Questions about erasing my hard drive

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

  1. Zach808 macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2010
    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

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    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

    Mar 21, 2010
    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

    Jul 30, 2009

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