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Jun 29, 2012

Since upgrading to Lion my MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) it keeps freezing and it takes much longer to boot compared to Snow Lepoard.I upgraded it from 2GB to 4GB hoping it would run smoother but it was so hot in operation (I literally couldn't hold it after just a few minutes) I had to take it back to 2GB. I also notice that all my apps return on logon even though I have specificed not to re-open apps.I have verified and repaired the disk using Disk Utility and also ran a supposed recovery of Lion but it took 1hr (including Lion download) however when I logged back on it was the same software and data etc; is it possible to do a complete data wipe and install Lion? It has updated to the latest software however I'm starting to get very frustrated; just earlier the whole thing froze and I had to force it to power off.

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Jun 11, 2012

I was moving around some files from an old to a new macbook pro and I ended up deleting some files so now whenever I try to put a file on the desktop it says that I don't have permission to do that operation. I just got this macbook and cant access my old one at the moment, so the question is: how do I totally wipe the hdd and install osx lion again?

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