How Do I Format My MBP And Keep My Programs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kurlee daddee, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. kurlee daddee macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2007
    San Carlos, CA
    Ever since I installed Leopard last December, my MBP has become noticeably slow and glitchy. Programs seem to crash a lot more as well. I installed Leopard right over the top of Tiger instead of doing a fresh install. Also, any help with formatting my MBP hard drive would help as well.

    I would like to format the hard drive on my MBP and do a fresh install with Leopard. But I want to keep the programs I have installed and my email, contacts, etc. Any easy way to save this data somewhere, so I can reinstall it at after my install?

    I have already put the .dmg files for most of the programs I have installed in one folder. Can I just copy them to a external hard drive and install them after my reformatting? Please help.

    EDIT: I found in this thread that it may be possible to use the backup files from Time Machine. Would this work also after a fresh install of Leopard? That way I wouldn't lose any files or programs. If found some info here:
  2. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Time machine simply stores whatever it backs up into a folder on an external HD by date. Just simply navigate the backups folder and retrieve your apps, assuming that Time machine did back up the entire machine.

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