how to retrieve preferences from Time Machine backup?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mdwsta4, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. mdwsta4 macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    hi, i was finally able to get my new hard drive to work in my macbook pro. however, i cannot seem to figure out how to get all my preferences back. i have an external hard drive with time machine back ups of my old hard drive. how can i get all those settings (mail, photos, safari links, etc) working on the new hard drive in the laptop?

  2. G-Com macrumors regular

    May 21, 2008
    North of The 'Nati
    The Mail settings and Safari are in the User>>Home>>Library folder. Move the Mail folder to the corresponding folder on your MacBook. Then open the User>>Home>>Library>>Preferences folder on the external drive and move over the safari.plist and mail.plist files to the Home>>Library>>Preferences folder on the MacBook.

    As for the photos... maybe in the pictures folder. User>>Home>>Pictures?
  3. mdwsta4 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    got it to work. ended up redoing everything and it was able to boot off my time machine back up. thank god.

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