Setting up the Macbook for the first time

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mbvlink, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. mbvlink macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2015
    My rMB is being delivered tomorrow.

    I can't remember how I initially set up my current '12 MBA a few years ago.

    I don't plan to turn FileVault on but nonetheless, I understand that the laptop will still "hang" for about 15 minutes while it's going through the FileVault process. I've read that others will also do sometype of clean install on the laptop upon first turn on.

    Anyone care to post what the "recommended" first time setup might be?


  2. Chad Brostorm macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2015
    I don't know about 'recommended', but if you choose to not enable FileVault during the initial setup, then there's really nothing to it. I booted my 1.1 up for the first time and went through the setup process in five minutes or less. Note that I didn't transfer any existing data over, so for all intents and purposes it was as clean as can be.
  3. BFW122083 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2009
    Yeah, either way it will work out fine. Personally I wiped the drive and started from scratch. Moved my files over from an external drive afterwards. I like to start "fresh" with a new machine. Probably just an ocd thing.
  4. Theophil1971 macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2015
    I started mine up, ran the initial setup, accepted the FileVault option, and had zero problems. No hangs, no delays. It was up and running in 10 minutes. Then I upgraded to 10.10.3, as the machine came with 10.10.2. The upgrade was also uneventful, and took about 15 minutes. Everything went smoothly, and I have no regrets.
  5. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    How did you wipe it? Did you create a bootable drive or did you just boot into recovery mode and erase the partition?
  6. Chad Brostorm macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2015
    Not speaking for BFW122083, but either method would work. I find the latter to be faster though, as it can be done right out of the box.
  7. saifrc macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2010
  8. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US

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