Backing up my Macbook ready for replacement


macrumors member
Original poster
Hi guys,

My MB is going back to Apple for replacement, and I was wondering if anyone can give me a quick run-thru of how to back up things like settings, etc... I have all my docs, etc, backed up to a server so that's all ok. Is it possible to back up things like keychains, or are they encrypted on a machine-specific basis?

Thanks in advance

mad jew

Moderator emeritus
Apr 3, 2004
Adelaide, Australia
Copy the Library in your Home folder and that should retain most of your settings. I'm almost 100% certain this will keep your Keychain Access information too. See this article for more information. :)
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