Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Backing up OSX applications

I've been running into some problems with my iBook (including several crashes) that make me feel that the system is getting a little flaky. The trouble is that it's running OSX-10.4 and can't use anything later, so the only way to fix things will be to wipe the hard disk and reinstall OS-X. I don't have a backup that's recent enough to be even slightly useful, because I don't keep anything important on the laptop.

The main problem this gives me is a few relatively small applications that I don't have master disks for - mostly shareware I've registered etc., like a webcam app I use for my digital microscope.

The applications I want to save are not involved in the crashes, as far as I know.

Is there any simple way to back up individual applications and reinstall them? Can I just copy them to a memory stick or DVD-R and put them back later? Or is it more complicated?

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