restoring mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by temika08, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. temika08 macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2011
    i would like to know if there is a way i can restore my desktop mac to its original settings just like you do the iphone?
  2. MacTribe macrumors member


    Dec 26, 2010
    Well sort of.

    You can re-install the Operating System otherwise known as an Archive Install.

    You can also backup via Time Machine, then wipe your local Harddrive, install a fresh copy of OSX and import all your settings.
  3. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    Erase and install is truly restoring it to factory. Not archive and install.

    If you are on 10.6 the archive install always happens unless you personally use disk utility from the boot cd to wipe the drive first.

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