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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by devilstrider, Oct 27, 2010.
I'm about to do it now and I was wondering will anything be missing when I do.
Unless you bought a used one, why would you do that?
I do to remove all the printer drivers, translations, and fonts. Saves a couple GB right off the bat.
That's what I was wondering because I just put my stuff on a USB stick and print from my windows PC. Can't get my MBP to work with my printer for some reason.
Buying new? No, haven't reformatted after buying a new computer.
Used/preowned? Yes, I always reformat them. A clean OS install always runs better. Plus it gets rid or any unwanted software/spyware that may be on it. This mainly stems back from my PC days. Old habit I guess.
IMO ... no point in reformatting a brand new perfectly working Mac.
However your Mac should have no trouble printing ... something is already missing
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Of course there is a point. Why bother having printer drivers installed on a machine when you may not even own a single one on that list or how about a bunch of different languages you can read anyway.
I took mine out of the box (new), turned it on and started using it right away. I've never reformatted, reinstalled, repaired permissions, reset SMC or PRAM, or any other major maintenance procedures. After 2 1/2 years, it's still screaming along with no problems at all. This is exactly why I switched from Windows to Mac!
Not a good idea! Those drivers and fonts don't take up much space and you may be looking for them someday. You can remove unwanted languages and architectures with Monolingual. No formatting is required.
I do, but thats just because I usually like to dual boot with 3 partitions. But I also just like knowing exactly what is being added when I install. Call it OCD, but somehow it feels more like mine if I am the one that installed the OS.
If it's a factory-fresh machine, you're only wasting time.
Not wasting any time because I'm a tech head and I'll only learn from the experience. People kill me with that its wasting time. Nothing is a waste of time if you gain knowledge from it.
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I bought a used one and in was a little paranoid that they might be a keylogger or spyware. So I gave it a clean install.
I generally agree with you, but the OSX install is so clean and easy that you probably won't learn much... But I say do it. You won't be missing anything and will be able to customize what gets installed.
I reformat new or used.
The printer drivers are useless for me as I don't have plans to ever have 5 different brands of printers. I also don't have plans to learn German or Korean so those are out too. I also remove the Xcode software.
Installing the drivers aren't hard at all. I use an HP printer, and installing the drivers via the printer system page is one of the most trivial things I've done on OSX. I don't trust third party apps to remove system files, so reinstalling OSX is the best option.