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Are you going to upgrade to Snow Leopard or install it clean? Why?

Asked by klaas4 (2166 points ) August 25th, 2009

Guess it has been a long time. :)

I’m probably going to do a clean install, because I’ve tinkered a lot with Leopard, and I want a fresh and fast new start.

And you, clean install or upgrade? Or don’t bother and stick with Leopard?

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jrpowell's avatar

I did a upgrade, so far no problems. But once I find out if 10A432 is actually the GM I will probably do a clean install.

patg7590's avatar

would also love to hear if 10A432 is the GM or not.

jrpowell's avatar

@patg7590 :: We will find out on Friday.

DominicX's avatar

I’m going to upgrade.

What are the advantages of doing a clean install?

(Keep in mind I’ve only had this MacBook for a fortnight or so).

willbrawn's avatar

Im going to upgrade, no need to erase and waste time re-installing everything on my macbook.

forestGeek's avatar

It’s been a long time for me too…lots of crap there I don’t need. I think I’ll do a big thorough archive/backup and clean install.

jrpowell's avatar

I just like to get rid of some of the cruft left around. So I like to start over and install stuff as I find I need it.

TheCreative's avatar

I am going to clean install. I’ve filled up my Macbook with useless files. All the apps I really need are on Cd (Photoshop, iWork..) and I also want a clean new fast start.

Man this thread makes me super excited for friday! WOO

cookieman's avatar

Upgrade – because I’ve never had any problems upgrading before.

klaas4's avatar

@TheCreative Yeah, me too. I preorded it, and Apple says it will be on my doormat the 28th.

I actually don’t have a doormat. Anyways.. :)

Fred931's avatar

What is the difference between installing and upgrading?!

klaas4's avatar

@Fred931 If you install it you (usually) backup your data to another drive or partition, erase the hard drive (or partition) so there’s nothing on there anymore and start with a fresh install. If you upgrade, the operating system will keep your settings and data safe and only replace the operating system.

In both cases, you are upgrading though, since your going from an older operating system to a newer version of it. But here we’re speaking of the choice to install or to upgrade.

Fred931's avatar

ok, then, since I made the mistake of boying the MacBook Pro about 5 days ago and not next week, I’m only going to upgrade.

klaas4's avatar

@Fred931 Have you heard of the (inhale) “Mac OS X Snow Leopard Up-to-date program?” You can pick up a copy of Snow Leopard for 10 bucks if you bought your Mac after June 8th 2009.

See http://www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate/

Fred931's avatar

*********!!! I JUST ORDERED SNOW LEOPARD!!!!

klaas4's avatar

@Fred931 Have you already paid? If you haven’t no worries, they won’t send. If you have, call Apple, now!

Fred931's avatar

Nevermind, I just went to the account data page and cancelled it! Yay!

klaas4's avatar

@Fred931 Great! I think you have to sign in for the up-to-date program though, so check that link http://www.apple.com/macosx/uptodate/.

Fred931's avatar

Said and done. Thank you for saving me a twenty!

klaas4's avatar

@Fred931 No problem. :)

antoinette's avatar

Not sure yet if I’m going to upgrade. I have to check to make sure all of my applications are compatible first.

Bri_L's avatar

@antoinette – good point!

The_Englishman's avatar

I am taking this prime opportunity to upgrade my hard drive as well, so hopefully a clean install, but that might also require installing Leopard first as the installation for Snow Leopard might require a Leopard install, hence the nice cheap upgrade pricing. Will have to wait until friday to find out I think.

klaas4's avatar

@antoinette Indeed a good point, but I think has thought of it. You can never be too certain however. :)

@The_Englishman Don’t forget to backup your data! And I don’t know if your new to the Mac (I guess you are, but sorry if I’m wrong) but you can use Disk Utility to copy all your data to your new hard drive. If you have a question about that, ask me. =)

b's avatar

@The_Englishman I ordered an new hard drive and an enclosure for my old one. That way I still have all my old data intact.
I am doing a clean install, even though I could upgrade from 10.5. I also ordered the full box-set since I did not want upgrade software.

TheCreative's avatar

@klaas4 Haha cool!

Okay and for the poeple wondering if there is an option to do a clean intall I’ve called Apple and yes you can. Even for the 30$ upgrade. Woot!

b's avatar

@TheCreative That’s totally sweet. It kind of makes me with I had lied and got the upgrade. I only have 10.4 (officially).

Fred931's avatar

GOOD NEWS: Snow Leopard begins being delivered to $30-paying customers in 29½ hours! Shipped for up-to-date program users by then as well.

Bri_L's avatar

Man, I would love to do a fresh install, but I am just so damn lazy.

derekpaperscissors's avatar

I’d probably upgrade. It’d take a while just to check and retweak the stuff I’ve done with my machine. I will wait out a bit until year end though, just to be sure most of the apps have enough time to be compatible with snow leopard, no rush. Leopard’s still solid, a bit sluggish with design apps though.

klaas4's avatar

@derekpaperscissors The chance that a regular app (not a system tweak-app) doesn’t work is very low. But if you really don’t want it directly, go ahead. :)

I agree with you on sluggishness with design apps but that should be fixed if you have a recent Mac with 64-bit processor, Photoshop will be no-problemo. (because Snow Leopard is 90% 64-bit)

Bri_L's avatar

I am just dying for the processors that I paid for to be taken advantage of dammit

Bri_L's avatar

Good article for those who are interested.

Clean Up Your Mac For Snow Leopard

klaas4's avatar

@Bri_L Yup, saw that too. Made me rethink my strategy: I’m going to backup my whole Leopard system with Disk Utility first, and then update to Snow Leopard. If it runs fine (and fine means everything runs smooth etc.) I’ll keep it, but if I don’t like the speed or it doesn’t run smooth, I’m going to clean install and transfer my data back, manually.

Bri_L's avatar

@klaas4 – that’s what I am thinking. SupaDupa here I cuma!

klaas4's avatar

@Bri_L It’s better to use Disk Utility from the boot DVD because of partitioning issues, but if you’ve already used SuperDuper! go ahead. I haven’t had a good experience with it though…

Bri_L's avatar

@klaas4 – I have had the reverse problem. I went to SuperDuper because of problems with the disks I have made from using the Disk Utility form the boot DVD. Perhaps I should give it another try.

klaas4's avatar

@Bri_L Only Disk Utility works for me, but it is slooooooooow as hell.

klaas4's avatar

Yay, Snow Leopard on it’s way! http://twitpic.com/fhkfq

Bri_L's avatar

@klaas4 – I got me and email. Should be here tomorrow!

derekpaperscissors's avatar

@klaas4 & @Bri_L Any of you ever tried carbon copy cloner? or would you recommend SuperDuper or Disk Utility more? I’m thinking of a backup aside from Time Machine, paranoid that way haha.

klaas4's avatar

@derekpaperscissors I use Disk Utility, just because it’s in Mac OS itself (and because of those partion problems)

Bri_L's avatar

@derekpaperscissors – I have not tried Carbon Copy Cloner so I can’t say.

Inofaith's avatar

I have soo many settings and applications installed.
And I pretty much keep track of libraries that fill up and stuff that eats away data.

So I’m going for an upgrade. I wouldn’t want to install a lot of stuff again. I would need about a week to get my original state back maybe.

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