Snow Leopard - Fresh Install or "Update" from 10.5.8?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SE30, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. SE30 macrumors newbie

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    I'm finally about to move on from 10.5.8 to 10.6.x ...

    The one time I tried the OS X "update" routine rather than a fresh install was from Jaguar to Tiger on a 12" PB G4 and it didn't go so well... The system never worked as smoothly after that - taking a long time to boot up and shut down. Eventually, I lost everything on that hard drive..:mad:

    The thing is, I don't have the space in terms of an external drive to back up my current 10.5.8 boot partition (approx. 400 gigs on a 1 partition terabyte drive I installed), nor the patience to completely rebuild my boot partition (with something like carbon copy cloner) starting with a ground-up fresh install of Snow Leopard..

    So, I'm asking if anyone has had any good luck with just simply "updating" from 10.5.8 to Snow Leopard..? Would this be a safe bet nowadays?

    Or, am I playing havoc with my system, and should I utilize another method? What would that method be? Time Machine?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated...


    My system:
    20" (Late 2006, White) iMac Core2Duo 2.16 ghz, 2.5 GB RAM, 1 TB HD OS X 10.5.8 - Audio Related - Logic 9.1.1, DP 5.13
     
  2. natewsmith macrumors regular

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    You can upgrade but I always do a clean install no matter what...

    I did an update once to see what it was like and it went fine...
     
  3. SE30 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Do you mean, a clean install within the confines of the OS but not a complete reformat of the hard drive?
     
  4. lucifiel macrumors 6502a

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    The "update" works, it's just that from sources external, I hear it is faster to do a clean install. By faster I mean "your OS will run faster".

    That of course depends. I think I did an "update" then later did a clean install, I noticed very little issue either way. So ymmv.
     
  5. SE30 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. Is there any method of upgrading that combines the clean install approach with an automated rebuilding of the former boot partition apps/plugins/preferences/etc..?
     

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