I have a 2012(?) macmini at home and last night I backed up my HDD to Time Machine then moved the 1TB HDD to the 2nd bay and installed a new 250GB SSD into the 1st bay. I formatted the new drive to Mac OS Journaled and rebooted. Now I have tried to restore from Time Machine, but my backup (after excluded folders) is about 375GB. I have 2 questions:
- Is it possible to alter the time machine backup and delete folders I know I have backups elsewhere to get this under 250GB and then restore from that?
- If 1 is not possible, how do I reboot to use the original HDD again and redo my Time Machine backup for essential files only?
I've read other questions which say try a clean install, but it would take me days to re-configure my system the way I need it, so that is not an option.
I have a full backup on external HD as well as full cloud backup.