MacBook Pro Fresh Install

Pedro Pinto

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Hello everyone.

I got a rMBP (Early 2015) and I would like to make a fresh macOS install.

Can you guys help me out with it?

Thankfully,

Pedro
 

keysofanxiety

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Hold CMD + R on startup. This will boot into macOS Utilities.

Select Disk Utility. Erase Macintosh HD or whatever your OS volume is called (the bottom of the two partitions listed). Format as macOS Extended (Journaled) in the GUID partition map.

Close Disk Utility. Select "Reinstall macOS". Enter your Apple ID & password to validate (the one you used to originally download Sierra). It'll then download and reinstall macOS. Job done.
 
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Pedro Pinto

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Thank you for the response @keysofanxiety.

All my documents are stored in iCloud Drive. Although I've a backup of it, could I access them after that formatting method?
 

Pedro Pinto

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Have you signed into iCloud through System Preferences?
Yes I did. Strangely I now got 2 folders named documents and I only saw the first one which is empty. But the other one has my documents :)

In the beginning it asked to me if I wanted to put documents and desktop folders in iCloud and said yes. However, there are 2 documents' folders now. Should I delete one of them?
 

Pedro Pinto

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@keysofanxiety after a fresh macOS install, I can't send iMessages through my MBP. It says that the phone number (I'm sending message to) is not registered with iMessage. I've turned it off and on again it still doesn't work. Can you give me a hand?
 

keysofanxiety

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@keysofanxiety after a fresh macOS install, I can't send iMessages through my MBP. It says that the phone number (I'm sending message to) is not registered with iMessage. I've turned it off and on again it still doesn't work. Can you give me a hand?
Hi Pedro,

Apologies for my belated reply. I very much read your messages and forgot to respond.

This is a bit tricky with the documents folders and iMessage. Likely just a little sync issue in both cases but nothing major; regardless, I'd hold off on deleting anything. It's worth restarting your Mac with reopen windows unchecked & try a PRAM reset. Also ensure the OS is up to date through the App Store.

For iMessage you can try signing in and out. Also double check you've got the same account set up; verify this against the iMessage settings on your iOS device. Can't hurt to remove & re-add if signing in/out doesn't do it.

Apologies again for keeping you waiting.
 
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Pedro Pinto

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Hi Pedro,

Apologies for my belated reply. I very much read your messages and forgot to respond.

This is a bit tricky with the documents folders and iMessage. Likely just a little sync issue in both cases but nothing major; regardless, I'd hold off on deleting anything. It's worth restarting your Mac with reopen windows unchecked & try a PRAM reset. Also ensure the OS is up to date through the App Store.

For iMessage you can try signing in and out. Also double check you've got the same account set up; verify this against the iMessage settings on your iOS device. Can't hurt to remove & re-add if signing in/out doesn't do it.

Apologies again for keeping you waiting.
It's all ok about the delay @keysofanxiety. I actually have tried everything you've mentioned about ticking on/off everything.

I just didn't understand the PRAM reset thing or NVRAM reset. I read something about it but I don't know the methods by heart.
 

keysofanxiety

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It's all ok about the delay @keysofanxiety. I actually have tried everything you've mentioned about ticking on/off everything.

I just didn't understand the PRAM reset thing or NVRAM reset. I read something about it but I don't know the methods by heart.
Turn off the Mac, hold CMD + ALT + P + R as soon as you've pressed the power button to turn it back on. Hold until you hear the Apple boot chime 3 times, then let go
 

Pedro Pinto

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I'm sorry for bothering you again @keysofanxiety but I found something.
Somehow, if I add +351 (which's the phone indicative of Portugal) behind the phone number, iMessage works fine, which means the bug is Contacts' related. However, I'm not changing every single contact in order to add +351 on it. Is there anyway to do it?

Pedro