Time Machine Basic Q

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  1. thesneekytiki macrumors newbie

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    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

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  3. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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