How do I install OSX on a clean / reformatted hard disk ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by LaravelNick, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. LaravelNick macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2013
    Apologies if this is a really dumb question, but after using Windows PCs for nearly 20 years, I'm looking to buy my first Mac - probably one of the new MacBook Pros.

    Could someone please explain how I would install OSX Mavericks on a Mac (with no CD / DVD drive), in the event that I needed to replace the hard disk or even if I reformatted the hard disk as I tend to do on a yearly basis with my Windows PCs ?

    I understand that OSX Mavericks is free, but when I look at the Mac App Store, it says 'To download OS X Mavericks from the Mac App Store, you need a Mac with OS X 10.6.6 or later.' Obviously if the machine has just had a new hard disk or if the hard disk has been reformatted, it won't have any version of OSX installed.

    I'm sure it's just a different way of managing things, but I've been so used to Windows PCs that have a DVD drive and a copy of the O/S on a disk (MSDN) that allows me to reinstall everything very easily onto a clean hard disk.

    Does a new Macbook Pro come with a copy of OSX Mavericks in the box ? I understand that I can plug in an external DVD reader.

    Apologies again if this is a dumb question, but I'm really looking forward to making the leap from Windows to Macs.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. ABC5S, Nov 1, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2013

    ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    You can download Mavericks from App Store when you get your system, and use the below simple program to make a Bootable USB thumb drive, and keep it handy just in case. Real simple to do... < This is the newest version 3.0.1 to use

    You should Prepare your new thumb drive first however.
  3. LaravelNick thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2013

    Thanks ABC5S and M5RahuL for two excellent replies.

    Much appreciated. :)

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