Backup specific apps only?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chrf097, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. chrf097 macrumors 68040

    chrf097

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    So I have some software installed on my computer that I don't have my CD for anymore and I really want to keep it in case I need to reinstall. So, is it possible to choose what I back up, like save specific apps only or specific documents only, and if I restore/fresh upgrade it will copy only those apps back?
     
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Using Time Machine, you can specify folders that are excluded from the backup.

    However:
    1. It's generally a good idea to backup EVERYTHING.
    2. You can restore individual files or folders from Time Machine.
     
  3. Bear macrumors G3

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    Agreed, I like the idea of pointing or fresh install to a Time Machine backup and knowing that when it's done the system needs nothing else done to be able to use it.
     
  4. chrf097 thread starter macrumors 68040

    chrf097

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    I normally back up everything, but I've been wanting to do a clean install to (hopefully) boost my system.

    Does Time Machine let me pick apps to back up?
     
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    What makes you think a clean install is the best way to "boost" your system.
    In the normal running of OS X, you should not need to reinstall the system unless you've actually overwritten or deleted system components, or reinstalling is simpler than trying to find all the bits you want to delete.

    Yes, you can exclude files if you really want.
     

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