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Dying iMac drive, emergency repair assistance

I have a older 27" iMac ( 2011 ) and the hard drive is on its way out in a serious manner, ( smart status failing, io error every few seconds in much kernel log , speed of io is the worst I have ever ...
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-1006F error message when trying to recover mac

my macbook pro crashed and i sent it for repairs.. so the guy installed a new hard drive but then sent it back with a screen having a flashing folder with a question mark.. so i looked at this page ...
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Yosemite upgrade fails at late stage, unable to get out of re-try loop

I was running Mavericks on MacBook Pro (mid 2012 model). I started upgrade to Yosemite. All seemed well on download, and the laptop re-booted to complete the install. The installation screen with OSX ...
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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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Restore parts of time machine backup

I currently have a MacBook Pro that I'm using at work, but it has now become so slow that I wish to do a reinstall of the OS. It has a recovery partition that offers such a reinstall. I do not want ...
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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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The OS X upgrade couldn't be started because the disk is damaged and can't be repaired

My relative was attempting to upgrade her Macbook Pro and it failed. Everytime the laptop boots up, it brings up OS X Installer. The Installer never completes installation because it says the disk is ...
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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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Install Mavericks on second partition in Yosemite-only system?

I have a 2012 MacBook Pro (so yes it's capable of Mavericks). I have only Yosemite currently installed on the drive. I have an app I need to run that does not seem to properly support Yosemite, so I ...
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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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Does Apple distribute Yosemite with DHT?

When I last installed Yosemite I watched at the logfile and it displayed messages like The resource <xxx.dmg> at distance 5 The resource <yyy.dmg> at distance 25 What does this distance ...
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Can I use the same bootable drive for all models?

I currently have a Late 2010 MacBook Air and looking to get the new Air when it comes out later this year. My question is, I have just made a bootable USB installer (by using createinstallmedia ...
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Macintosh HD not showing up on disc utility

I am trying to do a clean install on my Macbook Pro 13" from 2011. Here is what I did so far: 1) Booted up on my USB Stick with Mountain Lion Installer mounted on it 2) Opened up Disc Utility and ...
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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: ...
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Flashing folder at start up, all recommended troubleshooting has failed

I really hope someone might be able to help with this cause I am getting frustrated beyond belief. I have a MacBook Pro with Mavericks OS X 10.9. About a week ago it crashed while I was printing, ...
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How do I do a clean install of Mountain Lion with no disc?

I purchased an iMac in late 2013. This model has no disc drive. It came with Mountain Lion pre-installed. If I ever needed to perform a clean install of Mountain Lion, how can I? I don't have an ...
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Easy way to clean up OS X system files

Is there an easy way (without completely formatting the disc) to clean all the files in the system folders like bin etc and just leave the needed ones? Different pythons installations like anaconda ...
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Deleted all partitions from Mac mini except Boot Camp, now can't reinstall OS X

I have a Mac Mini without DVD drive (2010), and I used Boot Camp to install Windows 8. Everything worked but after I played in Windows with the partitions (I wanted to expand the partition of the ...
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Is there anything beyond NVRAM and SMC?

I am working on completely resetting my macbook air. So far I did a 7x disk erase and reinstalled OS X. In addition I cleared the NVRAM and the SMC. Is there any other possible system settings I can ...
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Macbook keeps booting OSX Utilities instead of Mac OS X

Here is my story I had a MacBook PRO 2010 with Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion since I bought it I've never reinstalled the OS until now. I did a clean install following this instructions ...
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Can't install OS X on MacBook Pro after installing Windows 8

So my hard drive stopped working, water damage I think. I bought myself a new ssd and straightaway put Windows on it as I use it for work. This was a few months ago I'm now stuck as I can't figure ...
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Going back to Mac OS X after installing Ubuntu

So a while ago I made the step of going completely over to Ubuntu on my laptop and I completely removed Mac OS X and just had Ubuntu going. Now I want to re-install Mac OS X - I remember having snow ...
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Macbook Pro formatted with windows, now can't install OS X or Windows!

I formatted my MacBook Pro Mid 2010 with Windows, now I can't install any operating systems on it. I tried to install Windows 8.1 on my MacBook, then at the final step I received a message saying ...
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Recover data after reinstalling OS X?

I was wondering if there is a way to recover photos and things alike from a MacBook after reinstalling the OS X. Like when you reinstall Windows there is the "Windows.old" folder and you can recover ...
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Error while installing Mavericks in a clean hard drive

I've decided to reistall osx Mavericks on my MacBook, so I restarted my Mac clicking cmd ⌘+R. In recovery mode I erased the main hard drive so I can have a clean install. Then I selected "Install OS ...
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Problem after erasing the HD of a brand new Mac (OS X Yosemite) with Disk Utility

I cannot reinstall OS X Yosemite now, as there's no hard drive I could see. I had erased the HD with the idea that it will create a new partition but it didn't, so now I can't see a hard disk on ...
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Is Time Machine sufficient in the case of a reformat?

