Recovering OS X on Macbook 5,1



  • Forrest Smith

    Phil's right - I think you may be misunderstanding both what the Chromebook Recovery Utility is for, and how Mac OS is supported. 



    The Chromebook Recovery Utility is provided by Google  as an official means by which to recover only official Chromebooks back to a factory-fresh state. It will only offer you model names for specific Chromebook hardware.

    You can use this tool to burn an image of your own choosing to a USB, as we lay out for creating a CloudReady install here, however that requires you to have a CloudReady Installer image downloaded and ready to be selected as per the instructions. If you wanted to do the same thing, but to recover Mac OS, then you'd need a recovery image for Mac OS in advance.


    On that same note - neither Neverware nor Google can help you recover Mac OS - only Apple owns and distributed their OS, so you'll need to pursue a recovery image and/or other reinstall method using their official tools and support. Depending on the age of your hardware, an article like this may help.


    I'm sorry if any of this comes as a surprise. We try our best to provide warnings about these facts in our guide and prior to allowing install, so that every user understands that installing CloudReady erases data permanently and that we are unable to assist in recovery of other OSs. Still, I wish you the best of luck in getting your machine into whatever state you prefer.

  • Marty

    At this point one of your only options (if you didn't make a backup install usb while on Mac OS) would be to find a friend with a Macbook or iMac and see in the App store if they had upgraded and can find the .dmg of it and create an install image on the Mac.

    I'll link an article that you can browse through for info, but big key is to find another Mac.


    Always do backups if you'd like to ever go back, and to other Mac users I'd swap the HDD and install Cloudready on another one.

  • Forrest Smith

    Original Poster sent this message in another thread - condensed here for ease of future readers:


    Thanks for your detailed help, Marty, Forrest Smith and Phil. You were correct, I had misunderstood the problem.

    The solution was relatively "simple".

    Find the correct Mac OS installation discs ( these are grey and come with the Macbook)

    Boot from the disc by holding down the C key on restart

    Using Disc Utilities ( located on the installation disc) reformat the root hard drive overwriting any data with zeros

    Reinstall Mac OS

    PS I loved using Chrome on my Mac to view the Android app, but they have now brought out a Mac iOS version, so I have more uses for a second Mac. It was however impossible to get my Mac keyboard to work in Chrome, which meant I could not enter a password and had to use Guest. The virtual keyboard didn't seem to work. Eventually used an external mouse and a borrowed a bluetooth Logitech board.

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