Reinstalling OS X + Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lucas3735, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. lucas3735 macrumors newbie

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    So what I want to do is fairly simple. I have a MacBook which uses Time Machine to back up to my external hard drive. My MacBook's copy of OS X is the cloned image of my old PowerBook and my iBook before that. It's never had a fresh install of OS X and has just been cloned/upgraded from machine to machine. What I want to do is take what files I want to keep (iTunes library, bookmarks, etc), put them onto my external and then restore them after a fresh install of Snow Leopard. What I DON'T want to do is restore OS X and ALL files from my Time Machine backup after the fresh install. Once I reinstall OS X I want to set Time Machine back up fresh on my MacBook. Do I delete the Time Machine files and then re-set it up? Is there anyone who has done this? I'll provide more info if this doesn't make sense. Thanks!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I would just transfer the files you need to the external HD, then reinstall OS X and then simply transfer the files back. You can keep TM there just in case but erase it after everything is okay
     
  3. lucas3735 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's my plan. I guess my question was once everything is set in place do I just delete the TM files and re-set it up? Or are there other steps or whatever. Thank you for the response.
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    If you're sure that you don't need any of the old backups, then go ahead and delete them. TM would do that automatically when it fills the HD
     

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