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I have a mid 2010 Mac mini. I recently did an SSD upgrade in it. I tried using Internet Recovery to reinstall Mac OS X Lion (after which I am planning to upgrade further).

However, the setup never downloads for me saying The item is not currently available.

Do I have the choice of USB boot? If not, is there a way to fix the error itself?

  • You can boot from USB. However, you'll need a Mac running macOS to create a bootable USB installer. – Nimesh Neema Nov 1 '18 at 11:40
  • Will the boot drive have to be of MacOS Lion only? Or can it be any other supported version? – Divyansh Goenka Nov 1 '18 at 11:42
  • Also, how is one suppose to boot into usb? It didnt seem to boot for me at first.. – Divyansh Goenka Nov 1 '18 at 11:43
  • macOS High Sierra is the last supported release for Mac mini Mid 2010. You should be able to download High Sierra installer from a Mac running it. – Nimesh Neema Nov 1 '18 at 11:45
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macOS High Sierra 10.13 is the last supported release of macOS for Mid 2010 Intel Mac Mini.

You will need another Mac running macOS to create a USB bootable installer for. Instructions to create a bootable USB media can be found here:

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