Hi guys and gals, i'm new to the forums. I couldn't find anything on here (or Google) to do with this exact problem. Here's my problem: I bought a second hand 2008 iMac a few days ago. The last owner didn't know how to restore or wipe the HD as he only had it a few months and hardly used it, hence the sale. So i purchased it and went home wanting to wipe it and basically have it back to a new iMac. I received no SL discs, or any discs for that matter. It was running 10.8 SL. I went through different forums and Apple support website and noticed that due to 10.8 not having cmd+r option, i'd need the discs to wipe it. So instead of that, i decided to upgrade the system to Mountain Lion through the App Store, then use Disk Utility to restore back to factory settings. The upgrade completed and was fully functional, so i did CMD+R and (like an idiot) 'Erased' the Macintosh HD and i think i also did the Disk. So now every time i start the machine i get taken straight to Disk Utility and it tells me there are no start up discs available. I'm not using Time Machine so that's no good. I also tried 'Re-install fresh Mountain Lion' which seems to do nothing. So basically i'm stuck now with a machine that i can't get to even the standard start-up screen. Any ideas? Open to any suggestions! Thanks, Kris.