Re-install OS X on Retina MacBook Pro

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  1. mike4realz macrumors newbie

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    It does not come with a disc and was curious on how you would you re-install the operating system?
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    There is a restore partition in all Retina Macs and in the Air. You have to use that.
     
  3. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    Or if you somehow managed to nuke that restore partition, you can do a network boot against Apple's servers to start a reinstall.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718
     
  4. Asuriyan macrumors 6502a

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    Command + R at grey boot splash and follow the wizard.

    It does require you to download the install files.
     
  5. mike4realz thread starter macrumors newbie

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    oh ok...thx...but what if u have a slow connection or no internet access? can u somehow create a bootable usb?
     
  6. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    You can, but I am not sure which tools create a USB drive with a full OS installer on it. When 10.7 came out, the recovery partition, network boot, and USB recovery partitions all downloaded the OS over the internet. I don't know if Apple is letting folks produce full installers on USB with 10.8. Their documentation would tell you though.
     
  7. Vegasryn macrumors 6502

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    You can take it to apple store and they'll allow you to connect to their network to install it.
     
  8. rpg51 macrumors 6502

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    How can I check to see if I nuked that reinstall partition? I was messing with my macbook recently after a crash and I had to reinstall and I think in the process of deleting things I may have nuked it. Where is it? What is it named?
     
  9. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    You only ever see it if you hold 'option' down while the machine boots (showing the drive selector to select what to boot).
     
  10. Kushp14 macrumors regular

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  11. Modernape macrumors regular

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    Or go to system information (option click 'about this mac'), then select Serial-ATA, the 650MB Recovery HD is listed at the bottom.
     
  12. a-m-k macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for this tip. It sounds a great deal easier than the original method. :)
     

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