upgrade or new install?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by alloucho, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. alloucho macrumors member

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    I have a macbook pro unibody late 2008, with leopard 10.5.5 updated to 10.5.8
    i bought a snow leopard dvd and want to know if it is better to upgrade over the leopard or to wipe the hard disk and perform a new install?
    Thanks
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Clean install is always better but requires more effort as all your data will be gone (you need a backup)
     
  3. alloucho thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks, but my problem is really not the data lost
    i read in many threads that the battery performance may degrade, after a new or clean install, is it possible?
     
  4. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely not
     
  5. AdamRock macrumors 6502a

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    do a clean install.

    and no the battery wont degrade or anything of that sorts
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Honestly, I don't think it matters much, but a fresh install is never a bad idea. I just upgraded, and didn't notice any slowdowns or problems, but a fresh install may perform a bit better.
     
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  8. alloucho thread starter macrumors member

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    so, i managed to have a clean new install, and i noticed a slight drain of the battery. my question: is snow leopard latest 10.6.5 consuming more battery than leopard 10.5.8? Thanks
     
  9. Hellhammer Moderator

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    How big loss? When was the last time you calibrated the battery? It's possible that there is a small loss in battery life but it shouldn't be big
     

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