Do I have to wipe before time machine restore?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by yalag, Jun 11, 2013.

  1. yalag macrumors 65816

    Nov 18, 2007
    I made a mistake of installing OSX Mavericks on my macbook and it has all kinds of problems. I want go back to Mountain lion. I plan to restore from my time machine backup. But do I have to wipe my current harddisk before restoring? If so, is there a workaround? I want to make sure that time machine backup actually works before I wipe my existing setup, all my files are in this computer.
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    You do not need to erase your current drive to restore.

    Just attach your TM disk and command-r boot. From the resulting recovery screen select restore. Then pick the date from the list you want to restore from.

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