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Formatting MBP and backups


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I've got a problem, I need to format my Macbook Pro, it definitely needs it but all my software, particularly Adobe Creative Suite will be gone and I got that from my last job so don't have the disks to reinstall.

Any ideas?

Basically I need Adobe CS but also need to format and clean out my machine as it's been acting up since installing Lion.

Ran "Verify Disk" and got:
Error: This disk needs to be repaired. Start up your computer with another disk (such as your Mac OS X installation disc), and then use Disk Utility to repair this disk.
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I would try doing what the error message says first before you reformat the drive. It may be something fixable but just not while you're booted into the Mac OS. Do you still have your original install disks? If so, boot to the installation disk by holding down the C key at startup with the disk in the Macbook Pro. It will ask you to select a language and you go to the install screen but obviously don't install. At the top bar select Utilities > Disk Utility and run disk repair then. Hopefully it resolves the issue without you having to reformat.
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Cheers, I do have the disks, I'll do that then.
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Still getting the same, the disk repair failed. Might take it to the apple store.
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