Upgrading To Snow Leopard, Any Tips?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Prabz26, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    So a couple of weeks ago I purchased my copy of Snow leopard and I was wondering if there are any tips or things I should follow to have a quick and safe upgrade.

    Once I can get my hands on an external hard drive I want to back up all my files on to it and then erase my mac and put it back to factory settings like when I got it with the Leopard disc. Then after giving it a quick set-up "fresh and new," install Snow leopard.

    Does that sound good?

    Not a major thread just wondering.
     
  2. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

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    After you backup your data, just do a clean install with your Snow Leopard disk. No need for the factory restore first.
     
  3. Prabz26 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So that will erase everything off it (so its like factory settings) and then add snow leopard?
     
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    Make sure your printer is supported if you have one.
    I had issues with mine.
     
  5. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

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    You would choose Erase and Install, so that would wipe out the contents of the drive and install a fresh copy of Snow Leopard. Keep in mind that SL does not come with ILife though.
     
  6. Prabz26 thread starter macrumors regular

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    IT DOESN'T!!! oh shoot.
    gotta get a copy then.

    What if I simply just used my Leopard copy and wiped everything with that
    and the added on snow leopard without the the clean install

    would that salvage my iLife?
    I find that much easier then trying to get my hands on a copy of iLife
     
  7. Tiki35 macrumors 6502

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    Yes, it would salvage it.
    Most people would agree though that when installing a new operating system a clean install is recommended rather than an upgrade. You can try it your way first and see if you are happy, and always do a clean install later if there any problems.
     
  8. Prabz26 thread starter macrumors regular

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    alright thanks for your help very much :)
     

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