About to do clean install of Leopard, how do I back up iphoto application?

vega07

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I want to backup iphoto the application because I no longer have my ilife 08 dvd. can I just drag the application onto an external hard drive and then move it back into my apps folder after the leopard install?
 

vega07

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darn...I don't know what I'll do without iphoto. I have so many pictures. but I do know I am not gonna pay for another ilife dvd.
 

notsofatjames

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the pictures themselves are stored in your pictures folder in your home directory, in a file called iPhoto Library. You'll need to back this up too.
Unfortunately I've never had to erase and install, but you should always keep your install disks. How comes you haven't got them anymore?
You could just do an upgrade of leopard that should preserve your apps and files
 

vega07

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i backed up my pictures already.

I lost the install dvd.

and I want to a clean install just to avoid any potential bugs.
 

vega07

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I am sending the application to my external hard drive and it looks like a bunch of other program support files are being transferred also. I think backing up apps in mac is different from windows. os x includes every file within the application icon so I just have to back up the icon. but for windows, you need to back up the whole folder.

will report back what happens.
 

notsofatjames

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true, but i think there is some iLife files in /Library/Application Support/ which will need to be copied. Applications that come with installers rather than just drag and drop applications always tend to be more complicated to move and transfer. Microsoft Office and Adobe Suite are both prime examples of this.
 

richard.mac

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i'm pretty sure all you have to do to backup the iphoto '08 app is just backup the app itself and the iphoto folder in /library/application support. you also might also want to backup the preference file in /home/library/preferences. leopard includes some of the system files that ilife '08 installed in tiger.
 

BillyBobBongo

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Just drag the entire iPhoto package folder onto your backup drive. Install Leopard...then install iLife 08...then put the iPhoto package back in the right place and when you start iPhoto it's all there!
 

vega07

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I backed up iphoto, and its corresponding files in the application support and preferences folder. it's working perfectly.

thanks for everyone's help.
 
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