Help I erased my Startup Disk Please Help!!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by fraserp, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2013

    I sold my Mac Pro and tried to reset everything. I have accidentally erased my startup disc and it is showing as ‘disk2’ and underneath ‘Mac OS X Base System’

    The machine will only allow me to
    - restore from a backup (which I don’t have)
    - restore from the discs (which I don’t have)
    - Go to Disk Utility

    Please help, a courier is collecting it tomorrow morning. Is there anything I can do?

    Help much appreciated
  2. macrumors 68030

    Oct 15, 2008
    I would contact Apple as well as the buyer. Obtain installation disks from Apple and forward to the new owner.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2007
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    It sounds like you are in the recovery partition now. If you are indeed in this partition, it should allow you to (paraphrasing) Install a New Copy of OS X which will fetch the installation files from the Internet.

    When you are booted into the Recovery Partition, you will be unable to wipe the entire disk because it is running the recovery software from the disk you are trying to erase. I would recommend securely erasing the "Macintosh HD" partition and not the disk, and do a multi pass erasure on it. When that completes, chose to install the the new copy of OS X and it will fetch 10.7.5 or 10.8.2 from Apple's servers and you will have a new system sans iLife.

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