trying to reformat macbook pro

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bowlofweedies, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. bowlofweedies macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2014
    ok ive tried everything. i use to reformat all the time now im stuck.
    i dont know where to start now.
    i put in leopard cd and it goes to apple logo and freezes.
    i tried to format over wifi and it asks for mavericks. i dont have mavericks. i have snowleopard latest version i bought. i erased the harddrive like the steps on youtube says to. i dont know what to do.
    thinking of going to apple store but prob gonna cost a arm and leg. your thoughts
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    What year is the Mac from?
    Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard will only work on Macs released until 2009.
    Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will only work on Macs until 2011.
    Mac OS X 10.7 Lion will only work on Macs until 2012.
    OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will only work on Macs until 2013.
    OS X 10.9 Mavericks will only work on current and compatible Macs.

    Do you have access to another Mac? Or if you have an Apple Store nearby, they may let you download OS X 10.9 Mavericks and make a bootable USB installer out of it, normally for free.
  3. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Leopard? Really! That's got to be worth something! Kinda like a Honus Wagner! Hold on to that and put it away somewhere safe.

    Sims has all the answers, all I could try was a snarky comment, sorry. :/
  4. bowlofweedies thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2014
    Yea snow Leopard isn't that old. But anyways I do got another Mac but it's the white one from 08. Pretty old. I tried to download Mavericks but I think it's too old to use it. Gonna try again. How can I put it on USB?
  5. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    What year is the Mac from ? What model exactly (/about this Mac...)

    The easiest way to put Mavericks on USB : Diskmaker X
  6. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    What model Mac are you trying to reformat? You say you put in Leopard CD so perhaps yours came with Leopard? In that case you really should have been able to restore from CD, then reinstall Snow Leopard afterwards. Going to the Apple store is free for up to 30 minutes of help. The can get your system booted up over the network in a matter of seconds and they can tell you how to get it working again on your own. Make an appointment first (online) and then go to the Apple store.

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