time machine backup

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cindyjj, Jan 23, 2016.

  1. cindyjj macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2014
    I just installed a new hard drive in my macbook pro late 2011. I did a time machine backup first. I had a sound issue which thus far seems to be repaired. The OSX that installed at command r was Lion. I have not yet done a full restore from time machine. I had purchased and installed Mountain Lion on my previous HD so it is on time machine backup. I didn't want to do the full restore from time machine in case the sound issue was a corruption issue in the ML in old hard drive, which someone suggested could have caused the sound issue.

    So... I want Mountain Lion again, but do not want to retrieve it from my time machine back up for said reasons.

    Questions: 1. If I do a full back up from the time machine will all 485 GB load onto my new hard drive? I'm assuming it will, and I don't want it too, especially because about 275 GB are "other" (yellow bar in storage). Also because ML might be corrupt.

    2. If I begin the full restore from time machine, will it ask what files I want? Can I skip Mountain Lion, yet retrieve my Office programs, Dragon Dictate, iTunes?

    3. If the answer is yes to 2., will I just retrieve Mountain Lion from my apple purchase and reload it? In which case, I will do that before I get my files from time machine.

    I don't want to guess and start loading the time machine incorrectly. Thank you.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 23, 2016 ---
    I'm not sure why it says March 29, 2014, I just now adjusted my clock
  2. KimUsername macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2016
    Ontario, Canada
    Check out the information on Restoring from Time Machine in https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT201250
    I think what you will want to use is Migration Assistant in Time Machine.

  3. priitv8 macrumors 68040

    Jan 13, 2011
    You can always simply mount the backup volume (both USB and network .sparsebundle) in Finder and navigate it as a regular drive. You can copy anything you like from that volume to your main disk.
    Problem with some apps is, that when they were installed by an Installer (not just copied to /Applications folder), then you will not that easily be able to restore all their components (kexts, frameworks and launchd settings). Apps that are self-sufficient (they just get copied to Applications folder), you can freely just copy back from the backup volume.

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