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Formatting a Mac Notebook??

Discussion in 'Apple Mac' started by pdkx7, Oct 3, 2008.

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  1. pdkx7

    pdkx7 Thread Starter

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    Hey,

    I was wondering if Mac had the same options as windows when it comes to restore. Am I able to format the entire hard drive and re install the OS from a partition on a hard drive, or do I need installation CD's?

    Its just that my friend asked me to clean out his notebook and I am not a mac user, he does not have any CD's what would be the best program to use to clean out the computer from any unwanted software and how would I go about turning off any unwanted processes ?
     
  2. nate93

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    you need the install dvd's, but yes, you can partition your hard drive, and install osx on one part. if you want to just remove programs, thats a pain in the ___. you need to use the uninstall wizzard to do it (if it has one), or go into finder, search by keyword, and just delete
     
  3. khayyam_42

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    Yes. The OS X version of Windows' "repair install' (which replaces all the system files but leaves user files in place - note: on windows this breaks most of your applications) is available when you choose to install OS X from the original DVD. It is pretty good, will leave your applications in-tact also!

    Boot your Mac from the OS X Install DVD (hold C on boot). When you get to the 'select a destination' page choose "Archive and Install". It will do just this. Archive your old system in a folder on the hard disk and replace just the OS X files. But you're personal deets (down to your desktop icons, your safari favorites etc.) will stay put.
     
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