POLL - Leopard: Erase and Install? Upgrade? Archive and Install?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by netdog, Oct 25, 2007.

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Which will you do? (Please post as to why!)

  1. Erase and install

    111 vote(s)
    41.4%
  2. Upgrade

    89 vote(s)
    33.2%
  3. Archive and install

    68 vote(s)
    25.4%
  1. netdog macrumors 603

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  2. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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  3. svalentine macrumors regular

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    #3
    I would like to do "Erase & Install", but I was wondering if I will be able to install iLife 08 after doing that? As, my computer came preloaded with that software. Is it on the Mac OS X back up discs that include Tiger? Thanks
     
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    I'll be doing an Archive and Install now, as I think it'll be more stable than an upgrade.
     
  5. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Archive & Install Is Best

    It installs a new system and retains all your current preferences, settings and licenses. I called Adobe just now and they said with Archive & Install your CS3 will work fine after the upgrade to Leopard.

    Erase & Install is a waste of time.
    Upgrade leaves remnants of Tiger in your NOT "new" system.
     
  6. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    Is Archive and Install like doing a fresh install while keeping settings? Will you gain the speed of a clean install?

    Is there anything that you have to do after to keep your settings?

    Afterward, do you just delete the Old System folder?
     
  7. svalentine macrumors regular

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    Will Archive also back up your Photos, Music and Movies?
     
  8. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Archive & Install Is Best

    ExataMundo NetDog! The Old System folder is called "Previous System". Delete it after the process is complete. It's the best of both worlds. You have a new system, but with all your familiar settings retained.
    It doesn't "Backup" anything. It just leaves everything where it is now. It RETAINS all your Photos, Music & Movies if that's what you're asking.
     
  9. Zolk macrumors member

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    I continue to debate between an Upgrade or Archive & Install. I probably won't come to a firm conclusion until I'm ready to install.
     
  10. svalentine macrumors regular

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    Ok so it retains all files and settings and puts the previous operating system files in a folder, which you can remove after the process is complete.
     
  11. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Upgrade Is The Worst Choice

    Upgrade is the most dangerous and worst of the choices above. So you are making a false choice since Archive & Install is the best.

    You want the best Leopard experience or the worst Leopard experience?
     
  12. DeaconGraves macrumors 65816

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    Fresh install for me.

    I don't have a lot of settings and preferences that I really have to keep and like the feeling of having the defaults ready to go.
     
  13. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Delete "Previous System" After Your Leopard Archive & Install Process Is Done

    Yes. You delete the "previous system" folder after the install is complete.
     
  14. svalentine macrumors regular

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    Sounds like a winner to me, since you get the best of both worlds. Clean install and files/settings untouched.
     
  15. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    Same here, I've always used Upgrade in the past, never had any problems with it. Think I'll try an Archive/Install on the living room Mini first and see how it goes.
     
  16. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    Maybe this should be made sticky for a week as I read a lot of threads but this one got clear answers right off the bat and a lot of us are wondering about this as Leopard approaches. Even though I switched in Jan 2006, I had no idea about what the right answer to this was, and I think that Multi may have given the authoritative answer.

    Just look at how many people are giving the Erase and Install option!

    I have done that a few times already, and what a hassle all the app re-installs are! And I thought that I was getting some sort of speed gain by doing so when I could have just done an Archive and Install! Oy!
     
  17. MAW macrumors regular

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    Is Archive & Install an option for those of us getting the UTD disks?
     
  18. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    erase and install because lately my Tiger installation has gone quite wonky. In fact i have already erased my internal ready for leopard.
     
  19. comptr macrumors 65816

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    no matter what os you use its always the best to erase and reinstall to get the best experience from a new os. I plan to do erase and install it looks like the best option.
     
  20. Aperture macrumors 68000

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    Unless something changed in CS3, I remember that older versions of PS used to break after an archive & install. (They'd tell you to reinstall when you try to launch)

    Do you know how much space is required to do an archive & install?
     
  21. Frozentoast macrumors 6502

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    Erase and install for that 'new-car' smell and feeling.
     
  22. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Erase & Install Will Not Give You A "Best Experience" Any More Than Archive & Install

    Absolutely. You're getting the same install DVD that's in the retail box. Just not the fancy box.
    That's a fallacious statement. Just not so.
     
  23. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    That would depend on how slim a system you build....stripping out the languages, extra printers, etc. Don't know for Leopard, but in Tiger you can do it for well under 10GB I think.
     
  24. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    Since Archive/Install preserves your old system folder can you use this to backout the installation and return to Tiger?
     
  25. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    From what Multi is saying, I think this might heal your system. You could certainly try before you bulldoze and lose all your installs.
     

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