Did I NOT perform a Clean Install?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by zooby, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. zooby macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2008
    Last night, I performed a "clean install" and zero'd out my hard drive/installed Lion. The majority of my files were backed up manually, but my documents and music were backed up on my Time Machine. So when Lion asked me to transfer my files from Time Machine, I declined it because I wanted to try it later. I created a new user account with the same name and password (etc). I played around with Lion and it was blazingly fast... like starting anew! Then, when I finally got used to Lion, I used Migration Assistant to transfer my documents and music... but they told me I couldn't have two accounts with the same account name.

    So I did the whole process AGAIN - installed Lion once again (etc). I transferred from Time Machine my user profile and "Other Files and Folders in Macintosh HD" (which I still don't know what it is ...) I did not transfer my settings or applications. Well, after finally transferring everything, I begin using Lion and find out that my computer still has its old settings. For example, my dock still has my old dock settings (I see a question mark over deleted apps/not the default Lion dock that I saw last time), Dashboard still has old widgets, my bookmarks are all intact (I was going to transfer them anyway, but seeing all of them there makes me feel like I simply upgraded?).

    I know this has something to do with me transferring my user account... but is there any way to simply keep my documents/pictures/music etc. but not the settings? I thought I'd simply have what I had before I restored from TM just with my files. I feel like since I transferred the Library folder, it pretty much was pointless and not a true clean install. What do I do? Is there any way other than to redo the whole process to fix this? Do I just need to clean my library folder?

    Thanks! Any tip helps.
  2. Madonepro macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2011
    The answer I'd say is quite simple, using SL restore the document you want back.
    Then create a partition on your external drive, copy those document/files to the drive, to your Lion clean install and then bring the files you copied back.
  3. robgendreau macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2008
    A clean install and then manually moving things back to your boot drive is not a good idea unless you really know what you're doing.

    I would suggest you keep it very simple. Restore your drive to SL with all the stuff you had on there before using the restore function from Time Machine. Boot from your original disks and do a permission repair. Then install Lion by following Apple's directions; forget the clean install business.

    You'll be much happier and it's MUCH safer than the hit or miss stuff you've been doing.

  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Zooby - if you are a MobileMe user and you have Sync Dock Items turned on, that's one explanation for why your dock has old items. Same with Dashboard items, bookmarks and other account settings.
  5. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    Install lion.
    Drag and drop your stuff that isn't in time machine into the proper places.
    Plug in time machine
    Open drive browse inside of backups.backupdb file to your user folder
    drag and drop the music and documents files back to your user folder within lion.

    Nothing hard about it hard really...

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