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Partial system restore?

980 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 5, 2008 10:17 AM by V.K. RSS
sbarkley Calculating status...
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Sep 5, 2008 10:08 AM
I have a G4 powerbook that is full of stuff I don't want anymore, and there are major portions of the disc taken up with data that I can't seem to account for. I would like to streamline the system, with just a few programs. The computer is backed up on Time Machine. Can I reinstall OSX and then is it possible to restore just part of the system through Time Machine, selecting only the programs I want to restore? It seems like it is all or none, and now that I have done a fresh system install, I can't get back to the previous time machine backups for this computer.
Any help?
Powerbook G4, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Sep 5, 2008 10:17 AM (in response to sbarkley)
    after you do a reinstall you have to start a new TM backup sequence. before you do that you can access your old backups in browse mode. control-click on TM in the dock and choose "browse other TM disks". You can restore individual programs from the Applications folder BUT ONLY if they were installed by a simple drag and drop. if a program used an installer you have to reinstall it from scratch.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.4), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz


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