macOS High Sierra reinstall stuck at 3min from past 1.5 hours

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by parvezahmed, Apr 11, 2018.

  1. parvezahmed, Apr 11, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2018
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    IF you can get yourself booted again, I suggest this course of action:

    Instead of trying to install "from the Mac's internal drive itself", create and boot from an USB flash drive version of the installer, and try the install that way.
    Here's what you need:
    1. A USB flashdrive 8gb or 16gb
    2. A copy of the installer app (you already have that, it's probably in your "applications" folder)
    3. The FREE little utility "Boot Buddy":
    Boot Buddy – sqwarq

    What to do:
    a. Open Boot Buddy and create the flash drive installer -- takes a few clicks of the mouse (it will take a while to prepare the flash drive)
    b. Power down the Mac, connect the flashdrive
    c. Boot to the flashdrive (press power on and IMMEDIATELY hold down the option key and KEEP HOLDING IT DOWN until the startup manager appears. Then select the flashdrive and hit return)
    d. It should open to the installer app.
    e. Try the install that way to see if it goes better.

    My guess is... that it might.
  3. TheSkywalker77 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2017
    Would he use Boot Buddy on a different computer? Cause from this thread it seems his computer can't boot into the OS.
  4. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Assuming you're booted to the recovery partition, I'd just wait longer. An internet install can take a long time because it has to download the 5-6 gigabyte installer. Be patient, and don't worry about the time remaining counter. Those are terribly inaccurate because they have to make guesses. If 24 hours elapses with no success, then let's talk.

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