Reinstalling Mac OS-X

Discussion in 'macOS' started by NRutman, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. NRutman macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2010
    After some unsuccessful attempts to restore corrupted Time Machine configuration files, I'm faced with having to reinstall OS-X to get Time Machine back in working order.

    As a recent PC convert, this scares the crap out of me. Reinstalling Windows was a 2-3 day project, since it necessitated reinstalling all applications and OS settings. So I'm a little skeptical when the docs on Apple's site say you can reinstall OS-X while keeping your applications and settings in tact. Technically Microsoft promised this too, but reality was much different than whatever theoretical world the MS techs lived in.

    So here's the question: am I in for trouble if I re-install OS-X without completely reformatting my hard drive and starting from scratch? Can I really expect all of my Adobe, Office, iWork, and other applications (as well as existing user accounts, fonts, etc.) to work without a hitch after reinstalling the operating system?

    Hearing from someone who's done this repeatedly would help calm my nerves. The unknown can be a scary place.

  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    Well this is not Windows the things Apple says it will do it will, my current and only retail disk install ever of OS X originally started off on a hackintosh in 2008 it has been upgraded many times through Apple methods has has survived all of them including upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard then when I tested Lion to that using the migration assistant to keep all my settings/applications on each upgrade so in my experience the stuff just works like they say it does even when not on their hardware.
  3. NRutman thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2010
    Good to know that the upgrading works well.

    Anyone else have experience particularly with RE-installs?

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