13 Replies Latest reply: Jan 5, 2013 10:23 AM by Biochemist69
Biochemist69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello guys ..


I know that if i download the new software from the app store i can install it on my macbook air easily .. What i don't know is how to delete the previous OS (i want a install) and when i finish installing the new OS, how do i recover all my data from timemachine !!

 

 

If you can give me the step-by-step instruction it will be perfect..

 

I don't want to loose my photos, music and data file, word files etc. Are those files saved in time machine as well ?


MacBook Air (13-inch Late 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (265,320 points)

    Unless you instruct the installer otherwise, it will overwrite the existing OS but not your documents and other files, which are part of the Time Machine backup.

     

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  • Biochemist69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    is it good to over write the existing OS ? i think its better if i delete everything and then install the new OS. I might be wrong .. what you think ?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,645 points)

    The to be on the safe side before you start the download of the new OS do a complete system backup using Time Machine.

     

    Once you download the new OS and start the install it will just overwrite the OS files already on your system and Should preserve, That is SHOULD, all your programs and personal files. But like anything dealing with computers anything can happen. That is the reason for doing a complete backup before you start.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (265,320 points)

    Unless you have a reason to do it differently, perform a default installation and don't add additional steps or complexity to the process.

     

    (73738)

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,645 points)

    I personally don't do that, even with Mac OS X, but other seem to find it works OK.

     

    If you chose to first erase the drive during the first part of the new OS install then instal the new OS to a Clean drive if you have made the compplete system backup as I suggested you can use the Setup assistant system to copy over Programs, Settings and Personal files from that backup you made just before you started the process.

    Biochemist69 wrote:

     

    is it good to over write the existing OS ? i think its better if i delete everything and then install the new OS. I might be wrong .. what you think ?

  • Biochemist69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so i can restore my photos music and documents from time maschine ?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,645 points)

    Sure that is what Time Machine is for. Restoring the complete system or parts of it.

     

    I take it you have never used Time Machine or any type of backup system.

     

    A word of caution. If you never have backups of your data "You Will Lose All Of It at Some Point. That is a fact of computers as they all fail.

    Biochemist69 wrote:

     

    so i can restore my photos music and documents from time maschine ?

  • Biochemist69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    No i am always performing backups with time maschine on both imacs and airs i own . even on iphone and ipad i back them up on the computers i have them synch with .. the think i dont know is how to restore from time maschine and if time maschine restores my photos and documents .. Documents to be honest are not that important cause they are backed up in several locations that can retrieved easily if lost. .. They main think is photos and music ..

     

    So i guess if i install the new OS i can restore my air as it is at the moment (with the new OS) ?

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (265,320 points)

    Yes. Note that the default installation won't erase your files or make restoration necessary.

     

    (73741)

  • Biochemist69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    ok ... So there is an option to do default installation and clean install ?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,645 points)

    Well you can manually save then before you start then copy them back if something goes wrong. But YES TM SAVES all that already and can restore just that and a lot more.

     

    Look at it this way. If you do a TM backup NOW and then when that is done you download and install Mt Lion. If something goes wrong you can use that TM backup to put your system back to Exactly the way it was Before you did the download and install of Mt Lion.

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,645 points)

    No real option. The Default is to install over the top of the current OS. You have to Manually Erase the Macintosh HD partition using Disk Utility included in the new OS setup system then continue with the install.

    Biochemist69 wrote:

     

    ok ... So there is an option to do default installation and clean install ?

  • Biochemist69 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Cool .. THANKS BOTH OF YOU GUYS .... YOU ARE TOP (BOTH OF YOU).. one have to get the points though so no offence !!

     

    THANKS AGAIN YOU ARE TOP