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how would you go about restoring a Mac to how it was when I first turned it on, I feel like i have alot on my mac thats all over the place when I first got it, downloaded lots of stuff that I didn't need etc and I would like to take it back to factory.
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Do you have he original restore discs that came with your mac

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yes i do
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Should have Time Machined your Mac when you first got it, so that you would at least have a restore point. Which would have been factory.

Now all you can do is back up your stuff and use your restore disk to do it.
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okay cool I don't have that much on here just final cut, ps3 and illustrator so I'm good i do need to get another external hd though
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assuming you have the install discs for the other software you can use the restore discs to do a clean install, do back-up your old system first - ideally to an external, using SuperDuper, just in case you change your mind

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so the process is just stick the restore disks in and choose restore or are there other things i gotta do
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