What are some useful items to save when doing an erase and instal?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by benlangdon, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. benlangdon macrumors 65832

    benlangdon

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    I am going to do a clean install when i get leopard and i wanted to see if i remembered everything to do before i delete everything.

    so if you guys have anything i should remember to do please tell.

    so...

    - Take screen shot of
    1. dock
    2. menu bar ( istat )
    3. application folder ( program icons )

    - all documents

    - Programs
    1. full list of programs
    2. firefox - add-on's, pref, themes, bookmarks
    3. candybar - icons
    4. photoshop - stencils, workspace's, disk image
    5. garage band - jam packs disk image
    6. system pref - video codecs ( apple qmaster, divx, flip4mac, perian), logitech control center, istat

    What are some other items you guys have found really useful to have when redoing everything?
    i have all my itunes music on my external, is there anything on my computer that i should keep?
     
  2. satcomer macrumors 603

    satcomer

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    Well use the Archive & Install so it will save your Applications, Network settings and Home folder while fresh install System Files. It will also put a you previous System putting it into a new folder called "Previous Sytem". Take out what you need then throw the reset out to save space.

    In OS X the Archive & Install is just short of a fresh install.
     
  3. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

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    Here's what I'll be doing:

    1. Identify apps I want to keep.

    2. If those apps come on a .dmg, place them in a burn folder and burn it.

    3. Do a TM backup in addition to the ones I already have for good measure.

    4. Take pics of Dock, menu bar, etc and place them in the external HDD.

    5. **THIS, I LEARNED, IS SUPER IMPORTANT!** Deauthorize iTunes account. I'll reauthorize it later.

    6. Save all the URLs in my bookmarks bar to a .pages document.

    7. Disconnect ALL peripherals, excluding monitor, keyboard, and mouse; you never know.

    8. Say goodbye to my current setup, and restart holding "c."

    9. Do a full install.

    10. Reauthorize iTunes account and point iTunes to my server so I can have some music.

    11. Reinstall iLife and iWork.

    12. Reinstall .dmg apps.

    13. Restore documents, iPhoto library, etc a la carte from TM.

    14. Reorganize/rearrange/add icons to Dock/menu bar/Finder, change Finder prefs.

    15. Add bookmarks to Safari.

    16. Fiddle with other settings.
     
  4. Nero Wolfe macrumors regular

    Nero Wolfe

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    The main things I save besides docs, pics etc are my preference files and stuff from application support in the library. This saves a ton of time setting up apps. Take Firefox. With 15 extensions, varying preferences and preferences for each of the extensions re-setting it up can take 30+ minutes. But if you back up the right files and copy them back after the reinstall of OS X then you're up and running just as you were in about 10 seconds.
     
  5. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

    Shake 'n' Bake

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    But you have to hunt down the plists if you don't know where they are. Unless you're dealing with a super-complex app, like those in FCS, or a bunch of extensions, I don't think it's worth it.
     
  6. benlangdon thread starter macrumors 65832

    benlangdon

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    o ya forgot about all the plists.
    last time i did this i copied my whole library to a drive and if i needed anything i could just go look for it, but after a while i just deleted it.

    good call.
     
  7. zombieflanders macrumors member

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    Do I need to worry about any of this if I used the Migration Assistant between two Macs, both with Leopard installed? It looks like all of my apps, documents, and downloads were transferred, but I just want to make sure there's no additional steps necessary for anything hidden.

    EDIT: Also, does the Migration Assistant copy over my iTunes library and account? And will it stay synced with my iPhone?
     

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