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Clean Install Tip for iOS – Guest Post by Joop Bruggink

NotSo funny hearing you talk about queuing up to get the new iPhone X, but it shows commitment. Honestly, I never have and probably never will I guess, get up that early to get a phone, or anything else for that matter. I ordered mine as soon as possible hoping for an early delivery, but alas I’ll have to wait until the 20th, so be it.

But I have a tip for people setting up there new iPhone. If you want to migrate from an older model iPhone to a new one, there are 2 basic ways.

  1. restore from backup, done it many times and it’s possibly the easiest and fasted way to do it
  2. setup as new. basically reinstalling and setting up all you apps, many reasons why to do this, for me it’s to make sure the new phone has the cleanest possible install without any possible issues from older app installs and doing some “house cleaning” at the same time.

So, how about my tip?

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Clean Install of macOS is a LOT of Work, Is it Worth It?

No migration assistantI think I mentioned on the show last week that the trackpad on my 2013 MacBook Pro wouldn’t click any more. I took it into Apple and they said, as I suspected, that it was probably a swollen battery. Not a big shock, because I keep this MacBook Pro plugged in all the time. Luckily, I took it into them within 14 days of the expiration of my AppleCare.

I took it in on Monday so that I would have it back in time for the live show this weekend. I picked it up on Wednesday, but the repairs they did really surprised me.

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Nuke and Pave or Do it the Hard Way?

Office Space guys beating up a computer
Image courtesy of Bethany Erskine

In our Google Plus community over at, Tracey Baucells posted a problem with her main account on her Mac. For some unknown reason, on boot up, her account would freeze on the desktop picture. She did a TON of super geeky diagnostics and in the end (using Terminal fu) she was able to fix her account. I love that she was able to solve it because she was so technically savvy, like many NosillaCastaways.

I bring this story up to illustrate the wisdom of a different path. She went through all of this work so that she wouldn’t have to do a nuke and pave. For those who haven’t heard the term before, a nuke and pave means to make backup copies of your drive, erase the entire disk inside your machine and then reinstall the operating system. Finally pull back your data but not all of your settings, instead setting up things one by one, installing apps one by one until you get it all working.

She said in her notes that she’d has this account since 2007 and had only switched out one Mac in all that time back in 2010. I tried to encourage her to do a nuke and pave, but because she’s so skilled she was able to avoid that path. Continue reading “Nuke and Pave or Do it the Hard Way?”

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