time machine question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kkamin, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. kkamin macrumors member

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    I'm using an external drive for Time Machine.

    If my laptop ever dies, can I take buy a new Mac and copy everything from the Time Machine drive onto the new computer--programs and all. If so, how would the program licenses adapt to a new computer?
     
  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030

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    In the setup of a new computer it will ask if you want to "restore" using a time machine backup. It will then transfer all of your files and settings, including applications.

    Apps will sometimes need to have the license re-entered and reactivated.

    In my experiences, if somebody took my laptop, replaced it and used Time Machine to restore it, I'd never notice it had gone ;) yes, it's THAT thorough
     
  3. dashcs macrumors regular

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    Its that easy,it will transfer registration codes over too,well most of time.
    It all depends on the 3rd party applications.

    Here a some time machine info.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1427
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

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    When I restored my mac from a TM backup it had all the product keys entered already (even Microsoft Office, I was sure that one was going to give me issues) It was like I was working on exactly the same machine.
     
  5. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    I use Time machine for standard HDD upgrades and I've never had an issue.
     
  6. xplnusa macrumors regular

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    I'm very happy to hear this.... I purchased a 1TB drive to match the 1TB drive in my new iMac... So if it ever dies I can just plug it into the new machine and go... I'm happy to know that I also have my music, movies and pics backed up in another location too... Thats a bit of extra peace of mind...
     

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