the process of reinstalling OS X

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How do I do a clean install of Mountain Lion with no disc?

I purchased an iMac in late 2013. This model has no disc drive. It came with Mountain Lion pre-installed. If I ever needed to perform a clean install of Mountain Lion, how can I? I don't have an ...
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Flashing folder at start up, all recommended troubleshooting has failed

I really hope someone might be able to help with this cause I am getting frustrated beyond belief. I have a MacBook Pro with Mavericks OS X 10.9. About a week ago it crashed while I was printing, ...
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“recovery system can't be created” Now the only option I have on start up is the “installer” which gives me this error [closed]

I was trying to reinstall OS X but during the installation I received an error asking me to restart and try again. It said that the recovery system can't be created. So when I try to get into the ...
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Easy way to clean up OS X system files

Is there an easy way (without completely formatting the disc) to clean all the files in the system folders like bin etc and just leave the needed ones? Different pythons installations like anaconda ...
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Is there anything beyond NVRAM and SMC?

I am working on completely resetting my macbook air. So far I did a 7x disk erase and reinstalled OS X. In addition I cleared the NVRAM and the SMC. Is there any other possible system settings I can ...
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Going back to Mac OS X after installing Ubuntu

So a while ago I made the step of going completely over to Ubuntu on my laptop and I completely removed Mac OS X and just had Ubuntu going. Now I want to re-install Mac OS X - I remember having snow ...
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Macbook Pro formatted with windows, now can't install OS X or Windows!

I formatted my MacBook Pro Mid 2010 with Windows, now I can't install any operating systems on it. I tried to install Windows 8.1 on my MacBook, then at the final step I received a message saying ...
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Recover data after reinstalling OS X?

I was wondering if there is a way to recover photos and things alike from a MacBook after reinstalling the OS X. Like when you reinstall Windows there is the "Windows.old" folder and you can recover ...
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Problem after erasing the HD of a brand new Mac (OS X Yosemite) with Disk Utility

I cannot reinstall OS X Yosemite now, as there's no hard drive I could see. I had erased the HD with the idea that it will create a new partition but it didn't, so now I can't see a hard disk on ...
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Is Time Machine sufficient in the case of a reformat?

I installed OS X Server 4.0 on top of Yosemite and my VPN got hosed. I've tried many things to fix the issue including attempted uninstall of OS X Server. Now I am going to re-install the OS. In ...
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Help with clean install

I'm now having major problems with my iMac. I had a massive software failure running Mavericks, it damamged the OS and I lost the recovery partition, I then wiped the hard drive clean and tried to ...
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How do you get the internal drive to show up when you're reinstalling?

Macbook Pro. Trying to reinstall Yosemite. I can get to the "Install OS X" page, but the only destination given is "Recovery HD". I can go to disk utilities and see that "Macintosh HD" is there, ...
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Installing ML 10.8 Using Internet Recovery freezes during install process

I changed my Mac HDD because the other one was corrupted. But when I do the Internet Recovery install, the bar on OS X Mountain Lion Install Page (Downloading Additional Components) goes all the way ...
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Install Mavericks via an HD partition

I had a problem trying to clean the data from my Mac and now I can not start it. It ran Mavericks. I tried to make a swipe date but did not work and lost the system. I have backups of my personal ...
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SSD not selectable for Yosemite installation

When I try to install Yosemite the SSD is not found. the Disk Utility lists the SSD, but does not give me the possibility to erase the disk. Any advices? Thanks
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Mac OS won't install from CD, but Windows will

I had to replace the hard drive in my 2010 21.5" iMac. When I went to install the OS, I rebooted into the OS selection screen (using option). The Mac OS X install disc was there (but my external HD, ...
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Install Mavericks on second partition in Yosemite-only system?

