Is Time Machine that easy or is there an issue...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cfs, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. cfs macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Hi Forum,

    I have always backed my computer up with Time Machine but never had to actually use it.

    For those with experience, if I had to purchase a new computer would it be as simple as plug in external HD and watch TM do its thing? Or are there other factors involved?


  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's it, apple has made TM quite easy to backup and restore. You have limited options but its quite easy and in fact makes backing up a no brainer and removes all excuses not to do a back up :)
  3. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000


    Mar 20, 2009
    Near London, UK.
    What you should do, is once in a while, do a test recovery from TM just to check there are no undiagnosed errors. You dont want to find out (say) that TM hasnt been backing up, or for some arcane reason, everything is corrupted, only when you do your needed recovery :)
  4. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    I have used the restore feature of time machine several times.

    When upgrading my MBP to a larger internal drive.
    When using it to 'defrag' my drive so I could put a bootcamp partition on it.

    It's never let me down, very easy to use.
  5. cfs thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    Thanks All,

    so it's not like my new computer has to have the same exact computer or admin name?


  6. NeilSJ macrumors newbie

    Sep 5, 2011
    I've used Time Machine to restore the entire contents of my iMac after the hard disk was replaced - 100% success, very easy.

    Having said that, I've since installed Windows 7 via a VirtualBox VM on this machine (because I needed to run Outlook and an SQL Server application that wasn't Mac compatible). Now I really want to wipe my hard disk again and reinstall OSX from scratch, because since I moved to Snow Leopard the computer has been very slow. But I'm having a crisis of confidence, worried that somehow my Windows VM, apps and data won't restore correctly.

    Crazy I know.
  7. Daffodil macrumors 6502


    Jun 7, 2011
    In a sunny state of mind
    It's up to how you want to use it. You can get it to make your new computer exactly like your old one, or you can just transfer stuff over. The app to use is Migration Assistant, which works like a charm. :)

Share This Page