Setup new iMac with SSD

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 3587, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. 3587 macrumors 6502a

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    I am planning on purchasing the new 2012 iMac with the SSD from the factory (when they are released of course)... I am moving from a 2009 Mac Pro 2.66 Quad Core to the top of the line iMac... I am pretty particular about how I setup my new computer, especially with this new one... I have a lot of stuff that I don't want transferred over using Migration Assistant... Preferences, apps, printer drivers, languages, etc.

    I would really like to immediately erase the SSD of the pre-installed OS and install a fresh one, eliminating many things I do not need... Like languages, printer drivers, some apps, etc.

    How can I do that? I'm not familiar with the SSD and the proper way to format it... I am also not familiar with Lion and how to do that without an install disc.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
     
  2. flynz4 macrumors 68040

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    Starting with Lion, some things (such as printer drivers) are not loaded as part of the core OS. They are loaded on demand.

    Is there a reason to avoid this other than space? My understanding that the space premium is actually quite minimal now.

    /Jim
     
  3. cocky jeremy macrumors 68040

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    Can't help with much, but you can download Lion from the MAS and locate the file, right-click, view contents, and burn the DMG to install.
     
  4. mellofello macrumors 65816

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    Just setup imac as a new computer, and go into your time machine backup to move over the specific things you want transferred. Just did this and it works like a champ. Apps, and media transferred exactly as I left them. However everything taking up space was left behind. I tripple checked that I was satisfied, did a alternate media, and document backup. Then deleted the old time machine completely.

    Squeaky clean install of Lion
     

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