Erase and Install

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jshelton, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. jshelton macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2008
    I have searched , but I have yet to find a cut and dry answer. Please help!

    I have many many many little files and extensions, etc. that have accumulated on my Macbook over the past year. I want those gone. Simple as that. My question:

    Can I Erase and Install and then restore everything from my Time Machine backup? Will all apps including Office still be there?

    Will these process remove any unnecessary files on my hard drive or will they be put right back because I am restoring from Time Machine?

    Thank you
  2. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    Well I am a complete Noob but I'd be very confident that TM is not able to determine what "unnecessary " means to you so if those files are in any folders you have configured for TM, they will come right back unless you install the Psychic Beta Release and think really really hard at it when restoring :D
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Why do you want them gone? What purpose would be served?
  4. jshelton thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2008
    My reasons for doing it are irrelevant. I just needed to know if it was possible. Gracias though.

    I figured rather than "restore" the entire system from TM, I could restore applications, e.g., Office, Transmission, VLC, as I need them. Oh well.

    These are the responses I expected...

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