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Nfire Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

 

How do you reformat a MacBook Pro (OS X 10.7.3) 2011s Hard drive? I already backed up all the files I wanted to save. But since I have the new Macbook pro 2011 (only a few months since I got it) it didn't come with an installation disc, but instead already came with all the applications. I'm wondering how to reformat the hard drive so it wipes out everything and I can start fresh and what would happen to all the applications?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    Well Lion has a Lion Recovery Partition on the drive you can access by holding command r and booting, there you can erase the Lion OS X partition completely (all files and programs) and reinstall Lion or simply reinstall Lion if there is a issue with it (no programs or files are touched in this second procedure)

     

    Lion is downloaded from apple's servers, you need AppleID and a fast reliable internet connection with no bandwidth caps limiting you.

     

    https://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

     

    If you want to replace the drive, there is software called Carbon Copy Cloner than can clone both the Lion OS X Partition and the Lion Recovery Partition to a external drive intact (excpet what's in the Trash, no Filevualt, no bootcamp, use free Winclone for that)

     

    Hold the option key and you can boot from the external drive and format and clone everything to the new internal drive. TimeMachine of 10.7.2 and later can be booted from it's Lion Recovery Parttion as well just to restore only, cloning is better process because it gives full access to everything like before on the internal drive.

     

    http://www.bombich.com/index.html

     

     

    Some newer Mac's have Lion Internet recovery built in where the firmware will install the Lion Recovery/OS back onto a completely blank/new hard drive.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    If you just want to delete your Users account, create another Admin user, log into it and then delete the old one.

     

    If your going to sell the machine, it's best to erase the Lion parititon completely and let the next fellow reinstall Lion so it's not tied to your account.

  • Nfire Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the quick response! I'm not really into replaceing the hard drive but just reformatting or even restoring? Would doing the Lion Reovery Partition just reformat or restore my hard drive? Sorry, I'm just a bit confused. Basically, I want to reformat or restore my hard drive so it erases everything and I start fresh but then still somehow keep or get all the applications that already came installed on it. Is there an easy way to do all of this?

  • Nfire Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for the replies ds store! Actually, I love this machine and I'm keeping it but basically just want to start fresh on the hard drive.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    Nfire wrote:

     

    Basically, I want to reformat or restore my hard drive so it erases everything and I start fresh but then still somehow keep or get all the applications that already came installed on it. Is there an easy way to do all of this?

     

    Well everything about you is in a folder called Users/ "with your name on it." This folder contains your files, preferences, libraries and so forth.

     

    All  programs are stored in a univeral folder called Applications and these are global in nature, can be accessed by any user.

     

    If you want to delete everything about you, but keep all the programs installed, then you have to go to

     

     

    AppleMenu > System Preferences > Accounts, create another user and make it a admininsrator account.

     

    AppleMenu > Log out and then Log into the new User.

     

    AppleMenu > System Preferences > Accounts, delete first user

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    Nfire wrote:

     

    Thank you for the replies ds store! Actually, I love this machine and I'm keeping it but basically just want to start fresh on the hard drive.

     

    If you want to "start fresh" with only the plain bundled programs Apple gives you with OS X (no third party programs) then you need too.

     

    1: hold the command (cloverleaf) and r keys down and reboot the machine

     

    2: select Disk Utility and Erase the Lion Disk

     

    extra step: for privacy like selling your machine, you should use Erase> Security option 7x erase all data, but it takes a long time to complete.

     

    3: quit and install Lion from Apple's servers (fast internet and AppleID required)

     

    Reboot and you'll get a like brand new machine, video and all, but only the programs Apple gives you with OS X Lion.

  • Nfire Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That sounds perfect, thank you! So is that techinically reformatting my hard drive? I'll be honest, the reason why I want to reformat or restore my hard drive is because I clicked on an unknown link by accident and almost started to download something unknown but I quit out of it. I'm sure nothing happened at all but I want to be 100% sure.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,315 points)

    Nfire wrote:

     

    ...the reason why I want to reformat or restore my hard drive is because I clicked on an unknown link by accident and almost started to download something unknown but I quit out of it.

     

    That's find, you really don't need to do anything or restore your computer.

     

    The download didn't complete and even if it did, OS X would have checked it out and advise you before running the download.

     

    You didn't even do that, so nothing got onto your machine.

     

    Your fine, just use your computer like before, no need to restore anything.

     

     

    Good Luck

  • claire-ba-ba-bear Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also need to reformat my Macbook Pro Early 2011, and will have to use the Lion Recovery Partition.  I know that the applications that came with the Mac when I bought it will still be on my Mac, even after I clear the harddrive.  When I bought my Macbook from the online Apple store, I also purchased Microsoft Office.  I did not recieve a disk for Microsoft Office, for it was already on my Mac.  Is that included in the applications that will not have to be re-installed? Or will I need to re-purchase Microsoft Office?

  • adam1232 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so what's the difference between holding Command R while booting and just deleting your user account?

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (29,975 points)

    If you purchased MS Office from the App Store, you can just re-download it when you start anew. If you bought it from MS, after a download, they should have sent you an activation key (which I hope you printed out and stored in a safe place). If all else fails, you can always download Office again for the 30-day free trial and during that period get with MS and get your activation key.

     

    Good luck - call back with any questions...

     

    Clinton

  • adam1232 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    could you tell me the difference between holding Command R while booting and deleting the partition and just deleting the user's account?

  • clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (29,975 points)

    Command-R while booting takes you to the Lion Recovery partition, where you can do things like a Time Machine restore, use Disk Utility to erase your hard drive, etc. Try it and see all the features available. Deleting a user account does just that - deletes the home directory of userx, for instance, and all the associated files. It does not delete your system files, applications, etc. You need to be in an administrator account to delete a user account.

     

    Hope this helps,

     

    Clinton

  • adam1232 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh ok so if i wanted to get my mac to have the exact files it had when I first bought it then I would just go to Disk Utility and delete my hard drive. And also if I had deleted necessary files like headers or frameworks then I could just delete the hard drive and reboot. By the way, is there a Recovery Partition with Snow Leopard?

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