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    Default Slow Lion Reinstall

    Mac came with Snow Leopard and I upgraded to Lion
    All works fine except for the bloody beach ball visiting all the time.

    Ok I have a complete install file but I can't fit it on any media that I have (file info says 3.7 gb ??)
    Also have one of Apples mini USB sticks with what I think is the upgrade.
    Maybe that's all I have downloaded that is 3.7gb?
    How to tell?

    Next question

    What step by step process do I follow?
    Have done it a squillion times on Windoze but never on a Mac.
    Have Time Machine happening daily
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    Hi yerg,

    you can follow this guide on how to make a 4GB+ USB drive into a 10.7 OS X installer:

    Make a Bootable Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Installer from a USB Flash Drive

    JB

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    JB I figure I have the lion installer on their micro USB which was sent to me by Apple
    I also have made an Installer CD as well my self

    Correct me if I'm wrong but the installer is not the full install??
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    Quote Originally Posted by yerg View Post
    JB I figure I have the lion installer on their micro USB which was sent to me by Apple
    I also have made an Installer CD as well my self

    Correct me if I'm wrong but the installer is not the full install??
    It is the full install.
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    So how to tell?

    Not about to get half way and discover .... ahh no it's not
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    It's the full install if you have the official Lion USB. Just use that. 3.7gig is the right size.

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    Ok ftc So what's next?

    I've been spoilt so far not having to fiddle and fart round like Windoze had me doing ... forgotten what process to follow.

    I upgraded previously which was the major issue now.

    If I do the time machine thing and then boot up from the micro USB .... then what happens?

    Next step ....
    Next step ...

    I just dont want any grief and don't need to stuff things up
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    Oh hang on, so you mean you want to do a clean install? By default, Lion will upgrade over the top of the system you have now...

    So if I'm reading your first post correctly, you've upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion, and now you want the performance hit of doing a clean install of Lion?

    So next step would be to plug in the bootable USB drive thingy, and reboot to it (hold down option, the choose the Lion installer from the disks available. From there, you need to erase your current drive with disk utility and then clean instal lion.

    Here's a more detailed guide :
    http://mashable.com/2011/07/20/lion-...install-guide/

    But if you then restore from a time machine, you'll be bringing back all the same issues your current install has, so you might want to just manually install all the apps you need on your fresh install, and then move all your docs and stuff back later...

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    Yup The Lion want's a rest all the time and plays with the beach ball.

    2 minutes to boot up
    40 seconds to load Word or pages
    30 seconds to load FF

    So there goes a day.

    So the reality is

    Copy all my .dmg's to DVD's
    Blow the HDD away with the install
    Install all my aps
    The do the time machine thing with all my content and mail etc
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    Yup. But take the opportunity to not install some a the crap you never use.

    Office and photoshop are the only apps that take forever to install, everything else should be pretty quick. I'd be extra safe and create a bootable version of you current drive right with super duper on a spare drive, and just in case something happens to the time machine back up while you main machine is wiped. And don't copy dmg's to DVD, stick them on a hdd if you have room, or just redownload them..

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    MY total HDD (1TB) is on the Time Machine ... including all the DMG's in a folder

    So bringing them onto the HDD and installing from there should be ok?
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    Yeah, it'll be fine.. Just make back ups, and back ups of back up, and don't blame me if you lose anything!

    But honestly, you should be ok. And once youre clean installed, up your ram to whatever the max your machine can handle. You'll get a much better performance boost from that.

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