Clean re-install, but restore files from Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Evangelion, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. Evangelion macrumors 68040

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    So my hard-drive died. Luckily I have a Time Machine backup of my system. I bought a new HD and tried to restore from the backup. No-go. It complains that it can't restore certain file, so it snorts the restore. I tried an older backup, no help.

    So I decided to do a fresh install instead. But once I have OS up & running again, can I restore files from my old Time Machine backup? How does the process work? I'm afraid if I point Time Machone to my old backup, it will overwrite it.

    I do have my files backed up manually as well, so I can always copy them by hand. Bit that backup is not as recent as the TM backup.
     
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    If your Time Machine backup is borked, nothing you are going to do is going to make it restore - don't try to restore from a backup after a fresh copy of OSX - I would not trust that TM backup. If you couldn't restore from it then, what makes you think that it would work now?
     

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