In order to do a fresh install, erase entire HDD or Macintosh HD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Kendo, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. Kendo
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    macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    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.
  2. simsaladimbamba
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    Nov 28, 2010
  3. bp1000
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    macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    Just the Mac hd partition

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

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