Time Machine Basic Q

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by thesneekytiki, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. thesneekytiki macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    Hey all:

    I've been very reluctant to set up time machine but am looking more and more to it because I'm tired of "click drag delete" every time I change something.

    What I would like to do is have Time Machine ONLY copy my personal files; pics, video, docs. Most if not all can be found by simply clicking my name on the HD in finder. I do not want to make copies of ALL programs and ALL changes that have been made by daily use from things like internet. So when I go to reinstall I will use my boot disks and then use Time Machine to just bring back my personal files.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    You can just select the file/folder and press cmd + delete. it will move the file/folder to the trash, and a further shift + option/alt + cmd + delete will bypass the empty trash confirmation dialog to empty the trash.
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Well, you can do that quite easily, but why?
  5. thesneekytiki thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    I would want to do this because I am under the impression that daily use of a computer, internet (mostly), and possible other threats will change the system files. These changes will then be backed up and when I go for a reinstall these will just come back making my reinstall useless.

    Thanks again
  6. Colonel Badger macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2008
    However, Time Machine is Ancestral meaning you can go back BEFORE your system files change and restore if you so desire. You can restore your system to a state at a particular date in time.
  7. vansouza macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2006
    West Plains, MO USA Earth
    I think the kind of result you fear from those internet threats are near zero in real life terms. That being said I use NetBarrier to make sure it stays within the zero range.
  8. thesneekytiki thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    Thanks for the suggestion of NetBarrier. I am taking a look at it now. As for time machine, There is no proper way to tell when things could have gone wrong. It's just simply guessing. I like the idea of Time Machine but for my preference I think just backing up my personal files is the way I will do it for now.

    Thx all for your help!

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