How to System Restore a Macbook

By John Mitchell

Most Apple Macbook laptop computers work flawlessly from a single Mac OS X installation. However, if the computer is running slowly or acting strange, you may choose to reinstall the operating system. Each Macbook comes with a Mac OS X Restore DVD. Simply insert this disc into the computer to begin the restore process.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac OS X Restore DVD

Step 1

Open the DVD-ROM tray on your Macbook computer.

Step 2

Insert the Mac OS X Restore DVD in the tray and gently close it.

Step 3

Click "DVD" icon from your desktop if the Mac OS X Installer program does not automatically load.

Step 4

Select the disk volume on which you want to install the Mac OS X software. Eligible disk volumes appear with a green arrow icon. If you have multiple hard drives, select the drive on which the Mac OS X was originally installed.

Step 5

Select "Options" if you want to install Mac OS X in a different manner. Available options include "Install Mac OS X," "Archive and Install" and "Erase and Install." The third option will erase available media from the hard drive and install a fresh copy of the operating system on the disk. Click the "Continue" button.

Step 6

Select "Basic Install" and click the "Install" button. Wait until the installation is complete. When the process is finished, your Apple Macbook computer will have a fresh install of the Mac OS X factory settings.