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 upgrade to Yosemite, it failed numerous times (unable to verify etc etc)

I then tried to create bootable Yosemite...also failed with installing one of the essential packages.

I am now running the iMac off a cloned version of my damaged Mavericks OS and the recovery partition says it's Yosemite and doesnt work.

I have also tried to reinstall from Lion CD, again not working.

Also the Internet Recovery does not work.

I seem to be in a loop of trouble....how do I go about just doing a clean install of anything?

  • First thing I'd do is Repair the drive itself, from Recovery. – Tetsujin Dec 17 '14 at 16:39
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    @Tetsujin if none of the (internet-)recovery partitions work it's hard to repair from recovery.. ;-) – klanomath Dec 17 '14 at 16:45
  • there's a Lion installer to work from, or Internet Recovery‚Ķ though there's a lot of 'doesn't work' with no proper detail which makes it all guesswork other than the drive might be damaged. – Tetsujin Dec 17 '14 at 16:47
  • Are you sure it's not a hardware problem? – user24601 Dec 17 '14 at 17:02
  • In order to help you, we need you to work with us. Posting a question then walking away would not produce results :) Did you try any of the instructions macs.about.com/od/OS-X-Yosemite/ss/… and osxdaily.com/2014/10/18/clean-install-os-x-yosemite – Ruskes Dec 17 '14 at 17:58

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