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Migrating to 10.6.8 exactly how it was previously.

261 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2012 1:46 PM by Krissserz RSS
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Sorry if I offend some people by asking this question in a place where we should feel safe to ask questions without being screamed at "haven't you searched this forum before asking?" or "RTFM!".


I searched. And it is overwhelming. Especially when english isn't your first language and that it can be difficult to properly formulate a specific question. If you don't want to answer, please don't.


Here is my question :


On my MacBook Pro, I am on 10.5.8, and I want to migrate to 10.6.8. I have been told that it is better to "clean install" 10.6.8, therefore, I should backup my MBP because it will be erased.


So what I want to know is if there is a special way to backup a computer so it can be reloaded exactly how it was (on the new OS) without having to redo everything... I have lots of software (graphic design and music software), and I don't have time right now to reinstall all the software, the plug-ins, the updates, the permissions, etc.


Also, recreating all my Mac Mail mailboxes and rules, my Safari and Firefox bookmarks, etc.


Let's not forget I have thousands of fonts that are all well organized in my FontExplorer X Pro...




Thanks for everything!




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iMac 3.06 GHz Intel 2, Mac OS X (10.6.6), MacBook Pro 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (OS 10.5.8)
  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 9:30 AM (in response to Krissserz)

    I do not think a clean install is necessary. However, you may find that some of your software stops working with 10.6, and also needs upgrading.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 9:48 AM (in response to Krissserz)

    If you just do a straight installation, all your settings, data, fonts, software, mailboxes ... will be functioning as they were before, except for any incompatibilies between your non-Apple software and 10.6. If there are such incompatibilities, backups won't help if you plan to remain on 10.6. What I would suggest is to make a bootable clone of your 10.5 system, so that you can go back if 10.6 proves to be a disaster for you, then install 10.6, then do the update to 10.6.8. Check that your non-Apple apps are working, and upgrade/update any that aren't.

  • Austin Kinsella1 Level 6 Level 6 (11,505 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 10:20 AM (in response to Krissserz)

    You might find this OmniNerd article helpful - he recommends a Time Machine backup. But if you go that route, you are going to have to copy back your home folder and its sub-folders, which is straightforward enough, and reinstall your 3rd-party software - just copying that back is likely to miss something - and your fonts. I don't think the magic backup to avoid such reinstallation exists.


    Now, if you had two MBPs you could clean install one, boot the other from your clone, then use Migration Assistant to copy to the newly-upgraded machine, then boot the spare machine from its internal disk.


    Either way, a lot of work.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,180 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 12:34 PM (in response to Krissserz)

    Krissserz wrote:

    But: I will do a "clean install" of 10.6.8 on my MacBook Pro.

    As mentioned earlier, that's not necessary. Just install Snow Leopard on top of your current Leopard installation.

    I need to know if there is a special way to backup a MacBook Pro so it can be reloaded exactly how it was (on the new OS) without having to reinstall everything, etc.

    Simplest is to use something like Carbon Copy Cloner or SuperDuper! to put a bootable backup/clone of your current installation onto an ext FWHD. That will give you one that can be restored to the MBP putting you back to where you are now.


    See these for details:


    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • noondaywitch Level 6 Level 6 (8,130 points)
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    Nov 14, 2012 1:28 PM (in response to Krissserz)

    If you absolutely must do a 'clean' install, backup as mentioned by the others.

    Then, when the new installation is complete, during the setup process you'll be asked if you want to migrate your data from another source. Choose the external drive and let it do it's thing.

    That will leave you with your user account as it was and all your data transferred.


    But you really don't need the clean install    as a standard installation will be far easier. 


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