MacBook running slow. I want to do a wipe, clean install (OS X Yosemite) and restore. I've copied my home directory to an external drive and could transfer it back after clean install. I'm also doing a Time Machine backup to the external drive.
Do I need the Time Machine backup? This step is taking a long time.
Will installed software be restored simply by copying my home directory back after the clean install?
If this is the first Time Machine backup done on this computer, will there be any difference between copying the home directory and restoring from Time Machine? (I wouldn't want to restore the system, only the user files).