Clean Install Question

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by butterwm, Oct 29, 2014.

  1. butterwm macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    I am trying to do a clean install with Yosemite as I have had some bugs with the previous version that carried over. I have made a bootable install disc on a thumb drive and am ready to try it.

    The question I have is that I have two hard drives on my iMac, the 250GB SD Drive and a 1TB normal hard drive. I have all my documents, pictures, music, ect. located on the hard drive. On the SD drive I just have the OS installed. When I do to install, I know I am supposed to erase the drive so it's a fresh install. If I choose to erase the SD drive and reinstall, will I lose everything on my other drive or will it still be there?
  2. RedRaven571 macrumors 65816


    Mar 13, 2009
    IF you only erase/reformat the drive containing the OS, all your data on the other drive will still be there, that's the huge advantage of having your files on a separate drive (or even a separate partition).
  3. butterwm thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2012
    Great, I actually did it right then. Thank you for your help!

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