Anyone know how to reset the Imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ides of March, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. Ides of March macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    I kinda wanted to erase everything on my Imac, and start from the beginning. Anyone know how to do this. And I have Lion on it, so hopefully I won't lose it, I am assuming I can back it up?
  2. kjid macrumors regular

    May 3, 2011
    You can reboot your iMac and hold the alt key after it made the boot sound. Then select Recovery HD and you get the options to reinstall lion.

    Use disk utility to erase all other hard drives.
  3. Ides of March thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 23, 2011
    Thank you. But what's disk utility, is that the disk that comes with the Imac? or is it in settings.
  4. robgendreau macrumors 68030

    Jul 13, 2008
    There's really no such thing as "resetting."

    You seem to be asking about erasing everything on your computer and reinstalling all the software; you'd also lose all your settings and any documents and files you created. Is that what you "kinda" want to do?

    I would recommend you first look into how to backup your computer via Time Machine or Super Duper or Carbon Copy Cloner. That's a required first step unless you want to lose everything you've created.
  5. fastlanephil macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2007
    Maybe you just need to do a little tidying up. I see no reason to erase your hard drive. OSX has built in optimization so just toss and or save what you don't want on the hard drive and then do a restart.
  6. kjid macrumors regular

    May 3, 2011
    Disk utility is a software program that's on your mac. You can launch it from the recovery area in Lion as explained in previous post, or you can launch it when booted in Applications>Utility's>Disk Utility
  7. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

    Feb 28, 2012
    I think you would be better off stating the problem you think you would solve by 'kinda' wanting to erase your disks and starting over. Then, perhaps people could suggest less drastic 'solutions' to the real issue.

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