Reinstalling OS X

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  1. monkeydo_jb macrumors 6502

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    Mac newbie here.

    I decided to reload my first mac (powerbook) and wiped it out before
    I read instructions on how to do it.

    I managed to get it installed, but I'm wondering about
    which filesystem I should have chosen for my OS X
    partition. Unix or Mac Standard (or whatever)?

    I used Unix and things are acting a little strangely.
    I can't drag and drop anything. Also, I tried using the
    Restore DVD to reinstall developer tools and iDVD and it quits
    on an error saying it can't read the DVD at around 13%.


    Also, I made a partition for my swap.
    Anyone have a link that tells how to use it as such?
    I know I edit the fstab in /etc, but I'm not sure that's
    it.

    Please give me some advice.


    -jeff
     
  2. sparkleytone macrumors 68020

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    redo it with HFS+

    anything that requires resource forks (e.g iMovie) will not work properly
     
  3. monkeydo_jb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    My options were -

    Unix
    Mac Standard
    Mac Extended

    I did my os X and Swap as Unix (this is HFS+, no?) and an Apps partition as Mac Extended.

    Should I do it differently? Would anything
    prevent me from installing iDVD, etc. off of the restore DVD?


    Thanks for the fast reply.



    -jeff
     
  4. lmalave macrumors 68000

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    Mac Extended should be fine. It's not like you won't be able to use Unix features on your Mac just because you didn't select a Unix filesystem. The disk on my iBook is formatted as Mac OS Extended, and I use Unix tools (CVS, Ant, X11) on a daily basis.
     
  5. sparkleytone macrumors 68020

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  6. Rower_CPU Moderator emeritus

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    FYI

    Unix = UFS
    Mac Extended = HFS+
    Mac = HFS

    dammit, sparkley beat me to it :p
     
  7. monkeydo_jb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, thanks for all the help.
    I reloaded making all partitions HFS+ and things
    are working perfectly.

    Anyone know a site that tells how to set your swap file as a partition?


    Thanks for all your help.


    -jeff
     
  8. yamadataro macrumors 6502

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    When I first installed OS X on my machine, I wondered about this UNIX format thingy too. Because Apple advertises X as UNIX UNIX UNIX, I'm sure many newbies have made some mistakes there... (*I* almost did)

    As I've read David Pogue's book, he says UNIX format is just for the programmers who make UNIX software. I wish Apple makes it clear on that format dialogue box.
     
  9. monkeydo_jb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here's a great tutorial on how to
    use a seperate partition for your
    swap file.

    Worked like a charm.


    -jeff
     
  10. lmalave macrumors 68000

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    Wow, just read it. Did you get the 25% accross the board performance boost like the article indicates?

    I wish I had known this when I bought my iBook 3 months ago. I did a fresh reinstall anyway so I could have separate OS X and Data partitions. Oh well, I may still attempt this this weekend - better now than later when I have even more stuff installed...
     
  11. yamadataro macrumors 6502

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    I remember David Pogue said this doesn't work in 10.2. I think it was just for the X 10.0 because its system was not perfect.

    Notice that the article says "...if you have upgraded from MacOS X 10.0 to 10.0.3." Also the article is dated June 1, 2001.
     
  12. monkeydo_jb thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No, I didn't get a 25% performance gain.
    However, I made a seperate partition on
    the same hard drive. He did it on an
    entirely seperate drive.

    I disagree that this doesn't help at all.
    When I have many apps open at the same
    time I definitely notice a speed gain.

    I think having a swapfile as the only file on
    a partition makes it more readily accessible.


    -jeff
     

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