Time Machine Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gorilly, May 30, 2008.

  1. gorilly macrumors member

    May 30, 2008
    London, UK

    I've never used time machine before.

    I want to start using it to beck up my mbp.

    I'd like to know if time machine can be used in disaster situations....

    For example if my mbp was stolen and i bought another one - could i restore it via time machine...

    How limited to hardware changes is time machine? So for example if my mbp was stolen and i got an imac or mac pro, will it restore?

    no idea how it works so these questions might be silly but just wanted to check if i needed a ghosting program aswell as time machine...


  2. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
  3. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    I don't think you would have a problem. You may have to install some of your software but other than that your personal files/data should come back just fine.
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    Time Machine backs up the whole system, so all your files and the drivers. if you get a new Mac a restore wouldnt work as each Mac has a tailored install with the appropriate drivers.

    say your Mac got stolen and you got a new one from your insurance with the exact specs you could then restore from your Time Machine backup. but dont quote me on this one as im not 100% sure.

    its basically an incremental backup for files and you can restore everything on a new hard drive if your hard drive dies.
  5. CrzyCanuck72 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2003
    if you want a really good backup that will hardware-independent, made a clone of your harddrive using Carbon Copy Cloner. The clone can be restored to a new harddrive regardless of what computer it's in. Time Machine is really best for individual files, not the entire system.
  6. gorilly thread starter macrumors member

    May 30, 2008
    London, UK
    so you are able to restore files from one mac to another with time machine... i assumed it needed the SAME mac to restore... more like a restore / VSS with windows xp.

    thanks, ill check out carbon copy too

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