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Archived - Mac OS X 10.2: How to Delete a Previous Systems Folder

This document explains how to delete the Previous Systems folder, which is created during an Archive and Install installation. This document assumes that you have already completed an Archive and Install installation.
This article has been archived and is no longer updated by Apple.
Important: Before using this document, make sure you have copied everything you want to keep from the Previous Systems folder, including Shared folder contents. See technical document 107447, "Mac OS X 10.2: Contents of Shared Folder Missing After Archive and Install" for more information.

Important: Read the related documents below for more information about Archive and Install, as well as data or settings that may be missing after the installation.
    1. Log in with an administrator account.
    2. Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
    3. Open the Mac OS X volume. (This is usually called Macintosh HD, but could be named something else if you renamed it.)
    4. Select the Previous Systems folder.
    5. Choose File > Get Info.
    6. Click the disclosure triangle next to Ownership & Permissions to expand this section.
    7. Click the lock icon to see the owner and group options. Enter your password if prompted.
    8. Choose the account name from the "system" pop-up menu.
    9. Enter your account password if prompted.
    10. Close the Get Info window.
    11. Drag the folder named "Previous Systems" to the Trash.
    12. Choose File > Empty Trash when you are ready to delete the folder.

Related documents

107120: "Mac OS X 10.2: About the Archive and Install Feature"
107447: "Mac OS X 10.2: Contents of Shared Folder Missing After Archive and Install"
25454: "Mac OS X 10.2: Archive and Install Does Not Preserve Some Settings"
Last Modified: Feb 17, 2012
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