How to selectively restore from Time Machine

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by Aharmon1030, May 25, 2016.

  1. Aharmon1030 macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2015
    Hello, recently, I have had forty to fifty Gbs missing (it is classified as "Other") and can't figure out where it is going. I have tried everything -- special software, deleting apps, etc -- but the results are always temporary. Anyway, I have decided to move my essentials to an USB, backup the entire Mac, and restore to factory settings and start all over. The problem I have encountered is that some very important apps (particularly, Photoshop elements and Microsoft word) may not be "backupable." So, is there a way I can just restore those apps without restoring the rest of the Mac?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I don't think you are going to have much luck with that. Apps that don't have installers and are just drag and drop from the DMG can be moved over like that from a backup, but apps like the ones you mentioned use package installers that install support files in other folders. Even if you were able to figure out where every one of those files was, those apps also require hardware specific registration that normally has to be reentered when you move the app. For both those reasons, I don't think you will be able to make this work.

    As an aside... what exactly is the issue with Other space? That readout is notoriously screwed up and almost always wrong.
  3. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a


    Apr 26, 2011
    Do you have FileVault enabled? This takes up extra space?
  4. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    There is a certain amount of "others" you cannot avoid anyway, including Mac OS X system files, library files and some other miscellaneous support files.
    My Mac only have 121GB available storage and I always can see 40GB of others in that hard drive page. I don't mind, as long as the free space is enough, system would be fine.
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Why don't you just reinstall them? You should still have your license keys etc? Both Office and Photoshop are extremely messy application packages which install literally hundred components in various locations of the filesystem. Last time I have installed Office by a dumb mistake, I decided to wipe the entire machine - that seemed faster to me than trying to uninstall it properly.

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