Clean install Mavericks, restore some files through backup

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Aurumensis, May 23, 2014.

  1. Aurumensis macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2014
    My Macbook Pro has gotten a bit slow over the years, and as it was still running on Mountain lion I decided to do a clean install. I've been going through all the waste on my computer and threw away everything I didnt want anymore. Then I made a backup of my computer.

    I installed Mavericks on a bootdisk of 8gb and I'm all ready to go. However, I still have a question:

    - I want to make a clean install of Mavericks on my mac, and restore my data through the backup I've made in Mountain Lion. However I don't want all the system & library files to be restored. The reason that I think my macbook has gotten slow is because it has been building up files by installing and deleting apps over the years. Is there a way to only restore certain parts of the backup?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes... but how you do that will depend on how you made the backup?

    The easiest way IMO is to just clone the existing disk to an external drive using Disk Utility, then you can just manually drag over what you want to the new install.

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