Format/restore question...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Nave05, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. Nave05 macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2007
    Lately my mac has been running sluggishly and i think its about time for a fresh format/reinstall. Before i go erasing things:

    Is it possible for me to make a disk image of my entire MacHD (once ive weeded out some unnecessary apps and stuff) and then, once i format and reinstall OS X 10.4, just restore it completely using that .dmg?

    I have never used the Restore utility before so i am not very savvy with it at all. On a similar note, is there a way to do a Mac version of Windows' "System Restore"? Please let me know because i think Restore is a neat feature but i cant really see its full potential.
  2. rolex54 macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    Houston, TX
    one of the best things you can do is just drag and drop
    drag over all your applications, documents, movies, songs

    that way everything is fresh and you are not bringing over unnecessary files
    also do not drag over applications from CD's
    just reinstall them later

    P.S. This is from a user who had migration assistant corrupt a backup of my HD and lost tons of stuff
  3. Nave05 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2007
    ok youre saying just select all the apps, songs, movies, etc. that i want and make a .dmg of those? just wanna make sure i understand you correctly before i do anything.

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