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro (so yes it's capable of Mavericks). I have only Yosemite currently installed on the drive. I have an app I need to run that does not seem to properly support Yosemite, so I ...
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MacBook OS X Mavericks reinstallation

I'm trying to reinstall OS X Mavericks on a MacBook through internet the error that i receive is: "This item is temporarily unavailable."
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macbook startup error stop sign appears after long shutdown

I have a MacBook Pro A1286. Recently I reinstalled operating system to OS X Lion (10.7)/ After that I started getting stop error on start up: Usually the error appears after a long shutdown. (I ...
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How do i fresh install on used OSX 10.6.8?

I just bought a used macbook and i want to wipe it clean to start fresh. it didnt come up a dvd or anything. I tried following another post on here that said to push Option on start up and it sounded ...
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How to disable OS X installer on boot?

TL;DR Have a MacBook Pro with (probably) bad GPU. Tried to install Yosemite OS X - after reboot, it hangs up on grey screen. Is there a way to disable Yosemite OS X (or any other) installer on boot ...
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Installing a clean version of OS X

I am currently downloading yosemite from the app store. I have Lion installed. I want a clean install. But i don't have a bootable cd/usb and I don't need to save any data. Can i do the following or ...
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How to unlock disk after unsuccessful upgrade?

I tried to upgrade to OSX Yosemite on my MacBook Pro. I had only 4GB of free disk space. Everything went fine until it said only a minute remaining. This was on for 8 hours. Eventually I restarted the ...
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Reinstallation OSX Mavericks on Mac Mini via WiFi Fails

Tried to upgrade to OSX Yosemite on my Mac Mini bought this year running OSX Mavericks. It failed. When I checked for issues using Disk Utility I saw: Disk Utility stopped repairing "Macintosh HD" ...
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Reinstalling OS X Lion after erasing the HD

A friend of mine recently bought a used Macbook (I believe it's the model before the last Macbook model from 2011). It had OSX Lion installed. I rebooted the system, held down Command + R and used ...
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Can not boot from USB to make a clean install of Yosemite

I have a MacBook Pro 13' retina from April 2013. Yesterday I wanted to do a clean install of Yosemite. I formatted my USB as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and made the partition to be a GUID table ...
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How can you wipe and reinstall OSX on a Mac Mini (which has no optical drive)?

If you are a new disk and wiping them to setup a DIY Fusion disk, how does the Mini carry on working afterwards... haven't you just wiped the OS? Without an optical drive, how can you clean the disks ...
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How do I do a clean install of Yosemite?

I'd like to start from scratch with Yosemite. I have Mavericks running on my iMac now but I'd like to just wipe the system and start with a clean Yosemite install. How do I do a clean install of ...
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Can't install OS X on MacBook Pro after installing Windows 8

So my hard drive stopped working, water damage I think. I bought myself a new ssd and straightaway put Windows on it as I use it for work. This was a few months ago I'm now stuck as I can't figure ...
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Error while installing Mavericks in a clean hard drive

I've decided to reistall osx Mavericks on my MacBook, so I restarted my Mac clicking cmd ⌘+R. In recovery mode I erased the main hard drive so I can have a clean install. Then I selected "Install OS ...
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Reinstalling MacOS X Snow Leopard on a Mac over a crashed linux Ubuntu

I have been a given an iMac 24" with a crashed Ubuntu installed on it. I have an install CD of Snow Leopard (not a machine dedicated one). I use a PC keyboard. How can I install SL onto that machine ...
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Macbook Pro (late 2008) freezes randomly, have to reinstall Mavericks to “fix” it

I've been walking around with this problem for a mighty long time and it's really frustrating! I have no idea what the cause is… I have a MacBook Pro (late 2008) totally updated to the latest version ...
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MacBook Pro: OS X reinstall is taking “forever”, (over 12 hours) to finish

This is my first time ever dealing with a Mac OS X reinstallation. About a week ago, while working online, my MacBook Pro just started to be very very slow to do anything. I would get the WHEEL ...
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How to connect Wireless Keyboard when new hdd on imac 27

I have an iMac 27 emc 2390, i just had a hdd failure, so i bought a new hdd, plug it in and then start my imac with the instal dvd in. The point is that my keyboard isn't recognize so i can't boot on ...
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MacBook Pro failure to reinstall OS X Mavericks

I've bought a late-2008 MacBook Pro 15". On startup, it takes me straight to the OS X Utilies menu. When I try to reinstall OS X I eventually get an error telling me that 'installation information ...
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Can't download Mavericks - I got a Mountain Lion CD, what to do?

