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How to restore data from Time Machine in Mountain Lion | Macworld

How to restore data from Time Machine in Mountain Lion | Macworld | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you use Time Machine regularly, you're ready for whatever technological mishaps life throws at you. Restoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.

 Now that you’ve been using Time Machine regularly to back up your computer, you should be fully prepared if your Mac crashes or if you need to move data from one Mac to another. Restoring data from Time Machine is just as easy as backing things up in the first place.

 

Restore a single file or folder

 If you’re just looking for a certain file or folder, start by connecting the external drive you use for Time Machine backups or making sure you can connect to your Time Capsule. Click on the Time Machine item in the menu bar at the top of your screen (it looks like a clock with an arrow running counter-clockwise) and choose Enter Time Machine. Here, all of your saved backups appear in chronological order. Use the visual timeline on the right hand side to scroll through your backups and look for specific items or folders. Older dates are indicated in pink on the timeline; the most up-to-date data on your Mac is indicated in white. (You’ll see the word “Now” in bold, white letters on the timeline.)

 Not sure which backup might hold the last copy of your missing file? Try a Spotlight search in Time Machine based on keywords. You’ll see a search field in the corner of each Finder window in the Time Machine view. Type in the file name or keywords from the file, and Spotlight will search through your backups to find the latest copy.

 Not sure where to find the file you need? You can perform a Spotlight search in Time Machine using the search field (circled).Once you think you’ve found what you’re looking for, use OS X’s Quick Look to make sure—select the file and then press the spacebar to view the file without having to launch its parent application.

 Preview a file before you restore it by using OS X's Quick Look feature.Select the file or folder and press the Restore button. The file will automatically be copied to your desktop or to the file’s original folder. This may take some time, depending on the size of the transfer.

 

Restore an entire system

  Sometimes you may want to restore your entire system from a backup, say in event of a crash or when your computer is acting badly and you’d like to dial back the clock to a kinder, gentler time. If that’s the case, first connect your Time Machine drive.  Then, start up your Mac from the Mountain Lion recovery partition by pressing (and holding down) Command-R at startup. This launches Recovery Mode, which is a portion of your drive that Mountain Lion treats as a separate volume. It includes a few essential utilities for restoring files in case of an issue. For this to work, you must have a complete Time Machine backup that includes all system files.

 The Mac OS X Utilities window appears. Select Restore From Time Machine Backup. This command will erase the destination drive—your Mac—so only use it if you’re restoring an entire volume to its original source or to a replacement drive. (Read the next section for setting up a new Mac or transferring data between Macs).

 Click Continue until you reach the Select a Backup Source window. Select your Time Machine drive and click Continue. In the Select a Destination window, select your Mac’s hard drive. (Using Recovery Mode erases your Mac’s hard drive before restoring from Time Machine, but once the process is finished, you’ll be able to log in and use your Mac normally).

 

Transfer data between Macs

  Let’s say you bought a new Mac and want to transfer all the data from your old system to it. Or, say you simply want to transfer data from one Mac to another. Time Machine can help here too, but with the assistance of another built-in Mountain Lion utility called Migration Assistant.

  Use OS X's Migration Assistant to transfer data from a Time Machine backup to a another computer.Once your backup drive is connected, launch Migration Assistant (in your /Applications/Utilities folder). A Migration Assistant window will appear and ask how you want to transfer your information. Choose the From another Mac, PC, Time Machine backup, or other disk option and then click Continue. You may be prompted to enter your administrator’s password. Do so, if necessary, and click Continue.

  Next, you’ll be asked to quit other applications. Do so, and click Continue. In the next window, select the From a Time Machine backup or other disk option and click Continue.

  Select your backup drive and enter a password for it, if necessary. Then, choose which items you’d like to migrate (chances are, this will be everything). Click Continue, and your files will begin to transfer. For more tips about using Migration Assistant, see “Move data from an old Mac to a new Mac.”

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How to use Smart Folders on your Mac

How to use Smart Folders on your Mac | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
If you haven't yet used Smart Folders in OS X, then you may be missing out on a critical time-saving feature of the OS X Finder. Smart Folders are essentially canned searches, where you can save cu...
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Quick maintenance tips for your iOS device

Quick maintenance tips for your iOS device | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Delete unused apps and data

As with any device, if you run out of data, then you choke your device’s ability to work properly. In iOS, you should get warnings about there not being enough space to save data or perform some task, so in these cases your best bet is to delete unused apps, photos, movies, and other data from your system.
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Malwarebytes Releases Mac Product and Acquires AdwareMedic Giving Mac Users Malware Detection and Removal Capabilities

Malwarebytes Releases Mac Product and Acquires AdwareMedic Giving Mac Users Malware Detection and Removal Capabilities | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
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How to isolate output in the OS X Console

