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I want to restore friends Macbook Pro but he has NO RECOVERY HD!

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Trying to restore my friends Macbook Pro to factory settings but he has no Recovery HD. I don't know how to approach this and I dont want to dungoof. This is a pain in the butt.
Furthermore, I did restart and hold down option. Just shows "mac-drive".

    
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Usually you restart and hold down the R key, what version of Mac o/s is your friend running?
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@Lord Xeb can you help us man
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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

Usually you restart and hold down the R key, what version of Mac o/s is your friend running?

Mac OS X 10.6.8. Holding R isnt doing anything.
Edited by TheQookieMonster - 7/5/14 at 8:39am
    
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The erase option is greyed out. There's no Recovery HD. I cant boot up anything regarding recovery.
    
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could always just do an install to mavericks
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10.6 doesn't include a recovery partition, 10.7+ started the recovery partition. You'll either have to restore from a backup, grab a free download of mavericks (which is easily burnable to a disk) or do a fresh format with the factory disc.

And you cannot erase a Mac OS drive within the OS...
Edited by appleg33k85 - 7/5/14 at 10:06am
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Go to another mac running 10.6.8 or later
Download Mavericks
Follow this to install it from a USB stick
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/apple-in-the-enterprise/how-to-create-a-bootable-usb-to-install-os-x-mavericks/

Then, grab the mavericks install app and put it onto a flash drive. Run this:
http://musings.silvertooth.us/2013/10/recovery-partition-creator-3-7-updated-for-mavericks/

It will restore the recovery partition.

Alternatively you can just take it to an Apple Store and ask them to install Mavericks back onto the system.

If you need Snow Leopard, you can go online and buy an install disk or go to the Apple Store.


I have a bunch of installers but you need a mac to create an install stick from.

Another option in general is to go to an Apple Store or AASP. There is no way to wipe the system completely clean without an install disk.

If you want to delete the user account, you can just create a new user and delete the old one.
 
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