Clean install of Lion

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

  1. LadderGoat macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2010
    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


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    Do you have a 4GB or larger USB Drive or a spare Hard drive?
    You can get the Lion Recovery Tool :
    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


    Oct 20, 2009
    8gb usb stick off of amazon (or retailer of your choice), follow the link above, boot from lion stick, wipe and install!


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

    Jul 31, 2007
    Personally I've installed Snow Leopard on a external drive and started the Lion installation from it.

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