Restore macbook help

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Garussell, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Garussell macrumors member

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    so i have a folder of my macintosh HD on an external hard drive and i was wondering how to go about and restore my macbook using this folder
     
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    It depends on how you copied it over?

    If you did a proper clone you will able option key boot to the external drive then use Disk Utility to clone the external to the internal following this video.
     
  3. Garussell thread starter macrumors member

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    well I didn't do anything in the video I just opened my hard drive on finder and selected everything then copied it to my external hard drive
     
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    If you just opened Finder and drag and dropped Macintosh HD, you will not be able to make a bootable restore from that. That would copy over your personal data though, like documents and music etc.

    You will need to reinstall the OS make a user account then you can copy your personal data over. What year and model Mac do you have?
     
  5. Garussell thread starter macrumors member

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    ah ok thanks for letting me know but i have a unibody macbook late 09
     
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    I was hoping it was one of the newer models on this list that can use Internet recovery to DL the OS.But it's not.
     
  7. Garussell thread starter macrumors member

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    ah ok i mean i downloaded the OS using the internet recovery when installing my SSD earlier this year
     
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    If you already have the OS installed, say like Mavericks, yes you can command-r boot to the hidden recovery partition on the drive and reinstall the OS that way. But if there is no recovery partition on the drive you would need to use Internet recovery and you Mac does not support that.

    There is a pretty good article here that explains it. The article is for Mountian Lion, but it still works the same way.
     

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