How to: Restore the 2011 MacBook Air

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This is a quick tutorial outlining the process of restoring your 2011 MacBook Air. Since the MacBook Air no longer ships with system restore disks (or restore USB key), this is the only way to either restore the system or recover it from a Time Machine backup. The process I’ve outlined will leave you with a freshly installed copy of Apple OSX Lion.
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  1. UwStoorzender says:

    so old

  2. crackerworld says:

    If you don't have a recovery, use cmd(Command) + R + Power(release power after the Chime)

  3. Octavio Mora says:

    On mine it was command + R key.

  4. Jamie Lopez says:

    Please help me.
    I don't have macintosh HD
    I have OS X Base System and
    It is restoring MacOS Sierra

  5. Sebastian Pulgar says:

    omg lou im watching your roots to grab some inspiration, regards and congrats from Venezuela lml_

  6. Phu Dang says:

    It say this item is temporarily unavailable when I try to reinstall OS X

  7. Philip Pritchard says:

    Please help. My early 2011 mac won't recognise the wifi password for my router on the re boot screen. The password is correct and I can't find anyway round it. Any ideas?

  8. Damian Martinez says:

    my Hard drive crashed and i just recently got a new one will I do the same procedure as the one on the Video or do you have any other suggestions?

  9. Aryan Sharma says:

    Didn't have 2 options

  10. Emily says:

    It works for me 🙂

  11. Charlotte Sharlon says:

    I don't have two option why would that happened?

  12. Farah Yazid says:

    Hey mine does not work . I cant reinstall the OS X Lion. And now i dont know what to do…please help me..😥

  13. Talha Warraich says:

    My OS X lion is taking 66 hours to download

  14. Labyrinth Coaching & Consulting says:

    Thanks very much – worked for me!

  15. Gus Olownia says:

    Thanks a ton! My air is working like a beaut now!

  16. Albania Gamer says:


  17. Estephanie Jeanette says:

    Omg mine only has " reinstall OS x" AND IM GETTING FRUSTERATED

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