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Question: I deleted Macintosh HD with Disk Utility and now I can't reload Mac OS

Help! I'm desperate!! 😢 So I went to clear my data to sell my MacBook Pro and instead I deleted the Internal Macintosh HD drive with Disk Utility.

When I do the Command + R+Power for recovery mode I get a spinning globe and a clock

When I do the Command + Option+Command +R I get the Recovery screen and I try to reinstall Mac OS but It doesn't show a disk, to install to.

I have no idea what I'm doing.. and so angry at myself for what I did.

One thought I had was....

I have a MacBook Air that I have a Time Machine Backup from. Could I use that as a recovery option? If so, how would I do that?

MacBook Pro, iOS 11.2.6

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The SSD is visible in Disk Utility. You're going to need to format it properly. Click on the drive, then click on "Erase". Give it a name that you like and "GUID Patition Map". Not sure what OS you want to install, so "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" is probably the best choice for now.


You should be able to install MacOS/OS X once you have it properly formatted.

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Mar 4, 2018 6:21 PM in response to ericalovesmacsfromsd In response to ericalovesmacsfromsd

You might be able to use that Time Machine backup with Setup/Migration Assistant, but not direct to the drive.


Do you see your internal drive in Disk Utility? Make sure that View>Show All Devices is selected.

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Mar 4, 2018 7:14 PM in response to ericalovesmacsfromsd In response to ericalovesmacsfromsd

The SSD is visible in Disk Utility. You're going to need to format it properly. Click on the drive, then click on "Erase". Give it a name that you like and "GUID Patition Map". Not sure what OS you want to install, so "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" is probably the best choice for now.


You should be able to install MacOS/OS X once you have it properly formatted.

Mar 4, 2018 7:14 PM

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Question: I deleted Macintosh HD with Disk Utility and now I can't reload Mac OS