reinstalling jaguar without loosing personal files?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by pleasehelpme, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. pleasehelpme macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2004
    ok, the deal is that i have pretty much destroyed my os by unneccesarily deleting files i thought to be worthless which turned out to be very useful. the question is, can i reinstall all of the essentials without loosing my personal goods and programs. im confused cos of the multiple users addition (im the only user) will i still be able to log in on my original account? :confused:
  2. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    If I were you, I'd just back up (as in copy) your entire user home folder onto an external hard drive or iPod or DVD (if it's small) or whatever. Then Erase and Install, and copy it back once you're done.
  3. pleasehelpme thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2004
    unfortunately im not so blessed as to have any means of copying. as in, my computer doesnt have a cd burner or zip drive or external anything that could be of assistance. this kinda adds to the problem

    i was thinking that i could do something really elaborate like zipping all my personal files and placing them in the os 9 area (a place safe from the os x reinstallation) and once installation is complete moving them back to their appropriate places. hhow does that sound?
  4. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020


    Jul 6, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Better than nothing. Just make sure you don't do a clean install or otherwise reformat your drive.
  5. whooleytoo macrumors 604


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Use the Archive and Install option, making sure the preserve user directories option is checked (I'm not on my Mac at the moment, so I don't remember the exact phrasing).

    The only thing you'll 'lose' are 3rd party drivers and system preference panes you have installed - but these can easily be re-installed (if you have any).

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