Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Pro

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Aug 31, 2010, 09:23 PM   #1
w00t951
macrumors 68000
 
w00t951's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: 116th & Broadway
Does Reinstalling Snow Leopard...

Does reinstalling Snow Leopard delete your personal files or documents? My Mac won't boot, Target Disk Mode doesn't work, and I have tried repairing the disk. None of these work. My files are still on my HDD, so would reinstalling fix the corrupted system files and leave my personal files intact? Thanks.
__________________
MacBook Pro 15" Retina, Nexus 5, Tower of Power (i7-4770K @ 4.5 GHz, GTX 780 @ 1202/6800MHz)
w00t951 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 31, 2010, 09:24 PM   #2
spinnerlys
Guest
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: forlod bygningen
Quote:
Originally Posted by w00t951 View Post
Does reinstalling Snow Leopard delete your personal files or documents? My Mac won't boot, Target Disk Mode doesn't work, and I have tried repairing the disk. None of these work. My files are still on my HDD, so would reinstalling fix the corrupted system files and leave my personal files intact? Thanks.
Yes.
spinnerlys is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 31, 2010, 09:26 PM   #3
MrCheeto
macrumors 68030
 
MrCheeto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
If you are able to boot to the Snow Leopard disc, you can Archive and Install, which will save all of your information and replace the system files.

If you're unable to do this, I could migrate your data off, install Snow Leopard, and then migrate it back automatically, meaning your applications, data and settings would be saved. Just pay to ship it back and forth and consider it a favor.

What happens if you try to repair the disk using the Snow Leopard install disc?
__________________
-I read your post, that'll be 99-
IT'S OK! I'm from the internetz!
MrCheeto is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 31, 2010, 09:43 PM   #4
MrFlynn
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by w00t951 View Post
Does reinstalling Snow Leopard delete your personal files or documents? My Mac won't boot, Target Disk Mode doesn't work, and I have tried repairing the disk. None of these work. My files are still on my HDD, so would reinstalling fix the corrupted system files and leave my personal files intact? Thanks.
You might try fixing permissions as well. This is also located in the Disk Utilities app when you boot from the CD. It only works on permissions of Apple system/application files, but it sounds like something in the system/libraries/core services might have gotten hammered.

You can try fixing permissions, if that doesnt work I would recommend an archive/install. Just reinstalling OSX will only effect the OS files, not your data. Your data will be there unless you choose to erase the disk during the reinstallation setup menus under "Customize."
__________________
17" Macbook Pro i7 Quad Core 2.3 Antiglare, 8 gigs of ram, 750 gig drive with THUNDERBOLT!
MrFlynn is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 1, 2010, 04:13 AM   #5
csmoot
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Snow Leopard automatically does an archive & install, there are no options for you to choose like in previous OS's. There's a more powerful disk utility software called Disk Warrior that may salvage your files and folders if all else fails. I've used it successfully to recover files on what I thought was a damaged hard drive.
csmoot is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 1, 2010, 03:09 PM   #6
w00t951
Thread Starter
macrumors 68000
 
w00t951's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: 116th & Broadway
Thanks for the great replies. I was away from Internet for a while... Anyway, I'll first try reinstalling. Are there any "junk" files left over from the reinstall, similar to the XP to Vista upgrade left .dlls scattered all over the place? If so, how can I get rid of them?
__________________
MacBook Pro 15" Retina, Nexus 5, Tower of Power (i7-4770K @ 4.5 GHz, GTX 780 @ 1202/6800MHz)
w00t951 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Sep 1, 2010, 03:17 PM   #7
MrCheeto
macrumors 68030
 
MrCheeto's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by w00t951 View Post
Are there any "junk" files left over from the reinstall, similar to the XP to Vista upgrade left .dlls scattered all over the place?
No.

Welcome to Apple. Forget all that Microsoft did to you in the past.
__________________
-I read your post, that'll be 99-
IT'S OK! I'm from the internetz!
MrCheeto is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Pro

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Reinstalling Snow Leopard steiney MacBook Pro 16 Oct 27, 2013 04:50 PM
Reinstalling Snow Leopard without the discs! L T OS X 3 Sep 22, 2013 11:05 PM
Downgrading from Lion to Snow using time machine and USB (Snow Leopard) djarsalan2006 OS X 0 Jan 18, 2013 11:37 PM
Reinstalling OSX (Snow Leopard) HD problem Okysho Mac Basics and Help 2 Sep 11, 2012 07:35 AM
Reinstalling Snow Leopard on Mac Mini using USB purtsak OS X 0 Sep 8, 2012 07:00 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:53 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC