what will happen to everything on my macbook when i update to LION

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by meowmum, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. meowmum macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2010
    :D HI!! im a fairly new mac lover after adoring my 3gs i upgraded to iphone 4 and ipad then in december i got a macbook and have thoroughly immersed myself in trying to learn and i must say i now LOVE macs so much so my kids and i cued for 5 hrs at ipad 2 launch :p

    so obviously im now eagerly awaiting the apple new releases due soon..especially LION but as i will be purchasing it off mac app store what will happen to all my data on my computer e.g. apps, photos etc etc as i have not yet been able to get a time capsule so i have no backups and this is the first time ive ever done something like this--please help??

    * also just quickly 2 tiny questions what is the lion server? how is it different from buying just lion?
    and im looking at buying a time capsule but until i do is there another way i can use time machine to back up??

    sorry for the ignorance lol;)
  2. celticpride678

    Feb 15, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Firstly, Lion will perform an upgrade by default. This means that all your settings, apps, files, etc. will all be exactly where you left them. I'd still recommend finding a way to backup your files just in case.

    Lion Server is mainly for servers. It includes network specific apps. Time Machine works with an external hard drive bigger (capacity wise) than the one your computer has built-in.
  3. meowmum thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2010
    phew!! THANX SO MUCH:) will make sure i get a time capsule before i update and can now get lion as soon as it arrives without biting my nails lol
  4. db1408 macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2011
    Do a TimeMachine backup just before you install through 'Torrent DMG' or AppStore when it launches and you can ensure even if something goes wrong (it won't, it's very simple) you can always revert back with a format and an older OS and start again.

    PS, don't spend money on a time capsule, just buy a external USB hard rive the same size as your current space used on your HD with a bit to spare.

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