Hardcore geeks (you know who you are) who want the top of the line Snow Leopard experience can format their hard drive, install a clean copy of Mac OS 10.6, restore their data and reinstall their applications from backup.
The advantage of going this route as opposed to simply upgrading from 10.5 is that you know your installation will be 100% clutter free. It’s also a good occasion to clean out the ol’ home folder from any files that have been lingering since your last re-install (the Download folder can quickly get to be enormous).
The disadvantage of course is that this approach takes time. Depending on your personal settings and the number of apps you use, it can take a few days to get your system back to the way you like it.
So if you’ve made it this far, its probably because you’ve decided to take the long way home and do a clean install. The actual installation takes about 45 minutes so make sure there’s something good on TV before you start.
So let’s get started:
- Insert your cool new Snow Leopard disk in your Mac and reboot.
- Once the system restarts into the installer, select your language and click Continue at the Install Mac OS X screen. The following screen will show the available partitions on your system.
- Before we select which drive to install Snow Leopard on, we’ll select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu. This is the part where we format the drive. From the list on the left, select your hard drive and click on the Partition tab. Partition the drive to your liking and make sure your primary has the Mac OS Extended (Journaled) format.
Notice: If you plan on later installing Windows with Bootcamp, now is a good time to make a second partition for that purpose. Leave at least 10Gb depending on your use.
Once you’re all done, click Apply to partition your drive.
- Once the partitioning magic is over, close Disk Utility. Back at the drive selection screen, you can click Customize to pick and chose some of the different components you wish to install. I personally like to disable the additional language support since I only use English, but you may have other language needs. Also, you can enable Quicktime 7 for legacy format support or Rosetta, a utility that translates Power-PC apps to Intel.
- Once you’ve selected your drive and tweaked your installation, click Install.
- Watch TV for about 45 minutes.
- When the installer is done doing it’s thing and you hear the chime, click Done to restart into Snow Leopard!
If you have anything to add this or would like to talk about your 10.6 installation experience, don’t be shy, leave a comment.