Can I Reinstall macOS Without Losing Data?
Yes, you can reinstall macOS on your MacBook Pro or Air without losing any data if you have properly followed the reset procedure. With the help of the Disk Utility, you can erase the data and volume to proceed with the reinstallation of your macOS. Read the next section to know the steps which need to be done to reset MacBook without losing data.
Things to do to Reset Mac Without Losing Data
There are 4 important things that need to be done before you try to reset your MacBook.
- Backup on an external storage drive with the help of Time Machine Utility
- Log out of all the Apple-based applications
- Reset and reinstall the macOS with the steps that will be mentioned below
- Initiate the process to restore data after resetting MacBook
Let us get to know how you should back up the data using Time Machine so that you can efficiently restore it later. But, what if you have already reset your MacBook Pro or Air without taking a proper backup?
What to do After Resetting MacBook Without Backup?
If you have formatted, erased or reset your MacBook without any backup, your files and other program data will be permanently deleted. However, you need not be worried as those files and data can be easily recovered with the help of a professional Mac data recovery software. This software known as Remo Recover will scan and recognize data that has been formatted, accidentally deleted or lost due to any circumstances. The self-explanatory interface of the software makes it very easy even for the most novice Mac users. Download now to scan and preview the recoverable files for free.
Some Rewarding Benefits of Remo Recover:
- Can recover data from file systems such as APFS, HFS, HFS+, HSFX, ExFAT, etc.
- Works on all the storage drive that you use on your MacBook like SSD, USB, Memory Cards, etc.
- Supports recovery from all the macOS versions like Catalina, Mojave, High Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks and all the other versions
- Data loss scenarios such as lost, deleted, formatted or reformatted volumes are covered by Remo Recover
- Choice of selectively recovering desired files rather than recovering all of them
- Can recover more than 300+ file types from your MacBook. This makes the recovery process very efficient
Note: If you have not performed a reset on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air yet, please skip the above-mentioned suggestion and follow the steps given below.
How to Backup Mac Before Wiping or Resetting?
To start the Time Machine backup process, connect an external storage drive to your MacBook, and follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: When a window is prompted with how to use this drive, select Use as Backup Disk.
Step 2: If no window is prompted while inserting the external drive, search for Time Machine, and then click in Select Backup Disk.
Step 3: Select the backup preference and then follow the on-screen process. The Backup will be created.
Note: The initial Time Machine backup will take some time, so do not assume that the backup has been crashed or frozen. Wait patiently.
What to Check Before Resetting Your Mac?
Before trying to reset your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air, there are few things that need to be checked to prevent errors. To avoid conflicts while logging into the applications and programs after the MacBook has been reset, below mentioned are some of the steps that need to be done.
- Deauthorize iTunes from your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air
- Turn off the File Vault if you have enabled it and remove files from it before turning it off
- Sign out from iCloud before resetting the MacBook
- Sign out of iMessage
Once these preferences and settings have changed and signed out. You can proceed to reset your MacBook Pro without losing data.
Steps to Reset and Reinstall macOS Without Losing Data
To reset your MacBook Pro without losing data, click on the Apple menu and click on Restart. Follow the next steps as given below.
Step 1: Hold the Command + R keys until the MacBook’s utility window hasn’t opened.
Step 2: Select Disk Utility and click on Continue.
Step 3: Select your startup disk (usually labeled as Macintosh HD) and click on Erase which will be present at the top toolbar
Step 4: Select the format as MAC OS Extended (Journaled) and click on Erase.
Step 5: Wait till the MacBook is completely reset and then go back to the Disk Utility’s main window.
Step 6: Select Reinstall macOS and click on Continue.
Step 7: Make sure you are connected to a WIFI before proceeding with reinstalling the macOS.
Once, the macOS is successfully reinstalled, your MacBook will be reset to factory settings and the performance will be as fast as it is new. However, to complete the process of resetting MacBook without losing data, follow the final steps that need to be done.
Method to Restore Data After Factory Resetting Your MacBook
Once the MacBook is turned on again, connect your external storage drive where you have backed up data using Time Machine. Follow the steps mentioned below.
Step 1: Search for Migration Assistant and click on Continue.
Step 2: Select From a Mac, Time Machine backup, or startup disk and click on Continue.
Step 3: Click on the applications, programs, and files that you want to backup and click on Continue.
Once this process is complete, all the files that were present before resetting your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air will be restored. Hence, you have successfully reset your MacBook without losing data. As mentioned earlier above, if by chance you have forgotten to take a backup or lost your backup drive, make use of the Remo Recover software to recover data that was deleted due to formatting.
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