can you reformat macbook? and start fresh again?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bob2131, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. bob2131 macrumors 6502a

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    hi
    ive been using windows pcs for years.
    now have bought a macbook.

    theoretically speaking, if i install dodgy pirated software on the mac, and it starts to play up.........is it possible to just wipe the hard drive and start again? like a clean reformat like you can do on the pc?
    like wiping the internal hard drive.....and re-installing leopard again.......

    is this ok? simple procedure?

    cheers
     
  2. jsgrabo macrumors regular

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    yes its very simple. you can just use the restore/reinstall disks that came with your macbook. they should be in the box some where. the procedure is pretty simply to figure out. just click a few buttons and your on your way.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, it's relatively easy, just make sure you have all your legit software serials and dmgs on an external to make a reinstall easier.

    You could just do a clone to an external too, and if you jack up the internal, just clone from the external to the internal.
     
  4. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    ya it's really easy

    btw> even if you do download dogey software you're probably not going to have any problems. just check out the comments/review of the torrents and don't look for fergie's sex tape.
     
  5. WillJS macrumors 65816

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    Check here.

     
  6. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    holy smoke........i only posted this minutes ago...........
    you guys rock. now let me go read what you say...........

    i just bought a macbook.......and im loving the support im getting here!!
     
  7. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    lol
    (big virtual hug)

    lol
     
  8. jsgrabo macrumors regular

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    lol ^^^

    if your just looking to remove one program you could try something like appzapper. just a great job.

    http://appzapper.com/
     
  9. bob2131 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yeah that look good.
    i would have thought it was easy to uninstall apps from OSX itself......but it leaves loads of stray files eh? like pc too.....but theyre easy to find on pc and so i just delete manuallly.

    chhers
     
  10. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    most apps are all bundled within the .app but some apps do live stray files, which is where an app like appzapper comes in handy.
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    But in OS X there is no registry to get all mucked up by installing and uninstalling programs. The stray files are (normally) harmless.
     
  12. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    It's really nothing to be concerned about. Once you drag the app to the trash, there may be a few miniscule preference files left, but they don't cause any harm.
     

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