Clean install from USB

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by sms1295, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. sms1295 macrumors newbie

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    I have an iMac that came with Mavericks which I thought I had registered under my Apple ID, but I don’t see it as a device. I’m looking to do a clean install, so I went to disk utilities and did the following:

    Erased the HD in Mac OS Extended (journaled)
    Booted back in Disk Utilities
    Selected Reinstall OSX
    Went through the screens including entering my Apple ID/pw
    I then get the message “This item is temporarily unavailable”

    I’ve seen sever post about people not getting by this message which I’ve tried. I’ve also tried the following:

    Downloaded a copy of Yosemite from Cnet and tried created an install USB using TransMac. I was able to restore the image from the USB on the iMac. When I restarted, it appears something was loading and about half way through it stopped. I tried a few times and finally gave up.

    I found a Mavericks Installer (~5 GB) file which I copied to my Windows PC and used TransMac to transfer to a USB drive. I’ve not gotten this to work either.

    I would like to get a OS X installed on the iMac. Can someone provide me the instructions to do so?

    Thanks,
     
  2. Floris macrumors 68020

    Floris

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    There's no need to install from cnet at all. Get your Apple software and hardware from Apple, not from a third party site.
     
  3. Ebenezum macrumors 6502a

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    It seems you don't have a backup? Next time you might want to first use Time Machine/ Disk Utility to create backup to external drive so you won't find yourself in similar situation again...

    What you can do is:

    1. If the Mac is relatively recent model 2009> you could try Internet recovery by holding Option-Command-R down while the Mac is booting.
    2. If your Mac is older model you could use original install DVD which came with your Mac.
    3. Ask a friend to create OS X install media for you, instructions for Sierra but same principle works for older versions too.
     
  4. sms1295 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I gave the Internet Recovery option a try. All that happened was that Lion was available. I have decided to give up and purchases a recover disk for about $20.00. Hopefully this will get me back going. Thanks for replying.
     

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