What should I do to do a fresh install of Mac OS X Leopard?

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  1. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    Hi, I want to clear out my system because I feel I have so much crap on it and need to gain some space back. I wonder if you could help me with some questions.

    What should I do to back-up my apps? Do I just need to back-up my apps folder? Or do I need to do something more?

    Will my iPhoto library be OK if I just back up the file from the Pictures folder?

    How do I back up my iTunes library?


    I don't want to use time machine, I just want to copy the folders to an external HDD.

    Thanks,

    Ams.
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It might be best to reinstall the apps from their DMGs or installers.

    For iTunes, copy the entire iTunes folder, not just the music one. And, yes, all you need is the library for iPhoto.
     
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Why reinstall? You could make space just by throwing stuff away.
     
  4. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Well what most pisses me off is that there is no uninstaller for apps/plug-ins!!
    Thats how my stuff gets buggered! And jammed up!
     
  5. Julien macrumors G3

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    ...but there is.
     
  6. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    None required. Just throw applications away if you don't want them.
     
  7. anti-microsoft thread starter macrumors 68000

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    What about all the caches and other files that they leave behind??
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    They usually don't take up that much space, and they don't hinder performance.
     
  9. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    Their are apps that find this stuff AppZapper AppCleaner CleanApp to name but a few
     
  10. jbucaran macrumors newbie

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    For uninstalling I recommend AppZapper, I really like it. It will completely wipe out applications you install as well as plugins so it's the perfect solution. Is only $12 and license is for life (so you can update for free until the end of times).

    :apple:
     
  11. GSMiller macrumors 68000

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    Use AppTrap to delete all those files when you remove the program. It's free and insanely simple to use.
     
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