Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by M3Stang, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. M3Stang macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2015
    Hey guys I just ordered a 250GB SSD for my Mid 2012 i7 13" MBP to see if that will fix the slowness. My question is that since I obviously can't restore from my 1 TB time machine backup am I still able to access the backup on a clean install of El capitan just to get my documents and things like that back?
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Yes, you can other do it manually (use Finder to browse into the Backups.backupdb folder on your Time Machine drive), or you can use the Time Machine icon on the menu bar. If the menu bar method doesn't find a backup for the computer, hold OPTION down and try clicking the menu bar again and use the Browse other backup disks... selection.
  3. M3Stang thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2015
    Ok thanks. I got one day shipping with amazon prime so I will have el capitan installed tomorrow night. I am hoping that its easy to do. I just hold command r and it installs from the inter webs right?
  4. cruisin macrumors 6502a


    Apr 1, 2014
    You can restore anytime, either when you are reinstalling OSX or running migration assistant afterwards (or just copy the stuff you need).

    ⌘ + R will get you to recovery mode and let you install OSX. If you have a spare 8 GB USB drive, you can make an installation drive so that you can reinstall without internet access or if you plan on reinstalling often.
  5. M3Stang thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2015
    I ended up putting in the new hard drive and did command + r and did internet recovery to lion then installed el capitan. The whole process probably took about an hour and a half. Wasn't too bad.

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