what is bad about upgrading?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by otis123, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. otis123 macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2006
    i heard alot of people saying upgrading is bad because its not "fresh" but doesn't it just write over the tiger files? what is so bad about that? and ive been wondering how does a archive and install work? do i need a external drive? will it take more GB than upgrading, what does it do with my documents, music, videos, pictures, settings, bookmarks, printer settings, and other things? and does upgrading make the system slower?
  2. macjack1 macrumors regular


    Oct 3, 2007
    The Big Apple
    There is nothing wrong with an "upgrade" install. It is the way most folks will be doing it. No, you do not need an external drive for either an upgrade install or an a&i. Either install will preserve your data and settings, but as a precaution your important data should be backed up to some other media.
    Read about the 3 different install options here.

  3. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    It depends on whether you've installed 'haxies', third-party drivers or other system extensions. If your system is pretty clean, then an upgrade should work just fine. Personally, however, if you're in any doubt I'd recommend an archive & install - it doesn't take any longer to do, retains your installed applications and data, but is less likely to result in problems.

    Personally, I'll do a clean install, but that's only because I want to set up a boot camp partition...

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