Stick with Tiger? Install Leopard? hmm. . .

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  1. dannewell15 macrumors regular

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    Hey everyone. I bought leopard using christmas money but I haven't installed it yet. I have a macbook but its not a SR model. It is a 2ghz with 2 gb of RAM and the gma 950 (sigh). What I was wondering is, is Leopard faster? Are there still any bugs, etc? Or is now a good time to take the plunge?

    Many Thanks :D
     
  2. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    I'm running on a 2.16 C2D and I'm not facing any issues, touch wood.
     
  3. clevin macrumors G3

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    lol, you already bought it, then go ahead try it.

    back up your important data first, just in case.
     
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    The things I like most about Leopard might not apply to you: I dig the Screen Sharing (in Finder as well as in iChat) and improved parental controls. I don't see many compelling reasons to switch if you like Tiger, and there are some remaining bugs to squash, so I think I'd consider waiting for the imminent 10.5.2 upgrade....
     
  5. iMpathetic macrumors 68030

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    I agree! I wish i could put Tiger back on my iBook. It sucks with Leopard, on a 1.33GHz G4 and 1GB RAM!
     
  6. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    Leopard is basically an evolution of Tiger, and requires more RAM.
    If you like Tiger, you'll probably love Leopard. (assuming you have enough RAM; I think 2GB is probably enough to mitigate the swapping and stuttering issues you'd see with 1GB)

    Back everything up and do a clean install, not an "upgrade".
    You'll also probably want a large capacity external drive for Time machine.
    It's really not the bugfest some people have implied.
    In fact, it's a better (faster more stable) system right now than Tiger ever was.
     
  7. dannewell15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok. Well right now I'm making a Backup of my home folder to my 250GB Lacie drive. Would it be possible for me to use half of my external drive for media and half for Time Machine? How would I go about doing this?
     
  8. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    Yes, that's exactly what I did.
    Time Machine creates directory for the files.
    The rest of the data on the backup drive remains AFAIK untouched.
     
  9. dannewell15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Cool. So I don't need to partition my external or any like that? I could just make a folder called time machine and set that as the destination? How would I go about limitng how much room it could take up?
     
  10. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Time Machine will take up the entire drive if you let it. If you wish to limit it, then partition the drive and tell Time Machine what partition to use while you use the other partition for your data, etc.
     
  11. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    No.
    Just connect the external drive to your Mac, then enable Time Machine.
    That's it.
     
  12. dannewell15 thread starter macrumors regular

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    ok. can I use disk utility to partition my external?
     
  13. netnothing macrumors 68040

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    Not sure Tiger's disk utility will allow you to partition your drive while keeping the data on it. Someone else can chime in for sure.

    I believe the Leopard version of DU can partition and save the data.

    -Kevin
     

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