factory restore macbook air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Yankeesxd, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. Yankeesxd macrumors member

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    If i am selling my Macbook air how will i go about restoring it to a like new condition? thanks i am on mountain lion by the way.
     
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Do u have the original install disc? Reload OS from scratch.

    If u don't, and I assume you have no original nothing on-hand since u asked, u will have to download ML from Apple, then create a bootable USB HD or thumb drive with it (8G minimum), boot with that (USB) then run disk util and erase everything (with partition) on the Internal drive, THEN re-install OS from scratch from the USB HD/thumbdrive.

    Here's an excellent article on how to do that.
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Since he's using a MacBook Air disks wouldn't have come with the computer, so creating a bootable Flash Drive would be the only option really.
     
  4. mabaty macrumors member

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    you should have a bootable volume already. hold down Option right after the start up dong, see if an orange Recovery volume appears.
     
  5. Yankeesxd thread starter macrumors member

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    when i reboot and hold option R do i just choose reinstall mountain lion? will that delete all my stuff first?
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    No that won't delete everything. While in that recovery screen start Disk Utility and erase Macintosh HD. Then quit Disk Util and proceed with the install. That will give you a system with nothing but the OS.

    It will take some time as the OS will be downloaded from Apple's servers.
     
  7. Yankeesxd thread starter macrumors member

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    ok thanks alot for the reply and by clicking install you mean clicking " resinstall mountain lion" right?
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yep.
     
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    5 gig download. Took 2 hrs with my 2.5 mbit DSL.
     
  10. folewar macrumors newbie

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    If your new-to-you Macbook Air is running Lion or Mountain Lion - start your Macbook Air while holding down the command + r key and when you see the recovery menu - go to disk utility and erase/format your hard drive to Mac OS Journaled Extended - after you have done that - exit disk utility and reinstall your OS.

    if your Macbook is a 2010 or older - it came with a USB Installer. Stick that USB installer in your USB Port - turn your macbook on while holding down the options key and select your USB installer as your boot drive - again, go to disk utility - format/erase the drive then proceed to install.
     

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