So I want to wipe my MacBook

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Arien157, Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Arien157 macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2008
    My MacBook has been ridiculously slow lately. So I bought a external hard drive and I want to completely delete everything off of it, and then only out certain things back on it. I want my music and a few programs back on it and then I want to keep everything else on the hard drive. How would I go about doing this?
  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    Try the Mac Basics section, rather than Community Discussion. You will probably get more responses.
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Is your MacBook the older kind that has install DVDs (those grey disks that come with the computer)? If so you can just do a fresh install from the disk after you've backed up all the stuff you want to keep onto the external hard drive, then copy back over the things you want on your MacBook.
  4. citizenzen macrumors 65816

    Mar 22, 2010
    Depends on the system. Mountain Lion, Lion and Mavericks provide a recovery partition that allows you to reformat your drive with Disk Utility and reinstall your system software.

    Very handy. No install disks necessary.

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