Quick Question about Leopard

Discussion in 'macOS' started by gamerz, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. gamerz macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2006
    Hey guys,

    I have a pretty new ima 2.4 ghz and want to make it that much better with leopard. My quick question is, if I get it, will I have to de-install everything, then install it, then install everything again? Or install it, and lose all of my pictures, music, games. et.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA
    No, if you choose the 'Upgrade' install option, everything will remain intact.
  3. iSpud macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2004
    You can do a simple upgrade, which will keep all of your settings and files but just change the OS files.

    Or an "Archive and Install" will archive the Tiger files and install Leopard. This also keeps your files.

    I would recommend Archive and Install between the two.

    Honestly your best solution is to backup your files to a hard drive and then do a clean "erase and install".

    These options are all found on the "customize" button when installing the OS.
  4. TheZA macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007
    If you do an Archive and Install there is an option to preserve your users and preferences, and other stuff. So you get Leopard with all your old settings, and a file of the old stuff that you can delete if everything is hunky dory.

    If you have an external hard drive you can clone your existing Tiger over to it using the free Carbon Copy Cloner or the free trial version of Super Duper (or you can do it by coping over the correct stuff using Terminal and blessing it bootable; if you find the description of how to do it). Then you can do a clean install on the internal hard drive that will erase everything, but at the end it gives you the option of importing the settings, preferences, etc. from the external bootable. You can do a similar thing with a partition on your internal HD, but if you don't already have a partition it will erase everything to divide into two.

    I bought an external in preparation for using with Time Machine in Leopard. I partitioned it into two, and cloned Tiger over to it using the trial of Super Duper. Then Initially I did a simple upgrade to the Tiger on my internal. To make a long story of re-installs, bug fixes, crashes, softward incompatabilities short; I now have three partitions on my external: one for clone of Tiger, one for clone of Leopard, one for backup. I have two on my internal: one for Tiger and one for Leopard. The Leopard version I'm working from is a clean install, porting over preferences, etc. from Tiger on the internal partition. Some things don't work in Leopard, so I can boot from that if I need to. Nice thing about having clones of both on the external is that you can apply upgrades and stuff to the working versions on the internal, and if something gets screwed up you can clone back over from the external and get right back to where you were. Once Leopard is working well enough, I will likely remove the Tiger partition from the internal and just have Leopard on the internal.

    A couple of things to keep in mind: at the present time Super Duper is not compatable with Leopard, only with Tiger. Carbon Copy Cloner works for both. You can change and create partitions dynamically with Leopard (without completely erasing the drive) - this is one of the best features of Leopard, in my opinion.

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