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Reinstalling Mac OSX 10.6


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#1 Fryed Bacon

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 08:44 AM

Okay, so, I'm thinking about completely reinstalling Mac OSX. I have a Macbook Pro, (late summer 2009 model), and I have both original disks that came with my Mac. I don't have the NEED to reinstall, I have the WANT to reinstall, because I mess around with VBOX and stuff, and I think my computer might be slowing down a bit because of it. Before we go into deleting some weird Library files or something like that, here's my plan:

Back up any documents, games, and music. Simple, that's always a first step for me.

Second, make SURE i have everything I need backed up.

Third, boot to the CD.

Fourth, here's where I need help: formatting. What do I format my hard drive as? HFS+, Journalled, what?

Fifth, reboot.

6th, Use the Mac OS X Applications DVD to reinstall all the base Applications, like iLife, you know, all that stuff. Also, does the Applications DVD that came with my Mac have iLife on it?

7th, Restore the backups of my music and games and everything.

8th, Reboot.

9th, Install a few programs I need, like Skype, etc,

10th, I need an application that can fully delete applications, such as AppZapper, but it needs to be free and it needs to work well. IDK if AppZapper is free so..

Final Step: Reboot to my sparkling (metaphorically) Mac!

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 11:28 AM

Well First see here: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en_US/Snow_L...nstructions.pdf

If you have any other questions please just ask. :blink: But that should supply most if not all of what you are asking :wacko:
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 04:17 PM

I don't think you'd need to format the drive since it's already formatted as HFS+. But if you do want to format it just remember to choose GUID Partition Table if the Mac is an intel. Otherwise just do an Erase and Install of OS X.
Sometime after #6 you should run software update to get all the latest updates.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 05:07 PM

Once you have everything installed and functioning
Use SuperDuper or Carbon Copy Cloner to make a bootable backup to a DiskImage
This will allow you to restore to this sparkling clean installation in 45 minutes or so.
Both are free and very well reguarded.
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Posted 02 August 2010 - 06:27 PM

@davidanders, Good idea i will have to remember that the next time i reinstall OS X on one of mine. :blink:
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Posted 03 August 2010 - 07:21 AM

My last question is that of AppZapper or something like it. I need something thats free, and i need it to work well. IDK if appzapper is free so...

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Posted 03 August 2010 - 04:54 PM

AppZapper is a shareware app that costs $13. Look at some others listed under Deinstallers from here.




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