Time Machine and Restoring

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by crazyk, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. crazyk macrumors newbie

    Oct 8, 2011
    Hi all,

    Just purchased myself a 2Tb Seagate Expansion drive and partitioned it into 2.
    1st partition - 650GB intended for Time Machine
    2nd partition - 1.35Tb just backup stuff

    1st question - is 650GB enough for a 500GB hard drive that i only have 320GB on at the moment? Just after opinions or I could just partition to 1Tb

    2nd questions and most pertinent: Once I run my time machine and back everything up I'm looking to reformat my machine. If I want to say restore my Microsoft applications, is it a matter of just going to my applications folder and clicking on the Microsoft Office 2011 folder and clicking restore? Will all the programs in office be restored?
    And lastly on that, will it retrieve my outlook account & pst files automatically.

  2. ArchiMark macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    1st question, yes, think so..

    2nd question, if you're backing up your entire hard drive, then it should restore your entire hard drive, unless you choose otherwise....
  3. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    1st: As a rule, double the size of the drive is what you want. But what you've got will work for now.

    2nd: if you need to restore a TM backup will restore everything, even what windows you have open as of the last backup. There will be no need to individually restore your apps.

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