Location of System Settings?

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  1. j.drake.hoffman macrumors newbie

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    hello, I will be migrating to a small SSD soon, (with current HDD in optical bay) and in the interest of having to restore as little as possible, I was wondering if anyone knows where the system setting for snow leopard are located?

    its just that with >40GB to work with, i'd like to put as little on the boot drive while maintaining system appearance (like menu-bar, dock settings, etc.). My thought through all of this was that i could do a clean instal on the drive and then restore the appropriate folder(s) only to achieve this goal.

    i know i could just proceed as planned and restore the "System" and "Library" folders--which seem the most likely at this point--but if anyone actually knows, and would be so kind enough as to share this information that would be awesome.
     
  2. hakuryuu macrumors 6502

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    A clean Snow Leopard install shouldn't take more than.. 6-7GB. Maybe less if you make sure to customize the installation to only include the bare minimum.
     
  3. j.drake.hoffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    that was my thoguht, but i was hoping to be able to be lazy and not have to manually reconfigure everything....

    thanks though!
     
  4. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816

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    Most of the settings will be saved in .plist files in the Library folders located at ~/Library/Preferences and /Library/Preferences.
     
  5. mrchinchilla macrumors 6502

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    I did this recently and I basically just copied over the Preferences, PreferencePanes and Application Support folders from both /Library/ and ~/Library/.
     
  6. j.drake.hoffman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    awesome! thanks. thats more or less what i figured. i think i'll just do a clean install, restore apps and select folders. thanks for everyone's input
     

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