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With the system I've updated, will the buyer be asked for his apple ID and will that replace mine? When they first use the system and create a User ID etc, they will be asked for an Apple ID (which is not entirely mandatory) and it will have no knowledge of you as the previous owner, nor will it care what ID is used. If that's not the case, will he be ...


The best way is to boot into your current OS X install, and download the Mountain Lion installer from the Mac App Store. When the installer asks which drive to install to, select your second partition. Internet Recovery is different to the Recovery HD partition. Generally… As long as you have a valid Recovery HD partition, trying to boot into ...


Taken from this support article: OS X Recovery includes a built in set of utilities as part of the Recovery System. To start your computer from Recovery, restart your Mac and hold down the Command key and the R key (Command-R). Press and hold these keys until the Apple logo appears. The recovery feature is limited to OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and ...


Your iMac : 2007 (mid) doesn't support Internet Recovery. You can wait 1 month or use the faster way = Head to a Apple Store near you. Well if there's no apple store near you, I think you should use a friend's computer to create a bootable OS X Install USB flash drive. The steps to install OS X using a USB are here : ...


No, doing an Internet Recovery will not erase your hard drive (unless you explicitly choose do to that using Disk Utility). It will only reinstall the OS for you. You should get your drive checked to see if it's just data corruption or a deeper hardware issue that has resulted in the question mark folder icon being shown. Also, this question has been ...


Internet Recovery will install the OS that came with the Mac, regardless of whether you updated it at a later date. Once a Mountain Lion is installed, update it it Mavericks through the Mac App Store.


This sounds like your hard drive failed entirely. I see that it's a typical SATA drive in that model. You should be able to open it up and remove the drive, then wire the drive to a desktop and see if it is detected. If it is not, that confirms that the hardware failed. Comment by OP: It turned out to be a SATA cable failure, see Hard Drive Issues with ...


Make sure you're holding the keys for the entire duration of the boot until the spinning globe icon. 'Tapping' the keys isn't enough — you'll need to hold them for a bit (longer than the normal Recovery HD).


Yes - you can download the OS X Recovery Disk Assistant v1.0 and write a Lion specific Recovery HD to an USB drive with 1 GB of space on it. This will erase whatever information is on the USB partition, but then you can boot to a Lion Recovery HD and re-install Lion even if the Mac has Mountain Lion installed.


A clean install is just that - it wipes out everything. You can't do an "in place" clean install (as far as I'm aware). Even if developers wanted to provide it it would be a nightmare. I'm not just blowing it out of proportion (I'm a developer) - it would be a nightmare. PRIOR TO ANY OF THIS MAKE A FULL SYSTEM BACKUP. Hard drives are cheap. If you can't ...


I don't think there is a way to trick a Mac, or to trick Apple's servers. If you want to use or install Lion. I think the only way would be to have a bootable drive (which I imagine you don't have), or to copy a Lion installation to the new Mac (using Carbon Copy Cloner or something like that). I know this isn't an answer, just haven't got enough ...


This is an interesting situation. If you have access to an Apple Store, I suspect that going to them would be the easiest way to resolve the problem. Otherwise, if you have access to a Mac even temporarily, you should be able to sign in on the App Store using your Apple ID, and purchase Mountain Lion that way. From here, I'm not sure if you'll be able to ...


According to this article http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718 both Recovery and Internet Recovery functions won't erase your personal data, however, they won't delete third-party software either.


For anyone in the future viewing this and having simmilar proble this is the solution: Start up the macbook and hold down CMD+R it will start the remote isntall procedure. Then chosoe disk utility from there partition the harddrive as you would normally using "MacOS Extended Journaled" also when you type in the size make sure you click enter or it wont get ...


Based on the evidence I believe your hard drive has failed, and needs to be replaced. You don't have to take it to Apple, there may be authorized repair centres near you.


If your MacBook Pro (early 2011) was updated with Macbook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.3 then you will be able to use OS X Internet Recovery and not need the DVD that shipped with your Mac. Also have a look at: OS X: About OS X Recovery


Do you have a Mavericks recovery partition? Or is Internet Recovery your only option? From OS X: About OS X Recovery If you use the Recovery System stored on your startup disk to reinstall OS X, it installs the most recent version of OS X previously installed on this computer. If you use Internet Recovery to reinstall OS X, it installs the version of OS X ...

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