I'm about to embark on a clean install of Mavericks. This is the first clean install I've done in years, and OSX has undergone quite a few evolutions in that time, so I want to check a few things against the group wisdom before I start.
The object of the clean install is not to make my working mac a completely blank slate, but to clear out the cruft. Thus I'll be reinstalling most things and will want to get the day-to-day stuff (Mail, Safari, Calendar, Contacts, Notes, print setup, etc) back to the same working environment that I have before the install. With that in mind, and focusing on OSX-native apps (I'll reinstall the third-party apps fresh and pull in prefs etc from backup as necessary), can anyone please confirm that these are the user-specific/library files that I should be restoring from backup?:
(will this snag all Safari's extensions and their settings too?)
??? I have no idea where notes on the Mac are stored
(alternatively, if I simply let iCloud take care of that, will it successfully bring in all my groups and smart sets as well?)
Other supporting files:
~/Library/Preferences/ -any com.apple preferences-
~/Library/Saved Application State/ -any appropriate com.apple. files-
(will this successfully hook up my existing device backups with iTunes?)
Have I missed anything else?
Also: would people advise de-authorising the machine in iTunes and iBooks before doing the clean install (assuming that I am most likely going to reformat the hard drive as part of the process)? I can't remember whether a reformat causes the iTunes and iBook stores to treat the Mac as a new machine.