Best way to reinstall OS Lion on a new HDD?

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

  1. wlow3 macrumors regular

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    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 68030

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    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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