Reinstall and fresh install? Help please.

mbryant52

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Hi. Received payment for my iBook last night and purchased a Macbook at the local Apple store. Need to deliver the iBook tonight and wanted to reinstall everything fresh (and clear the hd so that none of my history, files, extra applications are cluttering the hard drive for the new owner). Also wanted to do my fresh install on my Macbook as cleanly as possible. I've heard you can skip installing foreign language packs and a few other things to really save some hard drive space.

Can anyone help me? I need to know how to do each of these, more importantly the first. Thank you.
 

mbryant52

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Anyone?

I apologize for asking such a simple question but I'm really not sure how to go about this process.

And not knowing is keeping me from playing with my new computer. Which is a tough thing for a man to handle.
 

yellow

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1) Boot from the installer DVD that came with it and use Disk Utility to erase the drive. I suggest a minimum 7-pass erase, though more is better. These are found under the Security Options button. Then install OS X as normal. Just pull the power (don't install OS X with the battery in to make this easier) when it tries to reboot after finishing the install. Now it's a fresh install ready for it's new owner.

2) There's no need to wipe. This isn't Windows, there's hardly any scattered turds around that effect performance. Frankly, just get Monolingual and use it to erase the multitude languages you don't need. It takes a while, but will save you about 1.8GB.
 

IJ Reilly

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The iBook should have come with OSX and software restore discs. Run the installer from them and the iBook install should be factory-fresh.

Reinstalling OSX on a brand new Mac is pretty much a colossal waste of time. Software is available for removing languages, etc. but I recommend against it. The potential gain to pain ratio is just far too low.
 

yellow

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mbryant52 said:
Should the operating system, bundled programs, and drivers and whatnot take up 22gb of my hard drive memory?
On the new Mac? It could be..

Use "whatsize" or "OmniDiskSweeper" to see where the bulk of it is.
 

Rapmastac1

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Speaking of this, how do you customize what installs?

I want to install OS/X and only a few select Apps, not the whole iLife Suite. Any way to do this? And doing the same thing with language packs, printer drivers and so forth?

Like I said, I tried this, but it just did the whole install itself without giving me any options to choose what I do, and don't want installed (Like iWork, and iWeb and such)
 

yellow

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Ah.. the Migration Assistant doesn't have that type of granulatiry.
It's pretty much all or nothing in it's transfer.

And don't forget that moving from PPC to Intel means that your transfered apps are likely all PPC based and should be upgraded to intel/UB versions ASAP.
 

mbryant52

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This is what came pre-installed on the Macbook. Immediately after setup I opened the HD window to see how much HD space was available and it said 38gb. This seems like a lot, any way to reclaim part of that 1/3rd of my hard drive? I think it was only like 11gb on my iBook.

Also, how do I check my temperature?

I'm very pleased to have no dead pixels, the computer sits flat, it is almost absolutely silent, and no discoloration after two days. It also doesn't feel too hot.