How do you restore a Lion based Mac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mrochester, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. mrochester macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hi all

    I'm trying to restore a Lion based iMac to factory settings. As you no longer get a DVD to do this, how do you go about achieving this? I've tried holding down the option key when booting to get the recovery boot option but nothing appears (it just boots into Lion). Has anyone got any ideas?

    Many thanks

  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
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    Have you made sure the recovery partition is there??

    If it is restart your mac holding command + r till you see the apple logo and you should be rocking and rolling.
  3. mrochester thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 8, 2009
    Thanks. Got it now. On my MBP when I hold down the option key on boot I get a "recovery" option, which is what I was trying to do on this iMac!

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