HELP! Resetting MACBOOK AIR 10.6.8

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by shek, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. shek macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    Hi Guys, Im in a really sticky situation.
    I have a Late 2010 Macbook Air with 10.6.8 on it. I just have the Macbook thats it. No usbs installs, discs or anything. I want to factory reset everything, and reinstall OSX, but the macbook has disk utility deleted and terminal... I download Pacifist, but apparently you need the installation disc?!?! I am extremely tired and frustrated with this issue, could SOMEONE please help me? Thanks so Much

  2. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I may be wrong, but I believe Apple has begun selling Snow Leopard again for $29. So you could use that with an external DVD drive?
  3. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    I think instead of the retail disc, you'll have to get the USB restore disc.
  4. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    You can buy one for $29 - or if you go to an Apple store you can ask them to do it for you.
  5. JonLa macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2009
    Have a look in the App Store and see if Snow Leopard is there as an already installed App - if so then there's a way to download the installation file, and add it to a bought USB drive and make it into an installation USB.

    Otherwise the best way would be to buy Mountain Lion (or Lion) and do the same thing - make an installation drive and boot.
  6. nick_elt, Jan 8, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 8, 2013

    nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    for this situation only (not promoting piracy) i would reccommend a certain website if you get my drift. You can easily make a bootable usb stick. Message me if you need any help.
  7. nivramjoshua macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2013
    Will you please post the link Nick_elt. Thanks.
  8. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
  9. seveej macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2009
    Helsinki, Finland
    Hi OP,

    There was a thread here somewhere (but can't find it right now). The gist of it was that as Apple sells no Mac without a macOS license, you can always call apple, and they'll supply you with an replacement installation medium (the proverbial grey disk) for your machine (the same it shipped with). I can't remember what they bill you for it, but less than for a new SL license.

    Maybe you could get them to give it to you on an USB stick, but even if you only get it on DVD, you'd be one step closer, and if you intend to sell the machine, the buyer would appreciate it as well.

  10. nick_elt macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2011
    If you enable private messaging i will send to you
  11. dbroncos78087 macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2013
    Northern Virginia
    My 2010 MBP came with the disc. Are you sure you didn't get it and its just hidden somewhere? I can reset mine to 10.6.3 at any point and redownload 10.8.
  12. magicalturte macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2014
    Could you please send me the link too? would really appreciate it! :D
  13. jmazzamj macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2009
    2010 Airs came with a usb stick which I can't find either...
    I recently sold my sister's 2010 Mac but still, it would be nice to have it.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2015
    So if I go to the Apple store and buy a USB, do I boot up the computer with the USB thumb drive in? My old Macbook Air is stuck at the spinning wheel.


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