Clean install followed by partial Time Machine restore possible?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by peterdevries, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. peterdevries macrumors 68040

    peterdevries

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    #1
    I need to do a clean install of Snow Leopard on my machine, but don't want to restore everything that is on my time machine. I have purchased much shareware software that I don't currently need and don't want hogging disk space.

    Is it possible to do a partial restore of selected programs and their settings, or is it an all-or-nothing affair?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

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    It's possible. But why not restore everything then delete the apps you don't want? If that is not an option, you can load up a clean install of Snow Leopard, enable Time Machine and click "enter time machine" to manually move needed files. I'm not sure about settings, but I think it's possible as long as you grab the right files within your Library folder.

    I did this a few days back on a new iMac my parents got. I just restored needed folders and files from Time Machine and redid their settings manually. Only thing I backed up manually was their bookmarks and keychain settings.
     
  3. stallie macrumors newbie

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    My mbp needs to go in for repair with 400gb on it's drive. I need a laptop for a few days, can I put my old 160gb drive into my wife's MacBook format it, install SL and do a partial time machine reinstall of essential files?
     

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