the process of reinstalling OS X

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Reinstalling OS X Lion after erasing the HD

A friend of mine recently bought a used Macbook (I believe it's the model before the last Macbook model from 2011). It had OSX Lion installed. I rebooted the system, held down Command + R and used ...
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“Could not find installation information for this machine” after dis erase

I erased my disk while planing to reinstall the OS. Now I get the recovery screen as planed, I press "Reinstall OS X" and then press on "Continue". It checks my eligibility and tells me "Could not ...
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MacBook Pro installation failure (recovery, internet, or disk)… what now?

Inherited a MacBook Pro (2010 MacBook6,1 17"). Starts up fine, but wouldn't boot - no operating system found. Hard drive does not appear to be bad (see details below) but I can't seem to get it to ...
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iMac Startup I/O Error Despite Successful Disk Repair

My Early 2008 iMac with OSX 10.8.5 no longer boots beyond grey screen with spinning gear. Verbose mode shows a load of I/O errors. Disk Verify/Repair run via recovery partition completes successfully, ...
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MacBook erased by thieves but still shows on FMM

My MacBook Pro was stolen yesterday and I received an email that it was being erased. FMM now shows it was locked. It went online twice and I was able to see the approximative address. I wasn’t able ...
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Can't download Mavericks - I got a Mountain Lion CD, what to do?

This is the most silly question I'll ever ask, and I'm sorry for this. But doing the following: Step 1: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/os-x-mavericks/id675248567 Step 2: http://www.apple.com/osx/...
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This copy of the Install OS X El Capitan application can't be verified. It may have been corrupted or tampered with during downloading

Macbook Pro 13" 2015 with OS X Yosemite on board. I've been trying to install OS X El Capitan, but always get the following message: "This copy of the Install OS X El Capitan application can't be ...
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Reinstall OS X Lion on Macbook Air 2012

I have a MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012) MD223LL/A MBAIR 11.6/1.7/4/64FLASH running OS X 10.7.5. It shipped with Lion. I want to reinstall the OS on the laptop without an internet connection. Is this ...
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Changing SSD's and keeping everything

I have a mid 2010 13" MBP. I have an SSD, its not big enough so I am upgrading from 128GB to 256GB. How can I take everything from the current SSD and then upload it to the new SSD - effectively ...
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Can I install Linux on Mac Mini mid 2011?

My long (started in 2011) and pleasant adventure with Apple will be apparently over as today's update yielded the Mac Mini (mid 2011) unbootable even to recovery mode (Cmd-R during power on). Can I ...
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How can I get back a system file after deleting it from my Mac?

I've deleted a system file from my Mac and need to get it back. System files can include: hidden files in the root of / - especially unix files in /private /System files /Library files /...
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Where are my all installed programs?

I am new to Mac OS X and till the time I was using Windows 7/8. I tried to download and install programs in Mac OS X, but I do not see them in Launchpad. Where are all my programs are going. Secondly,...
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MacBook OS X Mavericks reinstallation

I'm trying to reinstall OS X Mavericks on a MacBook through internet the error that i receive is: "This item is temporarily unavailable."
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How to Recover Data when OSX cannot?

There is only one .tex file which I would like to restore in my system. My system is El-Capitan 10.11.5 in Macbook Air 2013-mid. Problems I have Time Machine backup but it is 3 days old and does ...
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El Capitan gives me a kernel panic error right after installing

Almost immediately after the installation reboot, and seconds after the apple logo appears the following error shows up; panic(cpu 0 caller 0xffffff8017d263a6) : "zone_init;kmem_suballoc failed"@/...
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Install El Capitan from usb drive

I have 2 Macs (one MacBook Pro and one iMac). I made a copy of the installer on a USB drive and then installed El Capitan on MacBook Pro. Now I want to use the drive to install El Capitan on the iMac. ...
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Install OSX on previously wiped macbook pro

I have a 13 inch Macbook Pro. I don't have any recovery discs or backup and the hard drive has been completely formatted to remove any Apple partitions. I think the macbook is probably registered to ...
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Copying applications from applications folder to external and reinstalling osx

Is it possible to copy all my applications from the applications folder onto an external, format my mac, reinstall OS X and finally copy the applications back into the applications folder for ...
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Is it possible to install flash firmware update without having access to OSX?

