Updating to new OS

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PurdueBio, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. PurdueBio macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2009
    So say I buy a mac this summer, move all my files on it and get everything set up. Then Snow Leopard comes out and I update. Will this clear off my hard drive or will all my files stay on? If it does format the computer, will time machine put everything back on?
  2. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    Updating the OS (the default) will keep everything where it is.
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    You can clean install and restore data from Time Machine backup. Or you can archive install which will just upgrade your OS leaving your data and applications in place.
  4. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Do you really think OSX doesn't have an "upgrade" option to choose from...

    When installed Snow Leopard you can choose to upgrade, thus keep all your files, applications, user preferences and network settings safe.

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