How to Restore MacBook Pro/Air: Full Guide in 2019

There could be a number of reasons why you would want to restore your MacBook Pro. Restoring MacBook is useful when you are experiencing certain issues with its performance, system errors, or virus attack. You also need to restore your MacBook before selling or donating. The process to restore MacBook is quite straightforward if you know all the steps.

1How to Restore MacBook Pro/Air to Factory Settings?

Restoring MacBook to factory settings is a straightforward process. It is recommended that you back up your files in a different location before proceeding because it will erase all data stored on MacBook.

Steps to Restore MacBook Pro/Air to Factory Settings

Step 1. After backing up your important data, connect your MacBook to the power adapter and restart it. When the MacBook is restarting, hold down the 'Command' and 'R' button at the same time. Keep holding these buttons until the Apple logo appears on the screen. Once you see the logo, release both buttons immediately.

Step 2. If everything goes right, you will see the "OS X Utilities" window on the screen. On that screen, click on the "Disk Utility" option then Continue.


Step 3. Next, open the Erase tab and choose the primary drive of your MacBook.

Step 4. After that, click on Format and then click on the "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" option.


Step 5. Start the erasing process by clicking on the Erase button.

Step 6. Once the process is completed, close the Disk Utility window.


How to Back Up Mac Before Resetting?

One of the easiest and the most recommended ways to back up before resetting Mac is the built-in Time Machine feature of macOS. It was introduced with OS X 10.5 Leopard and a lot of Mac users use it as a primary backup tool because it is great for both restoring your entire hard drive in case of a system crash as well as for recovering individual files you have accidentally deleted.

Follow these instructions to back up Mac via Time Machine:

Step 1. On your Mac, open the Apple menu and then find and click on the System Preferences > Time Machine.


Step 2. Next, click the Select Backup Disk option.

Step 3. Now navigate to the drive on your Mac which you would like to use as a Time Machine backup. Then Click on Use Disk.


It will start the backup process. Depending on the size of data your hard drive has, the process may take some time to complete.

2How to Restore Data from MacBook Pro/Air?

If you didn't create a backup before restoring your MacBook to factory settings, then you will need to use a third-party data recovery tool in order to recover all your lost/deleted data. It is recommended that you install iMyFone AnyRecover.

AnyRecover supports all storage mediums and it can recover any kind of file quickly. This tool allows you to preview the file before recovering which is really useful when you want to perform selective data recovery.


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  • Recover any kind of file via this tool. AnyRecover supports data recovery of 1000+ file formats.

  • You can easily recover deleted files via this tool no matter how they got deleted e.g. OS restore/reinstall, hardware failure, system crash, malware/virus attack, etc.

  • AnyRecover has a built-in file previewer which you can use to preview the files before recovery. This feature makes selective file recovery easier.

  • All storage mediums are supported including memory cards, hard drives, USB flash drives, digital cameras, smartphones, camcorders, and more.

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Steps to Restore Data from MacBook Pro/Air

Step 1. Install AnyRecover on your MacBook and launch it. Click on Formatted Disk Recovery.

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Step 2. Select a location where your files were stored before deletion and then click on the Next button.

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Step 3. Select file types for scanning and start the scanning process via the Scan button.

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Step 4. Preview and select the files that you wish to recover and use the Recover button to start the recovery process.

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Restoring MacBook Pro or Air is a straightforward process but it erases all data stored on the Mac. That's why you should create a backup first (via Time Machine) before do that.

If you didn't create a backup, then don't worry; you can still recover your deleted/lost data via iMyFone AnyRecover. Simply install this tool on your Mac and use one of its data recovery modes to recover your desired files.

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By  Simon Marcus , to Hard Drive Recovery

Posted on Jan 19, 2019  ( Updated: Feb 07, 2019 )

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