First time doing a clean install - Help

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by LarryJoe33, Mar 28, 2018.

  1. LarryJoe33 macrumors 65816

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    I have created a thumb drive with High Sierra Installer. I erased my internal High Sierra drive after booting into recovery mode/DU/Erase/format as APFS.

    I then went to intall MacOS and saw it was installing High Sierra beta so I cancelled. I then tried to reboot to select the thumb drive as the boot drive.

    Now I am pretty much stuck with internet recovery mode that wants to install Lion. Am I screwed at this point with having to install Lion and doing this over again?
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    When I boot to the thumb drive with the installer, I get the Apple logo and a progress bar but then it goes to the dreaded circle/slash. I used Disk creator to create the installer.
     
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  3. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    I've only used Lion DiskMaker now called DiskMaker X which I haven't tried. If your bootable USB is bad then yes you will have to use internet recovery and then create a new OS X boot disk. Maybe someone else has a better idea.
     
  4. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, I am trying to make another on my windows machine using this information:

    http://www.wikigain.com/create-macos-high-sierra-bootable-usb-installer-windows-10/
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    I hope the DMG installer is legit.
     
  5. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    I suppose its worth a shot but I too would be skeptical of the installer and would want to get the official from Apple. Also wouldn't spend too much time on that because you could get the OS installed via internet recovery and go that route.
     
  6. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, but how would I get the internet installer for High Sierra? I think it only gives me the original OS which is Lion?
     
  7. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    Through the App Store it will have the download then before it installs copy the installer to say your desktop or possibly from here https://developer.apple.com/download/
     
  8. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I get that, but I believe I need to install lion first. Remember, I have a blank internal drive right now. I have nothing but internet recovery and a bad USB High Sierra drive to work with.
     
  9. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    Correct but internet recovery will allow you to reformat the drive and do a clean install of Lion then go get Sierra and create another bootable USB drive.
     
  10. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yup, I got that, thanks. Wondering if there was a workaround.
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    I also have an image before I wiped it. So worse comes to worse, I restore my CCC High Sierra image which is a lot faster than loading Lion.
     
  11. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    I know installing Lion and all that is a pain but your going to want to do it the right way don't take a short cut at this point.
     
  12. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thank you again.

    So installing Lion, creating a new installer and blowing away the drive is definitely an option, but being my first time at this, I would imagine there is a way to create a High Sierra USB installer without MacOS? Not questioning you, just wondering out loud. I am installing from the Windows link above as I type.
     
  13. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah that I wouldn't know as I've never tried it. I have had to go though the process I described though when a USB drive didn't work.
     
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    The windows version?
     
  16. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, I made the USB installer on a Windows 7 machine per the link above. Popped it in the MBP and booted to it. All good.
     
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    I never had much luck creating a bootable OS X installer thumb drive, so I was a little worried when I HAD to make one for work. What DID finally work for me are these instructions:

    http://osxdaily.com/2017/09/27/create-macos-high-sierra-bootable-installer-usb/

    Good luck!
     
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    For future reference, once a computer is on Sierra 10.12.4 or higher, which you were before doing all this, internet recovery is changed. You can hold CMD+Option+R and your computer will go to internet recovery for the latest compatible version of MacOS. So you didn't really need to go to Lion first.
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204904
     
  19. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That’s what I was looking for! Fortunately the windows method in the link above did the trick.
     
  20. zone23 macrumors 68000

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    Now thats some useful information right there. I'm thinking when Apple release the latest version I may do a clean install just for fun. Thanks a lot!
     
  21. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's not as bad as I thought with regard to getting back to normal. A lot of settings and configuration are setup in iCloud, so email, calendars, etc are all configured. Just need to reinstall a few things like Office, 1Password, etc. Feels snappier than my legacy build which started as Lion and was upgraded along the way with every OS to High Sierra.
     
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    OP wrote:
    "I have created a thumb drive with High Sierra Installer. I erased my internal High Sierra drive after booting into recovery mode/DU/Erase/format as APFS.
    I then went to intall MacOS and saw it was installing High Sierra beta so I cancelled. I then tried to reboot to select the thumb drive as the boot drive."


    What I would have done:
    Install the beta version you have now.

    Then...
    UPDATE it using the 10.13.3 "combo updater" available here:
    https://support.apple.com/kb/DL1953?locale=en_US

    The combo updater should install the latest, "non-beta" version RIGHT OVER THE TOP OF the older beta.
    The end result should be the same as if your original installer had been "release, non-beta".
     
  23. LarryJoe33 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks, new at clean installs. I probably had the beta on the thumb drive and didn’t realize it was installing it. As I referenced, I ended up finding a work around using windows utilities. I was at work and had access to my Dell. I believe the dmg High Sierra I downloaded (not from Apple, no idea where it came from which made me uneasy) was the first official public release. It went well and then I “updated” it. I believe there were two updates and one was the combo. I then installed the beta profile and got it to beta 7 (I think, the latest beta). I did this purely for messages in iCloud. Got so used to it that it’s a must have. I thought about taking a break from betas and enjoying my new fresh clean install, but I’m not happy unless I’m playing with something, or I guess, f’ing it up lol.
     

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