How do I do a full factory restore in OS X Lion?
From what I can tell, you hold Command + R at start up and then do some stuff in the Disk Utility, but I'm kind of scared. Do just erase my Hard Drive from inside the Utility and Lion will automagically install over it?
Anyone have any insight?
i heard a rumor that they are release Lion on thumb drive (not sure this is real or not) but i will buy that even if it's at the 70$ price. i just feel safer at least right now having media to do clean installs the downloading the OS from the cloud is still something i am not all that comfortable with.
Once in rescue mode, I reformatted the main partition with the Disk Utility and re-downloaded Lion from there. Of course, I used Carbon Copy Cloner to create a bootable clone of the disk before doing any of this.
1. Downloaded Lion from Mac App Store
2. Made a bootable backup of my Snow Leopard disk to an external drive (Firewire 800)
3. Booted the backup drive
4. Used Disk Utility to erase the internal Snow Leopard drive
5. Ran the Lion install
6. Pointed to the newly erased internal drive
7. About 20 minutes later, I had a Clean Lion install and a bootable full backup of my Snow Leopard system
8. Started the fun process of restoring my apps, documents and music
9. My music restore was pretty darn easy.
a. Ran iTunes to get it to create files so that I was sure of destination of Music files
b. Quit iTunes
c. Copied all my data from Snow Leopard backup drive to new Lion drive
d. Launched iTunes again and everything was back to normal. :)