reinstalling Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by GaryBenci, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. GaryBenci macrumors newbie

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    Hello all, althought I have had Macs for more than 2 years I am a novice at anything technical. My safari just would not open ,so i reinstalled the original OS X . Now Im left with a file names "previous version" with a file size of over 6 Gig. Can that be deleted, or rather, should I delete it?
    Thanks , Gary
     
  2. canucks-17 macrumors regular

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    You need to actually format the drive to delete the old system files. Backup your documents and when you boot from the CD/DVD, open disk utility, erase the drive. Then install.
     
  3. GaryBenci thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, just have to ask (I'm sure there is a good reason) what would happen if I just dragged it to the trash bin ?
     
  4. canucks-17 macrumors regular

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    I guess that could work. But formatting the drive completely is the best option.
     
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  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    No!! To delete the previous system folder, drag it to the trash. The archive and install was probably not necessary, but an erase and install is even less necessary.
     

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