I just bought another used MBP... I'm trying to do a fresh install using my SL family pack disk... however, I went through the install and all the old apps, passwords, etc. were still on the computer... did I miss something more that I have to do?
disk utilities, format disk, from the menu with install disk booted up.
been that way since first osx disk.
Put the OS install disk in the drive and turn off the computer. Then, while holding down the C key, turn the computer on. I don't know when it's acceptable to release the key, but when I do so once I get the white screen with the Apple logo and spinning wheel.
The OS will load from the DVD and the first screen you should see is the box to select the language. Make your selection and then click on the blue arrow in the lower right corner of the box. The next window that appears will be the installation startup window and eventually the "Install Mac OS X" window (if you are using OS X).
At the top of the screen you should see the menu bar with "Mac OS X Installer", plus Files, Edit, Utilities, and Window. Select Utilities and then Disk Utilities. This is the same utility you will see in the normal setup.
You should see a list of drives on the left and some tabs near the middle of the window that say First Aid, Erase, Partition, RAID, and Restore. Click on the Erase tab and then click on the "Security Options..." button. From here you can select the "Zero Out Data" radio button and click on OK. If you have time and are paranoid about the data, you can select the "7-Pass Erase" or "35-Pass Erase" options. If you do this, go to a movie or vacation while it is working.
Click on OK to return to the Erase screen. When you are satisfied with your selection, click on "Erase..." and let Disk Utilities do its job. When it is finished you can quit Disk Utilities and continue with the OS installation, or set a partition on the disk.
I always create one partition that is the size of the entire disk and set the format to "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)". Click on the Partition button to set this and name the volume at the same time. When finished quit Disk Utilities and continue with the OS installation.
I don't have an answer to the partition question. I was taught by one, who has forgotten more than I will ever know about Macs, to always create at least one partition, which is Partition 0, when formatting a boot drive. I don't know if this is a holdover from the ancient coal-fired computer days, but it works. I don't know if the OS X Disk Utility creates the partition by default if none are selected, but there is a choice of one partition in the pull-down list.Thanks, Mike, I followed your directions and it is erasing right now. I am still confused about creating the partition... if you are only creating one, is it really a partition? I thought that was when you "split" the HD in 2 or 3 "chunks" so that you could have one for one thing and one for another... is it necessary for me to have to do that step if all I want is one "partition" the size of the entire drive?
I don't have an answer to the partition question. I was taught by one, who has forgotten more than I will ever know about Macs, to always create at least one partition, which is Partition 0, when formatting a boot drive. I don't know if this is a holdover from the ancient coal-fired computer days, but it works. I don't know if the OS X Disk Utility creates the partition by default if none are selected, but there is a choice of one partition in the pull-down list.
One other consideration, which I highly recommend, is to create a User account for daily activities and leave the Admin account for system maintenance. By default, a single user has admin privileges on the computer, and so would anyone who was able to hack into the system or use it with your permission. When I set up my MacMini Server, I created Admin and User accounts, with different passwords, and log in as the User.
Any changes that require admin privileges are easy, as the authorization window pops up to enter the admin name and password. I thought this might be a minor inconvenience, but I'm used to it now and the peace of mind is worth it.
I wish I had done this when I set up the iMac and MBP. It was a pain to go back and move everything from the default Admin account to the newly created User account, but it too is worth it.