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How to replace hard drive without reinstalling the whole system?

I recently purchased a 1TB solid state hard drive Samsung Electronics 840 EVO-Series 1TB 2.5-Inch SATA III Single Unit Version Internal Solid State Drive MZ-7TE1T0BW. I hope I won't need to manually ...
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If I bought someone's Macbook, can he spy on me?

What if someone sold me his Macbook he doesn't need anymore? When I remove old home profile and reinstall OS via Cmd+R (btw, would I need sudo pass for that?), after that would previous owner be able ...
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Replaced hard drive - trying to do a clean install of OS-X on 2011 Macbook Pro

I've seen plenty of how to's on how to upgrade if you have a working installation of OS-X, however I purchased this macbook used, it needed a hard drive and a keyboard. So I put a new hard drive in ...
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How do I run this command in verbose output mode?

I want to update my OS X Mavericks USB key and would like to be able to see what my mac is doing after I enter the following command. sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ ...
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Where are my all installed programs?

I am new to Mac OS X and till the time I was using Windows 7/8. I tried to download and install programs in Mac OS X, but I do not see them in Launchpad. Where are all my programs are going. ...
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Boot from CD, make backup, reinstall snow leopard. Good idea?

My iMac has some problems, and to repair it I thought I'd do as it says in the title. Currently, I'm running (a broken) Snow Leopard, and ideally I'd make a backup (with Time Machine) before I erase ...
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Weird Permissions/ Sandboxing issue: installer.app is not entitled for system.install.apple

There is a serious ownership/ permissions/ entitlements fault in my 10.7 install. What happened: 1) After swapping the stock drive for an Intel SSD of the same size in my Mac Mini 1,2 (2006 -ish?), ...
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-1006F error message when trying to recover mac

my macbook pro crashed and i sent it for repairs.. so the guy installed a new hard drive but then sent it back with a screen having a flashing folder with a question mark.. so i looked at this page ...
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Creating a Bootable USB Drive: unable to download Mavericks again

I am following this guide to creating a Bootable USB Drive with Mavericks: How to Perform a Clean Install of OS X Mavericks However, I cannot find the Install OS X Mavericks.app file in my ...
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Big boo boo on reinstalling OS X Lion. Help!

I have OS X Lion and erased the hard drive to prepare and install Maverick. Can you hear the violin playing? Here are the issues: My hardrive (Toshiba 750G) resized down to its branch hardrive ...
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Purchasing OS X Mavericks for a fresh install

I have a Mac Mini here that I just reset (wiped everything). When I try to reinstall OS X Mavericks through the "Install OS X" interface, I am seeing this error message: This Apple ID has not ...
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Reinstall OS X Snow Leopard on a 2011 MacBook Pro

I have a 2011 MacBook Pro. I decided to erase all contents and reinstall the OS. I used the original installation DVD, but I could not install the OS: after the boot I could only enter Disk Utility. I ...
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Making a bootable USB OS X Installer from iso on Linux

I followed the procedure for using dd to put an OS X iso on a USB stick from Linux that is described here. The problem I'm having is that my Late 2006 Intel MacBook does not recognize the USB stick at ...
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Mavericks - Restore Damaged Recovery HD Partition without Reinstalling OS X

Recently, I tried to boot into the Recovery HD partition in order to perform some basic verify/repair operations using Disk Utility, only to find that my Recovery HD partition will not boot. Instead, ...
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Can I redeem OS X Lion on a Mac different to the intended install location?

I restored my MacBook to factory settings and I bought OS X Lion because my iTunes account never had it. However, I can't activate it because the Mac can't continue unless it has the program ...
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Deleted all partitions from Mac mini except Boot Camp, now can't reinstall OS X

I have a Mac Mini without DVD drive (2010), and I used Boot Camp to install Windows 8. Everything worked but after I played in Windows with the partitions (I wanted to expand the partition of the ...
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Changing SSD's and keeping everything

I have a mid 2010 13" MBP. I have an SSD, its not big enough so I am upgrading from 128GB to 256GB. How can I take everything from the current SSD and then upload it to the new SSD - effectively ...
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Error during install Leopard on iBook G4, now can't mount drive

I have an iBook G4 that was running 10.3.9 and I was attempting to install 10.5 via Firewire transfer as the optical drive is not working. During the install, the power lead failed and the laptop ...
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How can OS X be installed from ISO file on a Mac?

How can OS X be installed from an ISO file on a Mac? I have downloaded OS X Mountain Lion ISO file (4.42GB) as my MacBook fails to boot and I want to do a fresh installation.
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How to install OS X Mavericks if disk only has Windows on it?

I have a MacBook Pro How can I install OS X Mavericks if my HDD only has Windows on it?
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How can I get back a system file after deleting it from my Mac?

I've deleted a system file from my Mac and need to get it back. System files can include: hidden files in the root of / - especially unix files in /private /System files /Library files ...
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Is it possible to install flash firmware update without having access to OSX?

So I erased my HD and wanted to install Mac OSX Mavericks on my MacBook Air mid 2012 model and after I booted from the USB and was about to install Mavericks the damn thing tells me it can't do so ...
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Install a clean Mavericks and then use TimeMachine makes it unclean again?

I am about to install OSX Mavericks in an iMac I have. I would love to make a clean install (creating the bootable USB with that complex procedure). I was thinking about copying folder by folder but ...
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Macintosh HD not showing up on disc utility

I am trying to do a clean install on my Macbook Pro 13" from 2011. Here is what I did so far: 1) Booted up on my USB Stick with Mountain Lion Installer mounted on it 2) Opened up Disc Utility and ...
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My mac came with Mountain Lion. I upgraded to mavericks - and now I can't find mountain lion download

According to I've bought Mountain Lion, but where can I download it now? it should be in my purchase tab, but it isn't. ("option" does not help, it just lets you redownload if it is already in the ...
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Is restoring a Time Machine backup on a clean install of OS X Mavericks still a 'clean' install?

