New hard drive, Mountain Lion fresh and new, but cannot re-download my programs! Have tried clicking, clicking with Option, clicking with Command but it just says 'Installed'. How can I reinstall my programs please?
Do you have any external drives plugged in that have a clone of your system prior to installing ML on your new drive? If so, unmount the volumes from Disk Utilities and try your App Store purchases again. Or eject the drives and unplug them.
If I can re-download Get Backup Pro I then then get back up all my programs. Am I right that programs in OS are simply in their own folders, or is there any similarity to Windows where they are registered somewhere and have files scattered in different folders as well as having their own folder?
I think some Mac apps are standalone and you an copy them from the /Applications folder to your new drive's /Application folder. Some apps do put other files elsewhere on your drive. I always reinstall my apps. I don't copy them over.
Brilliant! Thank you. Yes I had plugged in my hard disk to try to restore all my files. Now disconnected and programs downloading.
One point then - in a good back up system you would NOT include the subfolders under the user directory, merely the documents folder, of course. Because they hold superfluous files and the whole point of a clean install is to avoid those. They might simply overwrite the freshly downloaded ones. Am I right?
I don't understand your last paragraph. I include all folders in my backups. I use Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner. When I do a clean install of OS X and reinstall all my apps, I selectively copy folders from my user Library (i.e. Documents, Downloads, Music, Movies, Pictures) back up to the new install.
I think that's what I meant. But as I routinely backup ALL folders under ~user there are other folders that I WOULD have restored from my back up and I now, after your advice, might not. I would now ONLY restore music, videos, documents etc and not all the hidden files, Application and Library files that I also thought were essential.
Especially as before the hard drive replacement the thing had slowed to a windows style halt, up to literally two minutes to load a web page or refresh a Rapidweaver web page , actually Safari was mainly the problem!
As its all in the cloud anyway I wonder why I do back ups at all....