Time Machine - Does it really back up? +recovery

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by macfriend1, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. macfriend1 macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hi folks,

    Recently, I've figured out that when backing up, time machine only backs up some files, but not the entire thing... I see that this is a way to keep the size of the back up on a low level, true, but isn't it a bad way to back up your files?! Shouldn't it be full backups of the entire library?!
    Second question; when I will set up my new mac machine I will buy this summer, is the integration really that easy and files do not get lost?! I am a bit skeptical as a few months ago I integrated data from my old computer to my mac (without using time machine, just regular back ups, manually) and some files were not being imported, god knows why.
    Stupid question; when integrating the old files from time machine to a new mac, do they integrate system preferences / applications too? Cause I really have done lots of cool tweaking and it would suck to do all that stuff again...
    Also, can I select the files I want to import or does it automatically import all the files from time machine to the new mac? A problem is that there is lots of **** (cookies, temp files etc.) stored on every mac and now, the quetsion is, does time machine import all these old/makingsystemslower/****** little files too?!
    What about the problem of leopard > snow leopard recovery?!
     
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    #2
    1) Time Machine performs an incremental backup in that it backs up all the stuff thats changed, so this is perfectly safe, it just minimises the time required :)
    2) It will migrate all of your applications, I cant remember if it migrates preferences or not, I dont believe it does however.
    3) It will work fine between leopard and snow leopard.
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    #3
    Wow, that's the most confusing post I've read in a while. Someone needs to introduce you to the interrobang.

    Time Machine backs up all of your preferences. If you run a fresh install and restore from a Time Machine backup, your finished product will run exactly the same, just without all of the OS X updates. During setup you can only choose to restore an entire backup or none at all, so there's no option to avoid restoring "****** little files".

    If you restored manually before, that would probably explain why not everything was copied: because you didn't copy everything.
     
  4. mattydee87 macrumors regular

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    #4
    May I ask what you mean by "your finished product will run exactly the same, just without all of the OS X updates"? I only ask because I recently restored a TM backup and it restored exactly how it was when I backed up including any updates and modifications?

    EDIT: After reading your post again I understand. You mean a fresh install and then TM restore. However why re-install and then restore when you can restore directly from an install disk? Am I missing something?
     
  5. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    #5
    Well, the only reason I would have to restore from a backup is because my hard drive had failed. But you're right, I've never restored during install.
     

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