Wanting to start afresh..how do I archive?

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  1. jbrown macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    So I want to back up my hard driver, reformat my MBP drive, and re-install all my needed programs.
    My non-Apple programs should be fine.

    I'll have the fresh Apple programs on my new system - Photos, Address book, iTunes etc etc


    But for the Apple programs, how do I archive the following, and then re-instate them on my fresh system:

    - Photos
    - ITunes
    - Notes
    - Address book
    - Safari
    - Messages
    - Calendar

    I want these all running as before - with all my data, bookmarks, music, movies etc etc etc.

    Many thanks

    J
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Do a time machine back up then just copy back whatever you like.
     
  3. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    cheers

    Not trying to archive everything - thats the point of a fresh start. I want a clean system install from scratch, then re-instate ONLY what I want & need.
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    OP wrote:
    "I want a clean system install from scratch, then re-instate ONLY what I want & need."

    Easiest way (you won't believe HOW easy until you try it):

    1. Download CarbonCopyCloner from:
    http://www.bombich.com/download.html
    CCC is FREE to download, and it's FREE to use for the first 30 days.

    2. Use CCC to create a BOOTABLE cloned backup on an external drive. It will be an exact copy of your internal drive and EVERYTHING will be there in "plain old finder format".

    3. Boot from the cloned backup -- hold down option key at startup until startup manager appears.

    4. Now, you can re-initialize the internal drive, and install a completely fresh copy of the OS onto it.

    5. At the close of the install, you can use the setup manager (if you wish) to selectively migrate stuff from the backup drive.
    OR
    Create a new "empty" account, and then "selectively copy" from the backup to the new drive.

    WARNING:
    This will probably require that you "re-set up" some applications.

    Also be advised that you can't just copy the main "sub-folders" from your OLD home folder into the NEW one.
    Example: you CANNOT copy the "Pictures" folder from your old home folder to the new one, but, you CAN copy all the items -inside- the old Pictures folder, and paste them into the new one.

    Also be advised that your best course of action will be to reboot from the NEW account, and set "get info" for the backup drive to "ignore ownership on this volume". Otherwise you may run into permissions problems after you copy over the files you want.
     
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Yes and if you do a complete back up you can still just reinstall what you need and still have all the other stuff in case you made a mistake.

    Then once you are sure you've got what you want just format the external drive and do a fresh backup, voila a clean system and a new backup to start fresh from.
     
  6. jbrown thread starter macrumors 6502a

    jbrown

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    Thanks for the advice all :)

    So I did backup my entire HD via CCC.

    I haven't wiped my internal disk yet - I'm gathering all info i can before I do!

    So I intend to install a spanking new system, and update it and all associated apps ( Address book, Safari, iTunes, Photos Mail, etc. ).

    So for each of them, I wish to transfer all related data, so they are as before:

    i.e - Address book - I'd like to import an archive of all my addresses I use now
    Safari - I'd like to import all my saved web addresses / Bookmarks I use now
    Photo - I'd like to import all my pictures / albums as they are now
    iTunes - I'd like to import all my music / films / shows as they are now

    And so on
     

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