Clean re-install, but restore files from Time Machine

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

  1. Evangelion macrumors 68040

    Jan 10, 2005
    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

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN

    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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