Clean Install and restore or just install on top?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by alexxk, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. alexxk macrumors 6502

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    Hello everyone..

    I have a question here. I have a a Macbook Pro 2011 that is running the latest Yosemite OS. I've never done a clean install on this system and I feel my system sluggish at times so this time around I will do a clean install of El Capitan.

    Thing is, after I do a clean install I plan on using Migration Assistant to restore my files, apps and settings to what they are right now. By doing that is it really worth doing a clean install or should I just install the new OS on top of the existing one??

    Is there a better method to restore my files and apps?
     
  2. Swiss-G macrumors 6502a

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    Personally I would make a time machine backup of the Yosemite installation and then install El Capitan over the existing installation.

    If it's still sluggish you can then do a clean install afterwards.
     
  3. alexxk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, that's one way to go but since I install Yosemite for the first time my macbook has never been faster than with Mavericks.. we'll see
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That would be a complete waste if time. If there are apps or settings causing problems with your current setup, the Migration Assistant import will bring them right back in. A true clean install is an erase and install followed by a manual reinstallation of apps and a manual drag and drop of data folders (like Documents etc).
     
  5. iDemiurge macrumors 6502

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    I was waiting for this thread as I'm planning to do a clean install.

    Does creating a bootable USB stick for El Capitan still done the same way? Does this recreate the recovery partition?
     
  6. alexxk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes, I think so and from there you install the OS
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yep... still the same and it will create a El Capitan recovery partition.
     
  8. alexxk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That sucks.. I will do a normal installation then and see how it behaves.. I got too much ****..
     
  9. iDemiurge macrumors 6502

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    Great. And thanks for the link!
     

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