time machine and the effectiveness of a clean install

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ayres, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. ayres macrumors regular

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    hi all, so i now love time machine. i don't know why i never used it before.

    but i have a question... my mbp is closing in on that point of needing a clean install. doesn't restoring a cleanly formatted hard drive to a previously-saved time machine version negate the benefits of performing a clean install?

    i thought the idea of a clean install is to clean out the cellar, so-to-speak. but time machine would put it all back, right?

    thanks in advance for opinions and comments...
     
  2. LaWally macrumors 6502a

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    I do not understand what you mean by "closing in on that point of needing a clean install"? Upon what conditions are you basing this conclusion? What are the benefits you expect from performing a clean install?
     
  3. ayres thread starter macrumors regular

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    from what i've always assumed, after a year or more of heavy, daily use, a clean install is a effective way to increase the performances of a computer and operating system.
     
  4. LaWally macrumors 6502a

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    I would follow the old adage: if it ain't broke don't fix it.

    Refer to the attached Apple support article on fragmentation:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1375
     

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