What if?? [something bad happened to my mac]

Discussion in 'iMac' started by steve am, May 4, 2014.

  1. steve am macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2014
    Hello everyone, what if something bad happened to my mac just say i went to it one day and it wouldn't turn on or just wouldn't fire up.

    i bought this iMac a few weeks back its a late 2013 version. its my first ever mac
    what would i do if i needed to reinstall the O/S.

    unlike a pc i never got a disc to reinstall software if something goes wrong.
    on my mac don't even have a drive for a disc.

    Cheers Steve.
  2. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 27, 2013
    I think you hold command-r on booting it up. Have you had a power cut? If you have, unplug your power cable for 1 minute, when up it back in and boot up.
  3. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    This is why it's prudent to create your own bootable Mavericks installer, just if something goes bust.

    It's easy.

    Download Mavericks from the App Store, but quit the installer app it opens. Then, use DiskMakerX to create a bootable installer out of it on a pen drive.
  4. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Or use the inbuilt Apple way....

    Create Mavericks USB Installer
  5. casperes1996 macrumors 68040


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark
    Not necessary

    Although the suggestions of the previous posts are wise to follow, they aren't necessary. If you can get your Mac on the internet, you can alway reinstall the OS like that. Holding cmd+r during boot will put you in recovery mode. Most of the time you can use the recovery partition that is on the machine to reinstall without the internet, but if the recovery partition isn't there for whatever reason, you can connect to the internet and reinstall the OS for apple's servers.
    Also, when was your last pc purchase? For years windows computers haven't come with discs either, but instead restore partitions way less reliable.

    You can also get an external disk and use time machine, super duper or other backup software(or the do it yourself way with either terminal or disk utility), to make a bootable image on the disk, that you can install or run from in case of emergencies.
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The easiest solution is just to buy yourself an inexpensive USB3 external drive and use that with the included Time Machine software to backup your system. Then if you have a catastrophic failure like you described, you can just option key boot to the Time Machine disk when the Mac comes back from repair and restore the entire OS and all your data back on the computer.

    Your new Mac also has built in Internet Recovery that can be used to reinstall the OS to a new, blank drive over the Internet. But this does not get your data back. The full backup drive is really the best choice.
  7. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    I didn't receive reinstall software discs for an HP laptop I bought new in 2001 or 03 and it came with a partition that you can boot from to reinstall everything back to a brand new state, the MacBooks are very similar.
    Like someone mentioned hold down CMD+R for recovery, as long as you have internet, the version of OS X that shipped with your Mac will load.
    Personally, I would purchase an inexpensive 8GB USB drive, Google search How To create an OS X USB Drive.
    (or look to DiskMaker X)
    For the 1st year if it doesn't boot whatsoever, take it to, call, send to Apple.
    If you want that option for another 2 years then purchase AppleCare.

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