My iMac is one which falls under a hard disk replacement program due to a possibly faulty disk made by Seagate in 2010. Because of that I will be soon sending it off to Apple for the disk to be replaced. When I get it back the new (replaced) disk will be empty and I will have to re-install the OS and restore my backed up data.
I'm told that Time Machine also backs up System Files and User Preferences. If so is it possible to check if this information is being backed up?
If Time Machine is not backing up my System Files and User Preferences is there a way I can export and later re-import this data myself?
Note: I am not using an Apple Time Capsule device. I'm using a Netgear ReadyNAS Duo which has the ability to be used as a Time Machine device. Are there any issues with using a non-Apple storage device for Time Machine that might prevent me from doing what I've described above? If Time Machine