Clean Install and saving old user data?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by gpspad, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. gpspad macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    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?
  2. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    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.
  3. gpspad thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 4, 2014
    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.
  4. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    Something like this as a Time Machine backup destination could do that for you.

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