used 2011 mini on the way .. questions on OS?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by doobybiggs, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. doobybiggs macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2012
    I just picked one up and it is being shipped now ...

    I have a few questions ...

    Since it is new I would prefer a new OS install, do I have to buy the OS or is it on the HD somewhere where I can just send everything back to factory settings and be good to go?

    Since coming from PC I am paranoid about using preinstalled OS's ... Keyloggers and the such scare the crap out of me. So I want to be able to sleep at night knowing I am safe.

    If I have Snow Leopard 10.6.3 disk, should I install that and buy the Lion OS on my apple account?

    Thoughts? :confused:
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2012
    thanks so much!


    ok one other question ...

    it says:

    does that mean I can get those for free or will I have to buy them since I have a used computer?
  4. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2012
  5. philipma1957, Mar 21, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2012

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    I am not sure of your skill set with macs but here goes. Plug it in and boot. Make sure you have a keyboard usb is better but wireless can work.

    Once you get to the desk top screen call up disk utility. go to partition

    it should read macintosh hd.

    make a second partition use half the hdd it will call it macintosh hd2. my screen shot is different. but it should give you an idea what to do. now that you have the original osx and the new partition. go to the apple on the top left of the screen click it then press restart as soon as restart is pressed take your finger and hold down the option key on the keyboard. in a min or two you will get a choice of startup osx the oem osx and recovery osx should come up. pick the recovery osx and it should say do yo want a network recovery say yes and pick the new partition macintosh hdd2. the instal may take an hour or more even 10 hours if you have a slow net connection. once the instal is done. you will have the oem install your new install and a recovery install all on the same hdd. press restart hold the option key and pick the new install. see what is on it and what you need to add.

    you can copy some programs from the oem install safely with click and drag.

    Attached Files:

  6. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2012
    ok once I copy over the programs I need can I delete the recovery stuff and partition?

    My knowledge is a new mac convert, coming from using a PC for 20+ years ...:eek:
  7. Riverrun macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2007
    Hi Dooby,

    The recovery partition itself is very small, less than a GB. Leave it as it is,
    you may need to repair the volume at some stage or to re install the OS and the recovery partition is essential for operations such as these.

    Good luck with your Mac and don't be concerned with malware, keyloggers, viruses etc.
  8. doobybiggs thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 5, 2012
    ah ok that makes sense ... I will do that then

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