reformatting computer

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jnguyen4, Nov 10, 2006.

  1. jnguyen4 macrumors 6502


    Aug 27, 2006
    hey i am thinking about reformatting my computer because it has been acting up. i am a new mac user and i probably did some weird stuff with it. i used to use limewire and i know that that was bad for my computer. well anyways, i burned all my pictures, documents and movies onto dvd disks to back them up. is there anything else i should back up?? like my microsoft office, photoshop ect? and if i do do it, do i just copy it from the applications folder? and is there anything else i should do before i reformat?
  2. xsedrinam macrumors 601


    Oct 21, 2004
    You can check out How to back up important files on 10.4. Should help.
  3. mklos macrumors 68000


    Dec 4, 2002
    My house!
    Don't forget things like Bookmarks, eMails, and the Address Book. Unless you don't have the CDs or DVDs to reinstall the app, you don't really need to back those up. Otherwise things like Office and Photoshop you can just burn the folder that houses those apps (/Applications) to a CD or DVD.

    Basically if you take your entire home folder (/users/yourhomefoldername) then you got all of your important stuff other than non-replacable applications.
  4. chillwithcian macrumors newbie

    Nov 10, 2006
  5. jnguyen4 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 27, 2006

    put in the 2 disks that the computer came with

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