Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by omeletpants, Feb 21, 2018.

  1. omeletpants macrumors regular

    Oct 21, 2005
    Sorry for the stupid question about time machine. Does Time Machine back up the operating system or just files and settings

  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Just files. If you want a bootable clone use Carbon Copy Clone or Superduper.
  3. KenAlan macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2016
    That's wrong. Time Machine does indeed backup everything. It isn't a bootable backup (most typical users don't need that) but all of your system files are there and you can restore the entire drive from it.
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    I agree that Time Machine will backup the OS.

    Time Machine is kind of bootable. It will boot to the Recovery Partition on the Time Machine backup (the exception is El Capitan because there was a bug with El Capitan backups).

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