What to do before Installing OS 10.3 Panther?

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  1. KBFinFan macrumors 6502

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    So I am new to the Mac world, just getting my 15" and such, and was wondering what I should do when I upgrade.

    I've heard that similary to the Windows world a clean install is best for ideal performance and what not.

    I have a 20GB iPod so backing things up shouldn't be too difficult if I do a clean install, but is this a good idea?

    Any other suggestions for the cleanest/easiest/best install would be appreciated...

    Thanks
     
  2. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    I do a clean install on my G4 every time a "new" OS comes out.
    I usually copy my entire "Home" folder to an external volume (like an iPod).
    When done installing the OS (+updates) and apps, I copy the "needed stuff" back to my new home dir, finding out which files are important, and which are not.
    A good way to learn which files belong to what.
     
  3. beefcake macrumors 6502

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    If an external drive is not available, what is the install type for wipe everything clean? All I need to save is my iTunes folder and I can burn that onto a few discs.
     
  4. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    so once you have the stuff backed up.... just pop in the panther cds and do a "reformat/clean install" or something like that.... best to start fresh when possible.
     
  5. ScubaD macrumors newbie

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    I just got my G5 back around 9/15. Haven't installed too much software on it. Just installed Photo Elements, Entourage, Proteus, Final Cut, and some minor apps. I also have 7G of music. I haven't back up the music yet, since most of it is on my XP machine as well.

    Should I do a fresh install?

    Thanks
     
  6. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    depends how much time and such you have.... the fact is, with less stuff already installed, it's even easier to do the clean install...

    clean install whenever possible i think...
     

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