How do I do a clean install on my old imac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by gentleman00, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2007
    Ok, I am going to be selling my old imac 20" ( 2007), How do I erase the memory and reinstall the OS?

    How long will it take?

    I assume I have to reinstall OPS 10.5 and 10.6 ?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    You put in a 10.6 DVD, format the hard drive with disk utility, then install the OS. Simple.
  3. macrumors regular

    Mike Macintosh

    Sep 20, 2009
    Washington State
    Let me clarify a little more, stick your install disc, you know the one you got with your machine or whatever OS you have in there now disc in and restart the computer.

    Hold down C after the bong which will boot into the CD, first thing you want to do when this boots up is go up to utilities, then disc utilities, then click on the harddrive, erase disc, your HDD will erase.

    As soon as this ends, close the window and proceed with installing Leopard/Snow Leopard or whatever Mac OS you have on your computer, easy as pie.

    however, if you need some visual instructions, this should help.
    How to clean install Snow Leopard

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