: RE: Reinstall OS on Hard Drive


garf1108
Apr 25th, 2015, 10:18 PM
Hi

I would like to reinstall my OS as I am having problems. I back up weekly using SuperDuper.
Is there any software where one can transfer one's previous e-mails and browsers favorites without losing it? Any other suggestions appreciated?

Thanks
Garf

pm-r
Apr 25th, 2015, 11:25 PM
Maybe you could post some details of your Mac and OS X and the "problems" you're having to save some extra work.

Anyway, if you have a SD backup clone with all the data you need and tested it, you can use Migration Assistant immediately after installing the new OS X, and if nothing else, you could always use SD to do any data migration if anything happened to go goofy.

garf1108
Apr 26th, 2015, 12:18 AM
Sorry, forgot to paste the 2nd part
OS Mavericks and having problems to get the App store to work and to load OS Yosemite. Whenever I try to load Yosemite, it reboots into a white screen multiple times
I have a 2.8GHz Quad Core Mac Pro.
My backup is not on a SSD.

Thanks

pm-r
Apr 26th, 2015, 01:34 AM
I guess I'd just do a Google search on the problem as I haven't even bothered with Yosemite or maybe some gurus will come to your aid, but meanwhile I'd search on this as an example:
https://www.google.ca/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=Yosemite+install+reboots+into+a+white+screen&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gfe_rd=cr&ei=iWk8VZD_O4nt8wfJp4HwDw

CanadaRAM
Apr 26th, 2015, 02:37 AM
I would like to reinstall my OS as I am having problems. I back up weekly using SuperDuper.
Is there any software where one can transfer one's previous e-mails and browsers favorites without losing it? Any other suggestions appreciated?


1) Backing up your browser favorites is a matter of going into your browser(s) and Exporting the favorites to an HTML or other text based file. Copy that file to a safe location and you can Import it later. Search the help files for each browser for specific import export instructions.
Firefox
https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/export-firefox-bookmarks-to-backup-or-transfer
Safari
https://support.apple.com/kb/PH17154?locale=en_US
Chrome
Export bookmarks from Chrome to Safari - How to - Macworld UK (http://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/mac/how-export-bookmarks-from-chrome-safari-3595810/)

2) Transferring emails depends on what email program(s) you are using. The email files are usually held in your user folder, in the ~Library folder (~ denotes the user folder for your account. Other users will have their own Libraries). Inconveniently, this folder is hidden; but you can get it

In OSX 10.7 and 10.8 by opening your User folder and then Option-Clicking the Go menu in the Finder (Library will appear) 18 ways to view the ~/Library folder in Lion and Mountain Lion | Macworld (http://www.macworld.com/article/1161156/view_library_folder_in_lion.html)

In OSX 10.9 and 10.10 by opening you home folder and choosing View Options from the menu, and turning on Show Library How to view the ~/Library folder in Mavericks and Yosemite | Macworld (http://www.macworld.com/article/2057221/how-to-view-the-library-folder-in-mavericks.html)

Apple Mail stores its mail databases in ~Library/Mail/

Thunderbird stores its mail in ~Library/Thunderbird/Profiles/Mail

Microsoft Entourage (if you still have it) stores mail in a different place, in your user folder/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2xxx Identities depending on what version you have
Keep in mind that the entourage database is s single, large file, and has to be opened in Entourage. Also if you let this file get larger than 8 GB in size, bad things start happening.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/268323

Microsoft Outlook 2011 stores in
~/Documents/Microsoft User Data/Office 2011 Identities/Main Identity/
Under that directory, e-mail is stored as individual message files in /Data Records/Messages


If you take care to back up these folders, it is possible to restore the mail data to a new installation.

But before you do it this way...

3)
Now about preserving your data (and programs) during an OSX reinstall. The easiest way is to have an external drive with either a complete clone (bootable backup) of your drive, or an up to date TimeMachine backup.

Then when you are proceeding through the installer of the new OSX, it will ask you if you want to import your User accounts, files, settings and programs from another disk or TimeMachine backup. Answer yes, select the source drive, and let the installer put everything back into place for you. Or, you can do this later by running Migration Assistant by itself How To Restore Data From Time Machine Backups (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/restore-data-time-machine-backups/)

garf1108
Apr 26th, 2015, 10:20 AM
Thanks very much, CanadaRAM, for the advice. Will try it later today. You are making me feel guilty as I haven't purchased anything from you for the past 2 years.

Cheers
:)

CanadaRAM
Apr 27th, 2015, 01:46 PM
I have summarized the instructions and added a few pretty pictures here on Computer-answers.ca

How can I reinstall OSX and keep my bookmarks and mail? | CanadaRAM: Memory and Computer Q&A (http://www.computer-answers.ca/2015/computer-questions/macintosh-questions/how-can-i-reinstall-osx-and-keep-my-bookmarks-and-mail/)