Reinstalling OSX without losing personal files?

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

  1. permutated macrumors member

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    #1
    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

    italiano40

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    #2
    Can't be done
    you need to backup to a external HDD
    then reinstall
     
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

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    #3
    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

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    #4
    I have Time Machine activated but I'm worried that I have a bad backup.

    How do I go about this option?
     

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