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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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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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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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Are there any downsides to cloning an HDD to an SSD?

I'm setting up a MacBook (2009 unibody, for the record) for a friend. There's currently a regular HDD in the machine, and I'm going to be putting a fresh install of Mountain Lion and iLife on it, ...
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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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Reinstall Mac OS X Mountain Lion before selling a Mac

I want to sell my laptop (Macbook Pro late 2011). I have erased my disk drive but it seems that I cannot reinstall Mac OS without an Apple ID. At the origin my mac was shipped with Lion, I have ...
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Is it easy to mount my Time Capsule after a clean install (without any restore) so that I can copy individual files from it?

People say it is possible but I am suspicious. I want to clean install and start fresh with nothing. Then I can access my Time Capsule that has my backup and copy any files I want. How easy or ...
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How to install Mac OS X from Windows on MacBook Air?

I have OS backup .dmg installation file. The problem is I have Windows 7 on my MacBook Air, and I do not have access to OS X to use Disk Utility to burn/restore the OS X image. Is it possible to ...
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Clean install a Macbook without another Mac

A friend of mine recently bought a new laptop and passed me his old Macbook Pro 6,2. I think he had Lion on it, but the installation CD has been long lost. I put in a new disk (he kept the original ...
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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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Mac doesn't reboot after reinstall of OS X

This it what I did Select the recovery partition erase your whole disk using disk utility...importany you erase all partitions. After deleting all the data, select "Reinstall Mac OS X". Maybe i ...
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Sold my MacBook Pro Lion, how to reset OS installation?

I just sold my MacBook Pro. It originally came with OS X 10.6.6 (snow leopard). I since upgraded it, through the App Store, to OS X 10.7.5 (lion). I want to wipe everything clean on the hard drive so ...
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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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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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Can't unmount the disk during Mac OS X install

My MacBook started to get really slow recently. Now it can’t start up properly anymore. All I see is the Apple logo and then it shuts down. I've tried rebooting multiple times, but I've seen the same ...
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How to get MacBook Leopard installation disks?

We bought this computer second hand without the disks. Some of the applications were accidentally removed. The trash was emptied before realizing they were in there. We are trying to find someone ...
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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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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 to do fresh install of Mountain Lion?

My Mac is very slow. My Mac is running OS X Mountain Lion after an upgrade from Lion. How can I do a fresh install the OSX Mountain Lion, with a clean HDD (all of my documents deleted), so it ...
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Mountain Lion, EFI and Intel SSD Toolbox

Here's the problem: I want to do a clean install of Mountain Lion on my (custom) Intel 520 SSD inside my iMac. The first time this SSD was setup, it was done by a certified Apple Retailer. This ...
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Restoring 'User Guides And Information' folder on a Mac preinstalled with Lion or higher

When you buy a new Mac you get a digital copy of all important information relating to your hardware. These are located in the 'User Guides And Information' folder on your hard drive, or more ...
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Microsoft Office 2004 reinstall?

I bought a used iMac with OS 10.4.11 installed. It also has Microsoft Office 2004 on it. I'd like to upgrade the OS to 10.6 but don't want to lose the Microsoft Office applications. I do not have the ...
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Does the Mountain Lion installer receive updates?

I downloaded the Mountain Lion installer on the day it was released on the App Store. If I now wait some time before doing a clean reinstall: Does this installer receive updates? Is it updated only ...
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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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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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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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How to securely restore new MacBook air after someone else was first admin user

I've just received my new MacBook Air. (my first Apple computer in 15 years!) Unfortunately, I had it sent to work on a day I wasn't in, and it was mistaken for the new intern's computer. He proceeded ...
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How to reformat and re-install an old G5

I was given an old G5, and the existing installed OS is locked, and I don't have the password. I don't care about erasing its whole content. I have a bunch of CDs, and I want to know how can I restart ...
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Reinstalling Lion

My Mac has gotten pretty dirty from all the stuff I've installed and the files I have accumulated these past months. I have tried reinstalling by holding Command-R and following the process. However, ...
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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 ...