Best way to backup and do a clean Install

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  1. JockerBoy, Mar 7, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2012

    JockerBoy macrumors newbie

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    Sep 22, 2011
    #1
    Hello,
    I'm new to MAC, and i have a MBA 13'' i5 256GB.
    I also use Time Machine.

    I was thinking, if one day i decide to do a clean install, what is the best way?

    I have some things that i want to keep (Music, images, documents and some apps).

    If i restore using Time Machine i can't select what files that i want to recover, right?

    It is a good ideia to do 2 partitions in HDD? One for OSX and other for documentos, music, images?
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Feb 20, 2009
    #2
    "I was thinking, if one day i decide to do a clean install, what is the best way?"

    Don't use Time Machine at all.

    Instead, use the free "CarbonCopyCloner".

    Create a BOOTABLE CLONE of your internal drive with CCC. After you have created it, TEST it to be sure that it will indeed re-boot your Mac.

    Then, boot from the clone, re-initialize the drive, re-install a clean system.

    After this, you can either use Migration Assistant to restore your account(s) and data, or, you can use CCC to "re-clone" selected items from your backup drive to the main drive.
     

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