I finaly got Tiger, yes I know I'm slow, I wanted to wait for 10.4.2 though. Anyways I want to start fresh and do a clean instal. I know how to back up a lot of stuff, except I'm a little fuzzy on iPhoto and iTunes, some of my most important. Will backing up the "iTunes Music" folder save everthing from music to ratings to album art? Will the same work with the "iPhoto Library." Secondly, do I have to consolidate all these, and will replacing the new folder in Tiger (when I instal it) put everything back in place? Thank you very much in advance.<br><br>~Ryan~<br><br>
Hi Ryan,<br><br>Probably the easiest and safet route would be to backup your entire home folder to an external drive. This way, once you complete your clean install you can import all your desired information using the setup assistant or the excellent new Migration Assistant which is found in the Utilities folder in Tiger. This will help keep all your resources such as iTunes, iPhoto libraries and even Mail accounts and messages intact.<br><br>Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist<br>Apple Product Professional<br>Apple Consultants Network
Fabulous advice. <br><br>In my opinion, too many people waste too much time doing the backup program jujitsu, when all they need to do is copy (or burn) their home folder. Do it once a month and it's golden!<br><br>Oh, and I always zero the drive before I install a new OS!<br><br>
Don't forget, if you have any apps that use the same data across different usernames, chances are the data is not stored in your home folder. For example, StickyBrain uses the OpenBase database which usually does not store your info in your home folder.<br><br>
What is the best way to back up your entire drive and then restore individual files instead of the entire folder? What software do you recommend to do this?<br><br>Why is writing zeros a good idea before doing a clean install of Tiger?<br><br>and what is the way to write zeros before installing, at what point do I do this?<br><br>Thanks.<br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>What is the best way to back up your entire drive and then restore individual files instead of the entire folder? What software do you recommend to do this?<p><hr></blockquote><p>First of all, I don't use backup software. I just mount the CD-R or DVD-R and drag the files and folders out of my home folder. Call me old-fashioned, but it's free that way, and it works every time it's tried. <br><br>There are a number of ways to do this, and you'll find that backup strategies are a matter of heated debate. I'll tell you the way I do it, and my reasons for doing so, but others will disagree, and have their reasons. <br><br>I never back up the entire drive. A lot of people do this, but I prefer only to back up the exact files I need. So, I back up my home folder to DVD media. You can use CD's as well. I used to back it up to a Firewire drive, but after experiencing a painful data loss, no more. OS X and Firewire drives have a sketchy history, and if you were to unplug it without unmounting it, you might lose your data. No thanks. So CD or DVD it is for me. I just back up everything in my home folder. <br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Why is writing zeros a good idea before doing a clean install of Tiger?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Again, a matter of much debate. Many people will tell you it's unneccessary, but for me, I find completely erasing the data before I install a fresh OS to be worthwhile. I've never had any problems doing it that way. Around here, we call it 'cleaning out the garage.' Would you clean around crap in your garage or completely empty it out, only putting back what you intended to keep?<br><br>Disk Utility (accessible from the Tiger installer menus when you boot off the DVD) offers a number of erasing options...from a single-pass writing of zeroes, all the way up to a 35-pass erase, which I recently used before I sold a computer. <br><br>People gave me crap for that one, but you know what? F 'em...Apple included the feature for a reason, and I felt comfortable knowing my personal data could not be retrieved from the machine once it left my hands. <br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>and what is the way to write zeros before installing, at what point do I do this?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Once you have all of the data backed up that you want to back up, then boot off of the Tiger DVD, go into the Disk Utility menu, zero the hard drive, then install a fresh copy of Tiger. Also, you can do yourself a favor by clicking Customize at the last install window and de-selecting the printer drivers, Asian fonts and other outdated programs, choosing just the Base OS X install, and maybe X11 (if you want it.) Saves a lot of disk space. <br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Thanks.<p><hr></blockquote><p>My pleasure...enjoy! <br><br>
Bryan,<br><br>What is the diference between writing one and zeros and zeros only? Thanks for all your help.<br><br>OmieMac<br><br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by OmieMac on 07/17/05 09:44 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
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