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Creating bootable USB for OS X Leopard

I need to re-install OS X Leopard on a computer that has broken DVD Drive. Also I don't have firewire cable. So I created a .dmg file from the install disc and then copy that on a usb drive using ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Reinstalling clean system on faulty hardware? Suggestions

I have a faulty MBP 17' Late 2009. I can sell it for spares & repairs on ebay for quite a lot as I've found but it has a lot of sensitive data on it and I'd like to return it to a base system. ...
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SSH to localhost on OS X Mountain Lion fails with invalid password (after reinstall & migration)

After reinstalling OS X, then migrating my account over via Time Machine, I cannot ssh to localhost. It asks me for a password, but doesn't take my actual user's password. I tried setting up a ...
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MacBook Mac OS X Install DVD not loading on new hard drive

I have a MacBook Pro 13 late 2008 for which I just replaced the HD with a WD Blue notebook 500GB, 5400rpm, model WDBABC5000ANC-NRSN. After replacing the HD, powered up the MBP, the screen displayed a ...
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How do I create a Mac OS install thumb drive from InstallESD.dmg file using Windows 7?

I have completely messed up my Mac OS X Lion 10.7 on my 2011 Macbook Air (Refer thread : Is there an alternative to downloading Lion from the net?) Recovery Parition attempts to install from the ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Copying applications from applications folder to external and reinstalling osx

Is it possible to copy all my applications from the applications folder onto an external, format my mac, reinstall OS X and finally copy the applications back into the applications folder for ...
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Fresh install of OS X with AppStore version

I want to make a fresh and clean installation of OS X Mountain Lion, all data should be erased. I have already tried installing the OS in the "cmd+R" tool, but what it does is installing the OS X ...
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How can I back up my OSX 10.6 Installation DVD and create a bootable USB drive?

I have a MacBook Pro mid 2009, It came with two DVDs: Application Install DVD and OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) Installation DVD. Since DVDs have a short life, I want to back up these two DVDs (Especially ...
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OS X reinstallation and Amazon software.

I just purchased a second hand, 2-Week old MacBook Air. I downloaded the Mac Office from Amazon. When installing, I'm prompted to enter an Administrator Password, which I still don't have, as the guy ...
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Reinstalling OS X Lion vs restoring from Time Machine backup

If the system doesn't boot up (it was due to this issue), is it better to reinstall OS X Lion, or restore from a Time Machine backup? I do see a Time Machine backup from 3 AM last night, so if that ...
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Questions regarding disk format

I'm doing a fresh install of Yosemite on my mac, but stopped at format step: I noticed various options: plain format encrypted case sensitive So, I'd like to know: Is it possible to install ...
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Yosemite upgrade fails at late stage, unable to get out of re-try loop

I was running Mavericks on MacBook Pro (mid 2012 model). I started upgrade to Yosemite. All seemed well on download, and the laptop re-booted to complete the install. The installation screen with OSX ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mountain Lion Installation Error

I was helping a friend to do a clean install on his Macbook Pro with the bootable Mountain Lion USB disk (By holding down the option key at boot up and choosing the USB Installer) but I got stuck with ...
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Fresh Install of Mountain Lion on MacBook Pro Retina that upgraded via a voucher

I want to do a fresh install of Mountain Lion. I bought my MackBook Pro before Mountain Lion was out. Later I got my free download voucher and used it to upgrade. Now I want to do a fresh install, but ...
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Lost installation cd

I lost the installation cds from my MBP. Is that possible get a copy from apple? Or can I use a installation cd from another MBP? Thanks
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Restore parts of time machine backup

I currently have a MacBook Pro that I'm using at work, but it has now become so slow that I wish to do a reinstall of the OS. It has a recovery partition that offers such a reinstall. I do not want ...
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Does Apple distribute Yosemite with DHT?

When I last installed Yosemite I watched at the logfile and it displayed messages like The resource <xxx.dmg> at distance 5 The resource <yyy.dmg> at distance 25 What does this distance ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...