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Restoring a Snow Leopard system without Time Machine

Restoring a Snow Leopard system without Time Machine

Since my iMac is damaged, and the solution seems to be hard, I am trying to re-install it, with my apps and settings backed-up. But, Time Machine keeps crashing, so I can't do it that way. My only other option is to manually backup files necessary to restore my user and applications.

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Guest [Entry]

"There is no reason that you HAVE to use the Time Machine interface to restore your data. Instead you can fresh install Leopard or Snow Leopard, and then copy the /users/ folder to your hard drive (into the /users directory).

Then go to System Preferences -> Users, and add your user, and have the shortname the same as the foldername that you copied from Time Machine.

That should restore your user folder. Now the applications you can just copy from the Applications folder from the time machine backup as well... But you may miss some preferences....

Or you can just run Utilities -> Migration assistance, and try to migrate from the Time Machine backup. I would recommend this first, and try manually if that fails."
Guest [Entry]

"I found this:

type this in terminal

defaults write com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool YES

to change back change YES to NO

if you haven't set up time machine and the above doesn't work you could try

defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.TimeMachine DoNotOfferNewDisksForBackup -bool YES"