How do I partially restore my mac?

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  1. serendi, Jun 19, 2013
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    serendi macrumors newbie

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    How do I only restore my dashboard, itunes, and word/pages documents? That is all I need!

    Something was wrong with my mac, it kept turning off whenever it went to sleep. After trying numerous possible ways to try and fix this problem, I decided to wipe my macbook out clean.

    The problem is fixed! I need to restore my computer though, but the problem may come back? I have everything backed up on a time machine.



    Thank you so much!
     
  2. serendi thread starter macrumors newbie

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  3. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Are you saying that these items are not on your system disk, and you want to restore these items; or are you saying that you want to have nothing else on your startup disk?

    Most problems in OS X are not caused by the system files: they reside in temporary files, user preferences and other data.

    You can restore any individual items or folders using the Time Machine application.
     
  4. serendi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How do I restore individual items?
     
  5. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    1. Open the Time Machine application.
    2. Navigate to the folder whose contents you want to restore.
    3. Select the file(s) you want to restore.
    4. Press the big Restore button.
     
  6. serendi, Jun 20, 2013
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    serendi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Where do I find the Dashboard texts? Like what is the file name in the time machine?

    Thank you so much btw!
     
  7. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Are you trying to restore Dashboard "widgets"?

    First of all: if these are system widgets, why were they not restored as part of restoring/installing the OS?

    If they are your user widgets that you have added, then they will be at <user>/Library/Widgets.
     

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