5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 5, 2013 11:44 PM by moovin.com
moovin.com Level 1 (0 points)

Hi there,

I've been putting off upgrading from 10.5.8 for a long time. Actually that's not quite true. My HD failed and i had to buy and install a new one. On the new one I installed 10.6 and then what i think I did is a recovery from a backup. When i restarted i was back on 10.5.8. Not sure why that happened.


Anyway last night i got a grey apple logo and a spinning wheel. After trying various things she rebooted. i immedietly did a backup and then also ran 'CleanMyMac' and it's now running great again.


I recently bought an ipod touch 5th gen and i can't connect it to iTunes as I can't upgrade beyond Itunes 10.6.3 using os10.5.8. SO, again i'm thinking it's time to go to snow leopard. My snow leopard is on usb. My main reason for not upgrading is the state my computer is in. Years of files not filed very well. 3 or 4 folders called 'Sort'. I always planned to sit down one weekend and sort all my files, but it never happens.


So do you think I can upgrade but maintain my files in their dishevelled state? If so, does anyone know the option i need to select when doing the install? Or do I just need to sort my files properly and do a full install and then transfer wanted files, re-import emails / addresses / calendar items and re-install softwares?


regards, Graham.

macbookpro, Mac OS X (10.5.8), airport express network
  • Niel Level 10 (298,262 points)

    1. Yes.

    2. You don't need to do anything special while upgrading, but should have a backup in case something goes wrong.



  • dalstott Level 4 (2,625 points)

    Re install 10.6 and then get the 10.6.8 combo update and apply it. Use migration assistant to move your data on the backup if possible.





  • moovin.com Level 1 (0 points)

    do you mean '..to move your data from the backup..' ?

  • moovin.com Level 1 (0 points)

    i'm think using migration assistant is the way i want to do it however being organized enough to properly use migration assistant is a problem. i'm building a house right now and i sort of want a quick fix to my issues. as i'm using a 2006 macbook pro i'm really due an upgrade. i think i'll go with Neil's option this time and Dalstott's when i get my new computer and i have more time on my hands. thanks people, will report back during or after upgrade.

  • moovin.com Level 1 (0 points)

    wow that was easy! it's just like my old osx only shinier! everything is as it was, even my safari 'history' and 'recent items' lists are there. and all my important software seems to at least open.. CS3, office and myob. wish i did this years ago.


    it leads me to ask tho, what if i had wanted a complete 'factory settings' os, a clean mac. what would i have done differently to achieve that?