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    Time Machine restore

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    Time Machine restore
    hiya,
    i am fairly new to OS X and have recently had to do a hard restore using the dvd disks that i got with my macbook. i have an external drive with a full time machine back up on it, but i want to slowly add all my old files etc rather than restore from it completly.
    my question, if anyone can help me is this; what folders do i need to restore in order to get my internet settings (bookmarks network settings etc) and 'mail' settings (old emails, folders and inbox etc) back the way they were?
    i have had a quick look at the migration tool but it seems i will copy all the user settings by using this programme. i am hoping that it will be a case of finding user/library/mail/.... in the time machine backups and press restore to make those 2 programmes (safari and mail) work like they did before the hard reset.
    any help would be great - thanks in advance

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    Time Machine restore

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    MBP 2.33 4GB: MacPro 8 Core 2.8, 16GB: MacMini 2.26 4GB: MacMin 2.53 4GB: iPhone3GS 32GB
    Hi, welcome to the forums.

    To restore your bookmarks in Safari, you want to fire up TimeMachine and navigate to the /Users/your-username/Library/Safari/ folder.

    You will need to restore the Bookmarks.plist file from whatever backup interval you want (probably the latest before the re-install).

    For Mail you can do the same thing. Navigate to

    /Users/your-username/Library/Mail/

    Restore the entire folder and everything you had before the reinstall should reappear the next time you open Mail.

    Let us know how it goes.

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    Time Machine restore

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    thanks very much for the welcome and the sound advice. very clear and for safari it worked a treat!
    i needed to set up mail again no matter how i restored from TM. after setting up my imap settings etc it took a while but restored all back to normal. - now back to the slow process of updating os x and applications that i managed to restore!
    one thing though i cant find my ical and address book files to restore them to the original ones, if there is an easy way then i would appreciate it,
    thanks again!

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