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

    Mar 4, 2015
    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

    Mar 4, 2015
    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

    Aug 11, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

    Sep 6, 2002
    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

    Jul 1, 2004
    Unless there is an actual need to perform a true clean install, this is what I'd recommend.

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