Do I need an External HDD to upgrade?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dscuber9000, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. dscuber9000 macrumors 6502a

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    I've never installed a new operating system on a computer before. So do I need to back everything up on an external hard-drive to upgrade, or will all my files remain intact on my MacBook Pro's built-in hard-drive?

    Also, will Snow Leopard be available only in Apple Stores on Friday, or will I be able to find it in Best Buy on Friday too? The closest Apple Store is a decent drive away...
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    1) You should ALWAYS backup any data you view as too valuable to lose. All hard drives can/will eventually fail. But no, you can install on your internal without back-up.
    2) Why not order tonight online from the Apple Store? They have been offering free shipping.
     
  3. dscuber9000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My MacBook Pro is still relatively new (13" MBP) and this is my first Mac, so I don't have anything valuable on here that I would be devastated if I lost. I want to eventually get an external, but I'd rather have Snow Leopard first. :D

    As for ordering on Apple.com, I am too young to have a credit card. I prefer shopping offline anyway. :eek:
     
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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  5. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    Get it online - no credit cards for BitTorrents. KIDDING.

    I would definitely give BestBuy a ring and ask if they will carry Snow Leopard on Friday. I would assume they would have it but if not, most likely next Monday.
     
  6. ElijahPost macrumors member

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    No External HD is required, but a backup is highly recomended
     

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