What If My Computer Crashes? Where Are My Passwords?

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basmusic86
basmusic86
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Hello,

My question is what happens when my computer crashes, do i lose al my passwords? I Don't have them on paper anymore. I Do Sync trough Wi-Fi with my Iphone, but when I Don't sync, i still want my passwords back after a computer crash. I Do make backups by Apple's TimeMachine. Is There a file that I can copy from the Time Machine disk onto my new not-crashed computer, then open my new (already purchased) 1password and see al my old passwords?

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  • Stephen_C
    Stephen_C
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    You should not lose all your passwords if your Mac crashes. You have two safety nets:

    1. the copy of your 1P data on your phone;
    2. your Time Machine backups.

    When you have a new computer to replace the old one the most likely thing you will do will be to sync 1P on the new computer with 1P on your phone. That way you will have all your passwords back on your new computer. If for any reason that fails you can still recover data from your Time Machine backups. Have a look at this knowledge base article on how to find your backups.

    I've assumed, for all of this, that you're using either 1P4 or 1P5.

    Stephen

  • basmusic86
    basmusic86
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    oke, I see the file, but i don't know where it's located. So I have to search that file on my TimeMachine ???? @ Macintosh HD ▸ Users ▸ Myname ▸ Library ▸ Containers ▸ 2BUA8C4S2C.com.agilebits.onepassword-osx-helper ▸ Data ▸ Library ▸ Backups

  • Stephen_C
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    There is another knowledge base article here about where 1P stores its data. It explains exactly where the backup files are stored for both the Mac App Store version of 1P and the AgileBits store version.

    Stephen

  • littlebobbytables
    littlebobbytables
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    Hi @basmusic86‌

    Hopefully you found that page regarding file locations useful (thanks obviously to Stephen_C). So manually you can retrieve the last backup file and use that for example. Of course if you use Time Machine to do a full machine restore onto a new Mac that takes care of it too as Time Machine will restore everything to the correct location or at least that's how it should work.

    Also, your iPhone represents a completely independent copy of your vault so even if you didn't have Time Machine there would be a way to take the vault on your iPhone and set up a new copy of 1Password for Mac from that too.

    If you have any further questions do please ask and we'll see if a person from AgileBits can respond before the speedy Stephen_C does :wink:

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