iMac stuck in recovery HD mode

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mohicanspap, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. mohicanspap macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2008
    Hi all,

    I have a iMac 24" 2.8 GHz (EMC No. 2211). Got it cheap from a friend of a friend and the issue I have with it is that it is stuck in Recovery HD mode. It is running 10.7 Lion. I can't simply re-download the OS because I have not purchased it and it seems I can't anymore on the App Store. What I do have is a bootable USB 10.8 Mountain Lion installer and I would like to install that but I am having difficulties doing so. I understand that holding down OPTION during booting will take the computer to Start Up Disk but it shows empty.

    What are my options?

    Thank you.
  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Buy your software legally so you don't have this problem.
    Snow Leopard is $20
    Then in App Store buy Mountain Lion.
    Mountain Lion is $ 20

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