Formatting and reinstalling OSX. Which path to take?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by theNEOone, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. theNEOone macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2007
    Location:
    NYC
    #1
    I've been getting slowness, beachballs, and overheating/loud fans over the last few weeks. It feels like it's getting worse by the day. I want to reinstall and get a fresh start. (Btw, I was on Leopard and upgraded to SL...I'm hoping a fresh SL will clear up most of my problems.)

    Do I:

    1. Restore from a time machine backup
    2. Migration assistant
    3. Clean re-install and just copy-paste my files

    ???


    I'm not necessarily looking for the quickest solution. I'm looking for the solution that gives me the cleanest start. Re-installing everything will be a pain, but I'll do it if it means better performance.

    What I don't want to happen is that I lose library information from iTunes (playlists, ratings, playcounts, etc.) or face/place tagging within iPhoto. Everything else is pretty disposable. (Contacts/calendars are all synced up to Gmail, all my other docs are pretty straight forward.) I can install and/or re-download all my other applications.

    Can someone provide a good comparison between the "behind the scenes" processes that occur when I perform a migration? What's actually getting moved? I don't want to copy over files but at the same time copy over non-essential junk that's just a byproduct of months of use.

    What's this "All other files and folders nonsense"?

    [​IMG]


    =|
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2006
    Location:
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    #2
    Migration Assistant. Not really any different than moving stuff over yourself from the machine's point of view but much easier.
     
  3. theNEOone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2007
    Location:
    NYC
    #3
    Cool, thanks. That's what I was hoping, but how do I find out what's in the "Other files and folders" from my screenshot above??


    =|
     
  4. theNEOone thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2007
    Location:
    NYC

Share This Page