how to format or re-install Macbook pro, Macbook Air, or Mac OS (easy)

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this video is to show you how you can format your MacBook Air/ MacBook pro by using an online recovery as well as by erasing and formatting the pc. it goes through all the steps especially when the error message “can’t install additional components for MacBook” and wont let you download it. sorry about the images, i literally just took them from Google Images to have a proper explanation of what to do when formatting the mac

a lot of people have been asking me what happens if you you get to the bootloader and all that comes up is “Macintosh HD” , then this is what you have to do:

go to your terminal on your desktop by pressing the command button and space bar and typing in ‘terminal’ in the spotlight search, or you can do it from the launchpad.
once in the terminal, type: diskutil list
then exit the terminal.
then turn of the Mac, turn it back on using cmd+ R and then see if “Recovery HD” is listed.

If not, your recovery partition does not exist, you must have formatted the hard disk or may have deleted it. this problem seems to be occurring with people who mainly have a older mac, ive noticed.

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This process is very easy and free. This does work for Mac OSX Lion/Snow leopard. Please rate comment and subscribe! Please no bad comments. If any, please constructive criticism so I know how to improve my videos. Thank-you! PS Save original system version file somewhere safe for backup. 🙂
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  1. vedicastrol says:

    I pressed Command & R but got disk utility. (macbook A1181) what am I doing wrong?

  2. hi bruh says:

    bro mine keeps saying temporarily unavailable please help me man please whenever I try to reinstall os after reseting. how can i fix this??

  3. blap200 says:

    I have 2008 white MacBook and this doesn't work. Can you advise?

  4. Shreenathdree Travels says:

    My macbook pro's keyboard has damaged fully. suggest me how can I format my lap. Coz during booting I have to press C

  5. MAYA LACERNA says:

    I still have a notice which have a circle qnd a line even though i follow the first step. Pls. Help as soon as possible

  6. estiv chillin says:

    I hope u see this comment am having a hard time signing into Apple Store it says unavailable so my pic is now just empty

  7. zili zealous a kanos kiskutya says:

    Hi there! Just wanted to let you know that,u just save me a hell lot of running about and fuss with this video! God bless u man! U r my hero right now! Thx so so much!!!!!!!!✌🏼️✌🏼️✌🏼️

  8. David Clouthier says:

    what if none of them options is available other than u need to restart in a greyed out screen with black power button and some type saying unable to find driver for this platform

  9. Philip settimi says:

    If you have disc errors you will NOT be able to re install the OS period. I went from a working OS to nothing, and needing a new hard drive GREAT JOB!

  10. Travis Jenkins says:

    What do I do if command + option + R does nothing I still get the error but nothing comes up

  11. Eliza Sadowska says:

    I just found this solution online but it came with a caution…have NO clue why. This is the solution, i haven't tried it yet….
    sudo -s (BE CAREFUL!)

    df -h (to see where the primary disk mounts – look for /)

    then: mkdir /Volumes/EFI

    then: mount_hfs /dev/disk2s1 /Volumes/EFI

  12. Eliza Sadowska says:

    when I attempted to enter the command /sbin/mount -uw /, the response was mount-hfs: Permission denied

  13. Eliza Sadowska says:

    if you need a photo i can send one

  14. Eliza Sadowska says:

    i recently wiped my macbook and wanted to install operating system from factory disk. My operating system is not installing. I get a black screen that says "efiboot loaded from device: acpi". a bunch of stuff shows up on the screen. The last thing that shows up is "if you want to make modifications to files /sbin/fsck -fy /sbin/mount -uw / if you wish to boot system: exit -sh-3.2#". I haven't the slightest clue as to how install my operating system, normally.

  15. Wesley Italiano says:

    U got +1 sub cause this vid helped so much ty

  16. Michael Barabie says:


  17. LinkyyHD Graphics & More says:

    I don't have "SystemVersion.plist" ;(

  18. Servando Melendrez says:

  19. The Slogan says:

    ey bro! great video!! ^_^ but does this work if you want an app trick it and think that you're on Snow Leopard? Check out my Vids on my channel! XD /user/antoniosoloalvarez/videos

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