2 simple questions from a Time-Machine noob

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by samuelf92, Aug 22, 2012.

  1. samuelf92 macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys

    I'm an ex-PC user. I've got 2 simple questions regarding Time Machine (don't know anybody else who uses it):
    1: If I want stuff from Time Machine, I don't have to go back in time and recover my whole Mac, right? I can always drag and drop files I'd like to have, individually?
    2: Confirm this: Backing up with Time Machine is better than first transferring files to an ext. HDD before reinstalling OS X and everything else (like I had to do with my pc when it got slower because of apps etc?)

    Thanks
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    1. Yes, that was one selling point Of Time Machine in Leopard.

    2. Oh yes.
     
  3. samuelf92 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    quick reply! thanks! my god, how I've wasted my time so far...
     
  4. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Think of Time Machine like a file backup that can reinstall (with an install disk on older OS X systems or the 10.7 & 10.8 recovery partitions) full re-installs. If you want a 'clone' in OS X (just use a MacUpdate clone list to find a program you want to use) to have a bootable external. OS X can boot from proper cloned externals.
     

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