Time Machine and 3rd party apps

Discussion in 'macOS' started by adyork, May 7, 2009.

  1. adyork macrumors newbie

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    I have a quick question regarding Time Machine Back-Ups and OS X reinstall and such. I have a MBA and the Leopard Install Disks. I recently bought a WD My Book to use with Time Machine to do a complete back up my abundantly full hard drive, which I completed last night ( all 80 gigs). The problem I am having is that I am afraid that if I do an Erase and Install of OS X I will lose all my 3rd party apps. I recently moved home from college, and have lost ALL of my disks and related paperwork/prod keys/etc. Would it be possible to use Migration Assistant or some other such program to pull all my apps back to a new OS X, or am I just SOL?
     
  2. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

    ergdegdeg

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    When you do an erase & install, you can choose to restore from a Time Machine backup. I've tested that myself ;)
     
  3. adyork thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your help. Just did it last night and it works great. Now all I gotta do is just repartition my external, move my media and repoint Itunes to the new drive partition. Then I should be able to delete all the media currently on my HD, freeing up space, and still have access to music/movies/etc. Correct?
     
  4. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

    ergdegdeg

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    Sounds about right, although I'm not the expert on moving the iTunes library to an external HD :)
     

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