Time Machine question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by v2club, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. v2club macrumors regular

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    I've heard that Time Machine keeps everything as it is: all the settings; all the mail including sent, drafts and deleted mails; the bookmarks, the browsing history, the saved passwords and the auto fill information, documents, app, music, videos etc. So if I reinstall and recover from Time Machine it will be like I've never reinstalled. So is that truth or not quite?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You are correct. If you reinstall and restore from a Time Machine backup you will be right back where you started.

    Why are you reinstalling?
     
  3. v2club thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not, I was just wandering whether I'm completely safe only with Time Machine backup or I should export my mail, make a note of the bookmarks and passwords etc.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Ah... got it. Yep you are safe. It backs up everything.

    Just as a second level of backup what I do is one a month or so I export iCal, Address Book, and bookmarks and save those three files to Dropbox for safekeeping. I figure if the place burns down with my Time Machine backup I would at least have that.
     
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    This is a good idea.
     
  6. kfergiez macrumors 6502

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    Put it to you this way. I had a my MBP for about 6 months, and transferred everything from my other computer to it, so it had a TON of info on it. One day it the screen started doing some weird things, so I backed up with Time Machine, took it to the Apple store, and they gave me a brand new replacement on the spot.

    I took the new machine home, restored it with Time Machine and a prayer. After about 45 minutes, it booted up and it was like I had never swapped out computers. If you sat down and didn't know it was a new computer, you'd never notice.
     

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