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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).

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

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  • if that is the simplest way, I don't know if I want to hear more complex ones... :/ – Jacek Kwiecień 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. – Franklin Yu 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. – Franklin Yu Jun 26 '19 at 17:36

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