Help upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by holdmusic, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. holdmusic macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2010
    I have the $30 install disc and a MacBook Tiger full of problems. The Apple guy at Best Buy said that upgrading to Snow Leopard would help my computer a lot.

    How do I go directly from Tiger to SL? Do I need to back up all my stuff first? (I have an external USB hard drive.)

    If you give me any suggestions, could you please also give me instructions on how to do it? I'm a bit of a noob.

    Thanks a lot.
  2. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    Backing up your data is ALWAYS a winning idea.
  3. matt94gt macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2011
    Victoria BC Canada
    I did this a while ago and found it super easy.

    Get a external HD.

    Setup time machine.

    Do a complete time machine backup.

    Put in the snow disc, follow prompts to install, then follow prompts after to recover from a time machine backup.

    Your computers settings, files, etc will all be in place like nothing happened but now you will be running snow leopard.
  4. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    Once you finish these steps make sure to run "software update" and install your new updates
  5. ShiftClick macrumors regular


    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles
    He said he was going from Tiger to SL. Tiger doesn't have time machine.

    As long as your external is as big as your internal, google "super duper" use that to clone your boot drive as a safe back up.

    Then install Snow Leopard as a fresh install to clear up your problems and you can use migration assistant from that external drive to import your user settings and applications if they didn't show up from the SL install. Though some of those problems may be rooted in your user settings, if you can bare it, just copy over the files you need and rebuild settings to try and help alleviate issues you are having.
  6. holdmusic thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2010
    I really appreciate the reply. How do I "fresh install", and what is a migration assistant? How do I "bare" the clone? Thanks.
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Are there any files you absolutely want to keep while upgrading? If you only have music a movies and such, you could simply copy them over to your external hard drive, pop the snow leopard disk and perform an erase and install, then copy them back over.

    If you have way too much stuff to backup and this technique would take forever, I'd take a look at programs such as carbon copy cloner or super duper to make a backup copy of your whole hard drive.

    Once you have made the backup and verified your stuff is all on there, you can use snow leopard's dvd to do an erase and install. Once that is done, the on screen instructions will ask you if you want to set it up as a new computer or if you want to use migration assistant. You'd then plug in your external, use migration assistant following the on screen instructions and it would put back your files and folders as well as most preferences the way they were.

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