Bought a Macbook that came without SSD, how to install OS X?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sgrzelak, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. sgrzelak macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2014
    I bought an used Macbook Air (Mid 2011) from a company that sold it without an SSD. Was a corporate clearout.

    How do I go about getting the computer up and running.

    I ordered an used SSD from eBay that will be formatted but how do I install the OS without any restore CDs?

    Any help would be appreciated.
  2. alex0002 macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    I don't think you will be able to create an OS X Installer on a USB stick, unless you already have a Mac running OS X.

    If you do have another Mac, the instructions in the link above should work.

    If you don't have another Mac, then first install your SSD, then use Internet Recovery to install the version of OS X that would have been delivered with your Macbook Air - most likely OS X Lion - some info here in these links.

    Once you have OS X installed using OS X recovery, you can upgrade to Mavericks if you wish (and most people would recommend Mavericks as an improvement over Lion and Mountain Lion).
  3. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    As Alex said, your Mac will boot over the internet if it doesn't have an OS. Then you can run the installer to put Mavericks on the machine.
  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    Don't forget to use Disk Utility from the OS X Utilities window that will show up to format your new SSD.

    "Erase" tab : Format : Mac OS extended (journaled), click the "Erase" button.

    "Partition" tab : replace "Current" with "1 partition"
    "Options" button : make sure that "GUID" est selected
    Click OK, then Apply.

    Quit Disk Utility.

    Install OS X (Lion).
  5. sgrzelak thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2014
  6. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    If you have an Apple Store close by, you can take the computer (with the SSD installed) and ask them to reinstall the OS for you. They'll do it for free.
  7. cyber16 macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2013
    Have you even tried to boot up the options screen?
    Sometimes corporations efi password lock them
    Until you get the ssd, you can always install osx onto a usb external hard drive just to test it out. It will not be a speed demon due to the slow usb interface

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