How to Restore MacBook Pro

Oct 29,2019 • Filed to: Solve Mac Problems • Proven solutions

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There are numerous reasons for users to want to reset their MacBook Pros to their factory settings. It might be because you are experiencing major problems with its performance, virus attacks and system errors. You can also perform this process when you need to flush out data from your machine if you need to sell it off or give it to someone else.

Part 1: How to Restore MacBook Pro

Reset MacBook Pro to square one by following these procedures:

  1. Before you restore MacBook Pro to its factory settings, make sure you have your files backed up in a different location. This is because once you initiate the procedure, you will be wiping out all available data stored on your MacBook Pro locally. One of the way to do so is by utilising the Time Machine feature provided by Apple. Take your time with this so that you can be sure that you can still access important data.
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  3. Once your data is backed up, connect your machine to the power adapter and restart it. Hold down the "Command" and "R" buttons simultaneously to start the restoration process until you see the Apple logo on the screen. Release the buttons immediately.
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  5. The "OS X Utilities" window will appear and click "Disk Utility".
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  7. Open the "Erase" tab and select your MacBook's primary drive to reset MacBook Pro.
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  9. Select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" from the "Format" drop-down menu.
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  11. Click the "Erase" button.
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  13. Once the erasing action is complete, close the "Disk Utility" window.
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  15. To complete the restoration process, connect your computer to the Internet. Establish a WiFi connection with a secure network.
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  17. From the "OS X Utilities" menu, look for either "Internet Recovery", "OS X Recovery" or "Reinstall OS X". Follow the wizard and complete the installation of the operating system. Restart you MacBook once installation is complete.
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Part 2: How to Restore Data from Macbook Pro

The quickest and easiest way to make sure data on your MacBook Pro is not entirely lost is by the built-in Time Machine feature on your machine. However, this method may not be 100% effective and you may need the assistance of a third-party data recovery tool to restore data from MacBook Pro.

Recoverit for Mac is a great option to aid you in the restoration of data into a MacBook Pro that has been restored to its factory settings. You may also find this software useful when precious data is lost due to a corrupted hard drive, virus attacks, system errors, formatting etc.

We have outlined the steps needed to restore data from MacBook Pro using Recoverit for Mac - just remember to install the software in a partition that is different from the one where the data was lost:

  1. Select a drive
  2. To recover deleted or lost data on Mac, you can choose the partition that has been restored to factory settings. Then click on "Start" to have a scan on it.

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  3. Scan the partition
  4. Recoverit will start scanning the selected Mac partition, thorough and quick. It will only read your data to perform the recovery process.

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  5. Recover lost files
  6. A list of files will be built up. Highlight the file name to preview its content, select the wanted files and click "Recover" to get them back.

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As we have outlined above, resetting MacBook Pro to factory settings should not intimidate you from not doing it yourself. You do not need to worry about losing your data because it is really easy to restore MacBook Pro - as easy as 1, 2, 3. Good luck with your efforts!

Note: Recover Lost Mac Data under Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra)

Due to macOS High Sierra (macOS 10.13) requirement, Mac users are not allowed an access to the built-in system drive from any apps. Therefore, if you need to restore lost data from the system disk under macOS 10.13, please "disable System Integrity Protection" first.

How to disable "System Integrity protection"? Please follow the steps below.

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Step 1Reboot the Mac and hold down "Command + R" keys simultaneously after you hear the startup chime, this will boot OS X into Recovery Mode.

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Step 2When the "OS X Utilities" screen appears, pull down the "Utilities" menu at the top of the screen instead, and choose "Terminal".

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Step 3In the "Terminal" window, type in "csrutil disable" and press "Enter" then restart your Mac.


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