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Restoring Macbook Pro to factory settings

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Dec 12, 2012 11:55 AM


I'm trying to restore my MBP to factory settings. It's a 13" June 2012 MBP, with a single 500GB hdd.


I did have Linux Mint on there, installed using the rEFIt bootloader. And the dual boot was working fine.


Follow instructions to remove rEFIt (as per this video -

Move the "efi" folder to trash from the volume (where the Application and Library folders also reside)

Move the rEFIt folder to trash from the StartupApps folder in Library.


It booted in OSX fine on restart, but I got rid of the Linux partition by deleting it in Disk Utility (which left it formatted as MSDOS, presumably it couldn't read EXT4).


I booted into a live Linux CD, ran the disk manager there and deleted all the partitions except the Mac Recovery HD (~600mb). What I've got now is:

~200GB free space

~600MB Recovery HDD

(and I assume) the rest of my 500GB hdd, but this isn't viewable in Disk Utility (from the recovery partition). I can see it as free space if I boot into the linux usb though.


What I'd like is to restore it to complete factory settings, and preserve the recovery hdd, in exactly the same shape that it would be if I just bought it.

I read that there might be an EFI partition (which er.. may also have been hastily deleted).


Is there a way I can do this, perhaps by wiping Everything so it's a completely empty HDD, and reinstalling Lion from USB/internet (will internet be possible if I erase the whole 500gb volume?)


Failing that, if I booked an appointment at the Apple store, is this something they could sort out?



MacBook Pro, June 2012, 13" base model
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,460 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 11:58 AM (in response to ataulm)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities


    The EFI volume is hidden, so probably you deleted it. As you have a new Macintosh, you can use Internet Recovery, so you don't have to start into Recovery HD because it will be created again when you install Mac OS X.


    1. Press Command, Option and R keys while your computer is starting and open Disk Utility.


    2. Select the hard disk in the sidebar and go to Partition tab.


    3. If there's a partition, delete it and press + button to create a volume with Mac OS Extended (Journaled). Then, press Options and choose GUID Partition Table. Finally, select Apply.


    4. Install OS X

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,460 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 1:27 PM (in response to ataulm)

    Internet Recovery is in the firmware, so it won't be deleted. Use the Linux DVD and delete Recovery HD. As you have more space in the hard disk, I think that the other free space is under Recovery HD, so you can't recover it unless you erase Recovery. Remember to convert that into free space, so you can modify the hard disk in Internet Recovery

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,460 points)
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    Dec 13, 2012 8:34 AM (in response to ataulm)

    You're welcome


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