Re-install OS X without losing personal data or applications?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jamestemroot, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. jamestemroot macrumors member

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    Is it possible to re-install OS X from the DVD without losing personal data or saved data for applications (e.g. passwords / network set ups / etc)?

    Please let me know. Thanks
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Yes, it is. However, reinstalling the OS is not a general maintenance routine. It is a solution to an otherwise unsolvable problem. Which otherwise unsolvable problem are you trying to solve?
     
  3. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    The process you're referring to is called an archive and install, preserving users and network settings. Steps to perform it can be found on www.apple.com/support. As MisterMe posted however, its generally a last resort if your computer's core system files are damaged or altered somehow that prevents them from working correctly.
     
  4. jamestemroot thread starter macrumors member

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    I was attempting this: (re-enabling DFU mode in OS10.5.6)
    http://www.hackint0sh.org/forum/showthread.php?t=60657

    And now as a result have locked my keyboard and trackpad, they only work at the moment, when I boot from the DVD

    If you could let me know if this is the best way to regain control that'll be perfect. Thanks
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    It is my understanding of the rules of this forum that aiding users in violating software licenses is not allowed. Installing MacOS X on a Hackintosh is a violation of the MacOS X EULA. Please take your question elsewhere.
     

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