1st Mac & Struggling To Reinstall OS X

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

  1. dropdeadhippie macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2014
    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

    Mar 14, 2008
    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


    Aug 22, 2014
    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


    Jan 15, 2013
    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

    Oct 14, 2008
    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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