View Full Version : In order to do a fresh install, erase entire HDD or Macintosh HD?

Oct 16, 2011, 05:26 PM
I booted the Mac into recovery mode and I have the option of erasing the entire HDD or just the Macintosh HD partition. If I erase the entire HDD, will I lose the Lion recovery files? Or is that on a separate partition?

I need to know for future reference if I ever want to start a fresh copy of Lion or if I ever plan on selling my Mac.

Oct 16, 2011, 05:28 PM
Erasing the Macintosh HD partition will suffice, as the entire HDD holds the Lion recovery partition and the Macintosh HD partition.

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Oct 16, 2011, 05:29 PM
Just the Mac hd partition

I'm not sure you can do the recovery partition, thought it was locked. Could be wrong.