9 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2012 8:22 AM by Glenn Leblanc
Veeneesha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I tried to repair my MBP using disk utility and the repairing failed.  Disk Utility then instructed me to erase my HD, which I did and then I tried to reinstall the Lion OS back to factory settings and since the installation is done via downloading it showed me that it required 200+ hours (I'm traveling and curringly in a tropical island where the internet is uber slow) so until I can get faster internet do I have another option? I don't know how to restore my HD since I didn't back it up (my MBP is new and I didn't have any files on there so I didn't see a need to back it up).

 

Please help! I'm rather bad at technology so any useful info you can pass along would be much appreciated!


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • 1. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 points)

    If your MBP is new, then you probably should take it back to an Apple Store if the hard drive is giving you problems.

     

    If you don't have a backup or thumb drive to install from, then your options are limited. You will either just have to find somewhere with a faster internet connection or someone with a thumb drive to install from.

     

    If you have someone around with a Mac and they have the Lion installer still in their application folder, then they could create a thumb drive installer for you. Follow this link:

    http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/08/make-a-bootable-mac-os-x-10-7-lion-installer-from -a-usb-flash-drive/

     

    If you're desperate, you might find a store that sells the Lion install drive.

  • 2. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Veeneesha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After I cancelled the installation, the MBP restarted in disk utiliy mode so I ended up shutting it down since I could either reinstall or restore... I'll be near an apple store in about two weeks so if I take it to them will they be able to reinstall/fix my HD for me even if I just leave my MBP like this?

  • 3. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 points)

    Yes they will be able to fix it. Whether or not they will charge you depends on how new it is and is it in warranty.

     

    Did disk utility show the drive as repaired and OK, or does it still show problems. If it's OK, then you still have those other options. If it's out of warranty, then try to find a way to install the OS before bringing it to the Apple Store. I have no idea on what they charge, but you might try to email a rep there to inquire about it.

  • 4. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Veeneesha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    After  I erased, the disk utility showed the disk as repaired but I guess I'm stuck in that mode until I choose to restore or reinstall because it wont give me an option to go back to normal mode, even after I restart it still shows up in disk utility mode. I suppose I shall just have to suck it up and try to reinstall the OS and hope the 200+ hours is a bluff or just wait it out for 2 more weeks until I'm at the Apple store.

     

    It's still under warranty so I guess it should be covered! phew. My MBP that I bought in 2007 came with recovery disks, why couldn't they just provide me with disks with the newer version as well!? -_-

  • 5. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 points)

    If it's under warranty, then you're it's probably best to bring it to them. I would be concerned with a hard drive needing repair on a new computer. Even if they just reinstall the software, at least you will have a record of what happened if it fails again.

     

    Guess not providing the disks is just a way to save money, just as Windows did. For most, the recovery drive is sufficient when you have a good internet connection. Also, with a TM backup, there is also a recovery drive created there in case of a hard drive failure. For other situations like yours for people who travel, don't have access to a TM backup drive or cloned external drive, or have poor internet speeds, creating a recovery flash drive is a very good option. Just follow the steps in the link I gave you.

  • 6. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Veeneesha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    One more question!

     

    While I was browsing the restore section of DU there's a disk1 listed on the left hand side and under it it states homebase, what exactly is that and it is of any use?

  • 7. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 points)

    Is it the only thing listed?

    The disk1 would be referring to the internal hard drive, and the homebase would be referring to the volume name. I would assume that it's the default name and you haven't formated or named it when you erased the disk, but I hadn't seen homebase before.

    Have you reformated the drive to Mac OS Extended Journaled and gave it a name such as Macintosh HD?

  • 8. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Veeneesha Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the original 'Mac HD'  listed then there's a line  and below it is the disk1 and my apologies but it says 'Mac OS X Base System not 'homebase' as I thought it said. When I highlight the Base system shows that the format is Mac OS extended

  • 9. Re: Erase/reinstall/200+ hours?!
    Glenn Leblanc Level 5 Level 5 (5,940 points)

    OK. I know the new computers have the recovery drive as hardware based, but I'm not familiar with what you're seeing. That's probably the recovery drive you're seeing which is not part of the internal hard drive. It probably just contains the base material to boot up, the repair utilities, and allows you to connect to the Apple server. I'm not sure, but from what Apple says in this article, you still need to have a connection to download the software:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

     

    You could try restoring the Mac OS X Base System to the internal drive, but I doubt it will contain the full OS needed to reboot the main drive.