How to install OS on new Harddisk?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by stefanph, Apr 16, 2013.

  1. stefanph macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2012

    I have a Macbook PRO 13" 2011 and its harddisk is broken. When turning the macbook on it just shows the apple logo and the loading animation but nothing happens. If I connect the harddisk to my Macbook Retina via USB it takes a while and everything loads slowly but I was able to backup the data. I bought a new harddisk because the guy in the store told me that I just have to connect the new harddisk to my old macbook pro and i can load the IOS directly from the macbook since the license is already set in the mainboard and I just need to connect it via LAN. OK I have tried that but when I start my macbook pro with the new harddisk it just shows me a folder and a questionmark. What should I do? I dont have any disk or dvd delivered with it originally.

    Can I load the OS on my macbook retina and connect the new harddisk via USB and install the OS on the harddisk? Or is there a combination to press when I start the macbook with the harddisk? Someone told me that I have to formate the new harddisk once, how does this work on my retina?

    Thanks so much appreciate your help!
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Hold Command-Option-R at startup, it will get you into internet recovery, dependable on your internet speed it can take anywhere from lets say 30 minutes to hours or even days.

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