I have an old Macbook Pro running OS X Lion that has been completely wiped. I want to reinstall OS X.

  1. I first tried going into Recovery and using the Internet Reinstall, but the download/install timed-out and froze.
  2. I then used my newer MBP to burn a Mavericks USB with Diskmaker X. However, when I plug in the Mavericks USB into the older Lion MBP and select the Mavericks Install USB in recovery, it shows the Apple icon with a loader, and then boots into the Lion Recovery menu.

I'm stuck any suggestions?

2 Answers 2


You said "an old MacBook Pro." Perhaps if you could be a little more specific? This article from Apple will tell you if it is compatible:


If it is not that may be why it didn't work.

Internet recovery may have timed out due to WiFi issues, besides no matter how fast your WiFi is its still slower and less reliable than an ethernet cable plugged directly into your router. You might want to try that.


Since you have a second Mac use the Target Disk mode to control the old Mac.

Use the new Mac's Disk Utility to reformat the old mac disk.

Now the Install from USB should work, or Install the OS from the new Mac directly using the Target Disk mode.

  • If you are using Target Disk mode anyway, you could use the new Mac to install onto the old Mac.
    – j-beda
    Commented Oct 23, 2014 at 14:28

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