Just bought a used Mac Book Air. Hard Drive reformat.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MrsJRod81, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi Guys...

    I bought a used Mac Book Air and the owner did not have the original disks.
    I have the disks and i tried to whipe it out and now it says the hard drive has an error. How do i reformat the hard drive?


    Thanks!
     
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    Hellhammer

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    Just reinstall OS X, it'll reformat the drive
     
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    Scottsdale

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    People have reported contacting Apple. They get the serial number and send out original disks for that model. Those would have both OS X and iLife that shipped on it. You then use the OS X disk and format drive with disk before installing.

    If Snow Leopard doesn't check for Leopard, as reported, maybe the new $29 Snow Leopard disk would work too. That is only two days until availability.

    Good luck.
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just reinstall OS X, it'll reformat the drive...

    It says the Hard Drive has an error. Is there a way to reformat it with out the disk? This is my first MAC. So i'm just learning.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! Maybe that will work.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    Yes, contact Apple. I picked up a Rev A from eBay without the disks. I Called Apple gave them the serial. They do cost a bit - about $37 with shipping. But well worth the price compared to the retail package.

    I don't think the $29 version of SL will work for a fresh install as it is an upgrade to Leopard.
     

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