Re-Installing Mavericks question

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by 2ndchancephones, Jul 2, 2014.

  1. 2ndchancephones macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2011
    Denton, TX

    I have a early 2011MBP that I'm giving to my son as I'm getting a new MBA (Yeah!). I plan on formatting the hard drive so he can start from scratch. I'm assuming the disks I have when I bought the machine are for Mountain Lion?.....I can't keep up with different ones but I've always upgraded each time a new osx has come out.

    So, when I format the drive do I have to reinstall each OSX in order?

    I hope this makes sense and sorry for being a rookie.

    Thanks for any input.
  2. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    If your MBPro came with installer disks, then it would be Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.x) 10.7 and later did not ever include DVDs for reinstalling. It is now all done either through the recovery partition on the hard drive - or internet recovery (if the hard drive has been erased).
    You can erase, then reinstall Snow Leopard from your original DVD.
    Upgrading to Mavericks can then be directly from the Snow Leopard App Store. No need to go through the other OS X versions first.
  3. anaqvi786 macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2013
    At iOS planet
    I know this is REALLY late, but I hope it isn't too late for an answer.

    Just press ⌘ + R and then re install a fresh copy of Mavericks. Your son is able to do the rest.

    Your son is pretty lucky to be getting a MBP, congrats to him ;)

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