Clean install every once in a while

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  1. marmiteturkey macrumors 6502

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    I have a habit of occasionally (every 12 months or so) doing a fresh install of the OS and setting everything up from scratch, to ensure that there's no cruft from old apps, old betas, etc. It doesn't take me that long to set everything up again (usually in front of the TV), and I have a solid backup schedule so there are multiple copies of everything in case something goes wrong.

    Anyone else do this? Am I wasting my time, do you think?
     
  2. GGERARD macrumors newbie

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    Hi!
    For me never I've done that.
    Only if necessary, when I've some problems I have to reinitialize my computer with a clean install of the OS and also with all my Applications saved on my Time Capsule and also another saving datas with CCC on a DDE.
    GGERARD
     
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    That's something I used to do when I was using Windows XP and prior.

    I've been with OS X since Tiger and I've never done this. I've done every upgrade overtop the existing OS and, in my experience, I've never had any issues with it.

    The only clean install of OS X I do is the public betas. But those go on a separate external SSD and not on my main OS drive.
     
  4. rctlr macrumors 6502a

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    I do that, again every 12 months.
    I install several apps and check functionality - then remove the ones I don't want to use - they always leave the odd file here or there.
    I do regular time machine backups, as well as scripted backups of the music and documents folders to the cloud, so I feel I have my bases covered.
     
  5. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    I used to do the same thing every year, until Apple stopped providing CDs for the OS. It has become too much work to do this (creating bootable installers/backups, etc.).
     
  6. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    I always do a clean install with a new OS version.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Ditto, I always just upgrade over the existing OS and keep on rolling
    My rMBP runs exceptionally well with Yosemite and several VM's and multiple monitors
    Never felt the need to spend the time on a new install

    I do occasionally clean out my applications folder and do some other housecleaning, but other than that I just press on
     
  8. chabig macrumors 68040

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    For the computer it's a waste of time. But for you personally it might not be a waste of time if you like doing it.
     
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    Pretty much... yeah.
     
  10. Tamagotchi macrumors 6502

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    I clean install every OS, whether it is for Mac, or for iPhone.
     
  11. Rusty33 macrumors 6502

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    For one reason or another, I've always done a clean install...however, come el capitan, I'm determined to break the habit...
     
  12. navaira macrumors 68040

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    I've done a clean install twice since... let me think... 2007? Once because I got a new computer, and once because I had a feeling things slowed down after I added another user account, then deleted it. It helped restore the speed. Other than that I've always just updated things.
     
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    I would say I'm more like you... Every 2-3 months.

    Then with my USB3.0 drives I transfer all my back ups in less than 1 hour.
     
  15. KALLT macrumors 601

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    If it makes you fell better then it’s probably not a waste of time.
     
  16. Traverse macrumors 603

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    I really don't think it's necessary, but I probably would once in a while. My old MacBook Pro came with Snow Leopard. I went from SL -> Lion ->ML and then decided to clean install Mavericks. The system crashed because of a dGPU failure and a got a new rMBP. SO that was like clean install of Mavericks again. I upgraded to Yosemite, but downgraded back to Mavericks with a clean install. After 10.10.3 I clean installed Yosemite again.

    I've done it way too much. I probably won't clean install again until 10.14 unless I have a problem.

    It's not *that* much work and it makes me feel better every few years.

    Is this sarcasm? If I may ask, why do you feel the need to do that every 2 months?
     
  17. Queen6 macrumors 603

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    Never, just upgrade and clean up from time to time. If your doing this on OS X your just burning daylight, exception being Devs for obvious reason.

    Q-6
     
  18. Taz Mangus, Aug 17, 2015
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    Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

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    Also do clean installs of major OS X releases. Gives me a chance to do some house cleaning. Having the user accounts on a separate partition from the OS makes it easy to do clean installs.

    Curious why so often?
     
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  20. randomgeeza macrumors regular

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    Same, same here... It makes me feel that any cruft or potential for issues is removed from the get go... Albeit, the x.x.1 versions always come with their own issues... *rolls eyes*
     
  21. Michaelgtrusa, Aug 18, 2015
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    No i see bit rot start to happen at around 60 days of use.

    After about 60 days I see a reduction in performance and the best way for me to to get that newness back is a regular clean install.
     

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