2010 macbook pro reset

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Maurier, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. Maurier macrumors regular

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    Hi,
    I recently bought an old 2010 macbook pro 13 and trying to do a factory reset.
    It didn't have any disc in the box. Is there a way to reset without discs? I tried command + R but it doesn't work on this older mac os.
    I know on 2013 models can be done using an internet connection , but not sure on this old model.
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    You can not do a "factory" reset without the disks that shipped with it. The 2010 13" MBP shipped with OS 10.6.3 to 10.6.4 (Snow Leopard). It was only distributed via disks.

    Apple still sells Snow Leopard disks, I'm not sure if they work or if you need special drivers only on the grey disks that shipped with the MBP. Maybe someone else could answer.

    Which OS is on it now?

    command + r (Recovery) is only available if you have OS 10.7 or above installed. Your MBP can be updated to support Internet recovery (command + option + r).

    Your MBP is capable of updating to the latest OS.
     
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    What OS version do you have on there now? If you have Lion 10.7 or better, you can just download Sierra then make a USB key installer following the instructions on post #3 above. Then option key boot to the USB key and erase the disk with Disk Utility and install the OS.
     
  5. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040

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    Good point @Weaselboy, I was assuming it's not booting currently. If it is booting, even if it has Snow Leopard you could do the same. You'd just have to do it in two steps; first install El Capitan using the link in https://support.apple.com/kb/HT206886 and then install Sierra - or use that same article to make an El Capitan USB installer, the article covers everything from Mavericks on up.
     

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