how do i do a clean install of Leopard - and should I?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ero87, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City

    I just ordered Leopard for my iMac G5. Is it worth it to do a clean install?

    If so, how do I go about that? Do I risk losing my files? What does it entail, and why is it better than just upgrading from Tiger?

    Thanks so much! :)
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    Doing a clean install is MY recommended way.You will lose all data because a clean install erases the hard drive.

    Back up all your data.But do NOT back up any preferences or system type files.Just your photos,documents etc.
  3. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    Unless you have some other reason for wiping your HD clean with a new install of Leopard, there should be no reason for it. I did upgrades from Jaguar and Tiger on a few machines from a family pack license, and all of them were upgrades that went smoothly.

    The only annoying bit was that my printers were lost and I had to re-add them.
  4. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Clean install lets you start off from square one. Everything runs as if the computer was brand new. Back up everything because the hard drive will be totally erased during installation.

    When going through the pre-installation windows for 10.5, click the options button when you get to the right window (sorry, but I don't remember the order of them) and choose "Erase and Install." Then you will get a clean version of OS X on your computer. Keep in mind that you will need to reinstall all other programs (including iLife).
  5. spyker3292 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2005
    There is an options button somewhere in the bottom left when you are being guided through installation setup. You can choose upgrade/archive/clean. I just did archive though.

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