Leopard - Clean Install or Upgrade?

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  1. mcguin2000 macrumors member

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    So the big cat is coming soon.... Are you planning on upgrading or doing a clean install? Which is best?

    If I do a clean install what's the best way to back up iTunes, iPhoto, iCal, Mail so I can transfer the settings, events, playcounts, appointments, etc?

    Am happy to upgrade but think a clean install may be a good opportunity to clean the slate and get rid of some of the crap. Or is all the extra back-up, archeiving not worth the effort?

    What do you think?

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  2. eluk macrumors 6502a

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  3. phungy macrumors 68020

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    Use SuperDuper! to do a complete backup.

    What I'm going to do is partition the HD and try out Leopard first. Then whichever fits best for me is going to be kept.
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Right. This topic comes up about once a week.
     
  5. The Stig macrumors 6502a

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    You are going to pay for 10.5 and then "try out Leopard". What if you don't like it? What do you think you might not like about it?

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  6. phungy macrumors 68020

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    I never said I was going to pay to try it out ;). I'll pay if I do like it though.

    I may end up getting a Family Pack with some friends.
     
  7. webgoat macrumors 6502a

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    I plan on upgrading my hard drive and installing leopard clean the day it comes out
     
  8. pixlnet macrumors member

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    Going the clean install....I want fresh bits in there. I'll bring over my files from an external HD and go from there. We've got about a month or so more of waiting!
     
  9. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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  10. BlakTornado Guest

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    Probably keep the stuff I have. Only had my iMac for about a month :p
     
  11. Wayfarer macrumors 65816

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    I've already "upgraded" from Panther to Tiger, so I think I'll do a fresh install of Leopard...
     
  12. kellah macrumors regular

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    I just got my MBP in June, but I will be doing a clean install. I'll just backup all of my stuff on my external hard drive.
     
  13. queshy macrumors 68040

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    no time to do a clean install...I'll just do an upgrade.
     
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Clean install. It makes you feel fresh all over, like jumping into a tub of acid.
     
  15. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    I'll do a clean install on one 12" G4 powerbook, see how it goes. I'm trying to sorta tone it down on that machine now, clean any significant data off it, just use it to surf or play entertainment on, or to get some podcasts that i don't mean to back up or retain. I'm not having to back it up any more, don't care about the playcounts and etc on its iTunes data. I don't sync any iPods from that machine and the stuff was loaded from a backup anyway.
     
  16. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    I'd like to do a completely clean install ("Erase and Install") and then move everything over from my SuperDuper clone, but it'd be too much hassle now that I've just got my MBP setup where I'm happy with it. So I'm just going to go with an Archive and Install (no upgrades for me) and see how it works.
     
  17. Drile macrumors member

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    Clean install here. Just insures absolutely no problems and clears up any problems from before.
     
  18. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i'll clone with superduper, but then do an upgrade. if something goes wrong, i'll have my old system backed up
     
  19. CavemanUK macrumors 6502

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    technically isnt an "archive and install" the same thing as an upgrade?
     
  20. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I'll be formatting. Nothing quite like a clean out for a new OS.
     
  21. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    Both!

    1) Upgrade to Leopard
    2) Backup all relevant data
    3) Do a clean install
    4) Restore your data back
     
  22. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    that's not a bad idea :)
     
  23. AVR2 macrumors 6502

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    Does Migration Assistant still work if you want to pull your existing files over from an external backup HD, or does it only work if you're actually transferring directly between two Macs?
     
  24. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i thought it did
     
  25. netdog macrumors 603

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    Fresh installs just render Safari so much snappier. Fresh install for me. No question.
     

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