Loading an OS without an optical drive

nuubie

Registered
How does Apple expect most of their users to reinstall the OS on new Macs which don't have an optical drive?
 

jbarley

One more, for the road!
How does Apple expect most of their users to reinstall the OS on new Macs which don't have an optical drive?
Most as you mention will have backups or USB pen drives with copies of the original install files.
It'll only be a very small percentage of users who will need to scrounge around looking for assistance on how to reinstall an operating system they should have had backups for right from the beginning.
 

SGilbert

Registered
The new OS's are not even available on disks. Download on App Store only. Provisions are there to re-install if needed.
 

DeltaMac

Tech
Just to expand on SGilbert...
Macs for the last couple of years come with Lion, and now Mountain Lion.
Apple does not provide a method to install those systems from optical drives, so no need to supply optical media to reinstall the system.
And, if the hard drive (or SSD) should fail completely, and you have to replace the boot drive, recent Macs can connect to the internet, and download the system from Apple's servers, if necessary, without any local backup or disk involved.
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718
 
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