Clean Install and Time Machine Restore Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Genocide, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Genocide macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Some quick questions, my iMac has become incredibly slow over the years and I was planning on performing a clean install on the machine. I have a time machine backup which I would transfer my files back onto my Mac from. I have a few questions about the process:

    1. Will this give a noticeable speed boost to my iMac?

    2. Will Time Machine keep a copy of my emails from Entourage (part of Office 06)

    3. Will licensed software like pages, microsoft word, etc. have to be reinstalled with proper license codes?

    Hope some people can provide answers to this. Thanks!
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    First, I want to ask how much of your hard drive is filled? When is the last time you cleaned out your cache from your web browsing? When is the last time you rebooted your machine?

    A near full hard drive can certainly slow down any machine. Consider looking at that before you do a fresh install. In my experience a fresh install with a migration of files from a time machine backup did not require all software to be "re-installed" and then of course re-registered. I cannot recall what software was botched up though. Even if you have to do that, you have all of your install discs so you should be ok. As far as e-mail, how is e-mail stored for you? On a server or locally? Locally, you just need to make certain that folder is part of your time machine backup or manually back it up. Better safe than sorry. Finally, you may notice a bump in speed but if you're taking an 80% full hard drive and adding it back onto your machine after a fresh OS install, you're not really dealing with the actual problem (if that is indeed part of your problem).
  3. Genocide thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Thanks so much for your advice, I'll take everything you said into consideration before I do anything with my Mac.

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