Hi can any one help, please?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by ojm, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. ojm macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I'm a newish mac user currently running OSX ML and I was wondering when OSX is available to the public I want to do a fresh install without losing any of my documents and files that are on my mac now. Any idea on how to do this? Thank you very much
     
  2. aristobrat macrumors G4

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  3. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    You can't do a clean install and keep your precious ;) unless you have a backup.
     
  4. KScottMyers macrumors regular

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    Make sure you have a good Time Machine backup and use the Migration Assistant app in the Utilities folder to bring back your documents after you do the clean install.

    Make more than one backup to be extra safe.
     
  5. Julien macrumors G3

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    IMO you can't have ANY HD data without a backup unless it has NO importance to you.:eek:
     
  6. mikecwest macrumors 6502a

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    IMO, anytime you keep any of your existing data, it is not a true "clean install".

    It is normally not really needed any way. I've updates from 10.6.8, with just about every beta update, incremental update, developer preview, etc... without any significant issues.
     
  7. ojm thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for everyone who replied, much appreciated !
     
  8. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    In short: a normal OS upgrade installation will retain all your data, apps and preferences. But you should have a backup anyway.
     
  9. cbs20 macrumors member

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    Using Migration Assistant or Setup Assistant completely eliminates the point of a clean install. When doing what is termed as a clean install on a Mac you should transfer your data back on to the internal hard drive by drag and drop or by using the Time Machine interface if using Time Machine as a backup. Applications should be installed by downloading the installer or installing new from a DVD.
     
  10. KScottMyers macrumors regular

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    Not if you only recover documents. You have the option to leave apps off from the migration.
     
  11. cbs20 macrumors member

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    Yes, but that also includes hidden files that you may not realize are being transferred over.
     

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