Reinstalling OSX without losing personal files?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by permutated, May 28, 2008.

  1. permutated macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2008
    I'm running into problems with my OSX, it won't let me setup boot camp and it's not launching a few programs.

    I basically just want to reinstall OSX without losing any of my optional installs like Lightroom or Logic, or personal files like documents and pictures. Is there a way to do this? I remember that Windows had a way so I'm sure OSX does (it is of course, superior in every way).

    Anyhow, help?
  2. italiano40 macrumors 65816


    Oct 7, 2007
    Can't be done
    you need to backup to a external HDD
    then reinstall
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    The Archive and Install option will replace only the system files and leave everything else intact. However, I would still recommend determining what's wrong instead of reinstalling.
  4. permutated thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2008
    I have Time Machine activated but I'm worried that I have a bad backup.

    How do I go about this option?

Share This Page