Leopard OSX reinstall question.

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  1. StephenDaniel macrumors newbie

    StephenDaniel

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    #1
    This may be a dumb question BUT...


    If i reinstall the OS on my macbook pro will it wipe my hard drive clean? Do I have an option?


    Side note:

    The reason is because I am having some Photoshop CS4 issues with the license being expired and I have researched and executed every plausable option to fix this, and I'm afraid the only option I have left is to move my stuff onto an external and wipe it clean and reinstall.

    Anyone possibly know an alternate, better solution?




    Thanks very much in advance! :D
     
  2. celticpride678

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    Leopard has an option for an Archive and Install. This means that all system files will be removed and everything else will be intact.
     
  3. carlosbutler macrumors 6502a

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    You can:

    1) Do a clean install by booting into Mac OS X 'live disk' making sure that install disc is in the machine before hand. Then go to disk utilities and format disc and call it whatever you want. Then simply run the installer and follow instructions. Start over again with all files.

    2) Same as one, except you will have previously used Time Machine to back everything up. And through installation it will allow the option to use a Time Machine backup.

    3) Install OS X by doing Archive and Install.
     
  4. StephenDaniel thread starter macrumors newbie

    StephenDaniel

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