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Should you do a "clean install" of Mavericks?

Some Mac users choose to perform a "clean install" of each major new version of OS X, erasing their drive and starting over. Here’s a look at whether or not that's possible when installing Mavericks and, more important, whether it’s advisable.

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How to make a bootable Mavericks install drive

Though you can install Mavericks (OS X 10.9) directly from your Mac's hard drive, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient for installing the OS onto multiple Macs. And if your Mac is experiencing problems, a bootable installer makes a handy emergency drive. We walk you through the process of creating such a drive, step-by-step.

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Installing Mavericks: What you need to know

Mavericks (OS X 10.9) is available only as a direct download from Apple’s Mac App Store. This method of distribution is convenient, but it’s not without challenges and questions. Here’s a comprehensive look at the details of downloading, installing, and setting up Apple’s lastest OS. We also take a look at some of the upgrade obstacles you might face.

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Get your Mac ready for Mavericks (OS X 10.9)

Like Mountain Lion (OS X 10.8) and Lion (OS X 10.7) before it, OS X 10.9 Mavericks is as easy to install as downloading an installer from the Mac App Store and double-clicking. But there are still some things you should do before downloading Mavericks to ensure that your Mac is ready and that the upgrade process goes smoothly.

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Installing Mavericks: Our complete guide

The latest version of OS X, 10.9 Mavericks, is here. But before you rush to install Mavericks, you'll want to check out our in-depth guide to preparing your Mac for the new OS, downloading and installing it, creating a bootable backup of the installer, and more.

Protect your Facebook account from hackers with two-factor authentication

Don't be one of those people with a compromised account that spams all their friends.

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Use two-factor authentication for your Twitter account

If you want to keep hackers away from your Twitter account, two-factor authentication could be just the thing. But be warned: It's a little awkward to set up...

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Easily add movies from one Mac to another Mac's iTunes library

The game: You rip movies on one Mac but want to add them to another Mac's iTunes library. Chris Breen provides an easy-does-it solution.

Deal with WAV files and combine random tracks into albums

This week's column deals with tagging WAV files, making tracks into an album, and more.

Advice from an Apple tech: Got a Mac? Get a Dremel!

Does your computer toolkit include a Dremel? It may seem extreme, but a Dremel tool can be handy in a dire situation.

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How to format a startup drive for a Mac

If you want to format a drive that will be used as your Mac’s startup disk, the procedure is a little different from formatting it for use as a secondary drive for storing data.

Bugs & Fixes: Solve scanning problems via HP’s hidden settings

Ted Landau tunnels into Hewlett-Packard's tech support hierarchy to solve a couple of tricky scanner issues.

How to keep your camera clean

A clean camera means better pictures, and luckily the techniques are easy and the tools are cheap.

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