iMac - Mid 2011 - Recovery Mode Reboot.

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  1. BovanBackpack macrumors newbie

    BovanBackpack

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    I've been trying since yesterday to factory reset my iMac, Erased everything on the hardrive.

    Reinstall Mac Os X > Apple Store Connect with Apple ID > Downloading additional Components.


    It goes from 31 minutes for the download to 42 hours, It was downloading all night it hasn't moved, I looked into (Command + L ) to check out the logs, it only shows errors.


    https://twitter.com/BackpackMTL/status/748915508074786817?lang=fr
     
  2. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Go to System Preferences -> Network -> Advanced -> DNS and just add: 203.122.233.11
     
  3. BovanBackpack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dont have access to my system preferences, since when i start up my Mac, it sends me to the reinstall menu.
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    Is there a way i can do this from the terminal ?
     
  4. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Depending on whether you are connect by wifi or ethernet, try:

    networksetup -setdnsservers "Ethernet" 203.122.233.11

    or

    networksetup -setdnsservers "Airport" 203.122.233.11

    https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT200168
     
  5. BovanBackpack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Command not found... this is getting worst.
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Another, simpler option is to download the El Capitan installer, make a bootable installer stick from that installer app, then use that stick to reinstall El Capitan. Smooth, slick, and that install does not rely on a slightly-flaky internet connection.

    Or, you could boot to internet recovery (Option-Command-R) which will reinstall the OS X system that originally shipped on your iMac - probably Lion.
     
  7. grahamperrin macrumors 601

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  8. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Do you have another Mac that you could use to do an install using Thunderbolt Target Disk Mode?
     
  9. BovanBackpack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have another mac but no Thunderbolt option.
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    Could well be, because i have done a factory reset like this before and it worked..
     
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  11. BovanBackpack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I restart my Mac it sends me directly to the Recovery Menu, Only gives me the option for El Capitan
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    No, this won't work :(
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    Ive let the download from Recovery HD go for over 3 hours, timer went up to 112 hours remaining and gave me a message error, Ill try Internet Recovery
     
  12. AppleNewton macrumors 68000

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    At this point you have a few options from what has been recommended.

    -let it sit and hope it speeds up, or just wait and try it later.

    -get a cheap USB 8GB stick or partition a drive with atleast 8GB and name it something simple MyVolume or Disk, download 10.11 from whichever Mac you have access to. and follow this guide:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201372

    or just copy and paste this into Terminal with your USB or external disk connected:

    sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/MyVolume --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ El\ Capitan.app

    (MyVolume - replace with whatever you want to call it or just call it MyVolume)
     
  13. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    If it is a 2011 iMac, and you are offered El Capitan, then that means you need to erase your hard drive (removing all partitions), not just erasing partition where your software is installed. That means your recovery system is still in place, and explains why you are offered El Capitan.
    Internet recovery is not a simple restart, you have to press Option-Command-R
    Booting to Internet recovery will allow you to both fully erase the hard drive - and, on your 2011 iMac, you will be offered a download of Lion.
    If you really prefer doing the install with El Capitan, then use your other Mac to download the El Capitan installer. You can quit the installer when the download finishes. Then create a bootable installer. An 8GB flash drive is an idealt size, and is worth purchasing a new 8GB flash drive just for the purpose of making your bootable El Capitan installer.
     

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