How Will You Upgrade?

abrooks

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Sep 18, 2004
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With the future OS imminent I thought it was about time to think about how I'm going to upgrade, a clean install is always nice but takes some real work to have it back to where you want it or alternatively simply upgrade and cope with any issues that may arise, when they happen...

Whats your thoughts, how will you upgrade yours?
 

Brize

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Jun 13, 2004
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Clean install for me. It's a bit of work, but should be worth it in the long run.

It'll also give me the opportunity to replace one of the Barracudas in my PM G5 with a 10k Raptor.
 

edesignuk

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Mar 25, 2002
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I've just ordered up a 250GB LaCiE D2 external so that I can backup my iMac (160GB) and PowerBook (80GB) to. So that's what I'll probably do, backup, wipe clean and fresh install. It's the best way no matter what OS you're talking about.
 

Blue Velvet

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Jul 4, 2004
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I will buy Tiger when it's up to 10.4.2 or possibly higher... then, when the time comes, I'm going to put 2 x 300gb+ HDs in my G4 and a USB 2 PCI card. I'll clone the existing installation to an external HD as back-up and then do a complete clean install of Tiger on the new HDs...
 

jsw

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Mar 16, 2004
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Andover, MA
I've got my 2nd internal 160 dedicated to the Tiger betas, so I'll use that for the official release as well - wipe and install, as with the others (installing build 8A385 today!).
 

chameeeleon

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Jan 11, 2004
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Now, when you guys talk about clean install, that wipes EVERYTHING off the harddrive and then puts the operating system on it, right? So that I would have to reinstall all of my apps again?
This is also what I was planning to do, but never having done it on a Mac, I was confused about some things.
Apps like iWork '05, which are limited to one computer and come with a serial number - would it let me use the same serial number again since I'm just reinstalling it on the same computer?
And what about Final Cut Express HD - I'm planning on buying the upgrade, so does this mean after the clean install I'd have to install Final Cut Express 2 and then HD on top of it? Or does the HD upgrade not actually rely on anything from 2, and is simply priced as an upgrade?
 

Lacero

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Jan 20, 2005
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I'll upgrade to bigger and faster HD before I do upgrade a major release of OSX. Always have. I start again new and fresh. Re-install all my apps again. Re-enter all my passwords. Reset all my preferences. Also a time to do some housekeeping to keep my home folder tidy and clean. Its like getting a new mac!
 

SteveC

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Jul 7, 2003
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chameeeleon said:
Now, when you guys talk about clean install, that wipes EVERYTHING off the harddrive and then puts the operating system on it, right? So that I would have to reinstall all of my apps again?
Yes, wipes everything. Good way to defrag. ;) haha

3rd party apps - yes.
Apple OS apps - no. Those will go on with the OS.
Apple non-OS apps - yes, you'll need to reinstall them.
 

rendezvouscp

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Aug 20, 2003
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I'm hoping to get a whole new HD before I install Tiger, but if not, I'll back everything up and then clear off my disk. I've been awful for the past few months have literally have thrown files into folders without any true organization, so when I move stuff back to my G5, I'll be organizing away.

Thankfully, I've been able to find stuff pretty easily with Spotlight...
-Chase
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Mar 10, 2004
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Going to go with a clean install. Will be much like a spring cleaning, getting rid of lots of rubbish hiding deep in folders where I don't see them... then re-install just the programs I need, not all the s**t that has snuk into the Application folders and elsewhere... ;)

I will backup all my data (home folder + iTunes music folder) to DVDs and/or external HD(s). And maybe burn a couple of CDs/DVDs with stuff which will be archived and not go back on the freshly cleaned and upgraded iBook...

Not sure wether to buy 10.4 when it comes out or wait for 10.4.1, -.2 or -.3, though... probably gonna get it early, since I'm gonna backup everything, anyway... :cool: ;)
 

tersono

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Jan 18, 2005
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Clean install. Always.

I do nightly backups to a firewire drive, so I'll just run an up-to-date one, burn another copy to DVD (just for safety) and then re-format. 3 machines. Ugh. :p
 

john1123

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Jan 26, 2005
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I'll get a Firewire drive soon so i'll do a reinstall on that, install all my apps from the ibook HD and then use CCC to put the image back on my ibook HD...
 

ravenvii

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Clean install all the way. I don't get why so many here think reformats/reinstalls are such a big pain. It's very painless in my opinion, much smoother and easier than back when I had to reformat/reinstall Windows. Now THAT is a pain.
 

mac-er

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Apr 9, 2003
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I'll do a simple upgrade. Never had any problem doing it that way before, and I don't have to reinstall any applications or move my music/pictures back over.
 

Soulstorm

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Feb 1, 2005
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mac-er said:
I'll do a simple upgrade. Never had any problem doing it that way before, and I don't have to reinstall any applications or move my music/pictures back over.
Me too. I don't see the reason why make a complete install from scratch. I have upgraded from Jaguar to Panther the same way, and I experienced no problems.
 

russed

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Jan 16, 2004
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humm... i'm thinking of doing a clean install on my pb anyway as im having a few probs and slow downs so i might just do this now and just update when i get tiger, but yet again i suppose i could just wait till tiger. humm...decisions decisions!
 

atari1356

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Feb 27, 2004
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tersono said:
Clean install. Always.

I do nightly backups to a firewire drive, so I'll just run an up-to-date one, burn another copy to DVD (just for safety) and then re-format. 3 machines. Ugh. :p
Only 3 machines? What, you're not going to also install it on that Mac Plus? :p ;)

I miss my Mac 128k... but then again, if I still had it, I'm sure it would just be sitting in a closet collecting dust. :eek:
 

atari1356

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I'll do a backup to my external Firewire drive, then format my PowerBook's hard drive and clean install. I want to start fresh and get rid of any old files still lingering from apps that I've installed then deleted.

Then I'll have to figure out how to get iLife '04 installed from the CD's that came with my PowerBook since I'm not buying iLife '05.
 

wrldwzrd89

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Jun 6, 2003
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Wipe the hard drive clean and install - it's what I've done ever since I started using Mac OS X every significant release. I started with 10.1, I wiped and installed 10.2, I wiped and installed 10.3, and I plan to do the exact same thing with 10.4.