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    Time Machine Question
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    I back up my MacBook Pro to an external hard drive every month. Recently I wanted to go back to January to try to recover a contact I have since deleted.

    I thought it would be a simple matter of opening Time Machine and restoring “address book” from January. I tried but it didn’t work. What am I doing wrong?

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    I think you have to open the contacts app and then open TM to get it to open the Contacts backup. That's how it worked for me
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    Wow, It worked, how cool is that!! Thanks much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    I think you have to open the contacts app and then open TM to get it to open the Contacts backup. That's how it worked for me

    Thanks for that Jake and who knew that's how it needs to be done, even though I don't use TM. Seems a bit of a bizarre method.




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    Nah, Patrick, it's like restoring a mail message. You COULD restore by knowing where the mail/contacts data files are stored, but it's just more logical, and easier, to open the app and then TM. Plus, you don't have to muck about with system files that way, either.
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    So glad Jake's excellent advice worked for you.

    Just as a "by the way"; why only backup your Time Machine once a month?

    Two points here:

    1. Unless you hardly use your MacBook Pro, a lot can happen in a month which means a lot can be lost.

    2. If you have Time Machine switched on in System Preferences > Time Machine, then your MacBook Pro takes snapshots of your Mac hourly etc and adds them to your Hard Drive which takes up a lot of space. It's only when you attach your TM EHD that these are moved over to that Drive.

    Either way, a month seems a long interval.

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    Either way, a month seems a long interval.

    Ian

    Good valid catch Ian, but I guess they could just be disabling TM for the interim. But that's still a long time between backups if it's being used almost daily.




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    Thanks for that Jake and who knew that's how it needs to be done, even though I don't use TM. Seems a bit of a bizarre method.
    One reason why that works so well is that both contacts and mail are stored as data base files which is why the app needs to be active when trying to restore from Time Machine.

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    Thanks for the responses. I don’t use the MacBook for much so once a month is plenty. I recently bought an iPad and I have backed it up once to the MacBook. I’m more concerned about files on the iPad, though I do store some of those on iCloud. Maybe I should be backing up daily to iCloud from the iPad? I would hate to lose the work I’ve done on some videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiss View Post
    Thanks for the responses. I don’t use the MacBook for much so once a month is plenty. I recently bought an iPad and I have backed it up once to the MacBook. I’m more concerned about files on the iPad, though I do store some of those on iCloud. Maybe I should be backing up daily to iCloud from the iPad? I would hate to lose the work I’ve done on some videos.
    It's great that you back up your iPad. You clearly treasure its content (videos & other personal things). So backup frequently to your Mac (and your Mac is backed up to Time Machine which includes the iPad backups, of course).

    I would also advise a frequent and total backup to iCloud (need to be plugged in to a power source and with a strong WiFi signal). The easiest way to do this to charge up your iPad each day, over night, in a part of your home with a good WiFi signal.

    These backups are free in the sense that they are part of your Apple ecosystem.

    Should you ever want additional security, you might like to consider iMazing. It's a paid-for app and may be beyond your needs. But it is very highly respected.

    Just a few ideas.

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    Maybe I should be backing up daily to iCloud from the iPad?
    Probably a good idea if you're doing a lot of video work. But keep in mind that Apple only gives you 5GB of free space on iCloud. However, for $.99 per month you can buy more space (50GB) which should be more than enough to store a lot of videos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pm-r View Post
    Good valid catch Ian, but I guess they could just be disabling TM for the interim. But that's still a long time between backups if it's being used almost daily.




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    One could leave TM off all the time (never activated). And just use the menu bar icon to "Back Up Now" as often as needed.
    -- Bob --
    Please backup. Everything has a life cycle, unexpected and warning free. Nothing will last as long as you want it to.

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    One could leave TM off all the time (never activated). And just use the menu bar icon to "Back Up Now" as often as needed.

    Thanks Bob and good to know, at least for those that use TM.





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