Can i restore a back up of the user folder to a fresh install without issues? I created the back up with the disk utility tool

I am fresh installing an iMac late 2015 because it's very slow. I have backed up the /users/ folder and the /library/ folder.

I have a second question: Is this a good way to handle this? Or is there any better way? Would i be able to restore the users folder with time machine without bringing other applications etc?

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    So glad you ask about a backup Before starting ! So many don’t... – Solar Mike Jun 21 '18 at 20:41
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    @SolarMike Yup! And then they ask "How can I recover my precious data from my hard drive?" – JBis Jun 21 '18 at 20:44

How did you make a backup using Disk Utility? Did you mean you cloned your startup drive? If so, you did not just make a backup of your user folder you made a backup of your entire startup disk.

But to answer your original question...

The best way to do what your trying to do is to

  1. Make a Time Machine Backup

  2. Erase and Reinstall macOS

  3. Use migration assistant to restore from a Time Machine backup where you can select what content (Your user folder) you would like to transfer enter image description here

Note: Usually I would quote all this stuff but this is pretty standard information so I opted to just link it.

  • This may be late but do you perhaps know which files i should skip transferring to make the iMac run smoother? – D vdB Jun 23 '18 at 10:47
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    @DvdB Well I wouldn’t do this process to begin with. It’s not going to really speed up your machine. I do have a couple suggestions that I can give you if your would like. – JBis Jun 23 '18 at 13:32
  • Yes please i would love that – D vdB Jun 23 '18 at 14:12
  • @DvdB Lets continue this discussion in chat – JBis Jun 23 '18 at 17:01

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