Trying to erase my hard drive on my Mac mini A1283

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Dako525, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. Dako525 macrumors newbie

    Dako525

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    Please help,i'm trying to erase my hard drive on my Mac mini model # A1283 and start it as new again . My kids have messed around with this computer so much that it is running horrible I have nothing on it that I need to save It's just the house computer. I went to disk utilities but it won't allow me to click the erase button. I don't know where the disk is that I was supposed to save and all I have is the computer can someone show me how to erase the hard drive so I can start the computer as new again.
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Restart your mini and hold down Command+R during boot up. This will boot the recovery partition where you can do a new install of OS X.
     
  3. Dako525 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dako525

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    I'll try this now thank you very much for taking your time to answer my question
     
  4. Dako525 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dako525

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    Can I just reinstall Yosemite or do I need to go into disk utility first to erase the disk?
     
  5. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    It sounds like your purpose is to do a clean install. Boot to the recovery partition, use Disk Utility to wipe the drive, then install Yosemite. You will have a clean install as new.
     
  6. Dako525 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's saying that I need at least 2 gigs of memory to run Yosemite I know how to open the case to the Mac mini does anyone know what type of memory card I need to buy from Amozon to run the computer at its max memory? Also how can I install maverick for the time being
     
  7. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    You need a DDR3-1066MHz 204 PIN SODIMM. I recommend these guys, as they really know Macs well:
    http://www.datamemorysystems.com/ap...b463ll/amb464ll/a-early-2009-memory-upgrades/

    If your firmware is up to date, you can install up to 8GB. If you don't do Apple's updates, you might have an older firmware which can support up to 4GB.

    I don't understand, what operating system are you running? The recovery partition is created by whatever version of OS X that you last installed, and should only be able to reinstall that version. So if you have Mavericks currently installed, the recovery partition should reinstall Mavericks.
     

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