2 simple questions from a Time-Machine noob

samuelf92

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 25, 2012
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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
 

satcomer

macrumors 603
Feb 19, 2008
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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.