Format 10.6.8 without installation disk?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by dreadedsledge, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. dreadedsledge macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2013
    I'm finding different answers everywhere (including Apple) and figured it would be better to straight up ask. Is it possible to format the drive in my macbook, which is running Snow Leopard, without the installation disk?

    If so, how?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. trevm999 macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013
    Sure it is. However, I get the feeling you are asking the wrong question. Just formatting your hard drive will remove the operating system files so your mac will no longer be booting. Are you looking to reinstall the operating system?
  3. dreadedsledge thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2013
    Yes...should have worded that differently.

    Reason behind this is I'm selling it. I don't want to leave any trace on that machine.
  4. Voca macrumors member


    Nov 3, 2013
    Atlanta, GA
    If its the original drive which came with machine and never been fully formatted, boot into recovery mode and do a fresh install from there or just format the partition.
    Option 2: Pull the drive, get a external hdd enclosure, plug it into any other computer (yes, any - Mac or PC) and format it that way.
  5. dreadedsledge thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2013
    It is the original drive and it was never fully formatted before.

    How would I go about booting into recovery mode?
  6. endlightend macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013
    I was under the impression that only mid-2011 Macbook Pro's with Lion came with Recovery mode? I might be wrong though.
  7. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    There is no recovery mode in 10.6; you need the DVDs.
  8. trevm999 macrumors member

    Nov 5, 2013
    Either you will need to buy a snow leopard disc

    or you need to download a newer OS from the App Store and create a USB installer from the download. It depends what macbook you have for which OS you can download. The original Macbook only goes to 10.6.8, the rest go to 10.7 except the aluminum macbook and white unibodies can go to 10.9. You used to have to call in to get a code to download 10.7 from the App Store. I heard something about that changing slightly, but I can't remember what.
  9. WildCard^ macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2013
    I assume you are looking for a free way to do this, as you are selling. I have an old macbook up on craigslist, and prior to selling, I formatted and reinstalled OSX as a selling point that it was a factory fresh install. I didn't care about the data so much as none of it was private.

    Free way to do this, without disks would be to download a Ubuntu Live CD. You download it, burn it to CD, then boot off of it. I've never done this on a Mac, but as it works on Intel PC laptop and desktops, I don't see why it would fail on an Intel Mac.

    Also, I guess you could use a windows install CD/DVD. Boot from it, start the install, let it detect the HD, then delete the current partitions and format. Again, never did it on a Mac, but imagine it should work.

    Are you then going to sell the device with no OS? Who would buy a device that doesn't boot unless you are buying it cheap for parts?

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