Preparing for Tiger

Discussion in 'Macintosh' started by muzikool, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I've already decided to do a clean install of 10.4. Not that it's absolutely necessary, but it just feels good if you know what I mean. ;)

    So concerning backups... what's the best method? I took a look at backing up my entire Home folder, but it's 24 GB and I was planning on backing everything up on DVDs. I'd rather not use 6 or 7 discs... should I partition a portion of the drive instead?

    Also, what should I be sure to save that doesn't exist in my Home folder? I'm not really concerned with application preferences, as I plan on reinstalling all those from scratch anyway. I don't have a custom hosts file either. I can't really think of anything outside my Home folder, so I'm afraid I might be missing something.
     
  2. Geffy

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  3. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Those are pretty good guides, though they assume that you are making a full system backup on a 2nd disk. I don't want to do that and don't think I need to... plus I don't have another hard disk. ;)

    I'm most concerned with making sure I don't forget a certain file when I make my backup.
     
  4. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Your pre-order didn't arrive already?
     
  5. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I don't have it yet, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed! :D
     
  6. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    read the part about the Archive and Install, it will backup your stuff for you and then do a clean install... in theory

    I will test it once Tiger arrives.

    If you just want to make sure you dont forget anything then I would backup your home directory, and probably your apps folder and then maybe the /Library/ directory.

    make sure you get all your . prefixed folders in your home directory as well
     
  7. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Tiger is officially released on the 29th.
     
  8. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Yeah, I read about the Archive & Install. It's the "in theory" part that makes me want to do a complete erase.
     
  9. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    do you have no other machine that you can dump stuff onto via SMB, FTP or some other such thing....

    from what I have heard the Archive and Install method is the way that most Mac users update the OS, its apparently very effective and works well.

    Still its a bit scary if its your first time doing it
     
  10. Xie

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    Yeah I'm in a toss up between doing a "archive and install" or a "clean" install. I just hate reinstalling all my apps/settings ...
     
  11. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    I don't really mind reinstalling apps and stuff. It's always been kind of enjoyable to me, actually.

    @Geffy - I sold my old PC and just have the G5. My fiance has a PC laptop but I'm not going to copy 24+ GB over the network back and forth from Mac to PC.
     
  12. Xie

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    Be a good time to convince the lady friend you need Gigabit. ;)
     
  13. Geffy

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    what are you planning to backup to then... just a bunch of CDs or summat
     
  14. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Planning on backing up on DVD-Rs. :)
     
  15. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    should only take 10 to backup a 40gb drive, 75 or so for an 80gb one, could still possibly do a full clone onto those
     
  16. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Yeah, I'll probably end up doing that with just my Home folder.