Wiping HD and reinstalling OS X question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jbud72, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. jbud72 macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2010
    Miami, FL
    I'm getting ready to sell my 2007 Macbook Pro (3,1 I think) and have run into a problem when I am trying to wipe my hard drive.

    I no longer have the original install disk that came with the computer. The only disk I have is a retail Snow Leopard disk. I tried to boot from this so that I could wipe the hd and reinstall OS X, but it keeps ejecting the DVD and not letting me.

    What can/should I do? The machine currently has Lion installed on it; will the internet recovery work? Thanks in advance guys.
  2. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    If it has Lion boot it and hold option after it makes the startup noise. After holding option a boot menu will pop up and there should be an option for a Lion Recovery Partition. Boot to that partition and you should be able to do a clean install of Lion with your apple ID.

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