OS X :: Need To Backup IMac Before Snow Leopard Installation?

Aug 31, 2009

I'm upgrading my mac to snow leopard but I don't really have a external hard drive to back up my data or the software to do the backup. Is it safe to do an upgrade without backing up?

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Installation / Unable To Do Clean Snow Leopard Installation

Oct 19, 2009

Question: I already have snow leopard installed on my iMac. But can I still do a CLEAN snow leopard installation onto my imac even though snow leopard is already installed?

I tried it just now like twice but I got the spinning wheel of death. It wouldn't go pass the apple sign and spinning wheel.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Time Machine Backup Freezes On Initial Backup Attempt?

Mar 20, 2012

I just purchased a Seagate 3 TB USB 2.0/3.0 external drive to use as my time machine backup drive.  I have a MacBook Pro that was purchased about 3-4 years ago.  The MacBook Pro has a 120 GB hard drive and is currently running MAC OSx 10.6.8.  I also have another WD 1 TB FireWire external drive that I use to store all of my media files.   

After I followed the instructions for installing the new Seagate drive for use with the MAC OSx, I initiated a time machine backup.  It very quickly determined that it needed to back up almost 900,000 files totaling just about 400 GB.  It started the backup process at a rate of about 1 GB per minute.  In a little less than an hour it reach 53 GB and remained there for an additional two hours before I decided to stop the backup.   

Once I got the backup stopped, I deleted the backup and decided to look at my energy saving settings.  I noticed that the "Put drives to sleep whenever possible" check box was checked, so I unchecked that option and restarted the MAC.  I then initiated the time machine backup again.  Like the first time it quickly determined that it needed to backup the same amount of data as before and started the backup process at a rate of about 1 GB per minute.  Before going to bed at around 11 PM last night it was at about 60 GB so I thought I was out of the woods (having gotten further than the 53 GB earlier).  When I woke up this morning at 5:30 AM it was sitting at 69 GB. 

I am really frustrated at this point and don't know why the time machine back up would be failing on a brand new hard drive. PS - I was previously using a Seagate 1.5 TB USB drive as my time machine backup and never had any issues with it.  I decided to use the 1.5 TB drive for a different purpose, which is why I have the new 3 TB drive to use as a backup.  And I still have the full backup on the 1.5 TB drive just in case anything were to go awry.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Installation Keeps Failing

Dec 23, 2009

So I've only had my macbook pro aluminum body for about 4 months and after downloading the new system update, my laptopl just started acting weird and then it would just keep freezing with the pinwheel for extended periods of time. I've decided to verify and repair the disc, but to no avail, it didn't help. So, I backed up files in an external hard drive and erased my disc. However, after repeating to reinstall Snow Leopard at least 10 times, it keeps on telling me that it has failed to copy supported files. If I eject my installation DVD, it will just show up with a gray screen that has a folder and a question mark on it. I'm not sure what to do. I feel like I should take it over to an Apple store to consult with a Genius...but it is far from where I live. Any easy step to step advice on what I should do?

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OS X :: Mac Not Start Up After Snow Leopard Installation

Feb 17, 2010

I've installed Snow Leopard but now my mac won't start up. (It's a early 2008 mac pro so it should be able to handle it). All that happens is it loads past the apple logo, the rainbow wheel pops up, the background loads and the search icon (magnifying glass) appears but nothing else at all beyond that. It just waits for ages (a few times that note has appeared that say's I need to restart the computer).

I've tried.
1) Re installing it
2) Reinstalling it on a different partition (that had windows on before) but nothing seems to work.
I really need to keep all my data so I want to be careful.

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OS X :: Using Mac Snow Leopard Installation Disc?

Mar 14, 2010

So I had an aluminum 2008 unibody macbook. I replaced the hard drive with a 320gb and it has leopard on it. I damaged it and had to get a new mac. I now have a white unibody mac. To copy every thing would be a pain. I'd rather use snow leopard. What I want to know is if I can use the reinstallation disc 10.6 that came with the white macbook to upgrade my 320gb leopard hdd to snow leopard?

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OS X Snow Leopard :: 10.6 Freezes During Installation

Apr 30, 2012

I bought a used MaxBook (2,0 GHz Intel Core Duo , 2 GB RAM, 80GB HDD) and try to install 10.6 Snow Leopard (Family License).The MacBook HD doesn't have any data on it, as the pre-owner completely cleaned the HDD. I put the SnowLeopard CD in the CD-Drive and press the C-Button during booting and start the install process according to the dialog that shows up.The installation starts and shows me in the beginning it will take 34 minutes to install. The process continues till the countdown shows 28 minutes’ and then the installation process freezes. I only here some repeating noise from the CD-Drive but nothing happens. I tried this process now several times, I was waiting for hours that the install may continue, but no success so far.... Does somebody have any idea what I could do install 10.6 successfully? I don't think it's a license issue, but I want to add that I also own a MacMini and with the same install CD  was successfully installing 10.6 on the MacMini.

