Restoring Leopard from Time Machine

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chocolate632, May 16, 2009.

  1. chocolate632 macrumors 6502

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    Without going into too much detail, i need to reinstall leopard and restore all my files from time machine. I just have a few question about it:

    1. What files does it restore and what doesn't it restore? i heard i have to re-enter my info for things like mail and spot light has to re-index, but does it restore my iTunes playlists? safari bookmarks? anything it doesn't restore?

    2. My external is partitioned into two section: Time Machine Backups and Storage. I would just have to choose the correct partition right?

    3. How long does it take? i have around 100GB to transfer, and my hard drive isn't the best, i hope it doesn't die or anything during the transfer.

    Anything else to get prepared?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    it restores everything to how it was, unless you picked folders to not backup

    all you have to do is reinstall leopard and then restore from time machine backup

    you dont have to reenter info for mail or anything so i am unsure where you got that impression

    it will take a while

    also, just restore from your backup...its pretty straightforward
     
  3. stridemat Moderator

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    when I restored my macbook it amazed me what it had actually backed up, basically everything bar OSX itself. I was really impressed.
     
  4. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How exactly do i go about doing this? I reinstall Leopard and then what?
     
  5. jmann macrumors 604

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    When you have finished reinstalling Leopard, open up Time Machine with your external drive connected, and restore from a backup. It's easy.
     
  6. chocolate632 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    And it backs up everything? even preference?

    Sorry i just wanted to be sure before erasing my hard drive:)
     
  7. jmann macrumors 604

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    Yes, it will be exactly like your computer was before.
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    you wont even notice a difference from now and when you restore
     
  9. jwt macrumors 6502

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    I just went through the process today. It took 41 minutes for 80 GB of data. Everything went flawlessly, and even photoshop had no problems with activation. Couldn't be happier.
     

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