Upgrading my macbook to Leopard, do i need to reformat?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Star Destroyer, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Star Destroyer macrumors 6502

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    Hey, everyone!
    My first Mac purchased is my macbook that i bought last year in may, its been working perfectly thus far and i was thinking perhaps i should buy leopard and install it.

    Now my question is: Do i need to do a complete reformat of my HDD or will installing leopard just overwrite my existing tiger and work just like the normal software updates i have been downloading ?

    Does anyone want to explain how i would have to go about putting leopard on my macbook? and if its possible to do so without reformating.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    If you're upgrading then you don't need to erase the drive.
     
  3. Star Destroyer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have heard lots about the archive and install, and upgrade, and the fresh install options.

    Will archive and install slow down my macbook or make it run choppier ?
    I would assume fresh install is the best for the system, but to do a fresh install is there an easier way to backup all my files and then import them back into Leopard?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    To the best of my knowledge an archive and install is effectively an erase and install short of erasing the drive and maybe even rebuilding the user space.

    I plan on not migrating ~/Library from Tiger. (I want a clean start there.) My other files will be moved over to my new Leopard machine.
     
  5. 7on macrumors 601

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    I'm planning on erase and installing seeing how I haven't started fresh since 10.2 (even getting my Macbook I migrated from my powerbook). But I like using the archive and install.
     

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