Upgrading vs. Formatting then installing

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Ruthless, Oct 26, 2003.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering if there would be a differnce between upgrading to panther as opposed to reformatting then installing it

    thanks,
    Ruthless
     
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    I just upgraded from 10.2.8 on my dual G5 and so far everything is working fine - and a lot faster - expose is v. cool and fast.
     
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    Doctor Q

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    The advantage of reformatting is that you set your system up in the cleanest state possible, but that is merely insurance against glitches that may or may not ever occur. There is a big difference in how much work is involved in these two methods of installation, however. So, unless you have had trouble with your system, Ruthless, I don't see why you can't simply do an update. Also, if you do have trouble with Panther for some reason, you will still have the option of reformatting and installing it new later.
     
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    pimentoLoaf

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    When I upgraded my ol' iBook to Jaguar, I didn't have an external drive to back anything up on, so I couldn't erase first before installing.

    With my three-week-old 17book, I'll back-up, reformat, and then install. Seems some programs (like Photoshop) run better when reinstalled under X.3.
     
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    Is this just rumour or do you hace real evidence. I've noticed some funnies with the cursor changing since I upgraded. I might try re-installing PS7 and see if that makesd any difference,
     
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    Archive and Install

    Several folks at the Apple Store (employees) recommended the "Archive and Install" option. A few reasons:
    1. This is a fairly clean install, giving you a decent new system with less worries than an Upgrade.
    2. Your previous system is stored in the "Previous Systems" folder (delete after a while if you don't feel you need anything from there).
    3. Users and Apps, and their preferences, are brought over. No need to reinstall the system.

    Don't forget that you also can choose a custom installation (I chose not to install Asian Fonts and Asian Languages, but did choose to add X11).
     
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    yadmonkey

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    Re: Archive and Install

    pbooktebo, I hadn't realized that or I would have done an archive install. However, I upgraded and it went swimmingly. Everything on my MDD dual 1ghz is faster and I have operated without a glitch so far. I have a felling the format/reinstall was more important back in the days of OS 9 and early 10.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    apple store account gone

    okay i finally got the guts to backup my itunes library, my adress book, and some other random stuff then i clean installed....one problem my apple store account has no previous knowlege of me ever purchasing anything in the music store or any other purchases so i cant listen to some music. what should i do
    thanks,
    ruthless
    p.s - i bencmarked on my jaguar system (upgraded) and scored a 98.7 and on my clean install i scored a 103.8 :)
     

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