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Resetting 2013 iMac

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Mar 5, 2013 8:25 PM

I just bought a new 27" iMac this week (Mountain Lion), and was wondering how to reset it back to its original state, like how it was when I FIRST booted it up. I started it as a completely new computer and didn't think I would need to migrate my old laptop (Snow Leapord) onto it, but now after a few days it is very complicated trying to get all my applications (also Audio Units) to function correctly just by copying them. Is there any way to reset it, and is there a compatibility issue between Snow leapord and Mountain Lion while migrating? Also, is there a way to transfer this WITHOUT having the old home folder name, or even better (i know it sounds wierd) to transfer over all the application app support, all my library CORRECTLY without copying any files (Documents, Downloads)? I want a fresh start file wise, but i still want all my applications. could i do that by just copyingmy laptop library folder and replacing the library folder of my new imac? Also i might need to add that i would be transferring from a 2007 macbook pro to the new iMac over ethernet, because that is what i would need to do considering i have no thunderbolt cable and there is no thunderbolt port on my laptop.

 

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iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • rkaufmann87 Level 8 Level 8 (40,615 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 9:29 PM (in response to Subjection)

    Do an erase and install, you will need to restart in the Recovery Partion, then use Disk Utility to erase the HD and then exit DU and re-install OS X.

  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,130 points)
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    Mar 5, 2013 11:58 PM (in response to Subjection)

    I would buy an external hard drive. Then back up your MacBook Pro to a Time Machine backup (on the new external hard drive). Then, after you reinstall Mountain Lion (see http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10763 ), recover data from the Time Machine (the start up screens will walk you through that.

     

    Many, if not all, software applications have hidden files in several Library folders. Unless you hunte them all down, you may have problems by just moving stuff over.

     

    Anyways, the Time Machine method is probably the cleanest and safest way to move your stuff from an old Mac to a new one.

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