I have a black mac book OSX 10.4.1 tiger can I buy the box set for OSX 10.6 snow leopard and instal smoothy or is there going to be problems?

My black mac book has a core 2 duo @ 2.16Gz and my RAM is 2GB DDR2 This is my first mac and I really need help I don't know if i need to go to the apple store to do this or if i can just buy and install.

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

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    You can install Snow Leopard, and you do not need the Box Set unless you want the extra applications. If you want to keep your current files, applications and OS settings, I would first recommend cloning your current hard drive to a separate bootable partition or a temporary bootable external hard drive. Snow Leopard likes to have the hard drive partition it installs to, formatted in a certain way, and to do this, a clean install is recommended. The cloned back up also lets you jump back and boot from your old OS if you need to after Snow Leopard is installed (especially useful if a printer driver is not updated during the Snow Leopard installation). Simply press OPTION during start up to switch to old OS.

    All Snow Leopard disks can do a "Clean Install". But with the $29 disk you need to follow some extra steps, since "Erase and Install" is not part of the automatic installation... but the tools to do so are provided on the DVD.

    Basically, when you put the Snow Leopard DVD into your Mac, you will be presented with two options: 1) to "Continue" with a standard upgrade, or, 2) go to "Utilities". Select the "Utilities" button (there will be a reboot in order to run from the DVD). In the new screen that appears, under the "Utilities" menu, select Disk Utilities to format your new hard drive. When you have finished formatting, QUIT from Disk Utilities, and the installer will then complete the installation of Snow Leopard.

    (Note: be prepared to wait several minutes when the system reboots during installation as it copies and sets up all the files. Also, if you have another partition with an older OS on it, at some point during the installation, the installer will ask if you want to import the OS Settings, Files and/or Applications from that partition. Do this for a very smooth transition. The only issues I had was I needed to find updated drivers for my old printers and scanner. All my OS 10.4 apps worked in Snow Leopard.)