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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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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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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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Can't start up MacBook Pro from OS X install discs

I wanted to re-install my mid-2010 15-inch MacBook Pro (Intel Core i7 2.66 gHz 8 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 RAM) which is currently running Mac OS X 10.6.8. I inserted the retail Mac OS X 10.6 install disc, ...
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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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How can I download Mavericks from Yosemite?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't the boot menu show my USB drive with the Mavericks installer?

I have downloaded Mavericks and through Disk Utility installed it to a USB drive. When I boot my new Mac, I only see the Recovery drive. Don't have the original Macintosh HD and doesn't find the USB ...
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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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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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iMac reinstall of Mountain Lion stuck on “install-information loading”

I'm trying to reinstall my iMac without a CD. I erased my disk completely and then clicked on Reinstall Mac OS X Mountain Lion. Now it is stuck for half an hour on the "install-information loading" ...
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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 ...