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Michelle, Mac Technician
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Mac book pro, snow leopard . How do I format the drive,

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Mac book pro, snow leopard .

How do I format the drive, reinstall snow leopard , and rebuild the drive? What files other than data files must I save before I start? No I donot want restore from a backup.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Michelle replied 5 years ago.

Appleologist :

Hi, and welcome to Just Answers! I am excited to get started with you.

Appleologist :

Are you near your computer now?

JACUSTOMER-wbxacdjs- : Yes but would like a written answer. I do not want to start this project now.
Appleologist :

No problem. After you backup the files that are important

1. Insert your Snow Leopard Install Disk

2. Restart your computer holding down the option key

3. You will see a disk image..Click on it

4. The install disk will load ..Choose your language

5. In the upper menu bar, you will see a utilities option.. Click on that

6. Select Disk Utility

7. You will see your hard drive in the left column.. Select it (Not macintosh HD, the one above it )

8.After selecting your Hard drive, Click on the "Partition" tab

9. Under Current Partition, choose One

10. Make sure the format Mac OS Extended Journaled

11. Click Apply.. This ERASES everything

12. Quit disk utility

11. Proceed with the instal

Appleologist :

Did you get it?

JACUSTOMER-wbxacdjs- : Thanks. Will d
JACUSTOMER-wbxacdjs- : The reinstall include the programs that came with the computer such as iPhoto and iTunes ?
Appleologist : Yes. The install will include all Apple applications