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maffew12
Jun 29, 2012, 12:10 PM
I bought this iMac the other day and all is well, except I'd quite like to set it up as my computer and do a fresh install of Lion. I've no idea how to do this though? I tried restarting and holding down command R, then tried just command, neither of those worked.. I don't have the recovery thing that's supposed to come with Lion.. what's up? what do i do?



marzer
Jun 29, 2012, 02:23 PM
I bought this iMac the other day and all is well, except I'd quite like to set it up as my computer and do a fresh install of Lion. I've no idea how to do this though? I tried restarting and holding down command R, then tried just command, neither of those worked.. I don't have the recovery thing that's supposed to come with Lion.. what's up? what do i do?

Is it a wireless keyboard? My wireless won't catch the CMD+R at boot, so I have to use a wired keyboard.

Otherwise look in the Utitlites folder (or download it) for the Recovery assistant:
http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433

It lets you create a Recovery boot on a USB stick.

maffew12
Jun 29, 2012, 03:25 PM
it doesnt work! i get this message:

"The Recovery HD on this computer is damaged or not present. Recovery Disk Assistant requires a functioning Lion Recovery HD to create an external Lion Recovery."

??? it shouldn't be this hard :( when i got the computer it had reFit on it, and you chose to boot into OSX - and i deleted it... could this be a problem?