Clean install of OSX while saving files/applications/preferences

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lnels, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. lnels macrumors newbie

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    What is the easiest way to do a clean install of OSX, but save all my current files/applications and preferences and load those back onto the new install? Should I use TimeMachine for that?
     
  2. lnels thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Backing up data files (word documents, pictures etc) could be a simple task, basically a matter of drag and drop, but its the applications I'm more concerned about. I want to be able to save all applications and their preference files.

    Maybe if someone knows a good article explaining preference files, and that way I could drag and drop specific preference files to an external and then drag and drop back to a new formatted OS.
     
  3. janitor3 macrumors regular

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  4. chabig macrumors 601

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    There is no need for a clean install. Just boot to the recovery partition and reinstall the OS. Your apps and data will remain the same.
     
  5. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Unless there is an actual need to perform a true clean install, this is what I'd recommend.
     

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