-wrapped packaging with a bit of insulation is as good as you are going to get. Anything more elaborate (Faraday cage?) is liable to attract attention of customs agents, who may then take them ...
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Is it technically possible to recover iPhone 11 data after reset (ios15)?

Yes, until the storage is over written the encrypted data exists still. This recovery you contemplate is by no means trivial due to several factors. you have likely lost access to a key you never had ...
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Recover deleted Encrypted OS X Extended volume

I followed Klanomath's reply above to successfully recover my Macintosh HD. I had tried to resize it from ubuntu (Bootcamp) and completely stopped seeing my Macintosh HD partition. I had tried several ...
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How to recover an iMovie

The short answer is you recover this file in the same way you'd recover any other file, but this assumes you're only wanting to recover the final movie you produced and not all of the raw footage and ...
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Data Recovery for Accidentally Erased Hard Drive

You can also try using Secure Data Recovery Services or a similar data recovery service. You will have to send in your drive or your MacBook to them for service.
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