Reinstall OS X taking hours?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by boo98, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. boo98 macrumors newbie

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    I have to reinstall El Capitan on my MacBook and after entering my Apple ID to download from the App Store, there's 94 hours remaining! I've cancelled and tried twice and it has been 60+ hours, how is this possible? Is there another way to download OS X?
     
  2. dmnc macrumors 6502

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    You can try Internet Recovery but I doubt it will be any faster...
     
  3. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Exactly. Both require you to download OS X via Internet.
     
  4. dmnc macrumors 6502

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    Well, there's exactly no other way to get OS X besides downloading it from the internet.
     
  5. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    Yes. Was affirming your previous statement.
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    How close are you to your wireless router? Maybe that would help if you simply position your Macbook closer for a better signal.
    Be sure to restart your Macbook, then try the download without launching any other apps.
    Do it in early morning when there is less internet traffic. This can be helpful if you have cable internet.

    Another way to get El Capitan that does NOT use your internet connection:
    Go to your local Apple Store, and ask for a copy. They can often put the System of your choice on a flash drive. I've not done that myself, but have two friends that do that occasionally.
    Or, the Apple Store should have a decent wireless network, take your Macbook to the store. You can download what you need through the store's connection. You could expect that to take less than 30 minutes, maybe a lot less.
     
  7. dmnc macrumors 6502

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    Yes, sorry. I realized that after responding. To get back on topic I would suggest that if the App Store is slow, don't try Internet Recovery, because in my experience it's been slower every time.
     

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