How do i do a clean install?

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  1. theipodgod16 macrumors 6502

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    I want to re-install panther with a fresh install to free up disk space and to hopefully get rid of quite a few errors i'm getting. how do i backup my stuff? do i just copy my whole user folder to my ipod? do i need to copy anything else? application folder? library?

    once ive backed up my files, then what do i do from there? do i go in disk utility and erase my HD completly? can someone guide me through this process?
     
  2. janey macrumors 603

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    you know there is an option called "Erase and Install" on the Panther install disk :p
     
  3. theipodgod16 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so all of my settings, pictures, safari bookmarks, itunes playlists, and whatnot will all be contianed in that one user folder? this is a lot easier than windows, thanks!
     
  4. janey macrumors 603

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    not ALL.
    Some of your settings might be in /Library, not ~/Library (ie desktop images, screensavers, system stuff...etc.). Plus you have to reinstall your applications unless you back up the drag-n-drop apps from /Applications.
    Don't use Disk Utility to erase a disk. It's just easier to select the option in the OS X installer, saves you time, effort.
     
  5. craigdawg macrumors 6502

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    Would the same process work if I was to install a brand new HD in a PB?

    Is the ability to boot from the CD-ROM built into the firmware?
     
  6. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a

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    Just use the Panther disk to do an "Archive and Install." It will compress all your old stuff and save it separate then do a clean install saving the compressed file.
     
  7. janey macrumors 603

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    Archive and Install doesnt compress all of your old stuff. It only moves some of the folders on your current install to a folder called Previous Systems, and it replaces all the old system files with the new ones. Not a good way to go, because it screws up all your permissions, which can be easily fixed, but in the long run slows down your machine quite noticeably. Plus its a hassle to get rid of the Previous Systems folder sometimes, you need to do an rm -rf in terminal.app. If you don't want to drag your stuff back to where they are supposed to be, delete the remaining junk and deal with a somewhat slow computer and other stuff like that, be my guest, do an archive and install.
    A backup and an erase and install is much easier and cleaner, just do it.

    the cd boot question: as long as you have a hard drive of some sort, its going to work. You can also boot from a firewire external hard drive (ie the iPod) or a network drive iirc.
     

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