Format & Reinstall OS (LION)

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  1. playingserious, Jul 26, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012

    playingserious macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I need to know if there is a way to format the hard-drive and reinstall the OS without the discs. I don't know where I put the disk and I would like to sell the computer. Any ideas?

    Thank you,
    Eddie

    PS - I have Lion.
     
  2. Mickey8297, Jul 26, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2012

    Mickey8297 macrumors member

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    If you purchased Lion from the App Store, you could download the installer and put it on a USB drive. Using the installer USB, format the drive and reinstall Lion.

    If you did not buy Lion from App Store, you could use the network recovery installer.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718
     
  3. playingserious thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sequence

    Do I format first and then do the install or does the install format my computer at the same time?
     
  4. Mickey8297 macrumors member

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    You start the recovery process and then format.
     

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