Time for a clear out - advice

Discussion in 'macOS' started by MoodyM, Sep 17, 2010.

  1. MoodyM macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

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    I switched to Mac and bought an iMac in July 2008. In June 2010 I switched to a MacBook Pro, and used a firewire cable to transfer everything across using the transfer tools, so my MBP ended up exactly as my iMac was.

    Lately I've been getting a lot of silly file errors, spinning beach balls, sluggish performance, etc, and I though "sod it, time for a fresh install and clear out".

    I do have a full Time Machine backup (over the network, sits on a USB drive attached to my Mac Mini), however since getting my MBP I've added a Boot Camp partition for Windows 7 which I don't want to lose, which obviously isn't part of the backup.

    Having never flattened and restored a Mac, my main concerns are:

    a) If I do an Erase & Install, etc, will I lose/affect my Boot Camp partition?

    b) If I simply restore from the full TM backup, am I simply restoring all the problems/sluggishness, etc, that I'm trying to solve?

    c) If it's better to do a brand new install and simply restore certain files (music, documents, etc) rather than a full TM restore, is this easy to do?

    I'm panicing somewhat about this! Thanks a lot.

    I should add I've tried repair disk, disk utility, iDefrag, CleanMyMac, etc, etc
     
  2. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

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    Did you rebuild the launchservices database yet?

    How full is the boot volume? [capacity vs. free]
     
  3. MoodyM thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MoodyM

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  4. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

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    <shrug>

    Plenty of free space there.

    Rebuilding the LS database and maybe a doing DiskWarrior directory optimization should do her. Or perhaps a deep cache cleaning with AppleJack. [?]

    </shrug>



    Anyway... to answer this part:
    So long as you're careful to erase just the *partition* (volume) by selecting it in Disk Utility, and not the selecting the entire disk... then yes, other partitions will remain untouched. [i can't vouch 100% for how Installer.app might handle the situation... so i specified Disk Utility there. I might/could assume Installer.app would behave the same, but i haven't actually tested it.]
     

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