restarting the macbook or reformat?

Jdm_rsx

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thinking about passing my macbook onto my brother but i want to do a wipe and reload.....which disc do i need or what do i need to do this...?

can someone help please?
 

Jdm_rsx

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i have my osx disk 1 and 2 but hold C on startup? like restart the laptop and hold C with the osx disk inside?

sorry im confused, never done this before!
 

NATO

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Jdm_rsx said:
i have my osx disk 1 and 2 but hold C on startup? like restart the laptop and hold C with the osx disk inside?

sorry im confused, never done this before!
You're right, just put in disc 1 and restart your Mac, when you hear the Chime, hold down c. After a minute or two, the installer will come up, just follow the instructions and of course select the option for 'Erase and Install' which will put things back to a factory install.
 

Jdm_rsx

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NATO said:
You're right, just put in disc 1 and restart your Mac, when you hear the Chime, hold down c. After a minute or two, the installer will come up, just follow the instructions and of course select the option for 'Erase and Install' which will put things back to a factory install.
shoots! im installing it right now but i didnt see the option "erase and install"

what will happen if i didnt click that? or select that option?
 

rtdgoldfish

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Jdm_rsx said:
shoots! im installing it right now but i didnt see the option "erase and install"

what will happen if i didnt click that? or select that option?

If you didn't select that option, I think the installer will default to an Archive install. This means you will end up with a backup copy of your home folder saved on your hard drive. Not sure if you can just erase this folder after the install completes, I've always backed up my data to my external drive and then done an erase and install.