How to Restore and Recover MacBook Pro/Air & iMac Hard Drive Data


How to Restore MacBook ProRestoring your Mac to factory setting implies that you are ready to format (hard – format) your Macintosh HDD (startup disk) and remove all of its content, installed applications, widgets, and the user-defined settings so that the MacBook Pro is rolled back to its original state.

Mac hard drive restoration is a productive activity. However, you must first backup your hard drive i.e. Macintosh HDD to another external hard disk. Always rely on a 2 -way Mac backup strategy so that your data isn’t dependent upon a single backup disk.

  1. Create the latest backup of your Mac’s Macintosh HD with Time Machine application.
  2. Clone your Macintosh HD to an external hard drive using a Mac clone application.

There are many other factors that can cause the problem of losing data. The failure of the hardware on your computer or a crash due to some type of software are only some of the reasons that make you loose time and money over recovering data from your computer. Not to speak about human error or issues caused by the power systems! These are even more harmful and happen a lot more often than the damages caused by floods, fires, heat or smoke. One must also consider the virus attacks and the issue of vandalism or sabotage, as you can never know what may happen.

How to Restore MacBook Pro

Apple provides a very intuitive process for formatting Macintosh HD and restoring Mac to its original settings. Hope you have properly backed up the data on Macintosh HD, and it is safe to follow below steps:

Step 1. Restart/Turn off MacBook Pro and press Power button to switch it on again.

Step 2. Once MBP starts, immediately press OPTION key to bringing forth the startup drive menu.

Step 3. Once startup drive menu is loaded, you will see following available disks – Macintosh HD, Recovery HD. You may also see other disk drives such as Boot Camp Partition as per your installation.

Step 4. Select Recovery HD to upload. After few seconds of delay, you will see that OS X Utilities have been loaded on MacBook Pro screen.

Step 5. OS X Utilities offers four options to be performed on Mac hard disk drive:

  1. Restore from Time Machine Backup
  2. Reinstall OS X
  3. Get Help Online
  4. Disk Utility

Step 6. Click Disk Utility from the list of given options. Once through, select your Macintosh HD from the Disk Utility tray and go to erase tab. You must keep:

  • Drive Format – “Mac OS X (Journaled.)”
  • Drive Name – “Macintosh HD.”

Step 7. Click Erase to format the selected Macintosh HDD. Formatting will remove all existing files on the Macintosh HD, which is why a prior backup of Macintosh HD should be done.

Step 8. Let the Disk Utility to complete the erase process.

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