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Will Time Machine erase newer files?

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I'm running 10.8.2 on a 7 year old iMac with 4gb and a 1 tb drive.


On boot I just get a gray screen, Apple logo, and spinning wheel.


Ran utilities, verify, repair, reset nv and pram - all utitilities say the drive is fine.


Tried to boot into safe mode but after the gray progress bar disappeared nothing further happened.


Now I'm thinking about doing a restor from a Time Machine backup taken in August. I've never used TM before

and I'm wondering, because I'm at the screen where it says "Select a destination" and the "restore" button is

highlighted, are there no options to select what to restore?


Will doing a restore wipe my drive and restore it exactly as it was on the day the restore was created?


Is there a way that only those files, in my restore, will get wiped/overwritten and any new docs/movies/spreadsheets, etc...

that I created after the last backup, will still be there after I do the restore?



imac, Mac OS X (10.5.6)


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