Do I have to fully copy everything onto an ext HDD to upgrade from 10.5.8 to 10.6.3????

  • Asked about:  Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

3 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    NO, is the simple answer.

    It is an "in place" upgrade, it upgrades over the top of 10.5, and ALL your data (emails, everything) should stay exactly where they were.

    Though it is always advisable to backup your data just before installing any new operating system, as things in computing land can always occasionally go wrong.
    Use the Time Machine app on your machine, either with a cheap secondary external drive or by buying Apple's all-in-one router and backup drive Time Capsule.
    (If unsure, ask staff in any Apple Store or online, to guide you on buying the right thing.)

  • Version 10.6.3 won't work with version 10.5.8, you will have to get v10.6 first then install 10.6.3

  • Just copy the files that you want such as documents, videos,pictures,games etc.