Restored to blank drive from Time Machine - couple odd things

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Schtibbie, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. Schtibbie macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2007
    So I replaced my hard drive with a brand new bigger one, booted to the DVD of Snow Leopard with my Time Machine disk plugged in as well, and did the partition and then restore steps. No, I didn't have to install MacOS X first and then migrate. I restored right from backup. Mostly worked awesomely.

    Couple oddities that maybe folks here have answers for:
    • That first step (setting that 1 partition), which I think handled the formatting as well was SUPER fast. I expected it would have to take hours for a 320gig drive. Took minutes. Do drives no longer require low-level surface formatting?
    • My desktop background was lost. No biggie - I re-found the picture and set it.
    • I now have a "Private" folder visible in finder that didn't used to be there. It has underneath it the following folders: etc, tftpboot, tmp, var. What's this?
  2. Grannyville7989 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2010
    With regards to the formatting, I have noticed that Windows 7 no longer performs a low level format during the partitioning of the drive or installation of the OS. I assume it's because with drives getting bigger, people don't want to be sitting there for hours while waiting for their hard drive to format. I did a low level format on my 1.5TB hard drive and it took nearly 24 hours for the format to complete.

    I'd say that 9 times out of 10, a quick format is fine enough just to get everything setup how you want on your drive. If you really want to do a more thorough job when formatting, the option is still there. Also, with the popularity of solid state drives, you'd want to avoid doing a low level format otherwise you'll be doing more harm than good.

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