should i back up my mac when i upgrade to snow leoprad

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  1. hasek3139 macrumors 6502

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    should i back up my mac when i upgrade to snow leopard?
     
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Yes.

    You should ALWAYS have a backup, no matter what. Hard drives fail all the time.
     
  3. OllyW Moderator

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    Definitely!

    I recommend backing up to an external drive using SuperDuper! or Carbon Copy Cloner. Remember to boot off your back up to test it is working correctly before you install Snow Leopard on your main HD.
     
  4. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Don't forget the Apple Restore function in Disk Utilities. Slower, but more comprehensive that CCC or SD.
     
  5. OllyW Moderator

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    Read this if you are going to use Disk Utility.
     
  6. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    Come on, was this thread really necessary? In the instructions, the very first thing will state, "Back up your computer before upgrading." GUARANTEED!

    Follow the instructions...
     
  7. mattyb240 macrumors 6502a

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    Should I put shoes on before going outside? Should I run with scissors?

    If you struggle with these decisions, I wouldn't recommend you using snow leopard, I hear you need to make decisions that may have consequences!
     
  8. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    LMAO

    True... what if it at the end of installation the computer says "Restart this Mac now to begin using Snow Leopard." You think he will actually start a thread to ask if he should really restart it?
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    Duh,

    Regardless of what you do, you should have a backup. Not just for an upgrade but for everything.

    With Leopard you get TimeMachine which offers a great solution and I recommend ensuring you have that enabled and current before undertaking the upgrade.
     
  10. hasek3139 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow I see ppl love to make fun I only aske cause I don't have an external hard drive so I just wanted to see if maybe backing up wouldn't be nesecary and with the carbon copy cloner and w. e else will they backup the aplications I donwloaded to
     
  11. cu2010 macrumors 6502

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    I don't have one either. Even if I did, I wouldn't know how to back up. No wonder my friends call me a grandma. Anyway, I will ask someone to do it for me, either one of my friends or a genius at :apple:.
     
  12. bestthereis27 macrumors member

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    I have a backup for my backup. I've seen bad things happen being in the IT industry...
     
  13. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    If you don't have an external hard drive for backups, then you need to change your priorities right now. Remove Snow Leopard from the top of the list and put an external hard drive there.
     
  14. BUbro90 macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to butt in, but I'm heading off for school soon and I was planning on leaving my iWork and Office '08 disks home -- will I need to reinstall both when I install Snow Leopard? Does Time Machine save all of this for me? Thanks.
     
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  16. hasek3139 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    no problem for butting in

    and im just gonna use my friends hard drive to backup

    and i dont need a backup of a back up i just want my music and movies saved

    nothting that immportant
     
  17. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Just because you don't have an external hard drive doesn't make backing up your data less of a necessity.
     
  18. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Snow leopard can be installed as an upgrade, so it won;t interfere with existing applications.

    That said, I would keep iWork/Office disks with you.
     
  19. dvrmstrng macrumors 6502

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    will most people go this route or start fresh?
     
  20. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    I dont see why you should start fresh, only if you have problems with your system then you should fresh install.
     
  21. Nabooly macrumors 6502a

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    Why not just use time machine?
     
  22. iShater macrumors 604

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    This way creates a clone that can be booted off externally.
     
  23. uaecasher macrumors 65816

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    ALWAYS BACKUP YOUR INFORMATION, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN
     
  24. BUbro90 macrumors newbie

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    hey guys, one more question:

    Should I keep my Leopard disks (the ones that came in the box) with me as well? Thanks!
     
  25. silentnite macrumors 6502a

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    Yes! definitely backup your system before the S.L. upgrade, music, photos, etc. anything you can't afford to lose. I always do a backup, because nothing is guaranteed. It also gives you that extra boost of confidence should something go wrong, your not worried. Everything's safe.

    I had to learn the hard way a few times.
     

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