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Posted at 3pm on 31/10/07 by Jack Mottram to the links category.
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  1. “upgrading”? I’ve never done a Mac OS X upgrade, but when it comes to operating systems wherever possible I prefer to make sure I have the apps I need to re-install to hand, backup all user data, and then perform a clean install and restore data.

    It may just be geek superstition but I always feel better this way. I kinda see it as the difference between trying to patch up an old car where you don’t know what suboptimal surprises may lurk, and having something shiny, new and in a well understood state. And if nothing else you get a file system that is fresh and largely contiguous.

    Posted by Andrew Back at 1am on 02.11.07

  2. That was exactly the sense of ‘upgrading’ I was using, a sense which may be exclusive to me!

    I always make a bootable backup on an external drive, then do a clean install and slowly but surely transfer everything across (manually - I don’t trust that Migration Assistant thingy). Getting rid of all the cruft hanging about on my hard drive is just to make this easier…

    Posted by Jack Mottram at 1pm on 04.11.07

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