What to physically copy to back up before fresh install of Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by machomer, Dec 27, 2011.

  1. machomer macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    I recently paid Apple to replace the logic board of a Macbook Pro. Prior to sending it in, I replaced the HD with another, so I could access the files on my HD. When I placed the HD back in, the progress bar appeared during the boot up and suggested an issue with the HD. I tried to do a disk repair, but it failed.

    My time machine will not allow me to access the previous backups. Should I manually back up all of the data by copying the user folder and the documents folder to an external HD? I figure that once I copy all of data, I can do fresh install and then copy the folders back. I have data in imovie, iphoto. Will I back up all of the data by coping the user and documents folders?
  2. Bonch macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2005
    Copy your entire home folder. Then peak in other folders outside of that to see if there is anything else you might need. Widgets comes to mind.

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