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Mac Specs: Currently 13" Late 2010 MBA, 4GB/128GB; Early 2011 13" MBP, dual core i7 2.7ghz, 4gb ram, 500gb hd

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The left hand column of the Disk Utility window will show physical devices, and then the associated volumes of the drive below. So, for example, on my computer, I see 121.33 GB Apple SSD TS... and below it, Macintosh HD. The first is the physical drive, the second, the formatted volume on the drive.

Select the physical drive, and to the right, a Partition tab will appear. Click Partition, from the pull-down menu, select 1 Partition, click the Options button below and select GUID partition map, name your volume anything you like, and click Apply. This will create the partition map, format the drive and assign the name you've chosen to the volume.

One thing to keep in mind about Time Machine restores - if you don't restore prior to creating an administrator account, do NOT name the administrator account the same thing as the admin account on the old computer. Use something different, or you'll end up with an account name conflict.
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