Help boyfriend erased my hard drive!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by silentscreams22, Jan 13, 2018.

  1. silentscreams22 macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008

    My boyfriend accidentally erased my hard drive and now I can’t do anything... all that shows up is a black screen with a spinning world icon. He meant to do a restore and instead did a complete erase,,,, I have a 2015 MacBook Pro it didn’t come with an install CD for OS, how do I get my computer up and running again?
  2. Longkeg macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2014
    S. Florida
    That spinning world icon means the computer is trying to boot from the internet. Select a WiFi network or plug in a connected Ethernet cable and click on the arrow under the icon. The machine will download and boot into a restore volume. It may take a while but once booted you can choose to install a fresh Mac OS or restore from a time machine backup.
  3. silentscreams22 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008

    There is no Ethernet port on this computer,,, he restarted it to see if a WiFi dialogue would come up and now we are getting a blinking folder icon with a question mark,,,, crap is it fixable?
  4. silentscreams22 thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 8, 2008
    He got the spinning world back by hitting command R but how do we get it connected to the internet? There is no Ethernet port on this unit. There is no option to login to WiFi no cursor to even try
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Take it to the Apple Store's Genius Bar. And don't let bf do maintenance on it again!
  6. akadafni macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    You need to reinstall the OS and hopefully if you were doing Time Machine backups you can restore your data. Good luck.
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    I have to agree with this. Usually when someone tries to help they end up with a FUBAR situation.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Get a smarter boyfriend... ;)

    Hope you have some kind of backup.
    If not, now you're going to find out why one NEEDS "a backup".

    I agree with others here.
    DON'T let the bf touch it again "to do maintenance".
    DO take it to a brick-n-mortar Apple Store if there's one reasonably close. Make an appointment to visit the genius bar. They can get a new OS installed for you.

    Once you get it running again, DO consider buying an external drive and setting that up to be your backup.
    I recommend using CarbonCopyCloner to create a bootable cloned backup drive. It's very simple to do, a few clicks of the mouse and it's done.
    If anything goes wrong again, you can just connect the backup and boot from it. Then go to work on the problems-at-hand.

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