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I have a 2010 MacBook Pro lying around that I wanted to revive.

The problem is that I've lost the original DVDs. The original HDD is now blank and this version doesn't boot via USB.

I tried using a 2008 MacBook Pro DVD but it booted to the white screen and now it won't eject it. Boot shortcut keys (Opt ⌥+R etc.) won't work either.

How can I proceed on this?

I have a HDD caddy, which is the DVD replacement, at my disposal if that helps.

  • Have you tried holding down [Opt ⌥] during startup? That starts into the Startup Manager. The Startup Manager allows you to select a macOS volume to start from at startup. If your 2010 MacBook Pro has a FireWire port and you have a FireWire drive with a version of macOS that your MacBook can boot from, than you can also use [T] during startup to startup in FireWire Target Disk mode. — Have you also tried holding down [C] during startup (starting from a CD/DVD), just in case? — You can also try hitting [Eject], [F12] or hold the mouse button at startup to try ejecting the DVD. – Alex Ixeras Oct 1 '17 at 7:35
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That Mac to be able to use Internet Recovery. Hold Cmd ⌘ Opt ⌥ R at the chimes

No Mac can boot to an OS older than itself.

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