How to Format macbook pro with lost dvd!

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by aalansi, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. aalansi macrumors newbie

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    Hi...

    Actually i have a macbook pro which i bought in 2011, I just want to format it and install the software again, I have lost the dvd which came with macbook and i have mountain lion 10.8.4
    do i have to buy the dvd from apple store, or is it possible to download one from the web. I am just confused and need some help
     
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    If you have purchased ML from the APP Store then the Installer from that can be used to create a USB key installer once that is done you can re-install from it.
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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  4. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Still probably better off going the USB route last time I tried that internet recovery it was going to take hours as opposed to the under an hour it took once I got the USB installer made.
     
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  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I assume you bought Mountain Lion from the App Store with your AppleID.

    If you did, this is simple and there is no need to make a USB key.

    Just command-r boot to the recovery partition. Start Disk Utility and erase Macintosh HD. Quit Disk Utility and click reinstall OS. You will be prompted for the AppleID you used to buy Mountain Lion. Then wait while the 4.7GB OS downloads and installs.

    At the end you will have a clean install and you will be prompted by a setup screen to either make a new account or import your data.
     

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