First time using time machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by JSmoove05, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. JSmoove05 macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2007
    I just used time machine to back up my old imac because im getting a new one soon. I was wondering when I go to access that old information on the hard drive how does it work. Do i have to restore all that information on the computer or I can just go and pick the stuff I wanna restore to the new computer and the rest I can delete at any time or does it all have to be put on the new imac?
  2. Caleb531 macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2009
    Any external drive you use with Time Machine is still an external drive. You can still access the data on it like you would any other drive: just plug it into the new Mac
  3. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    Run the Migration Assistant on your new Mac, and it will allow you to selectively restore what you want.

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