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

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

  1. 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

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. 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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