Reinstall Mac OS X without losing user settings?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thegrifman, May 23, 2007.

  1. thegrifman macrumors regular

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    Not too long ago I ran a program that was supposed to free up hard drive space by getting rid of extra language packs and ppc binaries. Everything looked peachy, I freed up 2 gigs of space, until I tried to sync my iPod nano and Mac OS just wouldn't recognize it. It will also not recognize my external firewire drive that I back up to. Is it possible for me to reinstall Mac OS and preserve my user settings and applications, or better yet, is it possible for me to just repair mac os somehow?
     
  2. coledog macrumors 6502a

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    Yup...boot into your DVDs that came with your Macbook (by holding down the C button during the gray screen before the Apple logo pops up during startup/restart) and after clicking continue a few times select the "Archive and Install" option. If you want to customize what gets installed it's also here or the next step.

    I've done it a few times...works GREAT!
     
  3. thegrifman thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. coledog macrumors 6502a

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  5. skybolt macrumors 6502a

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    Make sure, when you archive and install, you check the box for "preserve user settings" (or something like that). Otherwise you will be back at square one and may lose some things. Alos, in the future, you may want to think twice about removing the PPC architecture. You may find programs unresponsive, unless you use only Universal apps.
     

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