Yesterday, I set an unfortunate milestone in my life: I was forced to reinstall OS X to get my desktop running again. I’ve been using Macs for over fifteen years, and, until yesterday, I’ve never had to reinstall a whole OS in order to fix a problem. Here’s my woeful tale.
I was responsibily downloading a security update from Apple, and while I was waiting for it to download and install I was busy cleaning some directories up. The security update was nearly finished installing when my machine kernal paniced (in non-techie terms: computer fall down go boom). Unforunately, upon restart my beloved Mac was not well, and as I tried to fix the problem it only got worse. Long story short, after three reinstalls, a directory rebuilding, and lots of foul language my machine got so FUBARed that it would kernal panic on boot. This is bad. On top of this, my internet went out for five hours, so I couldn’t even get help online via my old iBook. Luckily for me, I had another drive I could install OS X on and then transfer all my important data to it. Give it up for 160 GB drives! After wiping my entire boot drive and doing a completely fresh system install, I got my machine back to roughly the same state it was in before. However, I’ve discovered I lost my entire collection of bookmarks. 😦 There are also a few other minor annoyances, but nothing a grown man like me can’t handle.
Moral of the story: don’t do anything if you are installing any system update.