clean install for laptop transfer

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by emailjack56, Jun 25, 2014.

  1. emailjack56 macrumors newbie

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    Hey all,

    Free OSX 10.9 for reinstall?

    I want to do a clean reinstall of OSX 10.9 using disc utility and a USB drive. How can I do this without purchasing the full download?

    Thanks, Jack
     
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    What is your question exactly ?

    Making a USB install drive without downloading Mavericks ?

    Or downloading Mavericks for free ?? (Mavericks IS free).

    :confused:
     
  3. emailjack56 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. Bruno09, Jun 26, 2014
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    Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    You should give us more infos about what you want to achieve exactly, and what is your model of Mac :

    - if you want to do a clean install on a Mac that originally shipped with Mavericks, you don't need to create a USB stick : use the Recovery partition (Cmd +r on boot) to wipe out your disk and download Mavericks directly from Apple servers for free.

    - if you want to do a clean install on a Mac that did not come with Mavericks, you need to download Mavericks from the Mac app Store. You will need an Apple ID, but the download of Mavericks is free.
     
  5. emailjack56 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    (Cmd +r on boot)

    I'm going to try your (Cmd +r on boot) advice. What could go wrong?

    THanks.

    Jack
     
  6. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Will only work if you Mac shipped with Mavericks installed :

    To perform a clean install, do a Cmd + r boot, in the Utilities window that shows up select Disk Utility, select your Macintosh HD disk, click erase.

    Then quit Disk Utility, back to the Utilities window, choose reinstall OS X.
    Mavericks will be downloaded from Apple servers (will take a while, a ~5 GB download...) then reinstalled.

    See here before taking the plunge : http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4718

    (use Ethernet over wifi if you can).
     
  7. Traverse macrumors 603

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    Mavericks is free, but you must have an iTunes account (with billing address), but you don't have to put in a form of payment.
     

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