Restoring from Time Machine after wipe and reinstall

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Stuke00, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

    Oct 11, 2011
    I am fairly new to Macs but very tech savvy.

    If I do a complete wipe and restore of my iMac, can I use time machine to pick things to restore such as my iTunes and iPhoto libraries? Or should I back them up manually?
  2. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

    Aug 22, 2003
    Yes, you can use the Finder to manually find the files you want, or use Migration Assistant.

    It is always a good idea to do a manual backup too though.
  3. shelob8888 macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2009
    Yes. :)

    You can either open the time machine file for a specific backup date and choose what you want to restore (drag and drop), or have time machine take your entire disk image back to the state of a certain date in time.

    I would not waste time I'm choosing files to back up separately unless you don't want to search through the time machine files.

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