Does time machine backup my desktop?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ozreth, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. ozreth macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    Heya, I am new to time machine and just bought my first external to use it. Time machine has backed up my computer but when I go into my external and open the backup folder I only see the HD folder and everything within, which dosent include my desktop.

    If I transfer this backup to a new computer will it copy over whatever is saved to my desktop as well?

    Thanks : )
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Your desktop is located at ~/Desktop, meaning it's within your home folder. That would be /Users/yourusername/Desktop. It will not be visible on the top level of the hard disk. And yes, TM does back it up by default. I have it disabled on mine, since I use my desktop as sort of a temp "loading zone" for files I need to either upload/send somewhere, or file away someplace. To each their own.
  3. ozreth thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2009
    Ah perfect, thanks for the quick and detailed response : )
  4. Jackyl macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2008
    Time machine backups.

    You can choose not to back up certain things, but time machine will actually clone your computer block by block. I always get the computer in good shape using say Onyx get rid of unnecessary junk then do a backup. That way when and if you restore, you'll have a duplicate of what you backed up previously. I find "Carbon copy cloner" great too. look into it. It's easy to use and you'll probably like it. I backup using both Apps.

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