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    how to format entire harddrive or is it possible?
    How can I format my entire harddrive and is it possible? if it's not possible how can I format all but mac OS X?

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    Sure, start from the System Install disk (hold down the option key at startup). Select your language, select Utilities from the menu bar, select Disk Utility, Erase. This will completely reformat your drive, erasing all of your data... Why do you want to do this? Is there some problem that you are trying to fix?

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    i've installed windows and linux and now i dont need them. And I linux isn't mac version and I dont have drivers to it and it doesn't work so good... and I cant start windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by verro91 View Post
    i've installed windows and linux and now i dont need them. And I linux isn't mac version and I dont have drivers to it and it doesn't work so good... and I cant start windows.
    Well then, sounds like a good time to start over! Good luck!

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    is there a way he can just format the windows/linux partition and give it back to OSX?

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    I had a similar experience with resizing the HD with XP on it and didn't turn out well. XP booted but BSOD right after loading. I had to reformat the ENTIRE HD and start from scratch. Why does he need linux for? Can't he do the same things on OS X?

    You can also try loading the Recovery Disc that came with his notebook, load setup, and try using Disk Utility to format and merge the partitions but I highly doubt it will work.
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    image the first osx partition, wipe hd, merge partitions, reload image.

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    I got a the same question..
    I got a macbook and I like to erase everythin..
    as if it was completly new...
    How can I do dat
    I want to give my laptop to my cousin but, as if it was new!

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    format help pleas
    i need to format my macbook pro, i know how to but i am not sure what to do after the format is done or what will happen after it is done. can someone tell me what will happen and what you need to do after format is done. i heard you need to put the osx application disk....

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    Yo,

    I also want to erase my mac, i screwed up my java and can't repair it with an update. But when i didn't get the OSX CD with it when i bought it almost a year ago. Is there another way to erase my mac?

    Thanks in advance

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    No you need the OS X DVD to format and then do a clean install period.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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