how to reformat/restore 2011 13.3" MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by musica3173, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. musica3173 macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011
    Hey guys, May I know how do we reformat/restore the 2011 MBA to original factory settings since we don't have a USB drive?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Restart the MBA, hold down the OPTION key after the sound and choose the RECOVER partition.

    And then there is page 45 of the User Guide, which should have been included with your MBA.
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    And if the recovery partition is hosed, reboot holding down Command+R...
  4. musica3173 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2011
    Thank you so much guys, saw it!! appreciate it too!
  5. iJeremy macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2007
    San Clemente, California
    No reinstall option in utilities

    I read page 45 of the user manual, then I checked my utilities folder and I don't have a Restore OSX item there. Could it have been deleted when I used migration assistant to move everything over from my MacBook Pro when I first set up my new 2011 MacBook Air? If so, what do I do to get it back without deleting my stuff? Thanks.
  6. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    In your thread title you are asking about reformatting and restoring the OS. Formatting erases all of your data so if you want to preserve your data then you need to back up your data to an external source like a hard drive, flash media, or optical disc prior to formatting and restoring.

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