How to Restore an UnPeared MacBook:
1. First, you'll have to reduce the used disk space on your Macintosh HD to at least 15% below the size it was before “Pearing”. For example, if your original Macintosh HD size before Pearing was 121GB, you must make sure that your current system has 103GB or less on it now.
2. Turn off file Vault.
3. Create a Time Machine backup to ensure that you have backed up your data. This step is critical for the restore process. If you want added protection, you can also use an online backup system in addition to Time Machine.
4. Confirm that your TimeMachine Backup has completed.
(In the example below there are 8 minutes remaining, and you will need to wait before proceeding.)
5. Turn off your computer.
6. Slide your TarDisk out.
(If you don't have a TarDisk installed, then don't worry about this step, move on to the next step.)
7. With the TarDisk removed, restart your computer into Recovery Mode by holding down Command (⌘) + R keys while the computer is rebooting. If you're unsure how to do this step, here is Apple's official Guide.
8. If you completed step 7 successfully, you will see a window like the one below. Select "Restore From Time Machine Backup".
9. Click "Continue" and follow the restore process.
10. Select your Macintosh HD. Note that the "space available" is the size of your SSD.
15. You will see the following dialog. "In order to restore from a Time Machine back up, all current data will be erased, to make way for your backed up data". Click "Continue".
16. The HD will be erased to make space for the data recorded in the Time Machine Backup.
17. After step 16, the restore process will begin. It can take some time, but to avoid any complications don't interrupt the process. Also, make sure your computer is plugged into a power supply.
Once the restore is complete, you're done!
Here are a few more things to keep in mind:
- This process restores your system fixing any existing issues that exist in your operating system which were throwing red-flags to the Pear Installer.
- Feel free to run your Pear Installer now!
- If you accidentally deleted your Pear Installer, you will need to activate the TarDisk as mentioned in the previous step. Although our Terms of Service specify a one-time-use license, we are happy to help you Pear a second time! Send an email to us with the subject line: "Pear after un-Pear" and the following information:
- Your MacBook's serial number.
- Your original receipt. (The email confirmation of your order)
- The following written statement; "I acknowledge that Pearing my machine a second time removes safety checks which can potentially introduce unforeseen errors."