Which folders to backup?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by welshgje, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. welshgje macrumors newbie

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    Afternoon,

    Having come from a Windows background performing a clean install of the OS was simple regarding which user folders to back up. I simply copied MyDocuments, etc to an external drive.

    I used to do this every six months.

    Now the time has come after two years to clean my iMac. I have an external drive ready but it cannot be turned into a Time Machine. So could someone tell me which folders I needto drag over to back them up?

    Is it simply a case of backing up my User folder and this will bring overmy music, pictures etc? I'm not bothered about configuration settings.

    Many thanks

    Gareth
     
  2. i4k20c macrumors 6502a

    i4k20c

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    Sep 10, 2005
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    Depends on what you want..if you want the same stuff of the "my documents folder" the user folder will catch all that + applications i believe.

    You can also just individually backup, "documents, music, pictures, downloads."

    I know you say you don't want settings, but what about bookmarks? adium contact lists+messages? (ichat messages should be saved in documents, but not adium). etc. those individual apps need to be "backed up" or exported to another file.
     

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