the process of reinstalling OS X

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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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Is target disk mode a clean way to install (Mountain) Lion on a blank mac?

Since I don't have an optical disc, and no USB thumb drives are available, but I do have a second mac, target disk mode over FireWire seems like the only way to install Mountain Lion (since this 2010 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 fir 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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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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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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How do yo use time mashine when needs clean up system [closed]

I have set up time mashine for one HD drive to backup Mac and there is two other HD drive to backup only important documents, songs, projects etc. Data are mirrored on the two HD drives. Usually the ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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 to download Mountain Lion installer after changing a store?

I'm going to upgrade my machine with ssd drive, so I want to make a clean install. I was told that I can redownload the installer via Mac App Store, but the problem is that I used the store of other ...
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I've installed a new version of Safari and now it refuses to open and doesn't allow me to downgrade [duplicate]

I've installed a new version of Safari and now it refuses to open and doesn't allow me to downgrade. Someone pointed I had to reinstall the whole system. I'm reading on how to do it right ...
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Reinstalling OS X 10.6 without losing any data

My MacBook Pro 13' (mid 2009) won't boot. It doesn't get past the initial grey boot up-screen - and nothing I've tried seems to help that. The only way to get the computer started up is via the ...
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How to reset iMac to factory defaults?

I want to sell my iMac (2011) and I want to reset the system and remove all my data. I tried the Command-R method. It wants me to enter my Apple ID and password but I don't want to do this! I want to ...
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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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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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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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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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Is there a way to burn a Lion installation DVD-R from a new Mac mini or Macbook Pro?

I got a new Mac mini and Macbook Pro, and hope to burn a Lion installation DVD-R if it needs to be used in the future. But I searched for any file greater than 1GB on the hard drive and didn't find ...
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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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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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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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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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Dropbox syncing issue (permissions) after new hard drive migration on OS X

Since upgrading my hard drive (and reinstalling OS X), doing an OS X "Migration" to the new drive, and finally re-logging into Dropbox, I now show 700 files have syncing issues. This shows up when I ...
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Question about Macbook Hard-driver replacement

My OSX 10.8.2 crashed recently, I think I got a very good chance to replace my Hard drive as I need more storage. My question is: Can I seamlessly transfer my data (Include my iTunes music library and ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Restore user data, settings and apps from hard-drive copy

Here's the situation: My GF's MacBook Pro broke, OS would not start at all I inserted Knoppix Live CD, booted and just copied all of the files from her HD to folder on external HD I've reinstalled ...
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I chose the wrong partition to install Windows. How do I reinstall Mountain Lion?

I've had my new Mac for less than a week, and screwed it up. In trying to create a dual boot, I made noob mistake in choosing the wrong partition to format to NTFS for Windows (the partition with ...