I really know very little about Macs.
A friend sent me this about his macBook laptop
I was updating my hard drive with my external hard drive this morning and the computer froze midway through. I turned the computer off and unplugged the external hard drive which may have been my first mistake. The entire hard drive seems to be deleted and I have no operating system. The computer starts up and goes to a list of OSX reinstallation options. At this point I don’t want screw anything else up. I last backed up in mid April so I won’t lose that much considering I send most files out by email. Can you help get me going?
Anyone know where to start with this? He was using time machine - is that an image of the hard drive / we restore the image and we're done? Or is it just backup of certain files / folders? We'd have to install the OS, apps, configuration, .etc? HGe talked of removing the external hard drive... not sure if he corrupted that too?
Would anyone care to share some advice where to start to get that machine going again?
The machine is only a couple years old.
Somehow, I have a 'mac os and install disk 1' for 10.5.4. taht's copyright date of 2008. (NOT from his machine, just a disk I have on my shelf.
And I have a bunch of USB disks if there's a place / need to download the OS.
But I have no clue where to start.