This Idiot Needs Help...

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by gthorson, Aug 16, 2015.

  1. gthorson macrumors member

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    So I was excited to install El Capitan Beta 4. On my first Mac, I installed through Apple's sign-up program and all went fine (although only through Beta 3), but on the second one, I downloaded Beta 4 directly using a link posted here on MacRumors.

    Big mistake! First, I didn't realize until the thread below that I could just click on the App Store...Purchased tab and download it on my second and third Mac. Rather, I used the direct link posted here on MacRumors to begin directly downloading first the firmware and then the fourth beta.

    Now I can't get my second Mac to behave. It originally would just power off about 40% through the restart process. Now I've created a bootable drive through my WD Passport external drive. But I still can't load my backup, erase my second Mac drive, or load Yosemite on it via the web. It tells me it is unable to unmount the drive.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    So your saying that you have not been able to use the recovery partition to reinstall OS X or, if worse, erase the internal drive and clean install OS X ?
     
  3. gthorson thread starter macrumors member

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    Exactly. It won't let me erase or repartition the hard disk. The error message is that it failed to unmount the drive.
     
  4. comics addict macrumors 6502a

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    I think your best bet would be to boot from a external drive that can run recovery or install OS X. Now if you can't even create it from your boot volume I'm afraid I can't help you beyond referring you to an Apple store. :(
     
  5. gthorson thread starter macrumors member

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    So I booted from an external drive with El Capitan beta 3. Everything works well, except Disk Utility won't allow me to reformat the drive, either. I'm trying to install Yosemite on the external drive now to see if it works to boot from it.
     
  6. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    In the Yosemite installer, run Terminal and find the id for the logical volume group and copy it. If you're trying to erase the whole drive, it will be the first option listed.

    You can find it by running "diskutil cs list" without quotation marks.

    Then the command to delete it is "diskutil cs delete [logical volume group # pasted here without brackets]

    Should clear the drive.
     
  7. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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    I've seen this with a dying drive. Nothing from repairing drive, to trying to reinstall OS X would work Eventually got a clone to boot and did a restore. First reaction was great then first restart got a kernel panic. Future boots all failed.
     
  8. gthorson thread starter macrumors member

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    I finally caught a break. After loading from Yosemite installed on an external drive, it allowed me to erase the disk. Then I installed El Capitan correctly.

    Thanks to everyone for your help!
     

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