Best way to reinstall OS Lion on a new HDD?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by wlow3, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. wlow3 macrumors regular

    Sep 9, 2008
    After I replace a dying HDD, is it better when booting up to the Recovery USB stick to choose Restore from Time Capsule or should I Reinstall Lion first, putting the OS bits together on a blank disk, and then restore my data? Does it matter?
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2008
    The problem is that your backup might be corrupted, depending on what happened with your hard drive. A restore would probably work but it would be a drag if you got far into it only to have it hang because of a corrupted file.

    I'd reinstall Lion and then use Setup Ass't; it comes up once you get booted the first time, and then let it migrate your stuff from the TM backup.

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