Reformating with OSX

Discussion in 'macOS' started by XP Defector, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. XP Defector macrumors 6502

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    Hi, relatively new MacBook user. I've reformated PC's a thousand times over but never with OSX. What is the preceedure? Is it simple? I need to do so because I think my MacBook has too much crap on it and I want rid to make way for Logic Pro 7.

    Ideas, suggestions, thought welcome as always.

    Best Regards.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    After backing everything up, put your OSX disc in the optical drive and boot up whilst holding C. From here it'll give you the Installer screen. Head to Disk Utility in one of the menus (I consistently forget which one) and reformat your drive to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and then go back to the Installer and install away.

    Having said that, Mac OSX is not like Windows. Constant reformats should not be needed and there are plenty of better ways to free up space. Use an app like OmniDiskSweeper to find where your space is being used and drag unnecessary files to the Trash. If you're uncomfortable with trashing a certain file or folder (such as themes for iDVD or something) then drag it to the Trash but don't empty the trash. It'll still be taking up space but it will not be accessible by the system. So, if you notice no problems after a while, you can then Empty The Trash and get that space back. :)
     

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