I installed OS X Server 4.0 on top of Yosemite and my VPN got hosed. I've tried many things to fix the issue including attempted uninstall of OS X Server. Now I am going to re-install the OS. In ...
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How do you get the internal drive to show up when you're reinstalling?

Macbook Pro. Trying to reinstall Yosemite. I can get to the "Install OS X" page, but the only destination given is "Recovery HD". I can go to disk utilities and see that "Macintosh HD" is there, ...
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Help with clean install

I'm now having major problems with my iMac. I had a massive software failure running Mavericks, it damamged the OS and I lost the recovery partition, I then wiped the hard drive clean and tried to ...
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Install Mavericks via an HD partition

I had a problem trying to clean the data from my Mac and now I can not start it. It ran Mavericks. I tried to make a swipe date but did not work and lost the system. I have backups of my personal ...
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Installing ML 10.8 Using Internet Recovery freezes during install process

I changed my Mac HDD because the other one was corrupted. But when I do the Internet Recovery install, the bar on OS X Mountain Lion Install Page (Downloading Additional Components) goes all the way ...
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Reinstallation OSX Mavericks on Mac Mini via WiFi Fails

Tried to upgrade to OSX Yosemite on my Mac Mini bought this year running OSX Mavericks. It failed. When I checked for issues using Disk Utility I saw: Disk Utility stopped repairing "Macintosh HD" ...
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USB install Drive vs USB Recovery Drive

I have two USB sticks: An "installation" drive created with Disk Utility by locating the .dmg file hidden in the contents directory of the Mavericks installer. I used an 8GB stick for that. ( this ...
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Mac OS won't install from CD, but Windows will

I had to replace the hard drive in my 2010 21.5" iMac. When I went to install the OS, I rebooted into the OS selection screen (using option). The Mac OS X install disc was there (but my external HD, ...
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SSD not selectable for Yosemite installation

When I try to install Yosemite the SSD is not found. the Disk Utility lists the SSD, but does not give me the possibility to erase the disk. Any advices? Thanks
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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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macbook startup error stop sign appears after long shutdown

I have a MacBook Pro A1286. Recently I reinstalled operating system to OS X Lion (10.7)/ After that I started getting stop error on start up: Usually the error appears after a long shutdown. (I ...
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How do i fresh install on used OSX 10.6.8?

I just bought a used macbook and i want to wipe it clean to start fresh. it didnt come up a dvd or anything. I tried following another post on here that said to push Option on start up and it sounded ...
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Can not boot from USB to make a clean install of Yosemite

I have a MacBook Pro 13' retina from April 2013. Yesterday I wanted to do a clean install of Yosemite. I formatted my USB as Mac OS Extended (Journaled) and made the partition to be a GUID table ...
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What is the best way to generate a Mavericks Install USB flash drive?

I could probably copy the contents from the package, but what is the best way to create an install Flash Drive for Mavericks? Of course ideally the drive should be bootable.
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Mountain Lion Installation Error

I was helping a friend to do a clean install on his Macbook Pro with the bootable Mountain Lion USB disk (By holding down the option key at boot up and choosing the USB Installer) but I got stuck with ...
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How to disable OS X installer on boot?

TL;DR Have a MacBook Pro with (probably) bad GPU. Tried to install Yosemite OS X - after reboot, it hangs up on grey screen. Is there a way to disable Yosemite OS X (or any other) installer on boot ...
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Installing a clean version of OS X

I am currently downloading yosemite from the app store. I have Lion installed. I want a clean install. But i don't have a bootable cd/usb and I don't need to save any data. Can i do the following or ...
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How to unlock disk after unsuccessful upgrade?

I tried to upgrade to OSX Yosemite on my MacBook Pro. I had only 4GB of free disk space. Everything went fine until it said only a minute remaining. This was on for 8 hours. Eventually I restarted the ...
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Replaced hard drive - trying to do a clean install of OS-X on 2011 Macbook Pro

I've seen plenty of how to's on how to upgrade if you have a working installation of OS-X, however I purchased this macbook used, it needed a hard drive and a keyboard. So I put a new hard drive in ...
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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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How can you wipe and reinstall OSX on a Mac Mini (which has no optical drive)?

If you are a new disk and wiping them to setup a DIY Fusion disk, how does the Mini carry on working afterwards... haven't you just wiped the OS? Without an optical drive, how can you clean the disks ...
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How do I do a clean install of Yosemite?

I'd like to start from scratch with Yosemite. I have Mavericks running on my iMac now but I'd like to just wipe the system and start with a clean Yosemite install. How do I do a clean install of ...
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Reinstalling MacOS X Snow Leopard on a Mac over a crashed linux Ubuntu

I have been a given an iMac 24" with a crashed Ubuntu installed on it. I have an install CD of Snow Leopard (not a machine dedicated one). I use a PC keyboard. How can I install SL onto that machine ...
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Macbook Pro (late 2008) freezes randomly, have to reinstall Mavericks to “fix” it

I've been walking around with this problem for a mighty long time and it's really frustrating! I have no idea what the cause is… I have a MacBook Pro (late 2008) totally updated to the latest version ...