Snow Leopard Clean Install Checklist

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  1. macboy4 macrumors regular

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    I'll be upgrading to Snow Leopard when it comes out (hopefully the 28th). I've decided to do a "clean install" because I'm working off a Time Machine backup that originally came from a PowerBook.

    So I need some help coming up with a checklist of things I haven't thought of to backup. I've thought of lots of the obvious things:

    -iPhoto Library (does backing up just the library preserve albums?)
    -Music/ Movies + playlists
    -Documents
    -iPhone backup (where is this located?)

    Please add anything to the list that I've forgotten...
     
  2. uaecasher macrumors 65816

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    iPhoto library preserve everything (pictures,faces db etc..)
     
  3. timshundo macrumors regular

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    Your iPhone backup is in ~Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup.

    It's pretty hefty (tens of thousands of files in each folder) and I'd recommend only taking the latest backup if you have 9 or 10 like me.
     
  4. macboy4 thread starter macrumors regular

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    What about mail? Where does mail.app keep my email, and can I port my settings over as well?

    What about Safari bookmarks...where are they kept? I guess MobileMe will take care of that actually.

    MobileMe also backs up preferences... What all does that entail?
     
  5. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    Hi,
    I thought that the Time Machine backs up everything that you quoted. i.e. photos, itunes, documents...
     
  6. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Don't forget to deauthorize your iTunes account before wiping the HD.
     
  7. macboy4 thread starter macrumors regular

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    What about MS Office? I have a copy bought at a University (I'm a student) and it only has one software key as opposed to the retail version's three... will I have issues when I try to reinstall and enter the key?
     
  8. Dias macrumors 6502

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    In order to backup iPhoto database I just need /User/Pictures/iPhoto_Library file, is it right?
     
  9. Mr. Wonderful macrumors 6502a

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    And I should have no problems reading my Time Machine disk once in Snow Leopard?
     
  10. Pegasus665 macrumors member

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    Wouldn't using time machine save from having to manually carry out these tasks?
     
  11. macboy4 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, but I'm trying to get rid of all the junk that has accumulated over the years. The original time machine off which my last couple of systems have been based was a PowerBook G4.
     

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