Time Machine Restore Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dvince2, May 19, 2008.

  1. dvince2 macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2007
    I'm looking to do a fresh install of Leopard (getting rid of a bunch of 3rd party crap installed, etc), but I don't want to lose certain files.
    When I'm installing leopard, i know there's an option to restore the entire computer. Is it possible to just take certain files and not have the entire drive backed up?
  2. todd2000 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2005
    Danville, VA
    You would have to do a clean install, and then fire up TM after the install, and just restore only the selected files you want.
  3. stakis macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2007
    I've done this a couple of times.... if you just do a clean install, after the install of OSX finishes... it will ask you if you want to migrate your files from a different computer.... in this step there is an option to use a time machine backup... it's still not specific, but it will give you the option of I think 4 or 5 categories (Applications, User, Etc <sorry I don't remember them all off hand>) but it doesn't let you get into the categories and exclude certain files.... which I didn't like

    my solution (assuming you don't mind erasing you time machine backups from before) is install the OS with a clean install... and then connect your time machine HD... go into the backup folder and double click on the latest folder, and then form there take the folders you want... I went in and just copied my Movies, Documents, Music, and Pictures folders... and then reassigned Timemachine to the new install.... it starts a new time machine folder system, so you can either keep the old one, or delete it... ( i deleted it cause it was basically backing up the exact same stuff, just under a new name aka the freshly installed OS)

    hope this helps

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