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How to Install Mac OS X Snow Leopard Properly

Updated on April 21, 2011

Released by Apple, Inc. back on August 28 in the year 2009, Mac OS X Snow Leopard is the latest operating system Mac users can currently avail. This OS can be obtained from either the nearest local Apple stores or online retailers such as Amazon.com or even directly from Apple.com itself. This latest version of Apple’s OS is the successor to the previous OS, the Leopard, for Mac computers built by the giant company that was initially founded by Steve Jobs. Mac users can obtain a brand new original copy of the OS by paying $29 excluding tax.

So, after you – assuming that you are a Mac user – have purchased a copy of it, the next thing you will want to do is obviously to install the OS. After all, what is the point in buying a piece of software if you don’t even want to install it? So, you had better follow the guides we are about to tell you very carefully. Otherwise, you may end up with installation failures and loss of data and current OS for nothing. Simply said, you will only waste your precious time if you are not serious enough in doing what we tell you to do.

Preparation Always Matters

Keep in your mind that preparation is always something of utmost importance. The first thing you will have to do before even thinking about starting the installation process is to make sure your computer has what it takes to run the Mac OS X Snow Leopard. In the case of Windows, you may take for granted the system requirements that the OS claims required. After all, the OS from the company founded by Bill Gates will still run if you don’t have the required hardware components. The only problem is that it may not run as perfect as if you have the hardware the OS deems necessary.

Unfortunately, this is not the case with Apple’s latest OS. Ignore your hardware compatibility and you will most likely end up with no success in installing the OS. Remember that compatible hardware may also prevent you from experiencing any problems in the future. So, to help you out, you will need a Mac computer that comes featuring an Intel processor, a minimum of 1GB RAM, 5GB hard drive space and, of course, a DVD drive into which you will insert the installation DVD.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard in Action

Will You Upgrade or Install From Scratch?

When it comes to installing Mac OS X Snow Leopard, you have 2 options to go for. First, you can simply upgrade your current Apple’s OS. This is the easiest process between the 2 options yet may not be as good as the second option.

The Steps to the 1st Option: The Upgrade

As mentioned earlier, this process is pretty simple. All you have to do is simply to insert the installation DVD into the optical media drive. A window will then show up on your monitor screen, along with all the lengthy license agreement. Although unlikely, you can read the agreement if you want to.

Afterwards, you will need to click on the big Snow Leopard icon located in the window mentioned earlier. You will then be asked where you want to install the OS. Simply click on the “next” button and you will be redirected to a new screen showing you some documentation. Just read it and you can click “install”.

This will initiate the installation process of the new OS. Taking into accounts the total amount of data you have on your system prior to installation, the installation process will complete in about 45 minutes roughly.

The 2nd Option: Clean Install

There are quite a lot of Mac users out there – hopefully you are not one of them – that believe they have no way of performing a clean install of the Mac OS X Snow Leopard operating system. This is why they usually go for the first option which is to upgrade. If this is true, it will be very unfortunate as the more expert users will mostly prefer a clean install to an upgrade as this allows them to set everything from scratch. As a result, they will know every aspect of their computer settings and will be better able to solve any problems that may occur in the future.

However – contrary to the common belief, fact is, it is indeed possible to carry out a clean install successfully. However, if this is what you do, keep in mind that you will lose all the data you currently have on your computer unless, of course, you have created the backup.

So, what you have to do to get a clean install is to insert the Snow Leopard installation DVD into the DVD drive. However, in this case, donot– remember, donot– follow any of the instructions you may see on your screen. Restart your computer instead. Then, when you notice that your OS X is restarting, hold the C button on your keyboard. You can tell when your OS X is restarting by listening to when the typical chime of the OS occurs. Do not release the C button until you see the appearance of an Apple logo followed by a spinning wheel.

Now, what you will see on your monitor is a window welcoming you to OS X. Click on the “continue” button to proceed. Then, pay attention to the menu bar at the top of your screen. This bar will give you access to quite a few utilities. Go to Disk Utility.

This will bring up the Disk Utility window. On the left hand pane, you should be able to see your hard drive. Click it. Then, click on the “erase” tab and set the formatting option to Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Then, give your Mac computer a new name in the corresponding box before finally clicking on the “erase” button. This will erase your hard drive in no time at all. Once it is erased, you can exit Disk Utility by clicking on the appropriate menus on the menu bar.

You can now perform a clean install onto your hard drive which now has no data on it. As you will any other piece of software, you will be asked to accept a license agreement. Accept it and you’re good to go.

Accepting the agreement will redirect you to another screen where you can choose the target drive for the installation of the OS. Simply choose your hard drive and click on the “install” button to initiate the installation process. In this case, you will also have to wait for around 30-45 minutes.

When installation is completed, you will be asked to enter your personal information. Do it and you will have the Mac OS X Snow Leopard shining on your Mac computer.

© 2011 Richie Setiawan. All rights reserved worldwide.

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