time machine question

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

  1. kkamin macrumors member

    Mar 24, 2009
    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


    Nov 2, 2008
    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

    Oct 2, 2009
    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.
  4. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    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


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop
    I use Time machine for standard HDD upgrades and I've never had an issue.
  6. xplnusa macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2009
    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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