Does reinstalling OS X delete all files?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by vand0576, Sep 27, 2006.

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    vand0576

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    Do I need to back everything up before reinstalling OS X? Or do all my personal files remain where I have put them?

    I'm running 10.4.7
     
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    WildCowboy

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    If you do an "Archive and Install," your files will be preserved. An "Erase and Install" will get rid of everything.
     
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    840quadra

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    Yay an other Minnesota Macrumors member :)

    No, installing OS X over itself does not delete files.

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    It would be a good idea to make a backup before the install, that way you are covered if something goes wrong during the install.

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    WildCowboy makes a great point. Make sure it is an archive install and you should be good !
     
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    vand0576

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    Will the "archive and install" let me choose what data gets saved? I basically only want things that are in my home folder.
     
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    beatsme

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    Archive & Install lets you choose to preserve network settings and users, so since your home folder is attached to your user profile, yea it'll get saved.
     
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    would this archive & install be good for reinstalling without all the language packs and stuff?
     
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    Another question, does "archive and install" also backup ur iTunes, address book, iPhoto, Mail, and iCal info too? Sry, i don't know if those things are included in the Home folder.
     
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    trainguy77

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    Yes, your home folder includes all your personal data. itunes, iphoto, mail all of it.
     
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    Does archive and install leave all of your programs in-tact?
     
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    WildCowboy

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    It should, but there could be a chance that something might not work correctly. If that happens, just reinstall the app. See Apple's page on Archive and Install for more info.
     
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    beatsme

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    I'm pretty sure you have the custom install option on an Archive & Install, so yea, you can ditch the language packs and all that stuff. I didn't install any language packs, and skipped all the printer drivers and a few of the apps I knew I'd never use...front page, iWeb, iChat, iMovie, that comic book thing, etc. Saved me around a 1G of disk space, I think...
     
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    The only thing an archive install deletes is your system account icon, and u also have to install all the system software updates, but those r free
     
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    xsedrinam

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    This lists how to and which files are preserved using Archive & Install feature.
     

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