HOW TO INSTALL 'previous systems'

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rph105, Nov 10, 2007.

  1. rph105 macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2007
    Called apple, they told me to do an archive and install on Leopard. In my Mac HD folder, there's a previous systems folder, is there a way that i can install my previous systems back to my computer with all my settings, applications and documents intact?
    I want my computer how it was before:(

    Thanks in advance
  2. macjack1 macrumors regular


    Oct 3, 2007
    The Big Apple
    Here is an Apple support topic on Previous System folder:
    Here is a list of where your important data is stored
    ("~" stands for "Home"):

    Your data in ~/Documents
    ~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook (copy the whole folder)
    ~/Library/Application Support/iCal(copy the whole folder)
    Also in ~/Library/Application Support (copy whatever else you need)

    ~ /Library/Keychains (copy the whole folder)
    ~/Library/Mail (copy the whole folder)
    ~/Library/Preferences/ This is a very important file which contains all email account settings and general mail preferences.

    ~ /Library/iTunes (copy the whole folder)
    ~/Library/Application Support/Safari (copy the whole folder)
    ~/Library/Application Support/iMovie (copy the whole folder)
    ~/Pictures/iPhoto library

    If you want cookies:
    ~/Library/Application Support/Webfoundation/HTTPcookies.plist

    For Entourage users:
    Entourage is in Documents/Microsoft user data
    Also in ~ /Library/Preferences/Microsoft

  3. TheStu macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2006
    Carlisle, PA
    Although that is very helpful information, the OP seems to be wanting to know how to undo the upgrade to leopard essentially.

    Here is my suggestion, however, it only works if you have an external hard drive (or another hard drive period i guess)

    Make sure said other drive is empty, and large enough to hold all your data.

    Download and install CarbonCopyCloner, and run it, cloning your system drive to the empty partition/drive.

    Restart your computer off that partition to make sure that everythign worked.

    Restart your computer again, this time with the Tiger Restore Disks in the drive. Tell the machine to either A) Archive and Install or B) Erase and Install (if A is not an option).

    If B happens, then after you install Tiger to the partition that Leopard was just on, you can then, during the final stages, have it migrate from another mac, and then you can point it to that clone that you made.

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