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Upgrade strategy
Authored by: Felix on Oct 20, '07 11:27:18AM

I'll use SuperDuper! to clone my drive to an external FireWire drive for insurance followed by an Upgrade Install on the main drive. If things get screwed up and don't go as planned, I'll do an Erase and Install on the main drive and use Migration Assistant to pull the needed files back from the the clone.



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Upgrade strategy
Authored by: baltwo on Oct 21, '07 01:25:01AM

I've beta-tested Panther, Tiger, and Leopard and have always used and prefer the upgrade previous version option. It's the fastest option, deletes all earlier OS components that aren't needed, adds the new OS components, and doesn't create a Previous System folder. There's no messing around with the Migration Assistant, reinstalling applications, or moving stuff from the Previous System folder that the installer misses.

That said, I highly recommend getting a bootable, external HD, and making and testing a bootable backup/clone before upgrading/updating. Since I moderate the Bombich forums, I'm partial to Carbon Copy Cloner. That allows you to revert to the previous good state without having to reinstall anything in case something goes awry.



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Upgrade strategy
Authored by: NeutronMonk on Oct 21, '07 07:41:14AM

I am using the opportunity of installing to upgrade my PB17's (last G4 version) hard drive to a faster 7200RPM drive. I'll install Leopard to my new drive in another enclosure as a clean install and play with it externally for awhile. This is also of course a good time to clean out all the cruft. A clean install is more time consuming, but I like having a fresh, clean system periodically. When I bought a mini to use at work, I was amazed at how a new and clean system could be so, uh, "snappy":).



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