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  1. #1

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    Apr 23, 2011
    Install Mavericks Error
    I went install Mavericks on my iMac (upgrade from Mac OS 10.7.5) and it failed with the following error:

    "OS X can't be installed on the disk Macintosh HD because a recovery system can't be created."

    Any suggestions as to why this has happened and how to fix? Hope I don't have to redownload the whole thing again...

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    osxx's Avatar
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    Jan 19, 2008
    houston texas
    09 MBP 8GB ram 500GB HD OS 10.9 32B iPad 4 32GB iPhone 5 iOs7 2TB TC Apple TV3
    Not knowing any other info about your Mac does it have enough free space on the hard drive.

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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    See the following thread in the MacRumors Forum: LINK

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Apr 23, 2011
    Thanks. The error message in that thread is precisely the error that I am getting.

    I have followed the instructions here:

    Deleting the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion “Recovery HD” Partition

    After opening Terminal and running this command:

    diskutil eraseVolume HFS+ Blank /dev/disk0s3

    "diskutil list" returns the following:

    0: GUID_partition_scheme *251.0 GB disk0
    1: EFI 209.7 MB disk0s1
    2: Microsoft Basic Data Macintosh HD 125.0 GB disk0s2
    3: Apple_HFS Blank 650.0 MB disk0s3
    4: Microsoft Basic Data WIN7 125.1 GB disk0s4

    Which command do I run to merge disk0s3 with disk0s2?

    I tried "diskutil mergePartitions HFS+ Macintosh HD disk0s2 disk0s3", but it didn't work.

  5. #5

    Member Since
    Apr 23, 2011
    After deleting the recovery partition, I can no longer boot into Mac OS. When I hold down the Option button while booting, there is no longer an option to boot into Mac OS - only Windows. When I boot into Windows, I can see my Mac OS partition and the deleted blank partition in explorer. How do I recover from here?

  6. #6

    harryb2448's Avatar
    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    Think you have killed the OS X installation. Trust you had burnt to a USB thumb drive prior to running the Installer, or you have a backup on an external hard drive?
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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