Fresh install of OSX

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by NitroZip, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. NitroZip macrumors member

    NitroZip

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    If I want to reinstall OSX, do I format the entire drive, including the recovery partition, or only the OS partition?
     
  2. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    No, not normally, unless that's how you want to proceed.

    Reinstalling OS X doesn't require you to format anything, unless it's something that you feel is necessary because of your symptoms.
     
  3. NitroZip thread starter macrumors member

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    I have always just upgraded since Lion. I want to start fresh with Mavericks.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    How are you installing? If you made yourself a USB key installer, then it does not matter. Just erase Macintosh HD then install Mavs. That will install the OS on the Macintosh HD partition and it will replace the previous 650MB recovery partition with a Mavericks version of recovery.
     
  5. NitroZip thread starter macrumors member

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    I got it, just went into disk utility and formatted, did the download of Mavericks and installed.
     

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