Un-Pearing... Menu

OS X Yosemite logo
Un-Pear for OS X Yosemite

Prepare your HD

Reduce the used disk space on your Macintosh HD to at least 20% below its original size. For example, if your original Macintosh HD size before Pear-ing was 121GB, you must make sure that your current system has 97GB or less on it now.

File Vault

  • Go to System Preferences and Security & Privacy then FileValult and click on Turn-Off. Please, wait until the process finish before proceding.

  • FileVault Mac OS X Preferences Window

    Time Machine

    • Create a Time Machine backup and ensure that you have backed up your data. This step is critical for the un-Pearing process. For added protection, in addition to the TimeMachine Backup, feel free to use an online backup as well.

    • Mac OS X Time Machine Preferences Window

      Turn off

      • Shut Down your computer. You can press the power button or go to the Apple menu bar and click Shut Down.

      • Mac OS X shut down dialogue

        Remove TarDisk

        • Slide your TarDisk out. Remember, never use any type of metal to remove it.

        • TarDisk Pear hard drive being inserted into MacBook

          Command (⌘) + R

          • With the TarDisk Removed, restart your computer into Recovery Mode:
            (1) First, turn off your Mac by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds.
            (2) Once it's off, press the power button once to turn your Mac back on. Immediately press and hold the Command (⌘) + R keys when you hear the startup sound to start your Mac from OS X Recovery. Keep these two keys held down until you see an Apple logo or globe appear.
            You will then see a window here like the below. Enter Disk Utility and click continue.

          • Mac OS X recovery Utilties window

            OS X Yosemite (or older)

            • For OS X Yosemite (or older), the window should look like the following screen shot. Once you're here click Macintosh HD which will be in Red font. (If you find that the Disk Utility on your computer does not look like the image below, and instead looks like this, you are running El Captain and need to re-read step 7.)

            • Mac OS X Yosemite Disk Utility

              Fix Machintosh HD

              • A dialogue like the following will come up. Click "Fix."

              • Mac OS X Yosemite Disk Utility repair disk

                Disk being fixed

                • You should see something like the following while the disk is being fixed:

                • repair disk in progress

                  Verify Disk

                  • Once completed, make sure to check that the newly repaired disk is healthy by clicking Verify Disk.

                  • Mac OS X Yosemite Disk Utility Verify disk

                    The volume appears to be OK

                    • If the fix worked you should get a green result that reads: The volume Macintosh HD appears to be OK.

                    • The hard drive volume appears to be ok

                      Exit Disk Utility

                      • Exit Disk Utility to bring you back to the Safe Mode Boot "OS X Utilities screen". Click Restore From Time Machine Backup.

                      • Mac OS X recovery utilities

                        Restore Time Machine

                        • Click Continue and follow the restore process.

                        • Restore hard drive from Time Machine

                          Select Disk

                          • Select your newly repaired Macintosh HD. Note that the "Space Available" is the size of your SSD without Pear.

                          • Select a destination hard drive


                            • 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.

                            • Restore from Time Machine continue dialogue

                              Erasing HD

                              • The HD will be erased to make space for the data recorded in the Time Machine Backup.

                              • Erasing HD


                                • Then the restore process will begin. It can take some time, so let it run without interrupting the process. Make sure your computer is plugged into a power supply.

                                • OS X Time Machine restoring files

                                  That's it, you are done!

                                  Install Tardisk Again

                                  If you would like to use TarDisk again, you will need to activate it by deleting the EFI partition. Please see our FAQ for more information on how to do this or click here for step-by-step guide.

                                  A few notes:

                                  1. This process removes your Pear'ed TarDisk from your system.

                                  2. If you would like to use TarDisk again, you will need to activate it by deleting the EFI partition. Please see our FAQ for more information on how to do this here.

                                  3. If you would like to Pear your TarDisk to your system again, 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 and your original receipt (The email confirmation of your order).

                                  If you need to restore a Time Machine backup which is larger than your original size'd SSD, (ex: your Peared machine was 512gb and after un-pearing you machine is now 256gb) doing so is possible! When you start up you un-peared MacBook, (step 13) select "Install a new copy of OS X". When your macbook starts up, you will be asked it you want to import data. Say yes, and follow the prompts and point to your Time Machine backup as the source. You will get to a screen that shows your user account and a bunch of checkboxes where you select what you want to import. When you get to that screen select your user account and below that you can uncheck the big folders like Music and Photos so those don't get moved over. After the migration and after you have restarted into your new MacBook, manually go back into the TM backup and restore those two folders to an external drive.