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  • Mikeylikesit

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    Apr 09, 2010 6:10 PM GMT
    Does anyone know if I upgrade to snow Leapard, I just bought the upgrade CD. I currently have OS X 10.5 , Will I loose all my files and stuff that I saved on my Hard drive.....Thanksssss.......icon_question.gif
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    Apr 09, 2010 6:42 PM GMT
    Mikeylikesit saidDoes anyone know if I upgrade to snow Leapard, I just bought the upgrade CD. I currently have OS X 10.5 , Will I loose all my files and stuff that I saved on my Hard drive.....Thanksssss.......icon_question.gif

    You will not lose your files. Just follow the installation instructions carefully, and do not choose any install option that erases your hard drive. It will state that.

    The latest Snow Leopard version is 10.6.3, so if your CD version is earlier, you will then have an opportunity to download the very latest upgrade from Apple online, once your CD version of Snow Leopard is installed. Therefore, allow some extra time for this.
  • trevchaser

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    Apr 09, 2010 6:43 PM GMT
    If you do an upgrade your user files will stay intact.

    But I'd suggest using this opportunity and getting an external harddrive to backup everything you have because having one copy is playing with fire.

    After backing up, doing a fresh install is much cleaner than just upgrading. Think of it like this. Is it better to renovate an old house to make it appear new, or is it better to demolish it and build a new house from the ground up?

    Luckily in your case it doesn't really cost much more money or time to do a clean install.
  • DuggerPDX

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    Apr 09, 2010 6:50 PM GMT
    trevchaser saidIf you do an upgrade your user files will stay intact.

    But I'd suggest using this opportunity and getting an external harddrive to backup everything you have because having one copy is playing with fire.

    After backing up, doing a fresh install is much cleaner than just upgrading. Think of it like this. Is it better to renovate an old house to make it appear new, or is it better to demolish it and build a new house from the ground up?

    Luckily in your case it doesn't really cost much more money or time to do a clean install.


    +1, This is great advice. This is the procedure I used when upgrading my three Mac's to 10.6. If you aren't using the Time Machine feature of your MAc OS I would suggest looking into it. DropBox is another good application for backing up and synching critical files online.
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    Apr 09, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    I agree with the above, and indeed I have a G-Drive external back-up drive for my Mac. The Time Machine feature of Leopard and Snow Leopard controls it automatically. Once you install it and set your back-up preferences, you never have to worry about it again. It runs several times a day in the background without your involvement.

    Any hard drive can fail, although I've never had a Mac HD fry itself, just PCs. Still, prudent insurance against something that even a Mac HD might do.
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    Apr 09, 2010 7:03 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidI agree with the above, and indeed I have a G-Force external back-up drive for my Mac. The Time Machine feature of Leopard and Snow Leopard controls it automatically. Once you install it and set your back-up preferences, you never have to worry about it again. It runs several times a day in the background without your involvement.

    Any hard drive can fail, although I've never had a Mac HD fry itself, just PCs. Still, prudent insurance against something that even a Mac HD might do.



    I've had a Mac hard drive fry, just recently and not an old machine. Lost everything, years of photos, thousands of music files (most were recoverable through iTunes or CDs, but not all). Lesson learned. I now have Time Machine backing up to an external.

  • Mikeylikesit

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    Apr 09, 2010 7:11 PM GMT
    Wow....Great advice.....I just ordered a new HD, It never really occurred to me that a Mac HD can crash also, I have had it happen with a PC but never with my Mac...I just luv it, i upgraded to a Macbook Pro from my G4 waiting for it to come....=)
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    Apr 10, 2010 2:23 AM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidI agree with the above, and indeed I have a G-Force external back-up drive for my Mac.

    I have the G-Tech GR - real nice. And Time Machine makes it real easy to back up.
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    Apr 12, 2010 1:24 AM GMT

    In addition to an external hard drive, I use http://www.mozy.com for online off site back up. In the event that my data is lost because of a disaster at my house (fire, flood etc) or both my laptop and external HD were stolen (happened to me before), there is another backup.

    The Mozy client for Mac is good. I've tested restores a couple of times and they're very straightforward. It's cheap too, $4.95 / month and it works in the background without hogging bandwidth. The initial back up can take days, but after that the incremental ones aren't noticeable.

    One word of caution: Mozy is a backup service, not an archive service. So, if you delete files from your machine and do not restore them within 30 days, the Mozy copy of the file will also go away.
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Apr 12, 2010 6:15 PM GMT
    Ugh!!!....So like I got my external hardrive today....I plugged it in, went to time machine and i dunno, it does not find it....am I doing something wrong??
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    Apr 12, 2010 6:30 PM GMT
    Go to the Apple in the upper left hand corner of your desktop, and select System Preferences. Then click on Time Machine under System.

    Make sure Time Machine is turned on in the dialogue box, and select the disk (drive) you just bought as the one you wish to use for your backups. I would recommend you also check Show Time Machine status in the menu bar.

    If Time Machine does not start an initial backup, you can select Back Up Now from its icon in the menu bar at the upper right of your desktop.