New 5k iMac Install

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by davekarn, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. davekarn macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    I just picked up a shiny new 5k iMac Sunday replacing a 2007 iMac and have a (potentially dumb) question for you all. Initially I migrated everything from the old iMac to the new one, but after thinking about it awhile, I realized I didn't want to bring over a bunch of junk built up over the last 8 years and instead do a clean install and hand pick things to bring over (i.e. iTunes, pictures, documents). So, I erased the hard drive and did an install of OS X Yosemite and then downloaded El Capitan and installed that.

    Now without going through the process of creating a bootable USB with El Capitan, is this the "cleanest" method for me to install the new beta? Wasn't sure if "command+r"ing and erasing/reinstalling would work seeing as how it's a beta and all. Thanks for any info or help you can provide!
  2. spaghettieater macrumors newbie


    Jul 10, 2015
  3. davekarn thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2007
    If the way I installed EC was the closest I could get to a clean install without creating a bootable USB drive or if I can "command+r" during restart, erase drive and reinstall the beta as you would a non-beta OS.

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