I would like to upgrade to OS X Mavericks. Also, I think it would be a good chance to clean up my system. My question is: If do a clean install of OS X Mavericks and then restore my machine from a ...
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USB install Drive vs USB Recovery Drive

I have two USB sticks: An "installation" drive created with Disk Utility by locating the .dmg file hidden in the contents directory of the Mavericks installer. I used an 8GB stick for that. ( this ...
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How can I test access to encrypted (FileVault2) Time Machine partition?

I have my Time Machine backups going to an external disk, and all of it is encrypted with FileVault2. I plan to do a fresh install of Mavericks on my local hard drive, but before wiping the disk, I ...
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Buy SSD With OS X 10.9 Pre-Installed?

Is it a reasonable ask to have my local hardware store pre image Mavericks onto the new 2.5 laptop SSD, or does OS X have a bunch of setup configs it has to run? I intend to do the hardware install ...
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What is the best way to generate a Mavericks Install USB flash drive?

I could probably copy the contents from the package, but what is the best way to create an install Flash Drive for Mavericks? Of course ideally the drive should be bootable.
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What is the partition size needed for The Mavericks install disk?

I will setup a USB key to install Mavericks. I would like to know the needed size of the partition to install Mavericks.
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reinstall OS on a new HDD

I was given a MBP that needs some repairs. Aparently the hard drive is fried so I was planning to replace it with a new one. Is there a way to download a disk to re install the OS after I get a new ...
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Mid-2012 Retina Pro - shouldn't I have Mountain Lion?

I recently reinstalled OSX, Win7 and Linux on my mid-2012 15" Retina (purchased August 19, 2012), and just noticed that I, apparently, am now running OSX Lion (10.7.5). I recall that this machine ...
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Macbook keeps booting OSX Utilities instead of Mac OS X

Here is my story I had a MacBook PRO 2010 with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion since I bought it I've never reinstalled the OS until now. I did a clean install following this instructions ...
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iMac Startup I/O Error Despite Successful Disk Repair

My Early 2008 iMac with OSX 10.8.5 no longer boots beyond grey screen with spinning gear. Verbose mode shows a load of I/O errors. Disk Verify/Repair run via recovery partition completes successfully, ...
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New SATA cable, same hard drive problem

I was having hard drive problems with my mid-2010 unibody Macbook Pro. I bought a new hard drive and set up it using a SATA to USB cable before installing. Everything worked great so long as I had the ...
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New HD - Mid 2007 MacBook - Wrong OS Disk

I am trying to install a new hard drive in a MacBook from mid-2007. (Original question re: drive replacement here) I have managed to install the physical drive, and format it ready for the ...
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How to reformat the latest iMac?

I need to reformat my work mac. My boss bought it about a month ago, so it's one of the newer ones that didn't come with an installation disc. It's running mountain lion and has a bluetooth keyboard ...
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OS X Lion factory refresh problem

I just bought a MacBook Pro from a buddy. He wiped the HD for me and returned it to factory settings. So now when I start it, it says I have to redownload OS X Lion. So once I start the download it ...
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Do i get a Mac OSX DVD when i buy a Mac Mini computer?

And if not, how do I reinstall the system in case one day everything goes wrong? Thank you.
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Can I build an OS X Image with preinstalled software? (Or, please help me move back one OS X version.)

My MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a year old, and I'm in the mood of a fresh install. (I've got random stuff lying around, etc.) For compatibility with some software I'd like to run, I'm moving ...
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How do I download Mountain Lion on a mac that does not support Mountain Lion?

My own Mac crashed while downloading Mountain Lion and does not boot anymore. Now I want to download Mountain Lion on another Mac, that only runs OS X Lion - and does not support Mountain Lion. My ...
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How to extract InstallESD.dmg from my iMac Recovery Partition?

I'm trying to extract the InstallESD.dmg image so that I can create a USB key any time I want to in the future, to recover/boot my 2011 iMac. I would think this would be no problem at all, since the ...
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About how large is a clean install of OS X?

If you were to wipe a hard drive clean and install OS X Mountain Lion, with one user account and no user data files. (so simply OS files) How large, in disk space, would OS X (how much hard drive ...
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Preventing booting from external media

Is it possible to set up Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) on a MacBook Air so that users cannot boot from external media (e.g. a USB memory stick) and cannot restore the OS from the internal restore ...
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How to clean install and only re-install old applications/files as you need them?

I have Gooogled this for a couple of months now casually but have never gotten a guide that seems suited to me. I am running Snow Leopard. It's really starting to get slow. Basically, most guides on ...
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How can I extract the Mountain Lion installer from the recovery partition

I just got a new macbook pro, and I want to swap out the internal hard disk with an SSD. My machine did not come with install media, so I was planning on trying to make some based on the recovery ...
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install Lion on Imac with macbook-pro HDD copy

Is it possible to do a new lion install on an imac if you copied/cloned the HDD of your macbook-pro (with CCC)? In theory that is ofcourse, because it won't. The installer log, mentions: missing ...
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OS X unusably unresponsive after upgrading 10.6 to 10.8

Every other click and keystroke seems to cause my MacBook to just freeze for minutes at a time. (I saw How to fix OS X Lion being unresponsive? but I'm not seeing much swap activity nor is my RAM ...
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Reinstall MacBook's OS X

I have a bit of a problem with MacBook Pro. Currently it's running Mac OS X 10.8.3, but I want to install from DVD Mac OS X 10.5.2, which is for this MacBook Pro and was reinstalled few months back. ...