This will reset Mac to the factory default version of Mac OS X on the computer, everything else will be removed in the process. On the other hand if you are setting it up yourself, go ahead and go through the initial setup process, it will be just like it was when the Mac was brand new, requiring setup of the user account and system software, setting up as a clean slate of factory default settings.
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MacBook Pro running Mountain Lion- wanting to do a factory reset.
Why not? Now what can I do? Please help me. I really need my computer for work. Whenever I turn on my iMac, it would load up to the apple logo and shut down after a few seconds. This happened ever time i tried to turn it back on again. I had a bit of hope but nothing ever changed so I decided to erase my disk and was immediately promoted me to restart my computer. When I did, it brought me a a symbol of a folder with a question mark which flashed forever.
I held the power button to turn it off and hit it to turn it on again while pressing command and R keys at the same time, it brings me a sign of a spinning globe that loads forever. When I restart it and immediately insert its installation DVD while pressing key C, it brings me the apple logo and stays like that for ages. This is freaking me out.
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I have read and tried so may solutions online but nothing has changed. Please help me with another way. If I am currently running a public beta of El Capitan, will this method still work and install the official release of El Capitan? There's a good chance that it will re-install the public beta version, since it was the most recent OS installed on your Mac.
Apple suggests installing from the Mac App Store instead.
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Now I need to format the new HD. Do I need a utility disk? I never created one on this Macbook Pro can I create a utility disk from a newer iMac?
Select the disk from the menu, select your language, then choose Disk Utility from the Utility drop-down menu and proceed to reformat it to the right settings. Then you can go back and install the OS. Try again later can anyone help me how to recover all the apps without recovery disc and without back up? I am just wondering.
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So I'm having a slightly different issue. I've followed your steps, but every time I hit "erase," it brings up a notice saying: "Disk Erase failed with the error: Couldn't unmount disk. I've attached a pic of the error. However, on the left one can clearly see the main " But it allowed me to erase the Macintosh HD option.
Why is that? Has my drive been erased nonetheless? Or do I still need to do something else? Is all hope lost? I'm now stuck on the pop up window which says "To download and restore Mac OS X, your computer's eliegiiilty will have to be verified with Apple. Loading Installation information It shouldn't be too long.
If that doesn't do the trick, there's another more complicated course of action you could try. Step 1: Back Up Your Files! Sign Up. When erasing the harddrive, which format is ideal? Could there be a problem with the Apple servers or what? My hard drive crashed on my Imac took it to computer repair they installed new hard drive, tried to recover data but could not, when we presented the imac to the apple store they told me i would have to buy back my old hd from them um hello no way, so thats why we went to another place that works on macs, so apple said i had lion on the mac, i couldnt remeber but now i remember i had leopard, the computer place installed lion, well now I cannot get any of my programs installed from the dics i have, like my photo software, etc, any cd i put in stays in for a minute then pops back out any help on this?
I have tried to do step 3 to get to the OS-X utilities screen. I cannot do it. Help needed. Opss almost forgot! Not even the dvd drive is working for the iMac. Happy days indeed. Could it be worst than a bad drive? Also, I don't have a MAC keyboard.