Clarification about Archive and Install

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gnownayr, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. gnownayr macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2007
    So i know that the archive and install creates a folder called "old system" or something. does this hold your saved documents and files? or old system files that are not important anymore. in other words, are all of my files in the same places that they were before the archive and install? or do i need to move them back afterward...and finally, could i simply trash the "old system" folder after the archive and install is complete with no bad consequences? thanks for your help!
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    It's basically old system files - some application support files may be in the archived library folder, but all of your user specific files remain in your home directory - oh, and yes, you can trash it once you're sure everything is working okay.
  3. gnownayr thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 12, 2007
    thanks! so basically there's NO reason not to do an archive and install? (and check the save settings box)
  4. Geoff430 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    how much room?

    I have 17gig left on my 80gig HDD, will that be enough room for an archive and install, most of its video, and photoshop...?
  5. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Probably. especially if you do'nt install printer drivers and foreign languages.

    Also to note on archive and install:

    The old system folder actually has all your settings and whatnot, but then after installing a clean system of Leopard, the installation goes ahead and pulls things from your old folder, into the new system. So remnants that had replacements in leopard are left over in the old system folder.

    Archive and install is really a nice installation method.
  6. Archmagination macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2004
    It also causes a problem in Leopard with Spotlight. As soon as you can you want to get rid of the Previous System Folder that is created. When the Leopard Spotlight is indexing if will freeze up when it gets to the Previous System Folder and will slow down your computer. The only solution I know of is to get rid of that folder.. once done the indexing will restart and run flawlessly.
  7. d wade macrumors 65816

    d wade

    Jun 27, 2006
    Boca Raton, FL
    why does it require so many more gigs (about 6 more) to do archive rather than just upgrade?
  8. tivoboy macrumors 68040

    May 15, 2005
    copy it off

    is there a way to copy off this old system folder? I cannot get it to copy, it just sits and hangs.
  9. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007

    I have a question about A&I. I have MS Office on my currently computer. If I did an A&I, would I have to re-install it afterwards? Because I currently can't find my MS Office disk and don't want to lose it during installation.
  10. gauchogolfer macrumors 603


    Jan 28, 2005
    American Riviera
    You shouldn't have to. That's kind of the point of A&I versus a clean install.

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