Time machine restore

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  1. jsnuff1 macrumors 6502a

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    I am swapping out my MBP's HD today, and am trying to figure out the best way to get all my stuff on the new HD. When I installed the new HD I plan on doing a fresh install of leopard, and then restoring from my time machine.

    My question is does time machine only transfer over files/applications, or does it also transfer system files, preferences, and thing like that which could cause the system to be unstable if I had issues with the current state of the system.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Time Machine will handle it sensibly don't worry ;).
     
  3. LouisBlack macrumors 6502

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    You can use migration assistant to transfer over only home folders and applications and exclude system files if that's a worry. I did this the other day as my system files had something funky going on with them.

    Your home folder has all of your calender/mail/desktop settings in it's own library so everything will be exactly as you left it.
     
  4. VforVelveta macrumors regular

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    I used Time Machine when I swapped the HD out of my lappy for the 320 GB Scorpio and everything went great as far as I can tell. The only thing I had to do was re-authorize the computer for my iTunes account. Other than that it was quick and easy to get me right back up and running.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    /var/spool/postfix/maildrop goes missing when restoring from Time Machine.
     

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