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Restore To Factory Settings on Lion?

9499 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 28, 2012 6:19 PM by Shootist007 RSS
Mac_HD Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 23, 2012 10:21 PM

I want to restore my macbook pro that originally came with snow Leopard that now has Lion back to factory settings. But i want to KEEP OSX Lion. Am i able to do this by using the Command + R feature that comes with lion to restore it. Well technically its not FACTORY settings, basically i want to wipe the HDD and reinstall the OS which is Lion, without going back to Snow Leopard by using the command + R feature. Is this possible?

 

Sorry if this is a bit confusing, but can anyone give me an answer here? I would much aprecciate it.

 

Thanks!

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • dsimagry Level 4 Level 4 (1,275 points)
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    Jun 23, 2012 10:37 PM (in response to Mac_HD)

    I think you answered your own question. Just make sure to select CLEAN INSTALL when you re-install Lion.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (22,135 points)
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    Jun 23, 2012 11:37 PM (in response to Mac_HD)

    Using the recovery feature (Command-R) will connect you to Apple's Servers. It will give you the options to either restore from a Time Machine backup, reinstall Lion (from Apple), or repair/erase your hard drive using Disk Utility.

     

    Choosing reinstall will leave all your files and folders and reinstall the OS. As far as I know, there is no "clean install" option unless you want to use Disk Utility to erase your hard drive which will erase everything - at least while I've tested the feature.

  • akittiudom Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2012 5:56 PM (in response to babowa)

    So could you essentially use the Disk Utility to erase the hard drive then use the reinstall lion option to do the same thing as MAC_HD wanted to do?

     

    I'm trying to do the same thing; I just want to delete everything, but still end up with lion.

     

    I have early 2011 mbp 13", originally snow leapord but upgraded to lion. Thanks!

  • akittiudom Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 28, 2012 5:57 PM (in response to babowa)

    Pretty much, will you still be able to use the reinstal lion feature after you delete your hard drive

  • Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)
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    Jul 28, 2012 6:19 PM (in response to akittiudom)

    akittiudom wrote:

     

    Pretty much, will you still be able to use the reinstal lion feature after you delete your hard drive

    If you boot to the Recovery HD and Erase the Macintosh HD parttition, erasing your current install of Lion, thenn yes you use Rinstall Mac OS X from that same screen to download and install Lion again.

     

    But you will need your Apple ID and password for your ID to do it as yours is an upgrade from Snow Leopard.

     

    No need to Reinstall Snow Leopard.

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