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My 15 deleted everything on her macbook air how do i get it

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my 15 deleted everything on her macbook air how do i get it back to fatory setting
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Mac
Expert:  Ashik replied 6 months ago.

Hi and Welcome. My Name is ***** ***** I look forward to assisting you today with your question.

What is that Mac showing now ? Is it not loading at all ?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
it does not boot up i can connet to inter net which is how i am talking to you it will not reboot from any off backups
Expert:  Ashik replied 6 months ago.

Sounds like she deleted core system files. You have three options in here to get it to factory settings.

Option 1 :

If she didn't delete the recovery partition, then you can boot into OS X Utilities screen or Internet Recovery and reinstall the OS X.

Restart your Mac and immediately hold down Command and R keys at the same time for 15 seconds and this will boot your Mac to the Mac OS X Utilities screen. From there, click Reinstall Mac OS X. Then follow the instructions to reinstall your Mac OS X.

If that didn't work, then restart your Mac and immediately hold down Command, Option and R keys at the same time for 15 seconds and this will boot your Mac to installation screen. Follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall.

(Note : If you would like to erase it and do a fresh install, then click Disk Utility first instead of Reinstall OS X option. Then select Macintosh HD in left column. Click Erase tab, and click Erase button. Make sure Mac OS Journaled (Extended) option is selected there. After erasing, close Disk Utility and click Reinstall OS X)

Option 2 :

If you get another Mac and USB flash drive, then you can download the latest OS X from App Store on that Mac, then create a USB OS X Installer drive using this application--> http://diskmakerx.com/

Then put it on your Mac, restart and hold down Option key and this will boot into Startup Manager.Select OS X USB drive you created and press return. This will boot into that USB drive and you can reinstall OS X.

(Note : You need a 8+ GB USB drive for this to work)

Option 3 :

If you don't have another Mac and if Option 1 didn't work, then you can buy the OS X USB drive from eBay and use it to reinstall OS X. See here--> http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-APPLE-MAC-OS-X-10-11-5-EL-CAPITAN-INSTALL-RECOVERY-BOOTABLE-USB-FLASH-DRIVE-/191906460233?hash=item2cae843249:g:P5oAAOSwvg9XUxxK

Option 1 will not work in some cases. But Option 2 and Option 3 are guaranteed to work as those are offline installation method and can reinstall OS X even if the recovery partition of the Macbook is erased)

If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please don't hesitate to ask

Ashik, Mac Technician
Category: Mac
Satisfied Customers: 10348
Experience: Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA), 9+ Years of Experience in troubleshooting Macs, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc
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Expert:  Ashik replied 6 months ago.

Do you have access to another Mac there ? If so, I can connect to that Mac and make you myself a USB installer drive that you can use to reinstall OS X on this Mac.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
i do not have access to another mac
Expert:  Ashik replied 6 months ago.

I'm sorry Sue. Then I will not be able to fix this issue remotely from here as this Mac is not booting up. If you could get access to another Mac, I could connect to that Mac and make the recovery disk for you which you can use to fix this Mac.

Now I will request JustAnswer to refund the amount of remote service for you. I will now send you instructions in here

Did you try the Method 1 ?

Expert:  Ashik replied 6 months ago.

Did you try the Option 1 ?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
thank you for your help and i will try option 1 now
Expert:  Ashik replied 6 months ago.

You're welcome. If Option 1 is not working, then you have to buy the OS X Recovery and use it to reinstall OS X on the Mac. Go to this website and buy the OS X USB drive --> http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Mac-OS-X-10-11-El-Capitan-Install-Boot-Recovery-Restore-USB-Flash-Drive-8GB-16GB-/291838875708?hash=item43f2f3d83c:g:h9wAAOSwZVlXpfDz

Once you get the OS X drive, all you have to do is, put it on your Mac, then restart the Mac and immediately hold down Option key on the keyboard for 20 seconds. This will boot into Startup Manager screen and you will see some disks there. Select the OS X USB disk (if you don't see it, just unplug it and plug it again - don't select Macintosh HD or other hard drive icon - Make sure you select OS X USB drive). This will boot into OS X Utilities screen. Now you can follow the onscreen instructions to reinstall OS X on it.

This Option 3 is guaranteed to work because OS X recovery drive works independent of internet and it doesn't need any old system files.

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Expert:  Ashik replied 6 months ago.

Hi there, Just checking. How is it going ?

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