updating os... will everything be wiped?

shanner

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Hi, I'm updating from os X 1.5 to a better os, will everything be erased? should i backup? or is it possible to add the newer os and keep all my stuff?

Thanks!
 

robbieduncan

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You should always backup before installing a new OS!

If you choose Archive and Install all your data should be fine, but things can go wrong!
 

Thomas Veil

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If he's updating from 10.1.5, he may not have Archive and Install.

My iMac came with 10.1 and a 10.2 upgrade disk, which didn't have the Archive and Install capability. I believe that only began with the Jaguar (10.2) full install disk.

One bit of not-always-obvious advice: if you're backing up and you're in multiple-user mode, make sure you log in under each person's name and back up their Home folders.
 

xsedrinam

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Thomas Veil said:
If he's updating from 10.1.5, he may not have Archive and Install.
My iMac came with 10.1 and a 10.2 upgrade disk, which didn't have the Archive and Install capability. I believe that only began with the Jaguar (10.2) full install disk.
That's correct. Archive/Install is a wonderful feature, but it started with Jaguar (10.2) full install disk. The upgrade disk does not have this feature.

Off topic comment: Thomas, you're avatar gif is awesome. I followed your evolution and shrinking it down to...12kb's was it? May I ask what applications you used to develop it?
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