Reinstalling OS X!

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  1. davidg4781 macrumors 68020

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    Why???

    Because I don't work tonight (I've been working overnght :mad:). I'd also like to spend the time seeing how the install goes, you know, in case I ever really DO need to reinstall this thing.

    Does anyone have any recommendations? As far as prefs go, I'm fine going through them again. I know to backup my purchased music and important files. Anything else I need to know before I start?

    How about while I'm reinstalling? Any settings that I should select? How about software/files that I don't need to install? I think I can do without most of the iLife stuff, except for iPhoto.

    Speaking of iPhoto... is there an easy way to back this up? Do I just burn the iPhoto folder to a DVD?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I suggest using iBackup for your user directory.

    In the installer you can customize what you want to install. I suggest to pay attention for the Customize button when going through to see what options you have.
     
  3. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I'm downloading iBackup now (ohh, it's finished, broadband is nice). Is there any particular reason you recommend iBackup instead of me picking and choosing files? I really want to make sure I don't get any Palm files in there, from Palm Desktop I installed some time back.

    And yeah, I'm actually asking that question after listening 10 Quick Steps to Perfect Backups.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It depends on where Palm Desktop installed files.
     
  5. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    UGH! They installed them everywhere. Almost every folder I open that isn't Desktop has some reference to Palm.

    This is a pretty neat program, but scary. I think I'm going to do a FULL back up, then one that just has the basics.... just a precaution.
     
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    I like to practice banging my hand with a hammer, just in case I have to do it sometime.
     
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    When I re-install OS X, I usually just uncheck the printer drivers, extra languages and fonts, those are a waste of time and space.


    I don't see a need to re-install OS X, maybe just back up all your stuff for the hell of it.
     
  8. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Haha, I was waiting for a reply like this one. Normally, I'm the same way, but I just want to experience the install process. And it's also been running a little sluggish, I'm hoping this will help. Another 1.5GB of RAM wouldn't hurt either....that's coming next month.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Given that it's a MacBook with 512 MB of RAM, it's the RAM.

    I have some for sale 2 x 1 GB. ;)
     
  10. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    This backup is going to take forever. Oh well, it'll give me time to actually do something productive. MR takes up too much time.
     
  11. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, I'm not sure this is going to work. I have 32.1GB of stuff to backup, and only 23.1GB available.

    Does iBackup compress? I tried backing up to my Windows PC, but it dinged and didn't do anything.

    What do I do with this backup folder anyway, after it's created? Can it be burned to a DVD or does it need to be transferred to a network drive?

    How do you restore it?
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    iBackup can be switched between Backup and Restore modes. Sadly it doesn't compress.
     
  13. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmm, suggestions on what to do? Forget the whole thing? It seems like I'm not prepared for this tonight.
     
  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    "Running a little sluggish" is a pretty vague symptom, but whatever is going on (if anything), you're better off spending your time learning how to diagnose and fix it than by reinstalling. That's a skill you're more likely to use. ;)
     
  15. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Sluggish, as in something's eating up my RAM. It never was this bad. But, like I said, I have the time, and want to give it a try. I might not be able to though. I can't find a free backup that will let me backup to DVDs. There's not enough room on my hard drive for that.
     
  16. davidg4781 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Ok, so, I scrapped the idea that night, since I couldn't back up to DVDs. I never thought of just moving my data to my PC. DUH!!!

    Oh well, I need to fill out some applications, so no time to play around with that, but at least I have something to mess with the next time I'm off.:D
     

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