Restoring from Time Machine after wipe and reinstall

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

  1. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    #1
    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

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    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

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    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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