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I know how to format my hard drive but I was wondering:I have snow leopard on my computer, but I don't have the snow leopard disc. I have the leopard disc but when I download my stuff from my backup. Will the OS be in the data? or will I have leopard

asked Aug 17 '10 at 21:04

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Matthew B

That depends greatly on how you setup the backup. If you used time machine, by default it backups the entire systems.. including the system files. In this way, you can restore previous states of the OS itself along with your own files. However, if you excluded the system files, you will need the install disc.

If you did backup the entire system, use the Leopard disc's Utility menu to restore the system. Here's Apple's "how to" on this topic:


answered Aug 17 '10 at 21:21

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I used time machine so I'm good right?

(Aug 17 '10 at 22:35) Matthew B Matthew%20B's gravatar image

As long as you weren't prompted by a message asking you to exclude system files and clicking "OK"... this message should only popup if you manually add the "System" folder to the excluded folders list in the time machine preferences.

You can always go into time machine and make sure it contains the normal system folders at the root, like "Applications", "Library", "System", "Users". This is a clear sign the entire system is backed up.

(Aug 17 '10 at 22:56) Granit Granit's gravatar image

Ok Thanks! 20 char. limit

(Aug 17 '10 at 23:00) Matthew B Matthew%20B's gravatar image
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