MacBook 2010 OS Re-Install

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  1. kushkush123, Jul 13, 2015
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    kushkush123 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I own Macbook from 2010 [ it was my uncle ].
    Recently I tried to re-install the OS [ Lion ].
    I did it from "Recovery HD" by erasing the hard drive first and then going to re-install os x from recovery hd.
    Then I prompted to enter my appstore login details in order to download the OS.
    But I don't have the appstore login details used on this macbook so I cannot install it from recovery HD.
    I tried to enter another appstore account but it says "This item is not available right now" [ I think I need to buy it or something ].

    So I tried to download yosemith or mavericks a free OS to install.
    Version: 10.10.4 yosemite
    I burned it on usb and made it Bootable with some tutorials but none of them worked.
    When I plug the usb and press "Alt" to get the boot options popup when I start my Mac, I do see the USB but it shows the question mark icon that says it doesnt recognize a boot able device.

    I'm pretty stuck here because I don't have any other solution..
    I tried to purchase a new Lion license but I'm from israel and they only sell it online to united states.

    Thank you for the help!
     
  2. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Have you tried cmd-r to see if it gives you the option to reinstall?
     
  3. kushkush123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi, Thanks for the reply.
    I did tried that and it takes me to the Recovery HD.
    From there it gives me the option to reinstall Lion but as I said at the begining, I don't have the correct appstore user when its asking me to put it before the installation.
     
  4. kushkush123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just tried the USB on a macbook pro and seems to working on it.
    So the 2010 Macbook doesnt recognize the bootable usb with yosemith, Maybe I need a different OS version?
     
  5. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Ok you said you formatted the drive. Have your partitioned the drive to kill the recovery partition. Then do cmd-r which will launch internet recovery which should negate the Apple ID issue
     
  6. kushkush123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I just erased the OSX partition I believe because I still have the recovery HD as a different partition on the same hard drive.
    Do I need to delete the recovery HD partition?
    Because I'm afraid if I delete the recovery HD I wont be able to install any OS.. or erase the disks at any point in the future..

    So if I delete the recovery HD, will it still be able to let me use internet recovery with no appstore login?
     
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Internet recovery does not require an Apple ID
     
  8. kushkush123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I just tried to boot with Internet recovery by pressing "option+command+r" but nothing happens.
    It just goes to recovery HD again.
    Maybe my mac is not supporting internet recovery?
     
  9. Gav2k, Jul 13, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2015

    Gav2k macrumors G3

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    • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Early 2011)
    • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Early 2011)
    • MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2011)
    • iMac (21.5-inch, Mid 2011)
    • iMac (27-inch, Mid 2011)
    • MacBook (13-inch, Mid 2010)
    • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010)
    • Mac mini (Mid 2010)
    • MacBook Pro (15-inch and 17-inch, Mid 2010)
    • iMac (21.5-inch and 27-inch, Mid 2010)
    • MacBook Air (11-inch and 13-inch, Late 2010)
    The supported models are above.

    For you to be able to launch Internet recovery (cmd-r) you have to delete the recovery partition or your MacBook will always default to that.
     
  10. kushkush123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Ok I will try that.
    Thanks.
     

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