How to isolate output in the OS X Console | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
As programs run on your Mac, they will output their activity either to the system log or to specific log files, both of which can be viewed using OS X's Console utility, so if some aspect of your M...
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OWC USB-C Dock Pre-Order: The USB Dock designed for MacBook

OWC USB-C Dock Pre-Order: The USB Dock designed for MacBook | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
11 Ports For Your New MacBook. Meet the OWC USB-C Dock, the complete connectivity solution for your 2015 MacBook. Power your laptop and charge your mobile devices, connect fast external drives and other USB accessories, a 4K display, and much more with a single cable. With eleven ports, USB-C Dock is the gateway to possibility for your new MacBook.
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If you don't see your iOS device in iTunes for Mac - Apple Support

When you connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your Mac with OS X, you should see your device in iTunes. If you don't, try these steps.
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Where does iTunes keep its iPhone backups? | Geek Guides

Where does iTunes keep its iPhone backups? | Geek Guides | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Whenever an iPhone is synchronised with iTunes, iTunes makes a backup of its data. You can view the iTunes' backup history by going to Preferences > Devices.
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TidBITS: Scary Internet Scam Becoming Disturbingly Common

TidBITS: Scary Internet Scam Becoming Disturbingly Common | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Infected Web sites are trapping users by apparently freezing their browsers, making it hard to escape. These sites offer release either by offering help that is dangerously invasive or by demanding a ransom. Not actually malware, this social engineering attack has been called “scareware” or “ransomware.”
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Twentieth Anniversary Macintosh booting - YouTube

Showing the boot process of the TAM running Mac OS 9.

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OS X: About OS X Recovery - Apple Support

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OS X Lion and later include OS X Recovery. This feature includes all of the tools you need to reinstall OS X, repair your disk, and even restore from a Time Machine backup.
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About EFI and SMC firmware updates for Intel-based Mac computers - Apple Support

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This article lists firmware updates available as standalone installers for Intel-based Mac computers.
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About Time Machine local snapshots - Apple Support

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When you use a Mac notebook computer and your backup drive isn't available, Time Machine makes local copies of files that you create, modify, or delete.
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OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac - Apple Support

OS X: Manually migrating data from another Mac - Apple Support | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
 If your computer is too old to work with Migration Assistant, you can manually copy your data from one computer to another using these steps.
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My Stupid Fault: iCloud vs local iPhone backups | MacNN

My Stupid Fault: iCloud vs local iPhone backups | MacNN | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
That's the bottom line here: back up your iPhone and iPad to your Mac through iTunes, rather than an iCloud backup, and do it regularly -- if you want to be able to restore the your iOS device exactly as it was when you replace it. The iCloud backup is good in its way, particularly for people who don't tie their device to a Mac or Windows PC, but it is not as complete.
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Mac Malwarebytes free July 2015

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Malwarebytes builds industry-leading anti-malware and internet security software to keep you safe from today's online threats.
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Recover your iCloud password with these tips

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What should you do if you've lost the password for your iCloud account? If you're having trouble signing in with Apple, iCloud or the App Store then these tips will help
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Fix your Mac showing generic icons for files

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Identifying files by their icon is perhaps more important than being able to locate the programs you use, since for the most part you will likely be browsing your files when using the Finder on you...
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The Best USB 3.0 Hubs

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After 100 hours of research, testing, and consulting with electrical engineers, we determined that the $50 HooToo HT-UH010 seven-port hub is the best USB hub for most people. It’s compact, reliable...
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Bushel | Manage and protect your Apple devices anytime from anywhere.

Bushel | Manage and protect your Apple devices anytime from anywhere. | Mac Tech Support | Scoop.it
Bushel is a cloud-based Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution for the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod devices in your workplace. Designed to make the complex tasks simple so you can focus on business.
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Data Recovery Pricing | Western Data Recovery

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Data Recovery pricing doesn't always have to be expensive. We offer all levels of data recovery with pricing starting at $349.
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Apple drops Recovery Key in new two-factor authentication for El Capitan and iOS 9

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Apple said at WWDC it would build a more integrated and comprehensive two-factor security system into its next OS releases, and today explains what that means.
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How to install adware | Apple Support Communities

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The purpose of this User Tip is not to serve as instructions for installing malware. Clearly no one wants to do that, but intrusive and annoying adware has emerged as an increasing threat to one's Internet activity.


   Recognizing and avoiding adware is simple, but there are plenty of people new to the Mac whose prior experience with Windows PCs may have inured them to taking thoughtless actions that aren't prudent on any computing platform.

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Fix Mail not sending or receiving messages after updating OS X

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After having updated OS X to the latest version (currently version 10.10.4), you may find that while Mail will launch and display messages, it may not send or receive new ones. In some cases this p...
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How-To: Go beyond OS X Photos + make amazing wall art from your Mac's pictures (Part 1)

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