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OS 10.5 - OSX Seems sluggish - questions about reinstall


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Hi folks,

Hoping you can clear up some questions I have to help me decide my next step. I have a 24" iMac with the 2.8 Intel Core 2 Duo Extreme and 4 GB of Ram (667). I was playin around on a MBP 13" today with a 2.66 Cpue and 2 GB of Ram and it seemed to fly on loading apps (common ones). Far more peppy then my iMac.

So it got me thinking, would a reinstall of Mac OSX 10.5 be a good idea? Start fresh. This is my first Mac afterall. But how do I go about doing this reinstall and be able to retain my iPhoto Library, my iTunes library and most important is my Keychain data.?

I do have time machine running to a 500 GB drive. Once I reinstall (i.e. format and install fresh) can I just pull the iTunes, keychain data and iPhoto library's off Time Machine? I mean that is suppose to be its' purpose right?

Would I see any improvement in speed?

Any thoughts/comments ??

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I can tell you that you will be able to pull all of your data from your Time Machine backup.

However, I do not know whether you will see any speed improvements so hopefully someone who knows will let you know

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This is a bad habit typically carried over from the Windows world. It's very unusual that a UNIX-based operating system needs to be reinstalled.

Have you run any kind of maintenance on it?

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The iMac has slower RAM than the MBP. Even the 13 inch aluminum MacBooks came with DDR3 RAM at 1066MHz. Yours is 667MHz. But yea, can't hurt to clean up your Mac. Run Onyx, repair permissions... clean up old crap that you don't need on your hard disk.
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And also try running some maintenance utilities to keep the iMac in tip top condition. Onyx and MainMenu are the main two. Also personally like Macaroni which does all those daily, weekly and monthly maintenance scripts automatically.
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Thanks Folks!

And CWA I can't agree more, being a windows user for so long it is hard to break those habits. It seemed silly when I wrote it, but I thought...hey maybe?

I will try the maintenace programs suggested here and let you know the results.

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