Does time machine back up problems?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zerocustom1989, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. zerocustom1989 macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2007
    My desktop periodically freezes (The icons become unclickable).

    I've tried fixing permissions, but no dice. I'd like to do a clean install of Leopard now, but I'm wondering if time machine will backup whatever files are causing the problem.

    Do any of you guys happen to know if TM would do that??
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Well since you do not know what is causing the issue and TM isn't magic, it'll back up everything and possibly the culprit of the freeze ups.
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    No, your problems probably won't carry through across a Time Machine restore because they are likely based in the system files that Time Machine doesn't back up. You ought to be able to achieve the same effect by running an archive & install with the installer set to preserve user and network settings.

    If the problem persists, well, you're no worse off. We can take a look at you at that point.

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