Time Machine and Snow Leopard Restore?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tomacwhite, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. tomacwhite macrumors regular

    May 1, 2009
    I am a little new to Time Machine, so I was wondering if anyone could answer this?

    I am currently using Time Machine to backup my Mac. I am running Leopard and I want to move to Snow Leopard when it comes out. When i get Snow Leopard, I will perform a reformat on my hard drive so its a nice fresh install.

    My question is what options will I get when I get when I go to install it as I have Time Machine?

    I'll be honest and say I'll be happy to just copy across my iTunes, iPhoto, contacts and calender over to Snow Leopard and not worry about anything else (stuff like downloading Firefox takes seconds and isn't a problem).

    Is this an option? Can i just install Snow Leopard totally fresh, then connect the Time Machine drive and copy the iTunes (etc etc) folders/files/docments over to my fresh install?

  2. Kat King123 macrumors regular

    Kat King123

    Jan 3, 2009
    when your installing you there will be an option the menu that will look like this:
    then you'll be asked what back source and what back you want to choose you can read up on it here good luck:)
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    The second poster's solution would put you back to Leopard...

    If you do a clean install of Snow Leopard, one of the things you will be asked about when going through the setup assistant is whether you wish to migrate data from another Mac. Apple has added the ability to migrate from a Time Machine backup to that same screen. One cautionary note: Migration via setup assistant will allow you to transfer Applications, I don't recommend this because in some cases it may replace the newer versions of system applications with ones from the previous system.
  4. Kat King123 macrumors regular

    Kat King123

    Jan 3, 2009
    how would it put somebody back to leopard? time machine doesn't back up a bootable drive i can understand maybe having leopard applications in snow leopard but they should be easy to fix with just a software update
  5. gorjan macrumors 6502

    May 16, 2009
    As I understand, if you select "Restore from Backup" it will only copy the latest TM-backup back to your Mac, hence returning you to Leopard if that's where your latest backup took place. I think migration assistent is the way to go..
  6. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    In my experience with restoring from such backups, it only copies my personal files. My install disk is on 10.5.0 and I restored after reinstalling to a backup made with 10.5.4. None of the Mac OS updates got transfered and I was on 10.5.0 again after the restore. I would imagine that not everybody backs up the system files, anyway.

    For people that use it to backup documents, music, etc, I don't forsee this being a problem. And for those that do backup the entire disk, I'm sure that the 10.6 installer will probably just skip such files as it seems to do in Leopard.
  7. ar.jones macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2010
    So i am trying to do the same general thing. However snow leopard is already installed and I'm not trying to restore my itunes back to how it was before a restored my mac back to factory settings. How to do i find this option "restore system from backup"

  8. android334 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2009
    Hey there,

    What I'd recommend using is Migration Assistance. It's located in the /applications/utilities on your mac. Sorry for such a late reply but I did not know if you got a solution or not. =)

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