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  1. #1
    Formatted HD - Install by myself or pay more for store to do it?
    Hi,
    I had a problem with my MacMini 2009 and took it to a store to fix it.
    Now I can either pay around 80 to get it back with a fresh install of OS X or pay half of that, to do it at home by myself with the original DVD.

    Question: how easy is it to do it myself?
    Assuming HD was formatted so there is no trace of OS X on it, do I just start the computer, keep pressed cmd and r and then it magically installs the OS from the DVD?

    Am I better off paying for them to do it?

  2. #2
    Formatted HD - Install by myself or pay more for store to do it?

    Member Since
    Dec 11, 2010
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    Chicago
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    Your Mac's Specs
    late 2012 mini w/SSD
    It's extremely easy to do yourself - but you must have the original DVD OR, even better, a newer version of OS X on USB stick (I think your Mac can use up to 10.11).

  3. #3
    Thanks, would it be easy to move to Maverick from snow leopard?
    I believe I downloaded the update in the App Store, so should be able to download the update at no cost. Correct?

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    Formatted HD - Install by myself or pay more for store to do it?

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    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade, OSX 14.4 Mojave,
    How much is the difference?

    If not too much go with their offer. You would need to format the drive, and boot from your Snow Leopard DVD, up date to OS X.6.6 at least to access the App Store, create an Apple ID and pay for OS X.7 Lion download, install that and then update to OS X.11 El Capitan.

    Certainly move on from Snow Leopard. It is no longer supported by Apple with Security Updates, no longer supported by Mozilla, Firefox developers, and some folks report banks etc refuse access via Snow Leopard as it is that old.

    Mavericks is also old and no longer supported. The easier course would have been to start updating eight years ago.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  5. #5
    I had el capitain on until last week but it was terribly slow... so decided to downgrade to snow leopard

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    Formatted HD - Install by myself or pay more for store to do it?

    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
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    Nambucca Heads Australia
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    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade, OSX 14.4 Mojave,
    El Capitan is fast. Your computer was slow. How much free space is on the hard drive? How much memory is installed? Are you running antivirus software? Running any cleaning apps?
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

  7. #7
    4GB of ram
    Free space? Probably at least 100GB.
    No anti virus software. No cleaning apps.

    It was slow to the point of being so frustrating to use.
    When starting it, it took 5 minutes for every to load up.
    Using safari was a proper pain.

    And the point is that i had done a format not so long ago (3 years ago?), starting from scratch and reinstalling everything.

  8. #8
    Formatted HD - Install by myself or pay more for store to do it?

    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
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    Nambucca Heads Australia
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    Your Mac's Specs
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade, OSX 14.4 Mojave,
    Check your login items in System Preferences and most recommend 8GB memory for OS X.12 and 11. Suggest first up downloading Onyx from Titanium software, it is free, and run a scan. Five minute boot is terrible. If you have the Snow Leopard disk, boot from it, go into Utilities and run Repair Disk to check the state of the hard drive. Something is seriosly wrong with your Mini.
    Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Formatted HD - Install by myself or pay more for store to do it?
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    Oct 16, 2010
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    Brentwood Bay, BC, Canada
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    Question: how easy is it to do it myself?
    Check out the ifixit.com site for the procedure for your model and see if you'd be comfortable doing such a task and I have no idea what your normal "fixit" capabilities are.

    https://www.ifixit.com/Device/Mac

    And I'd agree, 4GB RAM is just not enough so get more for more comfortable enjoyable use.

    You can find the specs for you mini here and the max amount of memory etc. as well as some upgrade suggestions and sources:
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/appl...x-macmini.html







    - Patrick
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