This procedure completely erases the contents of your hard disk before restoring the original contents (original system software, factory settings, and applications that came with your computer).
- Start up your computer from the software restore CD and open the Apple Software Restore application. For instructions, see "Starting Up From a CD."
- Click the OK button on the introductory screen.
- If necessary, click Switch Disk to choose the disk on which you want to restore your software.
- Click the checkbox next to "Erase your hard disk before restoring."
- If necessary, choose the disk format you want from the Volume Format pop-up menu.
The recommended option is "Same as selected configuration" because it restores your hard disk to the Mac OS Extended format. This format provides more efficient storage, especially on large disks.
- Click Restore.
- Click OK.
- An onscreen message shows the status of the erase and restore process.
- Click Quit when the process is complete.
When You're Finished With the CD
When you start up your computer from a CD, the CD cannot be ejected in the usual way (by dragging the CD icon to the Trash). To restart your computer from the hard disk and eject the CD, do one of the following:
- Choose "Restart" from the Special menu. Immediately after hearing the startup chime, press the CD Eject button on the front of the CD drive. Remove the CD and store it in a safe place. Gently push the tray in to close it.
- Open the Startup Disk control panel, select the hard disk, then close the control panel. Restart your computer. After startup, drag the CD icon to the Trash (or choose Put Away from the File menu). When the CD tray opens, remove the CD and store it in a safe place. Gently push the tray in to close it.
Last update March 10, 2003
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