Any benefit to reinstalling OS X?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by CalMin, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. CalMin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2007
    I switched in 2002, just after Jaguar came out. One of the main benefits of OS X, in my opinion, is that it doesn't crap out every 6-12 months like a Windows install. I always found my self needing to reformat the HD periodically under XP, to get things running correctly.

    I've had several Macs, including this 4.5 year old PowerBook and just never felt the need to do 'fresh installs'. I always upgrade when installing a new OS version, and things seem to run fine. And with new Macs, I just use migration assistant to import the old accounts.

    I'm don't install lots of apps or hacks. My main reason for not wanting to reinstall is having to dig around boxes in my garage for some of my software license keys, as well as software that I bought as downloads (e.g. toast). Who know where those serials are now.. Also, I like my settings as they are, so reconfiguring would have to be a pain too.
  2. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I think between major versions it is best to do an archive and install. those usually have less problems than an upgrade from Tiger to Leopard, but usually there isn't much of a need to ever reinstall OS X.
  3. Amdahl macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    My MBP started running slow after I filled the drive, which prevents the OS from avoiding fragmentation. So I removed all the bulk, Time Machined the remainder, and then restored it via OSX Installer, which formats the drive. Runs much nicer. It had been upgraded from 10.4, so I think a Time restore may be a good alternative to a more complete erase&install.

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