Info:MacBook (13-inch), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Installation / Remove Any Applications I Currently Run?

Aug 24, 2009

I assume an upgrade to SL will not remove any applications i currently run, unless I do a so called "clean install", but I just wanted to be sure: What will get removed when I upgrade?

My applications that are not 64-bit compliant? Will they still work? Will my adobe software still work, or does it need an update? Does any of my applications need an update? I have some custom icons (through Candybary), will they be removed? Will all my personal preferences reset?

Basically, what will an upgrade to Snow Leopard touch and change on my system?

ATM i got Leopard installed, by the way.

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OS X :: Get ILife 08 - After Fresh Installation Of Snow Leopard?

Aug 27, 2009

How do I get iLife 08 (which came preinstalled) onto my Mac after I do a fresh installation of Snow Leopard (if possible)? Is it possible to do a fresh install of Snow Leopard? I've heard all sorts of things, but I don't know what to believe. Will I just have to reinstall Leopard and then install Snow Leopard? (Will I have to get all the updates [10.5.x updates] once Leopard is installed before I install Snow Leopard?)

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OS X :: How Do I Perform A Clean Installation Of Snow Leopard?

Sep 7, 2009

How do I perform a Clean Installation of Snow Leopard? I mean like in erase every single thing except for the OS.

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OS X :: Cleanup Options For Snow Leopard Installation?

Sep 11, 2009

With Snow Leopard being so much smaller and lighter than previous versions of OS X are there still things to cleanup after a new install? Do programs like XSlimmer still do much? If there are still things to do, are there programs updates for Snow Leopard to automate this?

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MacBook :: Cannot Boot After Snow Leopard Installation

Nov 27, 2009

My leopard installation was giving me a lot of headache so I thought of doing a clean install. Now that Snow Leopard had been out for quite sometime and many issues solved; I thought of installing it instead of Leopard. All I did was follow the instructions to install Snow Leopard [the only option with Snow Leopard was that it did an "Archive and Install" kind of thing by default]. It did take a lot of time [1 hour?] and I was finally taken to my desktop. I looked to check if everything was okay. Though there was nothing spectacular about Snow Leopard. I shut the computer down. Today morning I get this and I can't boot.

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OS X :: Lost My F5 Function After Snow Leopard Installation?

Jan 30, 2010

I recently decided to make the jump to Snow Leopard and aside from a few side effects I was quickly able to fix I have come a across a rather annoying problem. I used to be able to press command(apple) F5 on my keyboard to raise my volume (and apple f4 to lower it). Now when I hit command F5 I get this voice over thing popping up and it's a quite frustrating. I am on a Macbook Pro and that was the key used to adjust volume prior to the upgrade. Now I learned that ctrl F5 works but I was wondering if and how I can return the function to command F5

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OS X :: Cannot Update Snow Leopard - Error On Installation

May 12, 2010

I'm running into an issue (a new issue) with my mbp. Every time I run the software update, it seems to download all the files just fine. Once it tries to install, it tells me an error has occurred, although it doesn't go into too much detail. I tried repairing the disk permissions, then I tried clearing /Library/Updates/.

The updates I have available are: iMovie Update 8.0.6, iPhoto Update 8.1.2, Mac OS X Update 10.6.3, Brother Printer Software Update 2.3, Airport Base Station Update 5.5.1, iTunes 9.1.1, and Digital Camera Raw Compatibility Update 3.2.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Repair Disks Without The Installation CD?

Apr 12, 2012

I have the latest version of snow leopard and haven't used my laptop in awhile because I needed to get repairs done on it. Finally repaired it at the apple store, took it home, ran the updates, but disk utility is saying my drive is corrupted and to repair it with the installation disk. I have been looking everywhere and only found the TechTool deluxe CD but can't find my actual installation disks. how I would go about repairing my disk ?

Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Reset My Installation Password?

May 7, 2012

i have forgotten my installer password but unfortunately am unable to reset it.

Info:iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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MacBook Pro :: Format Snow Leopard And New Installation?

