1st Mac & Struggling To Reinstall OS X

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dropdeadhippie, Oct 28, 2014.

  1. dropdeadhippie macrumors newbie

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    Never used a mac and just got a MacBook pro 2.4ghz core 2 duo given to me for free. Was told it worked great until the prev owner "wiped" the hard drive. I know PCs so figured this should be an easy fix, I was wrong..

    Every time I boot I get an OS X Utilities menu (no matter if I press cmd +r or option+cmd+r). Same menu always comes up. I select Reinstall OS X and connect to wifi. Every time it wants to reinstall mavericks and when it tries to download it I get "this item is temporarily unavailable". I saw some posts about making a bootable usb but I do not have access to any other mac and this one does not boot at all. So what's a new mac user to do?? Thanks for any advice folks!!
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    A MBP that old should come with a set of restore discs. You could try and get a hold of that.
     
  3. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    if there's still a recovery partition then the disk was not fully wiped; the recovery partition is still there. You should erase entire disk (not just the partiton) and do a fresh install. For a fresh install you need an OS install disk/stick.
     
  4. CarreraGuy macrumors regular

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    You should have the recovery partition to re-install the OS. If you're new to Mac's you can bring it in to an Apple store and explain the situation. I don't think they charge for simple consultation but you may have to make an appointment.

    I haven't been on Windows for a while but I *believe* you can download an image of Mavericks, Yosemite, etc. to a USB and boot/install from there. This is assuming you have access to a PC.
     
  5. leman macrumors G3

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    You will need access to another Mac, then you can download the Yosemite installer and create the USB media with the createinstallmedia tool (Google). That's the easiest way.
     

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