Questions about erasing my hard drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Zach808, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. Zach808 macrumors newbie

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    I'm fed up with this "Cannot move files" error that I get when I'm trying to partition with BootCamp, and have just decided to back up my files. However, I have a few questions:

    1. Is the Mac OS Snow Leopard install DVD actually the full version?
    I used it to upgrade from Leopard, but is it a full disk, or just an upgrade disk? Like how Windows has the "full" version and the "upgrade" version.

    2. Will all my registered apps get unregistered?
    I have apps that have required serial numbers to get them to work. Will I have to buy them again, or is there some way to save the registration? If so, what files should I keep?

    3. Specifically, what files do I have to save to keep Ilife '09, Office '04, and Iwork '09? Those are my largest concerns, and if I lose those, I'm probably screwed. Which files should I keep to keep them running like normal?
     
  2. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    1. Yes.

    2. No.

    3. Back up your entire hard drive, then migrate the applications you want.

    Why reformat? Why not just archive and install the OS?
     
  3. Zach808 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've tried reinstalling OS X, but it didn't do it. I've tried repairing the permissions and the disk. Does it have anything to do with this SUID file I can't repair? I'd like have BootCamp actually move those stupid files.
     
  4. Dan73 macrumors 6502a

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