I want to make this brief but concise, as it seems there are so many ways to do what I need help with. I am using a GIFTED late-2007 MacBook 13" (white.) It was used and purchased for me off of eBay by a friend. Therefore I don't know the original setup of the computer. It has 4.5 GBs RAM, hence incredibly loud 95% of the time. When I received it it was installed with OS X Lion 10.7.5 I've had it for three years and besides being loud, it accomplishes things I need to do, albeit, slowly. Few days ago I wanted to clean it up. I did. Then decided to just clean the drive and reinstall the OS. Thought it'd be easy. Wrong. My problem is, I cannot install an OS now. The late 2007 model didn't have internet recovery. It would take forever anyway. It does have a recovery drive. Don't know why but it doesn't seem to be working. I did try a potable USB drive with GUID and installed the Recovery Assistant Installer on it. When I booted up my Mac this time, the recovery HD appeared, I clicked it and it a circle with a line through it. Apple told me I would need to simply install from a physical disc. I don't live in the city, I don't have anyone around me that has a disc. I read articles on this website about Lion Disc Maker, etc, but I seem to be confused about something; did my Mac originally ship from Apple with snow leopard? Or Lion? Which one do I need to install? And what's the best way to do it? Should I have someone just torrent an installer for me and send me a USB in the mail? (I have the worst internet and a low usage cap) --- Post Merged, Feb 24, 2017 --- Also, I read in order to do a successful HD boot, it needs to be created on the Mac you will use it on. That's a problem for me as I obviously cannot perform any tasks on my Mac without an OS.