So I erased my HD and wanted to install Mac OSX Mavericks on my MacBook Air mid 2012 model and after I booted from the USB and was about to install Mavericks the damn thing tells me it can't do so ...
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Can't see Apple_HFS partition after using Minitool Partition Wizard

I tried to reduce my partition size using Minitool Partition Wizard on my BOOTCAMP partition (I didn't touch Apple_HFS partition) now I can't see my Apple_HFS partition in Disk Utility. However this ...
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Reinstall OS X due to compromised OS X partition whilst keeping Boot Camp

I have an iMac with OS X and Windows 7 dual boot (which was installed via Boot Camp). Recently, the OS X partition has been compromised, but the Windows one works great. I have created a bootable USB ...
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How to reinstall OS X on an iMac which only has Ubuntu installed on it?

I have a 2011 iMac with only Ubuntu installed. It's not a dual-booted iMac, it only has Ubuntu installed. How do I revert back to original OS X and remove Ubuntu? I've tried pressing various keys (⌘ ...
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Disk Utility (recovery mode) stuck at loading

I want to do a clean install of el capitan OS. I booted to recovery mode, chose reinstall os x and followed the steps. So far so good. When it came to choose the destination disk where I wanted to ...
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MacBook Pro: OS X reinstall is taking “forever”, (over 12 hours) to finish

This is my first time ever dealing with a Mac OS X reinstallation. About a week ago, while working online, my MacBook Pro just started to be very very slow to do anything. I would get the WHEEL ...
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How to clean install OSX without formatting drive?

What's the best way to clean install (not upgrade) OSX (from 10.10 to 10.11) without formatting my drive? This is a MBPr with a 1TB internal, where I have 700GB of media that I would like to leave on ...
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Can the cp command be used to restore a hard drive?

My cousin contacted me for tech support because her computer was refusing to boot to the startup drive, and the issue turned out to be a corrupted drive that Disk Utility refused to fix, telling us to ...
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Can I copy a bootable El Capitan installer USB stick to a hard drive partition and install from there?

I am salvaging a mid 2013 MacBook Air 11" that was discarded with a broken screen backlight due to beverage spill and missing its SSD. (I have a very tiny budget right now so I'm only spending on more ...
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Does anybody know how long installing El Capitan onto a USB 2 pendrive from another USB 2 pendrive takes on a MacBook Air?

I'm trying to resucitate a discarded 2013 11″ MacBook Air with no internal drive and hence no OS. The Apple Store Genius bar tested it and found the only problems to be the missing drive and broken ...
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Can I install OS X from external hard drive to internal hard drive?

My hard drive is failing so I put a brand new 500gb hard drive in my MacBook 2008 white 13". I have a retail disc of Snow Leopard but the install keeps failing over and over again. It hangs at 29 ...
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Can I re-install OS X on an encrypted drive without the password?

I don't know my password to my Mac OS X account and it has file encrypt enabled on drive. If I reinstall Mac OS X, will it require a password to do so?
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Replacing El Capitan with Mavericks

I'm trying to install Mavericks from a bootable USB. I'm using this guide; http://macpaw.com/how-to/clean-install-os-x-mavericks-on-my-mac I delete El Capitan in disk utility, but there is no '...
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10.11 Installation on old Macs

I want to clean install 10.11 on a MacBook Air 2008 and an iMac 2007.Both seem unable to boot from netinstall or an USB Stick. Which options do I have to get them quickly to 10.11?
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Pros and cons of wiping a new Mac?

Coming from the PC world, most made-to-order manufacturers (e.g., Dell, HP, Acer, etc.) all have annoying little addons which I consider spyware/bloatware--things like toolbars with ads. When buying ...
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How do I create a Mac bootable USB drive using Windows?

