To Those Planning A Clean SL Install...

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  1. donster28 macrumors 65816

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    ...and to those currently backing up with Time Machine/Capsule.

    Are you at all concerned that you will be doing another 'initial' back-up once Snow Leopard is installed? And we all know how long this will take.

    I might be just me but the when I did a clean install of Leopard last week (to prepare for my upgrade), I had to go through an initial back-up.

    Just a concern. ;)
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    No, we don't. Apple said that Time Machine backup speeds have been improved from Leopard.
     
  3. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Im talking about the initial back-up, not subsequent back-up speeds which are already speedier than the initial back-up.
     
  4. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Initial backup was reported to be 80% faster....
     
  5. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    oh...do you have a link to the report? thanks.
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

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    My guess is on-the-fly compression utilizing the GPU...

    http://www.apple.com/macosx/refinements/
     
  7. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I am actually looking forward to making a new initial backup after i get my new snow leopard install squared away. Ill get rid of all the carp I dont need anymore
     
  10. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    :confused: Mine took about an hour and 15 minutes via FW800 for about 80GB of data.

    How long did yours take?

    Since when does SL interface with fish?:p
     
  11. drlunanerd macrumors 65816

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    Why do a clean install to prepare for another clean install? :confused:
    Too much time on your hands? :) Chillax :D

    It's in build 10A437 :p
     
  12. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have the Time Capsule via ethernet. Mine took 8-9 hours...I have 160gigs.

    I'm 'upgrading' only to SL, as I mentioned in my OP.
     
  13. imfrog2002 macrumors 6502

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    My initial backup was via USB 2.0 and it was about 90GB. Took about 9 hours. Totally sucked. x_x I REALLY hope SL is faster, because it couldn't be any slower.
     
  14. macboy4 macrumors regular

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    WOW!! I have about the same amount of data and mine only took 1.5 hours (also USB 2.0).
     
  15. imfrog2002 macrumors 6502

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    Doesn't surprise me. I always have the longer time and most issues. :p Don't ask me why, but it always happens to me. xD It was also a 5400rpm to 5400rpm. Would that make a difference like that?
     
  16. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Huh. I backed up about 850 GB in less than 8 hours (don't know exact number, I was asleep) and that was on USB 2 as well.
     
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    I think all the inconsistencies has to do with the inconsistent transfer rate of usb. It uses CPU power to handle the loads right? So those with different running applications will get vastly different results, right?
     
  18. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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    For those getting huge initial backup times, excluding your backup drive from spotlight will speed things up greatly.
     
  19. lukin macrumors regular

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    The more I read about moving to SL the more confused I get. I've had my MBP about 10 months, it's my first Mac so this is my first time installing OS X.

    I've read upgrading is fine.

    I've read it's better to clean install and take the opportunity to clear out clutter/bad config files/etc.

    I've read that doing a clean install, then restoring files from Time Machine is the same as doing an upgrade.

    I've read that it's ok to clean install, then possible to only restore user files (mail, docs, music, etc) from Time Machine.

    I've read after you clean install you can connect your Time Machine drive and selectively move files over... but then you lose settings (passwords/bookmarks/etc).

    The reason there's so many threads is because so many people are saying different things it's confusing to us doing this for the first time! What should we do?
     
  20. Petoz macrumors 6502

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    I understand the confusion. Many options, but never sure of the best way to go for.

    I was thinking of performing a clean install, and restoring selected files from time machine (music, photos etc). This was I will clear out any crap, and just restore the files I need. I don't mind about settings, they are easy enough to sort after. As for bookmarks, you can copy the bookmarks file from time machine.

    However, with this method I also have a question. What about iLife? I have a mid 2009 MBP, so have iLife 09 with Leopard. As the SL disk is only an 'up-to-date' disk (I pre-ordered), will it install all of the iLife applications if a clean install is performed?
     
  21. donster28 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I am doing an upgrade. It's just easy as that. Apple will not be giving it as an option if it will degrade the quality, speed, etc. of Snow Leopard.

    I come from a PC background and have been using Macs for 4 years now. Yes, a clean install of Windows can sometimes be better but then I also opted to upgrade to Vista from Windows XP with no problems at all.

    I upgraded from Tiger to Leopard and had no problems, compatibilitywise and speedwise.

    I can understand if some people here have been installing crap in their Leopard for the past few months and have been getting sloppy Leopard performance. But if you're not experiencing any problems now, why do a clean install?

    Listen people, make it an easy and painless decission. Upgrade! If you have problems later on then clean install...which I doubt you will.

    Let the update speak for itself and let it run it's course and judge it later. :)
     

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