I have a Late 2011 Macbook Pro with the latest software update installed. I'm not very knowledgable about Time Machine, I have a 1TB external hard drive that I do a full backup on once a week and that's it. I started having a problem with my hard drive and was told by an Apple Genius guy that I should NOT restore my whole system, because that would carry on the system file problem he said I had, but just my personal data and I CAN'T figure out how to do that through Time Machine. I'm worried I'll exclude something I should have or include the system files that I actually do need to exclude. I can't use Migration Assistant for a whole other reason (every time I try to use it, it immediately logs out my computer. I've tried about 10 times to use it, and always get the same result) so I'm stuck with Time Machine. My insurance expired (of course) so I can't go back to the Apple store help. I was hoping (praying, begging) someone can give me simple instructions on what to EXCLUDE from my Time Machine backup if all i want to carry over are my Applications, Music, Documents, Downloads, Movies, and Pictures. I'm sorry if this is a really dumb request. Thanks in advance.