Reformatting MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Atypical, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. Atypical macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2009
    I sure this question has been asked many times, so if someone could post me a thread where it covers this, it would be much appreciated! For the last 6 months or so my Mac book pro has been running sluggish and I was wondering if there was a way to wipe or reformat the drive then recopy everything back over? What is the best/safest way to do this? Thank you in advance.
  2. mohsy90 macrumors 65816


    Feb 4, 2011
    New York
    Back up using time machine to an external hard drive.

    Insert either your restore CD that came with the macbook pro. Restart and hold down "C" key. Or if you have a notebook that came loaded with Lion or ML then just hold option and select the recovery partition.

    1) Go into disk utility and find the Macintosh HD and erase it
    2) Go back to the main menu and reinstall the OS to the hard drive
    3) Once it starts up it will ask you an option to restore from time machine

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