How to Format a MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro is an advanced device of MacBook family. Regardless of its quality and innovativeness, it lastly is a device. And like other machines, all computers and laptops will suffer from some issues like malfunctions, not responding, and many other problems.

Formatting your device can be useful while your computer or MacBook runs slow or malfunctions because of the installation of faulty or adware software. Maybe you have accidentally installed an outdated version of OS X incompatible to your system, or you have erased the startup disk. At this time you must consider formatting your MacBook Pro. Formatting your MacBook Pro involves reinstalling OS X.

There are three methods of formatting MacBook pro:

  1. Reinstalling OS X from Recovery.
  2. Erasing the drive and installing a fresh version of OS X.
  3. Restoring OS X from Time machine backup.

How to reinstall OS X from Recovery

  1. Power on ‘MacBook Pro’. And listen for the startup sound.
  2. Press and hold ‘Command + R’ keys of your keyboard immediately after hearing the startup sound. Doing this will reinstall the OS X version that was previously installed.

Press and hold ‘Command + Option + R’ keys to install the version of OS X that was originally installed on your MacBook.

  1. Release the ‘Command + R’ keys, when the Apple logo appears on the screen. And you will be provoked to pick an internet connection type.
  2. Select an option to connect the MacBook with the internet. Your MacBook should be connected to the internet to reinstall OS X via Recovery.
  3. Click on ‘Reinstall OS X’ from the Recovery menu.
  4. Click on ‘Continue.’
  5. Now, go through the on-screen instruction to reinstall OS X on your MacBook Pro.
  6. Choose Hard disk on which you want to install OS X.

When you have successfully applied the steps, your MacBook Pro will be formatted, and the new OS X will be installed.

How to erase the drive and install a fresh version of OS X

  1. Power on ‘MacBook Pro’. And listen for the startup sound.
  2. Press and hold ‘Command + R’ keys of your keyboard immediately after hearing the startup sound.
  3. Release the ‘Command + R’ keys, when the Apple logo appears on the screen. And you will be prompted to select an internet connection type.
  4. Select an option to connect the MacBook with the internet. Your MacBook should be connected to the internet to reinstall OS X. when you connected with internet recovery menu will appear on your screen.
  5. Select ‘Disk Utility’ from the recovery menu.
  6. Click ‘Continue.’
  7. Select the startup disk from the left pane of Disk Utility and then click on ‘Erase’ tab. (default startup disk name is ‘Macintosh HD OS X’)
  8. Click on the Format’s drop-down menu and select ‘Mac OS Extended (Journaled).’
  9. Enter a name for your disk.
  10. And, click on ‘Erase’ button.
  11. Close the disk utility window, from ‘Disk Utility’ tab in the upper right corner.
  12. Now, click on ‘Reinstall OS X’ from the recovery menu.
  13. Click ‘Continue’ and go through the on-screen instructions to reinstall OS X.

When completed, your MacBook Pro will be formatted, and a fresh OS X will be installed.

Billy Mark is a technical expert who writes about productivity suites such as Microsoft Office. He writes blog posts, reviews, instruction manuals, news releases, and technical descriptions at office.com/setup

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