I have an 8 months old macbook . It has gone little slow I believe because of me installing VMware . Which I have now removed but still performance is not as good I used to be. I would like to reset every thing back to what it was. I do not use timemachine.

Is there a way to format it? Blogs on the web talk about startup disk but there is not one. I have bought lion but that was through the app store.


Lion installs a recovery disk by default on your computer, so you can troubleshoot and re-install the OS without having to download it again.

Simply start your computer while pressing Command+R. Your mac should now boot using the recovery disk, where you have several utilities to help you troubleshoot your computer, including the Lion Installer.

You can re-install Lion without erasing any of your files, which should be the way to go, though you also have the option to format your disk using Disk Utility before installing.

For more info, I strongly suggest you visit this link:


If your computer is slow, though, I suggest you check other stuff first. Check what apps are running in the background using the Activity Monitor (found under Applications > Utilities), and get rid/uninstall of any third-party unnecessary apps that might be using too much memory.

You should also have a look at the apps that open at login by going to System Preferences > Users > Login Items. Also check how much Disk Space you have left: If its less than 10-20% of the original I strongly suggest you clean up a bit.

Hope it helps!

  • I did this to an MBP a couple of weeks ago -- I was expecting to reformat and restore from a backup, but this method worked great for me, I didn't lose any file, and the problems with the machine disappeared. – nthonygreen Jan 29 '12 at 12:55

You can use this tutorial to burn Lion to a pen drive (or CD but I prefer the former) and reinstall your computer from scratch - however be aware that in doing so iLife will not be reinstalled and you'll need your original disks for that. Also don't forget to back up the stuff you want to transfer across :)

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