What to save before I format my mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by roblyh, May 31, 2009.

  1. roblyh macrumors member

    Oct 31, 2007
    I am planning to format my mac. I am wondering what important files from my address book, mail, itunes, iphoto, etc need to be saved and retrieve it later. Thx
  2. i.shaun macrumors 6502a


    May 1, 2008
    Safari Bookmarks (or firefox)
    iTunes library (entire library, not just music)
    Mail if you want (I usually just let them get deleted, there are backups on the mobileme server anyway (if you have mobileme)
    iCal events
    Pictures/iPhoto library

    If you like, also
    MSN, AIM, iChat, Yahoo, or Adium chat logs (or any other messenger)

    If you use programs like Netnewswire, or keyboard maestro, a backup of the macros, or RSS feeds would also be wise.

    that should pretty much cover things. There are also other things like iDVD, GarageBand, iWeb, and other programs you may have projects in that you may wish to save.

    Hope I didn't miss anything lol
  3. jmann macrumors 604


    Dec 8, 2007
    bump on a log in a hole in the bottom of the sea
    Don't worry about backing up specefic things. Just plug in an external drive and do a complete backup with time machine.

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