Performing a clean install of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard seems to be a little different to its predecessors when it comes to performing a clean installation/re-installation.  The following needs to be done:

  1. Boot off the OS X install DVD – place DVD in drive, restart Mac, hold down C when it “bongs” and keep it held until you see the Apple logo with a spinning wheel
  2. Click Continue when you see Welcome to OS X Snow Leopard
  3. Choose Utilities and then Disk Utility
  4. In Disk Utility click on your hard drive on the left, choose Erase and go with the defaults (OS X Extended (Journaled))
  5. Once the drive has been erased select Quit from the Disk Utility menu
  6. Back in the install screen click Continue
  7. Choose your newly erased hard drive, agree to the license and click Install
  8. The installation process should now run for about 30 minutes
  9. After that you’ll have to fill in your personal info, location details, network/wireless info, etc.

Hope this helps!


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