May 22, 2012

I want to format my Macbook Pro (Intel i7 2.7 GHz) and give it a fresh installation of Snow Leopard. I currently have two partitions on my 500 GB hard drive: the first one with the operative system, and the second one with all the backup data I want to save. Anyone can assure me that, if I install Snow Leopard again through the installation DVD, the second partition will NOT be erased? I have partial backup of the data, but not enough space for everything on my external drives. I just want to make sure that the second partition remains untouched during the installation. 

MacBook Pro (13-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Mac Pro :: Snow Leopard Clean Installation On RAID

Jun 19, 2012

I'm going to update my MacPro Quad Core 3.2 installing Snow Leopard.The machine has a RAID 5 already installed and working perfectly.I'm wondering how the correct procedure is to rebuilt the RAID and install Snow Leopard on it.I don't want to install the update, I want to inizialise all the disks and get a fresh and clean installation.Do I have to use Disk Utility or RADI Utility?

Mac Pro

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Macbook2 / 1 Not Reading Snow Leopard Installation CD

Jun 30, 2012

I Have a Macbook2, 1, running on 10.4. Recently upgraded to 2 sets of 2 GB memory, which is runing just fine. Going for the upgrade to Snow Leopard. The problem is: Optical Drive is not running Snow Leopard installation CD, Macbook is not reading installation CD.

MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.11)

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OS X :: Sources Detail Changes To Snow Leopard Installation Process

Aug 12, 2009

People familiar with Apple's upcoming Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system are corroborating reports this week that the software has achieved Golden Master status, adding some additional insight on various enhancements and changes that users will notice during the installation process when compared to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Build 10A432 reportedly went GM a bit earlier this week and is currently on its way to manufacturing, where it will pressed onto optical media ahead of a formal availability date next month. The GM build also began making its way into the hands of some Apple Care support representatives and Apple Technicians on Wednesday.

Some of the changes and enhancements to the Snow Leopard installation process are as follows:
Although Rosetta and Quicktime 7 are both included on the Mac OS X 10.6 installation DVD, both are designated as optional installs by default. However, if Mac OS X 10.6 is being installed on a Mac that contains a registration key for Quicktime 7 Pro, the installer will install Quicktime 7 automatically. Options to "Erase and Install" and "Archive and Install" are no longer present in the Mac OS X 10.6 installer. According to those familiar with the software, this was done for convenience, so that users do not accidentally erase and install their Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard partitions. However, "Erase and Install" remains available through Disk Utility, which is also included on the installation DVD.

If you need to reinstall 10.6, it automatically archives and installs for you. A reinstallation will not affect your Mac OS X version number. In other words, reinstallation of Mac OS X 10.6 on a Mac that contains Mac OS X 10.6.1 (when it becomes available) will not overwrite any new components delivered by 10.6.1. So when the re-install is complete, you will still be running Mac OS X 10.6.1. This will save users considerable time. There is no "Previous System" folder at the root level after reinstalling. If a power outage occurs, installation will pick up from where it left off. To prevent the Blue Screen error that plagued some users when upgrading to Mac OS X 10.5, a software compatibility check is included that has a list of known "bad" apps, and disables them. Those programs are moved to an "Incompatible Software" folder.

Unlike Mac OS X 10.5, you cannot install Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard on computers where the hard drive reports a S.M.A.R.T. failure. Installation initially triggers a large chunk of data to be copied from the installation DVD to the user's primary hard drive. The bulk of the installation is then managed from the hard drive, speeding up the installation process considerably. After a successful installation, that large chunk of data is automatically removed. Mac OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard is priced at $29 for the single user license and $49 for the five-license family pack. The upgrade prices are available for users of the current version of Mac OS X, 10.5 Leopard. Snow Leopard will only be available for Mac users on Intel-based computers.

Also available is Mac OS X Server 10.6 Snow Leopard. Priced at $499, Leopard Server is said to be the most significant improvement to the server operating system since Mac OS X Server was launched. Amazon is also selling box sets with Snow Leopard, featuring the OS, iWork and iLife for $169 and the five-license family pack, iWork and iLife for $229. For more on Apple's upcoming operating system, read AppleInsider's extensive Road to Snow Leopard series. For the sake of completeness, AppleInsider notes that it has heard some rumors that Snow Leopard could be released as early as August 24. However, these anecdotal tips cannot be confirmed with any degree of certainty at this time.

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Installation Disk To Repair My Volume?

Feb 24, 2010

I have an Intel Mac Mini running OS X Snow Leopard, the problem is since last November, I've had to use Disk Utility and my Snow Leopard Installation disk to repair my volume because of Permission problems, at least 3-4 times. And I know I shouldn't have to do this!

