How to do a clean install on a macbook pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by copperz, Aug 30, 2009.

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    copperz

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    I want to wipe everything of the HD and install from scratch. How would i do that?
     
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    Eddyisgreat

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    Start from your install cd (hold down C or option during start up)

    Format your drive using disk utility

    run through setup.

    That's generally how I do it, although I don't know if there is an option in the installer that'll format the drive for you. Probably is.
     
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    The Samurai

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    Could someone confirm whether the above method works?

    Will be doing a clean install - fingers crossed.


    Cheers
     
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    That's what I did on my iMac. Once SL was installed, I restored my documents/media from my Leopard Time Machine backup using the Migration Assistant.
     
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    Having only used migration assistant once before; is it possible to restore applications (only) from TM backup as well?

    KB
     
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    S-Man

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    I want to do an erase/install when I receive SL, but I want to keep my emails and some apps (maybe I'll just re-DL the apps).
    I also have XP installed on Bootcamp and VMWare Fusion. Will I have to call Microshaft again and get another validation number when I re-install?

    This is my first mac and the first time I will have done something like this. I have no idea what to expect or what to look for.
    I've had it for about 6 months.
    Thanks in advance!
     

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