iCloud - what happens when I make a mistake

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by dknightd, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. dknightd macrumors 6502

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    I like the concept of iCloud. It should make it easy for me to sync two macs and a phone. In the past I always had to be careful where I made changes, and to manually make the changes propagate to the right place.

    Now I can make changes anywhere, and they get updated in the all the other places.

    But what if I make a mistake and accidentally delete something I need - now it will automatically be deleted in all places. In the past this was no big worry - I have time machine backups on both macs, so, can usually recover from a local mistake, or I can use what is stored on another device to recover. But now if I make a mistake it changes all locations.

    Lets say I accidentally delete all addresses on iphone - can I still use timemachine backups on mac to repopulate the iCloud?
     
  2. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Yes.
     
  3. dknightd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Great. Do you know what the proper procedure would be?
    Is it online someplace? I think I'd like to test this before I go too much further with this. Thanks.
     
  4. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Wouldn't you just open up your Address Book and initiate Time Machine,

    Select the date, select your contacts and click Restore.
     
  5. dknightd thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I didn't know you could access time machine via an app. I've always done it from the finder - cool - doesn't work with all apps though.

    So I've tried adding a dummy entry - making a new time machine backup - deleting my dummy entry - then restoring from timemachine.

    I've had mixed success. Sometimes the dummy entry reappears, as it should. Sometimes the erased record shows up for a second, then gets deleted - almost as if iCloud is updating (deleting) it again.

    Some more experimentation is required before I trust this fully. . .
     

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