Format Mac, how to backup iPhone apps + network question

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by queshy, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. queshy macrumors 68040

    queshy

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    Hi,

    Sorry if this has already been asked. I did a search and really couldn't find it.

    Quick question - if I format my Mac, but I backup my iTunes folder, will I be able to recover my Apps after I wipe my hard drive? It really wouldn't make much sense if you had to rebuy everything after formatting - so is it as simple as making a copy on a HD of your iTunes folder?

    My other question is an interesting one - my Fido iPhone, which has always said Fido, just switched to saying "ROGERS" about an hour ago. How come?

    Thanks!
     
  2. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

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    The obvious first question is, why reformat your Mac?
     
  3. InSaNeCyAnUr macrumors member

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    Apps will work afterwards....I did an Apps transfer on 2 computers (PC to Mac) and they worked. Even if they didn't work....iTunes Store keeps track of what you bought and can get it back free.

    For the Fido/Rogers thing, if you are in a low coverage area like mine (I drop to 1 bar when I enter my house, it can change to Rogers). I don't know why, but when it gets stronger, it will get back on Fido.
     
  4. queshy thread starter macrumors 68040

    queshy

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    Why not? We all know that after a long time, reformatting can speed up your computer. I think a good clean install is called for every once and a while, if you have time.

    Glad to hear the Apps work.

    Thanks for the answers - It actually changed back to fido this morning. BTW this was happening in my house, just like yours.
    Weird.
     
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

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    This is one of the most appalling of all the Mac myths. OSX isn't Windows -- it doesn't auto-hose. Reinstalling OSX is almost never needed, and this "clean install" thing (presumably, you mean a "reformat and install") is for the obsessive-compulsive only.
     
  6. queshy thread starter macrumors 68040

    queshy

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    Yes, I do mean a reformat and install.

    There's a lot of junk on my computer that I know I don't need. My computer always feels faster after a fresh format.

    My old PC needed to be reformatted every few months or it was just a cow otherwise. My Mac was last formatted about a year ago and I remember it being faster. And yeah, you are right, maybe I am a bit OC.

    What I do know, though, is that doing an "upgrade" to Leopard is NOT as good as a clean install (not really related here...)
     

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