Can I intall OSX via snow leopard disc?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ozreth, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. ozreth macrumors 65816

    ozreth

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    So I'm getting ready to restore my MBP. Was wondering if I can just stick the Snow Leopard disc in to install OSX or do I have to install Leopard and then Snow Leopard?

    Also, believe it or not this will be my first time restoring from a backup. When I reformat the computer I can just plug my external in and pick and choose the things I want to put back on the computer right? Dont have to do a full backup?
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    Yes, you can.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    "Was wondering if I can just stick the Snow Leopard disc in to install OSX or do I have to install Leopard and then Snow Leopard?"

    That depends on WHICH Snow Leopard DVD you bought.

    If you bought the $30 upgrade DVD, _YES_, you can do that.

    If you bought the $9.95 upgrade DVD, _NO_, you can't. The cheaper DVD will only install SL over an "existing copy" of Leopard.

    "Also, believe it or not this will be my first time restoring from a backup. When I reformat the computer I can just plug my external in and pick and choose the things I want to put back on the computer right? Dont have to do a full backup?"

    If you have an external drive that can be used as a "clone backup", to this:
    - Download CarbonCopyCloner (it's free)
    - Use CCC to "dupe" your internal drive to the backup drive.
    - Install a clean copy of SL to the internal drive.
    - Establish new accounts on the internal, get it updated via "Software Update"
    - Connect the external drive and start "migrating" your old files back over. You can use either "migration assistant", or, do it manually. I like manually better, gives me more control over what gets moved.

    WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
    When you make a clone of your internal to the external, it will erase what's already on the external, UNLESS you specifically set up CCC to _not erase_ what's already on the drive. There is a choice to select in CCC to accomplish this.
     

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