Clean install or upgrade?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Image33, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. Image33 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I hope to get a copy of Snow Leopard this weekend. Are there any advantages to doing a clean install in stead of just upgrade the system?
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020


    Mar 12, 2006
    Rural America
    Clean install will completely erase your computer. This can be helpful if you have a lot of old files or old programs that you want to just clear out.

    An upgrade leaves all your stuff in place and just updates the system and apps.
  3. AceMason macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2009

    Instead of making a whole new thread I thought I'd ask here:

    I'm planning to do an Erase and Install for Snow Leopard. This would probably erase the emails I have in Mail right? Is there a way I would be able to get them back using Time Machine?
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Check out the "Migration Assistant". If you save your data before the upgrade (say, on an external drive), it can be used to restore it.
  5. jordan eff macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2008
    I've asked his a few times but not got an answer

    if i backup the entire computer using migration assistant or time machine will i be able to use adobe photoshop that is backed up or will i need to reinstall it from the disc?

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