Where is my restore usb drive for my new MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nizmoz, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    I just bought a sealed MBA and it didn't have the USB drive in the box for me to restore it if needed. How do I restore this thing if or when I may need too eventually?
     
  2. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502

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  3. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    It's an option from Apple for approx $70.00

    Otherwise Apple now offers a restore option via your Internet connection.

    Personally I prefer to have physical media so I spent the $70.00

    Owning premium Apple products demands spending more money. It's how Apple grew to be so profitable. They operate on a high margin. A commendable accomplishment.
     
  4. Brandon0448 macrumors 6502

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    Or make your own for like $10?
     
  5. nizmoz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So how do you actually access that interweb option when you swap out the SSD or anything like that? Or want to restore it? This is really new to me.
     
  6. Risasi macrumors 6502

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    Press and hold the option button on startup...
     
  7. 3dflyboy1 macrumors 6502

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    There's a built-in OS recovery. No USB drive needed. ;)
     
  8. echo.park macrumors regular

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    MAYBE you could check the printed manual. MAYBE you will find the answer for your question then.
     
  9. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    http://www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/

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    It depends on how one defines "maybe" :)
     
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  11. Jasmynp macrumors 6502

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    Some of the responses here were really helpful. Thanks guys.
     
  12. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    This made my day.
     
  13. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    I thought this USB doesn't work on the MBA?
     
  14. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    That's what I did!

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    Try this url ( mac world hint ).

    Gives you a bootable usb flash drive at 10.7.2 ( or whatever is most recent ) and/or a bootable DVD that contains a complete install set ( not downloading Lion from internet ).
     
  15. KPOM macrumors G5

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    I think 10.7.2 unified the builds for the entire Mac line.
     

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