20 September 2014

Re-installing Mac with Mavericks


  1. Prerequisites: Power, wifi, Apple Store credentials, keychain code and about an hour.
  2. Backup: Everything preferably with time machine, a service like Crashplan or by copying the users/[your username] folder.
  3. Download the Mavericks installer from the app store. 
  4. Create a bootable 8GB USB stick 
    • format and name Untitlied
    • Run in Terminal:
      sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app --nointeraction
  5. Boot from the USB by pressing alt/option whilst pressing power on.
  6. Format the hard drive using the disk utility. If you don't do this it will install over the top, leaving files and applications intact. 
  7. Install the OS. Using Mavericks I had 'about a second remaining' for about 15 minutes...
  8. Re-boot into your new OS. You will need to sign in your AppleId and enter your keychain code.

Setup Backup

Configure Time Machine or another service like Crashplan

Mac Preferences

My preferences include:
  1. General: Computer name
  2. Desktop and Screensaver: Hot Corners, bottom left, put display to sleep.
  3. Security: Enable Apps from any source.
  4. Sharing: Enable screen sharing and Computer Settings, VNC users may control screen.
  5. Touchpad: touch to select
  6. Keyboard
    • Use all F1 keys as standard function keys
    • Shortcuts: Mission Control Uncheck Show Desktop/Dashboard
    • Full keyboard access: All Controls
  7. Notifications: Turn off sound
  8. Finder
    • View: Arrange By: Name; Show Path Bar; Show Tab View; Show Status bar; View Options, Always open in column view
    • Preferences: 
      • General: Hard Disks, New Finder Window show [username]
      • Sidebar: [username], [Computer Name]
      • Advanced: Show all filename extensions

Re-Install Software

  1. Password keysafe e.g. KeePass
  2. Cloud storage e.g. Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive
  3. Browser e.g. Google Chrome
  4. Office Suite e.g. Open Office or Libre Office
  5. Virtual Host e.g. VirtualBox

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