Reinstalling Lion on second hand iMac

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by maffew12, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2012
    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?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    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:

    It lets you create a Recovery boot on a USB stick.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2012
    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?

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