Install mavericks / yosemite without media

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  1. K-Line macrumors newbie

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    #1
    hi

    my scenario is: a macbook pro with a fresh new hard drive
    with the previous hard drive it was installed mavericks
    I don't have that drive anymore and i don't have any cd or dvd to install os x from those.

    I'm wondering which way is the best to install mavericks or Yosemite on my macbook pro, and if i need or not the media with the os or I can do a network installation

    thanks
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    How old is your Mac? Most new(ish) macs can boot right into the recovery mode even on a fresh drive.

    Short of that, you'll have to buy Snow Leopard somewhere since that's the last version of OS X distributed on disc. I think Lion had a USB installer, so that might be an option if you can find it.
     
  3. K-Line thread starter macrumors newbie

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    my macbook pro it's the mid 2010 model 6.2
    intel i5 2,4ghz
    8gb ram

    i cannot reinstall anything without a media?
     
  4. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Hi,

    you should be able to use Internet Recovery.

    Your model supports it : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4904

    Restart the computer and hold Cmd + r on chime.
    This would launch the Recovery System if you had a Recovery partition.

    If your drive is blank, this will launch Internet Recovery : after a first download, the "Utilities" window will show up.
    Select Disk Utility to format (Mac OS extended journaled) your drive.

    Then quit Disk Utility and wait for the ~5 GB download and install.

    Connect your Mac via Ethernet if possible, and disable the wifi.
     

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