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Upgrading from Tiger to Leopard OS

I'm trying to upgrade my G5 from Tiger to leopard. my question is would the installation change or delete any of my current files or configuration?
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roylongCommented:
You will change and update the operating system files if you do an upgrade install - and all associated operating system configurations will be upgraded.

Nothing important related to your applications should be touched (except of course the standard apple apps which cone with the operating system - they will be upgraded.)

All you third party applications will remain the same but you should check compatibility of your apps with OS X 10.5.

Remember to backup before you start and to do an upgrade install.
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activematxCommented:
would the installation change or delete any of my current files or configuration?


No.  It will not.  Make sure to choose "upgrade" when you boot off the cd.  (hold down c) as you start the computer with the dvd in.
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nappy_dCommented:
Just in case, like with any upgrade, you should backup your data, "just in case"...

Also, while the G5's can run Leopard 10.5.x it will not do so efficiently. This statement is from my experience.
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parps924Author Commented:
Nappy D, The reason I wanted to upgrade to Leopard is for better performance....  but what I'm hearing is that with the G5 it might not work out that why... Is it with third party software compatibility or just system performance? I just bought office 2004 and i was wondering if there's going to be a compatibility issue. Because if that’s the case, I think I would hold off from the upgrade...
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nappy_dCommented:
Typically, if you are going to be doing graphic design, I have found the Leopard tends to be latent in processing.  That being said, some low processor utilization apps seem to be ok.  You will have to test this to see if it is as functional as you expect it to be.
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mccrickCommented:
The only good reason to go to 10.5 on a G5 would be the TimeMachine backup. You will take a performance hit.

Office 2004 works well with Tiger or Leopard, so that's not an issue.

I never use the upgrade install feature. It can give you very kludgy results. In fact, Apple removed that option going to Snow Leopard. Instead, do an Archive install. You would get much better results. The caveat is that some apps don't transfer the licencing files, so you need to relicense some Adobe products. Not a big deal if your software is legit.

As mentioned already, the upgrade process is designed to cause as few problems as possible and you should not expect data loss. However, you should back up your data first. Secondly, as a pro, I would run a disk utility before doing the upgrade such as Disk Warrior. Your drive may have directory structure issues that should be cleaned up to avoid problems (such as data loss.)

I would hold off on the upgrade and just keep this computer going until you can get an Intel based Mac and take advantage of a newer OS then.

The last suggestion for an old G5 is to add more memory. Don't even consider the Leopard install without it.
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bta-guyCommented:
Was going to make the same suggestion as mccrick, how much ram is in the G5?  I've done this same upgrade before (G5 as well as about 25 other machines from MacBook/MBPro/Mini/iMac) and it works fine. Personally I find Leopard to be very stable, even on an older machine, just make sure you have at least 1gb of ram.


Again, the upgrade process works fine. Just backup your files to a USB drive first, but I have never had a problem.
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parps924Author Commented:
thanks for the quick response.  
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roylongCommented:
I don't understand why you awarded the points to answers which did not directly answer your original question...

Your question, and I quote::

"my question is would the installation change or delete any of my current files or configuration."

The accepted answer does not directly answer the question.
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