On reloading MacOS

René J.V. Bertin rjvbertin at gmail.com
Sat Feb 14 14:34:48 PST 2015

On Sunday February 15 2015 09:24:52 Dave Horsfall wrote:

> So, before I wipe the thing, does anyone have any horror stories?  Can I 
> put complete trust in my Time Capsule etc?

What are you intending to do? A clean install, or just a format and then reinstall from backup which will hopefully leave you with little to no free space fragmentation (supposing you have a HDD)?

I myself have a confirmed faith in CCC (Carbon Copy Cloner) combined with a series of external harddisks. Either make a fresh clone, wipe your main boot disk, and clone back onto it, or do a fresh install and then use the Migration Assistant to pull of everything you want from the clone (yes, that'll work though you may have to boot off the external once for everything to be in place).

> In the TC's defence, I've only ever had to use it once, when I deleted the 
> wrong file...  I had to go back about a week.  Whew!

That's what TM is great for. But I wouldn't want to have to do without the possibility to boot off an external with a recent clone of my set-up!


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