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Is there a way to upgrade Tiger to Leopard?

by py52126 / April 2, 2011 4:57 AM PDT


I'm thinking about switching over to leopard. I'm posting here because I'm not sure of what to do? I have read that in order to switch over to leopard, I would have to do a clean install of the operating system. I would like to know if there was anyway to switch to leopard without losing my data? I understand that I can make a clone of my current system and move the files over that way, but if there is some faster way to do this without moving the files I would greatly appreciate it.

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Why would you need to reinstall?
by Jimmy Greystone / April 2, 2011 5:23 AM PDT

Why would you need to reinstall, or do a fresh install to upgrade from 10.4 to 10.5?

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There most certainly is,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 2, 2011 5:23 AM PDT

all you require is a copy of the Leopard, 10.5.x, Operating System and 45mins of spare time.

Having said that, you didn't mention what version of OS X you are currently using.

Pass that along and we'll see if it makes any difference


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Ooops, my bad,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 2, 2011 5:24 AM PDT

I see that it is Tiger that you are currently running.

Just get the Leopard installation disk, boot from it and install Leopard.

All your data and settings will be preserved


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Upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard
by Foo / April 6, 2011 7:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Ooops, my bad,

Was told at the Apple Store that there would be not enough memory to upgrade

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That statement is not very helpful,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 6, 2011 10:04 AM PDT

given that we have no idea what Mac you are talking about, the size of the Hard Drive, the amount of free space or anything vaguely useful.

Unless, of course, you are the original poster and have changed your name.

Upgrading from Tiger to Snow Leopard requires a number of things to be in place, not the least of which is available space to install it.


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Not to mention
by Jimmy Greystone / April 6, 2011 10:17 AM PDT

Not to mention the OP was about LEOPARD, not SNOW LEOPARD. Barring some correction on the part of the OP about them meaning SNOW Leopard, I'll go with what they said.

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