Since my iMac is damaged, and the solution seems to be hard, I am trying to re-install it, with my apps and settings backed-up. But, Time Machine keeps crashing, so I can't do it that way. My only other option is to manually backup files necessary to restore my user and applications.
My question, which folders do I need to backup except from my user and application folders, to keep my applications and user settings. And most of all, will it work when I manually copy the files back to the original location after a clean install?