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Old 02-12-2008, 09:53 AM
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Re-formating a HDD an starting over

Hi, some advice needed if you've the time.

Now that SD is out and working on Leopard it's time to wipe my HDD and start over.

I've done a clone of the HDD (and tested it) so I know I'm safe with a fully working version of my present system, incase things go a bit wrong! Next I plan on formatting my HDD and installing a fresh version of Leopard, it's a CPU drop disc I have, bought recently with a new machine (which I kept at Tiger so licensing wise I'm OK) I've done this plenty of times on Windows, but not on a Mac, so some advice would be cool.

First off, what is the best procedure for formatting and installing a fresh copy of Leopard? Should I use Disk Utility to first format the drive, or does the CPU drop in disc of Leopard do this for me?

Next up, Keychain. Can I copy my keychain from the SD cloned version back to the HDD once Leopard is re-installed? If so, how?

Next, Mail and contacts. Obviously I want all my mail settings in the new fresh version of Mail, likewise my contacts. Hoe can I do this?

I think I've everything else covered: Bookmarks is easy with export/import, I've all my apps and serials backed up to a separate disk so they'll be OK. I think that's it.

Finally is there anything else I should be thinking about? Any advice?

Finally finally, is there anything in SD! that will make this process easier?

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Old 02-12-2008, 09:56 AM
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Why do a clean install like this?

If you must, I'd suggest migrating from a full copy when prompted to "copy from another mac" during your first boot. But in general, I suggest doing an upgrade install, and not a clean one.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:23 AM
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Clean installs allow one to shed all the cruft that's built up in the system over a long period of time. You can create an optimized build of the system and see a performance increase. Granted, Mac OS X doesn't slow down the way Windows does over time, but it's always nice to have a totally fresh install.
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I've really not found this to be the case with OSX, Stray. Certainly Windows, yes... but OSX doesn't really have "cruft".
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:40 AM
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Interesting you should say that.

I've just bought my wife a lower spec'd MB, and it flies compared to mine. Granted she has no plugins, but the difference is very noticable.

I guess I'm approaching this as an Ex windows users (only been on Macs for 15months), where you really must reformat every year to keep machines running, so I'm guessing doing so on my MB will clear out the junk and get the speed back up.

But, well, really, your saying, most likely not worth the hassle?

BTW- My MB runs Leopard is already running Leopard.
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Old 02-12-2008, 01:03 PM
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That's what I'm saying...
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Old 02-13-2008, 02:30 PM
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I don't know if any of this is the "best" way of doing things, it's just what I'd do. YMMV.

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First off, what is the best procedure for formatting and installing a fresh copy of Leopard? Should I use Disk Utility to first format the drive, or does the CPU drop in disc of Leopard do this for me?
It's been a while since I've done this, but you should be okay just booting from your Leopard disc and following the on-screen instructions. A fresh install (without updates 'n' such, just off the disc) takes me 12-15 minutes.
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Next up, Keychain. Can I copy my keychain from the SD cloned version back to the HDD once Leopard is re-installed? If so, how?
Sure. Your keychain's in ~/Library/Keychains. It's named login.keychain.
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Next, Mail and contacts. Obviously I want all my mail settings in the new fresh version of Mail, likewise my contacts. Hoe can I do this?
Mail:
~/Library/Mail
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.mail.plist

Contacts:
~/Library/Application Support/AddressBook
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.AddressBook.abd.plist
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.AddressBook.plist
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Finally finally, is there anything in SD! that will make this process easier?
Not to my knowledge, except for saving a "clean slate" SuperDuper! clone for the next time you want to do this, as I mentioned earlier.

Hth.
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Old 02-14-2008, 08:16 AM
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Excellent, thanks.
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