I got an old MacBook Air. I know very little about it, because I got it as a workstation in a new job and nobody has any info about it.

I'm also a Mac newbie. These are the specs: it's running Snow Leopard, it has 128GB SSD, Core 2 Duo 1,86 GHz CPU and 2GB RAM.

I'm trying to factory reset it but don't know how.

Which MacBook edition is it? 2010 or 2011? How do I factory reset it? There is no USB in the box, just some CDs (and the computer doesn't even have an optical drive).


The simplest manner would be to use the Air's Remote Disc functionality to re-install the OS using an erase and install.

  • if that is the simplest way, I don't know if I want to hear more complex ones... :/ Nov 8 '12 at 18:49
  • I suppose you could pay to upgrade to Lion or later and use the Recovery HD to self-wipe the machine. That would be less steps. Target mode is easiest, but you'll need another Mac to do the reinstall. Lots of ways to skin this cat. :)
    – bmike
    Nov 8 '12 at 19:27
  • Note that if the MacBook is really old (4 years or more), resetting it this way can brick it. Jun 26 '19 at 14:10
  • @FranklinYu have you seen a machine that doesn’t work when you bring a USB installer to it? If so, what build and os installer version?
    – bmike
    Jun 26 '19 at 16:48
  • Yes, I failed to install macOS High Sierra on 2010 Mac mini (should be similar to MacBook AFAIK) with bootable USB. Jun 26 '19 at 17:36

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