Selling MBA, how to restore it without Lion USB ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by oström, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. oström macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    I want to restore my Macbook Air, how? no cd or usb with the 2011 MBA =/ Thanks :)
  2. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    boot to recovery partition with CMD R at startup.

    Format disk w/ Disk Utility

    Get on wi-fi

    Use lion internet recovery to install Lion.

    If you have decent internet whole process should take less than an hour.
  3. oström thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    Thanks, Im a little scared tho as the wifi on lion is unreliable on all my lionmacs, I hope it doesnt break during installation :D

    Is there any data-eraser that makes my data hard to recover from the buyer? got some personal data :p
  4. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    You should be fine.

    When using disk utility, under the erase tab, look at options. You can choose to zero the drive or even do a 7-pass wipe.
  5. heyloo macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Last time I checked, the option was grayed out...oooh...did I have to click on the actual HDD (partition + recovery partition) and not my main Lion partition? Hmph. But if you do that, wouldn't you delete the restore partition too?
  6. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I can't comment on the ability for someone to recover your personal data but the internet recovery downloads the full image first before doing any install. So if your wifi does crap out, you'll be able to try again. It won't go into any actual install until it has a full recovery image.
  7. yongren macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2011
    If I recall correctly, the download will also pick up where it left off if there's a hiccup in the connection.

    However, if you start installation and something goes wrong, you can't restart the process without re-downloading the entire image.

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