2 simple questions from a Time-Machine noob

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

  1. samuelf92 macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2012
    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?)

  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    1. Yes, that was one selling point Of Time Machine in Leopard.

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

    Mar 25, 2012
    quick reply! thanks! my god, how I've wasted my time so far...
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    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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