Accessing time machine backup after clean install

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by to1986, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. to1986 macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2009
    So I want to do a clean install of mavericks as my MacBook has started to slow down quite a bit. I'm not planning on using migration assistant, so I wanted to know if there were some old files that I needed from an old time machine backup would I still be able to access these? If not what are my options? The reason I ask is that I know in previous versions of Mac OS I have read of the difficulties in accessing time machine backups. I was hoping there was a way around this?
  2. 34 Volt macrumors regular

    34 Volt

    Sep 26, 2013
    Well when Time Machine backs up your computer, it basically copies all of your files onto a folder on your external HD (or wherever you use TM), exactly how it was when you backed up your computer. So yes, you can drag selected files to your computer.

    If you're talking programs, thats a different story. They're a hassle to work because of necessary files from your application support folder and script files for them to work properly. I would recommend Migration Assistant for programs.

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