How do i reset my Mac without a disk

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bludsrevenge, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I want to make my mac just like how i bought it. how can i do this without the install disk.
     
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    stridemat

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    Are you running Lion,Snow Leopard or Leopard?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    i think snow leapard
     
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    Build 10k549
    version 10.6.8

    macbook 5,2

    i bought this i think 4 years ago or less
     

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    In that case, you can get the Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Upgrade DVD for 29 USD and use that for a clean install* or download Lion for 29USD, but not install it and create a bootable installer of that Lion download**.

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    To create a Clean Install (formerly known as Erase & Install) of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (the 29 USD Upgrade DVD is a fully working retail version of Mac OS X and does not need a prior installation of Mac OS X on the Mac), follow one of the following guides:
    Short version: Clean Install of OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
    Long version: Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard: How to Erase and Install

    **
     
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    stridemat

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    ^ What he said. I was just going to post this.:)
     
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    As stated in post #4...

    Nope. You'll need startup media of some kind. Either an OS X CD or a bootable thumb drive (which you'll need a disc to create).
     
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    Legally, no. We don't discuss illegal methods here.
     

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