This is the most silly question I'll ever ask, and I'm sorry for this. But doing the following: Step 1: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/os-x-mavericks/id675248567 Step 2: ...
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Is it a good idea to reinstall OS X to attempt to fix some minor issues?

I am having a couple of problems with my Mac (wifi doesn't connect automatically, and audio jack doesn't work unless I restart). Having failed at fixing them for a while, I am wondering if ...
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How do I create a Mac bootable USB drive using Windows?

My MBA 2012 with OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks won't boot anymore - it simply freezes after the initial jingle. I already tried resetting NVRAM and SMC, but to no avail. I don't have any time machine backups. ...
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Errors restoring OSX Lion on a macbook

My sister has a late 2007 MacBook running OSX 10.7 Lion. She's managed to acquire quite the collection of adware, so reinstalling the OS seems like the easiest recourse. However, when I boot into ...
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Blue screen when attempting to reinstall Mavericks using USB

I recently formatted my MacBook and used another MacBook Pro to create a bootable USB. Now, when I try to reinstall Mavericks on my Mac using the bootable USB, I get a blue screen in the process.
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How can access to start up menu on Macbook Air 2011?

I have a Macbook air 2011 /4g/ 11" , I format my hdd from disk utility and now I want to access to startup menu to reinstall it, I try that with holding option key and it just show me the internet ...
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recently just got a mac pro without hdd and video card can't get a image on my monitor to install osx

I was just recently given a early 2006 mac pro desktop without a hdd or video card. I installed both a new video card and hdd to the computer and have the osx snow leopard install disc but I can't get ...
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Erased hard drive, trying to Reinstall Lion OS X… HOW?

My mac wasn't loading past the boot screen (white, apple logo, spinning gear). So I CMND + R and went to disk utilities and ran Disk Repair. It could not repair. I tried everything. Even a an fsck ...
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How can I download Mavericks from Yosemite? [closed]

Does anyone know how to download Mavericks from Yosemite? I'm trying to get the image to put on a different computer but it won't let me download it from the App Store. I click "download" and it ...
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The OS X upgrade couldn't be started because the disk is damaged and can't be repaired

My relative was attempting to upgrade her Macbook Pro and it failed. Everytime the laptop boots up, it brings up OS X Installer. The Installer never completes installation because it says the disk is ...
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Cannot re-install OS X Lion after trying to format Macbook Pro

I have been facing an issue regarding a OS X Lion installation in my Macbook Pro 13. I used to have OS X Lion, then I decided to update my O.S to the OS X Mavericks; the update was pretty good, it was ...
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Can I install OS X onto a separate external drive partition?

There are plenty of articles explaining how to install OS X on a separate partition of your Mac’s internal drive and how to install it onto an external drive using a single partition. However, it’s ...
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Can I clean install Mavericks preserving other bootable partitions (Ubuntu on ext4)?

I have checked Will my other partitions be wiped when doing a clean install of Mavericks? but I'd like to make sure whether a clean install of Mavericks to my specific OS X partition won't mess up ...
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Reinstall a clean copy of Mavericks AND migrate my Apps and Settings?

Background: I bought a new laptop with Mavericks installed and used Migration Assistant to restore my environment from a Time Machine backup. It worked fine except that all the bungling I've done ...
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Restoring apps and preferences to a clean install

I have a mid-2009 MBP currently running Mavericks and suffering from the slow performance problems that others have been mentioning. Initially I thought it might have been something to do with a ...