Does Time Machine backup Dashboard?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by wheels524, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. wheels524 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi, everyone,

    I just did a fresh install of Leopard on my MacBook Pro before starting back at school next week. Unfortunately, when I was manually backing up all my files, I forgot about Dashboard, where I had several stickies with pertinent information on them. My question is since I had Time Machine backing up my MBP every hour, does it save the information from my Dashboard items? If so, how would I go about getting that data? I still have my old Time Machine backups as I have not yet associated that drive with the fresh install of OSX yet.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. uaecasher macrumors 65816

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  3. squirrelist macrumors regular

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    Yes, and simply restoring from Time Machine should restore your ENTIRE computer exactly the way it was before.

    But if you wish to reconstruct it without restoring from your time machine backup, you will have to go to several places. The widget programs themselves are in your user folder in Library/Widgets. The settings for the dashboard (including which widgets are enabled and their locations) are in Library/Preferences/com.apple.dashboard.client.plist. Then the preferences for each individual widget are in the Library/Preferences folder, each widget is in a different file, and the each begin with "widget-". Moving all of these files back to the same respective locations on your new setup should restore your dashboard.
     
  4. wheels524 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks guys. Since I did a fresh install, I'll have to go with the latter method, but it sounds like it will definitely work. I'll give it a shot sometime tonight after I get more of my data back on my computer.

    I'll let you know how it goes!
     

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