My MBA 2012 with OS X 10.9.4 Mavericks won't boot anymore - it simply freezes after the initial jingle. I already tried resetting NVRAM and SMC, but to no avail. I don't have any time machine backups. ...
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Offline installation of El Capitan from a Windows machine?

My macbook pro OS X is broken behind repair and I need to re-install the OS X. Unfortunately it seems the online installation is not working, because it stops downloading about half way through and ...
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Dead MacBook Pro Retina 2015

Today I had to return my MacBook Pro Retina 2015 to my work company. I followed these steps given here https://support.apple.com/en-sa/HT204904 Then, when I was at step 10 of "Erase your drive and ...
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What happens to programs like node, npm or grunt that has been installed globally after os x reinstall?

I have huge problems with the kernel_task. I have a Mid-2015 15" rMBP with discrete GPU. It really annoys me when kernel_task goes 400% 500% CPU and I could not solve this problem. I want to reinstall ...
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Clean install unused ID Apple

My dad just gave me his MacPro for me to test it, since I never used before. Since I wanted it cleaned, I follow some tutorial on the Net that said I needed to reboot it with Command+Option+R, delete ...
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How to restore OS X after installing Windows in a single boot configuration

I want to restore OS X after installing Windows in a single boot configuration. So Windows is occupying the whole disk. Now I want to erase the hard disk and restore Mac OS X Mavericks. How do I do ...
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What is best after a clean install, copying Application Folder or reinstalling all the applications?

I have done a clean install but I was wondering if it would make any difference if I just reinstall all my old applications or if I just move my backup applications folder.
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Yosemite stuck on “Setting up” for hours

I recently replaced the hard drives on my Mid 2010 Mac Pro, and thus had to reinstall OS X Yosemite. (I went with Yosemite instead of El Capitan because, as the computer is destined to become a file ...
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Backup and restore Keychain

I want to reinstall my system so I would have fresh Mac OS X. Is there a way how can I export/backup all content of my Keychain Access (all certificates and other things) and then after reinstall to ...
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MBPr doesn't boot - How can I download the El Capitan installer from a PC?

I messed up a bit, and my MBPr (mid 2015) can't boot anymore. The recovery partition is out too. I just get the recovery process from network thing, but I don't have internet at home. Hotspot doesn't ...
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Bought a brand new SSD Samsung 850 evo, plugged in, restart macbook, hold option, and no disk utility screen

So I bought Samsung 850 EVO, 250GB, and plugged it into my Macbook (Mid-2010, Macbook 7.1). I installed it without mounting screws, because I don't have screwdriver to unscrew the ones from the old ...
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Transferring Files After a Clean Install

I am planning to do a clean install of Mountain Lion (on a Macbook Pro that was updated to Yosemite) after being told that I have some corruption in my hard drive. The computer (only 3 years old) has ...
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How to wipe an old white MacBook?

Reading over Apple's documents on how to wipe a machine, it's all about internet installs. Now it's been so long since I did anything with this machine, I don't recall the process... was 10.7.5 an ...
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Having trouble making bootable El Capitan installer on early 2013 MBP that works on mid 2012 MBP

My friend bricked his mid-2012 (non-Retina) Macbook Pro (I'm not sure right now which clock speed he has). I have an early 2013 Retina Macbook Pro. Using my computer, I made a bootable external USB ...
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Does my stuck shift key affect the proper boot of my installation mediums?

I have a late-2009 unibody Macbook Pro. My left shift is stuck for ages and I have been avoiding this problem by pressing some other keys during boot to avoid safe mode and by using Karabiner to remap ...
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What URL does Recovery HD connect to in order to download OS X?

My college Wi-Fi Network doesn't support OS X reinstalls through Recovery HD. If I were to ask the people in charge of our Network to manually enable access to Apple's Servers so that I could do ...
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Do I need to buy Mac OS X again?

I am running 10.6.8 on my Mac Pro 1,1 and I want to reset it. I don't have the install disk anymore, so do I need to buy it again? Or can I copy the files from my system, and put them on a disk and ...