Restoring Mountain Lion Time Machine backup to clean Mavericks… what did I lose?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by jent, Nov 20, 2013.

  1. jent, Nov 20, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2013

    jent macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    I had an error with my Mavericks upgrade and had to end up erasing my Mac's drive and installing a fresh copy of Mavericks. Thankfully, I had backed up my computer to Time Machine minutes before attempting the upgrade.

    When my Mac restarted after finishing the Mavericks installation, I had the Setup Assistant restore from my Mountain Lion Time Machine backup—everything went smoothly, but I'm wondering what I lost due to the system exclusions in Time Machine.

    According to this page, I lose my printer drivers (minor inconvenience), the items in my Trash (no big deal), and the Spotlight index has to be rebuilt, but I also noticed that Dropbox needed me to re-login and set my preferences, leading me to believe that other applications may have lost settings or preferences.

    Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  2. Orlandoech macrumors 68040


    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City, UT
    More than likely just settings/prefs for apps and such.

    Why don't you look through your data and see what is/isn't there?

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