Clean Install and saving old user data?

gpspad

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I researched downloading yosemite to a usb drive and doing a clean install on a new mac mini I bought.

I'd like to do a clean install to my macbook and my parents mac mini, but both have a large amount of data on them I don;t want to loose.

is there a way to erase the drive, install yosemite fresh, and then restore the user data?

Really just need to know how to restore the user data over the fresh yosemite install?
 

simonsi

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Take a copy of the data onto an external drive first by one of:

Carbon Copy Cloner
Time Machine
Drag and drop

If you don't have such a copy already then you should seriously consider putting a backup plan in place, otherwise you are risking that data to total loss.
 

gpspad

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Feb 4, 2014
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Thanks, I think I figured it out when I did the fresh reinstall from the usb drive.

As soon as I find a deal on a time machine I am probably going to grab one for backup purposes.

Then plan on backing up the backup with carbon copy external drives Ill pick up as I can some good deals.

But is there a way to automatically backup or mirror the time machine? :)
Always something to figure out. Thanks for the replay.
 
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