I have been trying to do this off and on for a while now. I have my MBP backed up on an external using Time Machine. I want to start over completely by reinstalling OS X. I don't want to use Migration Assistant to transfer anything. I don't want to transfer settings, users, etc. I want to start brand new. The ONLY files I need from the backup are my iTunes Library and my iPhoto Library. So, I went through the process last night and installed Leopard, created a new user account, and then did the Snow Leopard upgrade. I thought I could hook the external up, go back and find my iTunes and iPhoto folders, and bring them to the new account. I opened Time Machine and located the iTunes and iPhoto folders from the external. All of the previous files had a red (-) next to them and when I clicked them it said I didn't have permission to view the files. Can someone please help me out here? I just want to reinstall OS X, start a new account, and then bring my iTunes and iPhoto libraries over. I am willing to reinstall all of the applications I need like Transmission, Labtick, Handbrake, etc.