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    Fresh install of Lion
    Hi all, sorry if this has been posted already, but wanted to do a fresh install of loin this week. Currently, I have a 15" early 2011 mbp and 1TB time machine capsule for backups.

    My question(s), if I format my disk and reinstall Loin over internet can i grab my itunes, iphoto and certain applications from time machine backups? Or do I need to backup these previous to a fresh install?

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    Loin: the part of a human being or quadruped on each side of the spinal column between the hipbone and the false ribs

    Lion: a version of the Mac operating system...also known as OS 10.7

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    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    Loin: the part of a human being or quadruped on each side of the spinal column between the hipbone and the false ribs . . .
    Just finished installing some loin (and ribs) smoked and served with BBQ sauce on the side.
    I've always wanted to be smart, handsome and modest. But, I guess I'll have to be satisfied with two out of three . . .

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    First, why do you need to do a reinstall? Mac OS X rarely if ever needs to be reinstalled. If you're having problems perhaps we can help.

    And yes, you should backup everything before reinstalling including any applications you wish to save such as your iPhoto library and your iTunes music library. Also, there's no need to format the disk as Lion will do an in place archive and install.

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    I changed in the thread title Loin to Lion so poor users here won't think there is some new OSX named after a body part!

    Raving Mac, you are funny!

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    Apologies on the spelling, sometimes I just type without checking.

    But thanks for the information. I will backup before I reinstall.

    The reason I wish to reinstall - my son has installed a lot of crappy games and or software on my laptop. Things are running a little slow of late. I'm used to reinstalling my windows desktop every year but its been nearly two years for this laptop.
    Anyway, I was thinking of upgrading to Mountain Lion. Figured a clean install would be better.

    But so I am clear, I can restore iTunes and iPhoto from time machine, right?

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    But so I am clear, I can restore iTunes and iPhoto from time machine, right?
    After doing the fresh install of Mountain Lion, restore all your data and applications using your Time Machine full backup. The full restore of Time Machine will not overwrite anything from Mountain Lion.

    Important!

    Do not create an account on your Mac after installing Mountain Lion as your Time Machine backup will take care of that for you. Otherwise you'll end up with two accounts and lots of confusion.

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