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Authored by: johnsawyercjs on May 25, '05 02:58:36AM

My boot drive is divided into three volumes. I backed up the boot (first) volume, containing OS 10.3.9, onto the second volume, then did an Erase and Install onto the first volume, and when the Setup Assistant launched, it asked me if I wanted to use the Migration Assistant to import settings, applications, etc. from another volume. I said yes, and let it carry over my settings, etc. from the second volume. I figured this was cleaner than an Archive and Install, since I've seen trouble with A&I installations that were due to the installer leaving behind some files (probably invisible ones) that it figured it could re-use in the newly installed system. Of course, the cleanest approach would have been not to use the Migration Assistant, but instead to reinstall all my apps, and manually re-enter all my settings, but I wanted to see what would happen with the Migration Assistant, since I'd never used it before. After doing this, I began to see some odd behavior, crashes, etc., so I installed another drive, and did a completely clean Erase and Install of OS 10.4 onto it, so I have a known-good installation to compare to the behavior of my Migration Assistant'ed volume. Since then, enough of the odd problems with my main boot volume have quieted down enough, on their own, so I haven't had to do any comparing yet, but it's a matter of time.



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