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OS X :: Installing Snow Leopard - PC Restarts Itself - Cancels Installation

Jan 11, 2011

I'm having trouble installing a brand-new copy of Snow Leopard onto my Macbook. It loads just fine, and I'm able to start the installation. Halfway through the process, the computer restarts itself and cancels the installation. Occassionally I get a warning sign from the installation program that says it can't read the disk and that it needs to be cleaned. The disc is brand new and isn't scratched so i'm not sure why it's giving me that warning. Anything I can do to fix this or do I need to get the disc replaced?

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Installation - Can't Choose Drive After Reboot

Aug 28, 2009

Macbook 2.4Ghz with Leopard 10.5.8, 320Gb drive (2 partitions)

Doing the standard upgrade install so I shove the SL disc in and run the installer, after an age it eventually reboots.

Then after another long wait the installer finally appears but when it asks to choose the drive to install to, my drive doesn't appear.

From the utilities menu, I can access disk utility and it only shows the DVD drive.

If I access system profiler my hard disk is still there in the SATA section.

Seems like I'm going to have format and do a clean install unless anyone has any ideas?

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Installation Stuck At Boot Up Screen?

Aug 31, 2009

I put the install disc in and went threw the windows, it started installing so I left it for a while, when I come back it has the gray apple and the spiny boot up screen, I thought no problem its just restarting after the install. Now its been like this for almost an hour. Anyone have any ideas, I'm afraid to push the power button fearing it might screw up the install.

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OS X :: Restore Applications On Fresh Snow Leopard Installation?

Dec 22, 2009

I am on my Macbook Pro 17 with an HDD of about 350 GB. My HDD is Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled) formated with Snow Leopard installed. I want to make a fresh Snow Leopard installation on the HDD formated as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) but I don't want to lose my applications (it takes too much time to download/install all those) I need a way to get my apps back after/while installing Snow Leopard. What I am thinking is clone my HDD to another blank HDD that I have (about 600 GB) and while installing Snow Leopard chose to transfer my applications. I could also use the Migration Assistant after Snow Leopard is installed (I am not really sure that those options will be possible) I need to know if making a clone of my HDD and then transfer the applications is possible and how can I get it done (what software is needed?) If that's not possible, how do you suggest me to transfer my applications to the fresh Snow Leopard installation?

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OS X :: Snow Leopard On MacBook - Installation Doesn't Finish

Jan 17, 2010

I just bought Snow Leopard today and I am trying to install it on my MacBook (with intel processor). I have inserted the dvd and tried to install it but there seems to be a problem as it is written: "Time remaining about 45 minutes" and this doesn't change. The dvd has been running for over 2 hours now and I don't know what to do nor what is going on? I understood installation with Snow Leopard should be faster. Is it normal that it takes so long to install the operating system (more than 2 hours)? It should just be an upgrade as I have Leopard already installed. I also have Windows Vista installed on a disk partition. Does that make any problem? It shouldn't as at the beginning of the installation I chose Macintosh HD.

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Intel Mac :: Mail Not Working After Snow Leopard Installation

Jun 4, 2012

Recently installed Snow Leopard. Mail not working. Tried to update Mail but Destination Selection portion said, "Mail Update can't be installed on this disk. This volume does not meet the requirements for this update."

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Installation On MBA / Installing Using The Remote Disk Feature?

Aug 25, 2009

I purchased a copy of SL that I want to install on my MBA. I know that Leopard can be installed using the remote disk feature since my MBA doesn't have a DVD drive. problem is that I can't find anywhere saying that SL will support that function. Although I did see that the minimum system requirements require a DVD drive, but it doesn't say anything about a remote drive.

I'm sure it would be stupid if it wasn't supported, but then again you can't installed XP without the SuperDrive.

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OS X :: Snow Leopard Installation Guide On An Empty Hard Drive

Aug 25, 2009

if I bought a new hard drive, would I be able to install SL on it? (the HD would not have leopard on it)

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OS X :: Finding Snow Leopard Bare Drive Installation Guide?

Aug 29, 2009

Just wanted to let everyone know this morning I installed a brand new drive in my mac mini (320GB 7200RPM for the record)

Then booted off the snow leopard disk and did a fresh install.

The key is to go into the disk utility menu when the first snow leopard screen is displayed (I think the button is "continue" on the first screen). Once in disk utility you can format your bare drive and then upon closing disk utility the SL installer will come back and prompt you to install on the drive you just formatted.

This was using the $29 snow leopard upgrade disk for the record (and yes I already owned leopard for this machine).

SL is so far working sweet except for the lack of istat menus! They really need to get a move on and get that SL compatible version released.

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