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Archive and Install Feature in Mac OS X

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Archive and Install moves existing system files to a folder named Previous System and then installs Mac OS X again. You cannot start up your computer using the Previous System folder.

You may also elect to preserve your user and network settings during the installation. This option automatically imports existing users, Home directories, and network settings. This means it also skips the Setup Assistant after installation.

System Requirements
  • Installation CD for Mac OS 10.2 (Jaguar) and higher
  • If Mac OS X is not already present, you cannot select Archive and Install

Procedure
1. Start up from your Mac OS X 10.2 Install Disc 1.
2. Select your language. The Welcome to the Mac OS X Installer window appears.
3. Click Continue. The Important Information window appears.
4. After reading or printing the information, click Continue. The Software License Agreement window appears.
5. After reading or printing the information, click Continue.
6. An agreement sheet appears. If you agree with the license agreement, click Agree. The Select a Destination window appears.
7. Click Options. The installation options sheet appears.
8. Select Archive and Install.
9. Select the volume which already has Mac OS X installed.
10. You should also select Preserve Users and Network Settings, to preserve network and Home directory settings.
11. Click OK.
12. Click Continue to begin the installation.

Other Notes
My reccomendation is to use Carbon Copy Cloner if you have the space. This will make a copy of your current system and you can save it as a diskimage that you can revert back to if you have problems after the installation. To do this, start up from the install disk and under Disk Utility you can select to reformat a drive using a disk image.