Where to Download Bootable El Capitan

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by TennsDog, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. TennsDog macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    My hard drive recently had some very serious issues. No problem, though, I have Time Machine. Problem is: I had to reformat my hard drive, and Time Machine doesn't seem to want to work on a blank hard drive. So I'm guessing I need to get Mac OS installed on there. However, my computer is from 2009, and so not compatible with Sierra, and El Capitan is no longer available on the app store.

    Can anyone tell me how I might be able to get a hold of a copy of El Capitan to reinstall on my fresh hard drive? Or, if that's not the issue, any other help on restoring my backup onto my hard drive would be wonderful.

  2. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    How did you reformat the HDD, by booting from your recovery partition or by some other less desirable means?
  3. Ternary macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2015
  4. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    You should be able to boot from your Time Machine drive and go from there...

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