Tag Archive: Backups


How to Verify Time Machine Backups

Some Mac users may wish to verify the integrity of their Time Machine backups before using a snapshot or backup to restore a Mac using Time Machine. This verification offers a simple way to know if the Time Machine backup data has been modified or corrupted, and can be a helpful troubleshooting trick for some … Read More

Fix Slow Time Machine Backups on a Mac

The amount of time it takes to complete a Time Machine backup depends on a variety of things, like the amount of data being backed up, the destination drive speed, the speed of the internet connection if the backup is going to a Time Capsule, whether it’s the initial backup or a delta backup of … Read More

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Fix Slow Time Machine Backups on a Mac

The amount of time it takes to complete a Time Machine backup depends on a variety of things, like the amount of data being backed up, the destination drive speed, the speed of the internet connection if the backup is going to a Time Capsule, whether it’s the initial backup or a delta backup of … Read More

How to get rid of old iCloud backups on your iPhone

If you’ve been using iCloud to backup your iOS devices for a while like I have, chances are you’ve got a few older backup files crufting up your iCloud storage space. If you want to maximize the space on your…

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How to Identify iOS Backups from One Another in iTunes

If you’re like many Apple users, you may have multiple iPhone devices spanning a couple of generations, maybe an iPad or two, and maybe even a few iPods. They’re all easy to tell apart by looking at the physical devices, but if you backup your iOS device to a computer (and you should, in addition … Read More

Unable to Empty Trash and Delete Time Machine Backups? Here’s How to Fix That

Empty the Trash when Time Machine backups won't delete

Despite Time Machine being a remarkable solution for easy backups, a peculiar issue can arise for some Time Machine users that causes the OS X Trash to not be able to empty when the backup drive is connected to the Mac. This will usually manifest itself as the following; a user attempts to empty the Trash, the Trash either refuses to empty, or  [Read More…]

Easy Redundant Mac Backups with Time Machine and Multiple Drives

Use Time Machine to backup to multiple drives

Having reliable and regular backups of your Mac should be considered a mandatory part of maintenance, and for most users Time Machine provides that with easy and peace of mind. But what if you want multiple backups stored in different places, like a backup at home, and another at the office, or perhaps a backup at home and a portable backup drive for the  [Read More…]

How to Remove a File or Folder from Time Machine Backups in Mac OS X

Delete an item from Time Machine backups

Time Machine is the simplest way to keep a reliable backup of everything on your Mac, but sometimes we don’t want every file or folder saved, or maybe you just no longer need a given directory to be preserved by external backups. In these situations, removing backups of any specific file or folders, or even entire elaborate directories, is easily done from within Time Machine:

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Archive Older iOS Backups Via iTunes To Save Timely Snapshots [iOS Tips]

iTunes ArchivingIf you backup your iOS devices to your Mac, you will overwrite the latest backup each time you do so, creating a new, fully up-to-date copy of your iOS device, including settings, apps, and data. But what if you want to save a certain backup as a snapshot, like before you upgrade to a new […]

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How to Safely Move Time Machine Backups to a New Hard Drive

You can switch hard drives that Time Machine backs up to easily, but to properly migrate from one Time Machine backup drive to another and preserve the existing archived backups, you’ll want to take a few additional steps to insure that your existing prior backups are safely moved over as well.

Move Time Machine backups to a new hard drive

This is an easy process, so whether you are moving backups because  [Read More…]