Clean install of Lion

Discussion in 'iMac' started by LadderGoat, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. LadderGoat macrumors member

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    I'm on Lion and I want to completely erase everything and start again. How do I do this?

    I have the Snow Leopard DVDs and iLife '11 DVDs. Could I format my hard drive or would that mess things up?
     
  2. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

    AppleNewton

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    Do you have a 4GB or larger USB Drive or a spare Hard drive?
    You can get the Lion Recovery Tool : http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1433
    That will create the Lion Recovery Partition so you just use that to do a clean install of Lion without the hassle of going through SL and DL & Installing Lion
     
  3. And1ss macrumors 6502a

    And1ss

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    8gb usb stick off of amazon (or retailer of your choice), follow the link above, boot from lion stick, wipe and install!

    or...

    you could ask apple store to do this for you...i think.
     
  4. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

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    Personally I've installed Snow Leopard on a external drive and started the Lion installation from it.
     

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