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Bad drive cable I finally took this to an apple store, and the techs diagnosed it as a bad drive cable - a common problem for Macbooks from that year, they said. With a new cable, the Recovery Mode installation worked, the El Capitan upgrade worked, and the machine has been running smoothly for a week.


If you hold Option while booting, a screen will show up that gives you the option to boot into OSX or enter into Recovery (or boot into Windows, if you've installed bootcamp). This is Recovery option is the normal kind of recovery that will reinstall your current OS. This is not Internet Recovery. However, on this screen, if you press Cmd + Option + R, this ...

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