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I have a late 2006 Macbook that is starting to show it's age. I have the original disks and the Snow Leopard update. I would like to zero out my Macbook and start over from the beginning. I have a separate hard drive that is used for Time Machine.

Question; If I do this can I recover my pictures, documents, etc piece by piece from Time Machine or will it try to reload the entire "old" contents?

It is running really slow with numerous issues and figured a complete restart would be the way to go.

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Mac people smarter than I:

I have a late 2006 Macbook that is starting to show it's age. I have the original disks and the Snow Leopard update. I would like to zero out my Macbook and start over from the beginning. I have a separate hard drive that is used for Time Machine.

Question; If I do this can I recover my pictures, documents, etc piece by piece from Time Machine or will it try to reload the entire "old" contents?

It is running really slow with numerous issues and figured a complete restart would be the way to go.

Thanks.

Macjet
Answer: Yes (I am almost certain) you can do a selective restore (with some work).

The first question I would ask though is how much free space do you have left on your HD? You only show 60GB to start with in your Mac Specs. If you have let your free space get much under 10GB you are going to see a performance hit along with potential for other issues.

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Answer: Yes (I am almost certain) you can do a selective restore (with some work).

The first question I would ask though is how much free space do you have left on your HD? You only show 60GB to start with in your Mac Specs. If you have let your free space get much under 10GB you are going to see a performance hit along with potential for other issues.
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Is there an easier way? I'm a fairly casual computer guy.
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16.44GB ought to be sufficient. You might want to consider downloading Onyx (free download) and running that. Onyx is good for diagnostic and repair/maintence.

Personally, I would do that before doing a reinstall of the OS. But, no real reason not to do the reinstall if you want to.

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