How often do you Clean Install?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Khryz, Mar 25, 2009.

  1. Khryz macrumors 6502a

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    So I bought my Macbook August of 2007, and have only Archive & Installed when Leopard came out.

    I don't have any noticeable problems yet I know a lot of people wipe their computer clean, back-up any important programs and files, and then re-install their OS. Do a lot of people do this?

    I kind of want to but it's my first time doing it so I don't want to mess anything up or forget something I need, etc.
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    This is a common thing in the PC world. You shouldn't have to do this on a Mac.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Never done a clean install on any of my Macs, not even the one from ~2002.
     
  4. yippy macrumors 68020

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    Everytime I get a new hard drive or upgrade my operating system to a new major release. So not very often.
     
  5. Scippy macrumors regular

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    I've done it once before and that was only because I had nothing better to do, and I had messed up a few files.

    With a mac, you only need to do a clean install, if
    1. you feel like it.
    2. You corrupt your hard drive.
     
  6. DELTAsnake macrumors 6502

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    An archive install is 99% as good as a clean install.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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  8. Khryz thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, thanks everyone! That's all I needed to know. Seeing as how I don't have any problems now I suppose common sense tells me not to change anything.
     

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