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    Cannot boot 2011 Macbook pro

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    Hello,

    I dedicated after years of being left alone that I would update the OS on my 2011 Macbook pro to use it for storing files.

    I booted it and was using an old OS. I removed all files and browsers when I updated Macbooks.

    After downloading OS Lion and updating it everything seemed to go well, I then proceeded to install the updates under software update. During the restart while applying the updates it would get stuck on the Apple loading screen. Not the loading bar but the icon.

    Since then I have not been able to boot my Macbook. I have gone to recovery mode, repaired the disk, removed and re-created the disk to no avail.

    Decided to try the Re-install Mac OS Lion option but I get a annoying error when logging-in to Apple "This Item is Temporarily Unavailable".

    I found the following guide which had a couple of suggestions to deal with this:

    How to Fix This Item is Temporarily Unavailable After Reinstalling Your MacOS or OS X - Appuals.com

    I tried both and they are not working to resolve it. For solution 1 I am unable to login to Apple cloud via Safari as Safari is so old the Apple cloud website is not loading correctly.

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    I would greatly appreciate any solution. There is no data on the laptop, my plan is to install the newest OS it will support then use it for file storage.

    Thanks.

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    apple did something in october that prevents easy re-installs
    anyways
    I reinstalled 2 ssd on my macbook air twice just 2 weeks ago, once using a USB with snow leopard, which worked
    the other with time machine- mountain lion.
    can you reboot pressing the R cmd- i see you did
    ummm there is a link i have sent users i need to find:How to upgrade to OS X El Capitan - Apple Support
    that is for el captain 10.11 which apple still likes.
    hope this helps, the original OSX never came with the macbook, correct?

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    Have you tried booting from an external drive or from DVD if you have OS on it?
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    Thanks for the replies.

    Both are great ideas but the issue is that I cannot boot it without using recovery mode. From recovery mode I cannot see a way to install a new OS from external drive or download from Apple. My options are limited to the disk utility (tried everything), re-install OS (doesn't work), help which loads the Safari browser (version is so old it won't support any sites, won't be able to execute downloaded files such as new OS)

    I need to be able to wipe the whole hardrive or do whatever I can so that I can boot it without recovery mode then I can update the OS as normal.

    Thanks.

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    I need to be able to wipe the whole hardrive or do whatever I can so that I can boot it without recovery mode then I can update the OS as normal.
    That is impossible to do. If you wipe the entire drive, you won't have anything to boot from at all. And no operating system to update. At this point you have three options: Recovery, boot from external clone drive, boot from external with an installer on it. You say Recovery doesn't work, which leaves the two external drive solutions. Do you have a second Mac that you can use to build a USB thumb drive installer? If so, get DiskmakerX, download the version installer you want to use from Apple, create the bootable USB, boot from it and do the install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    That is impossible to do. If you wipe the entire drive, you won't have anything to boot from at all. And no operating system to update. At this point you have three options: Recovery, boot from external clone drive, boot from external with an installer on it. You say Recovery doesn't work, which leaves the two external drive solutions. Do you have a second Mac that you can use to build a USB thumb drive installer? If so, get DiskmakerX, download the version installer you want to use from Apple, create the bootable USB, boot from it and do the install.
    Nice, I have downloaded Diskmakerx. I downloaded the OS opened the .dmg file for InstallMacOSX.pkg. When I open DiskmakerX and select InstallMacOSX.pkg it says:

    "This file can't be used to create an OS X Installation disk."

    I assume I'm using the wrong file? It's not clear which file to use although I am not very good at this kind of stuff.

    Thanks

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    in system preferences, what does your start up disk show?
    the hard drive and 10.X.X ?

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    You said you wanted the latest version of the OS that works on your machine. You also said it was a 2011 machine. Assuming the model is 2011, then it should run High Sierra. To download HS, follow this page. It has a link to the store where HS should be available. How to upgrade to macOS High Sierra - Apple Support. Also, you will need the version of DiskmakerX to make a HS version install drive. Get that here: Downloads
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    Quote Originally Posted by MBAmtloin View Post
    in system preferences, what does your start up disk show?
    the hard drive and 10.X.X ?
    I can't access system preferences as I can only boot my Macbook in recovery mode.

    You said you wanted the latest version of the OS that works on your machine. You also said it was a 2011 machine. Assuming the model is 2011, then it should run High Sierra. To download HS, follow this page. It has a link to the store where HS should be available. How to upgrade to macOS High Sierra - Apple Support. Also, you will need the version of DiskmakerX to make a HS version install drive. Get that here: Downloads
    I have given this a go but got the following error a few seconds after entering my password:

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    The disk could not be created because of an error: An error occured: -10006. Finder got an error: Can’t set alias "Install macOS High Sierra:Install macOS High Sierra.app" to {425, 76}.
    I'm close to giving up on this. Just seems to be problem after problem.

    Edit I have found some info on the site regarding the error so will follow their recommendation and update after.

    Thanks.

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    What device are you trying to create as the installer? It has to be an external drive. A USB thumb drive of 8GB will do, or you can use an external HD as long as you don't mind it being wiped clean to make the installer.

    I can't help with the exact error as I have never had an error with DiskmakerX. You might contact the folks at DiskmakerX about it if you don't have success. That machine is a pretty good system, still, so it's worth giving it a bit more effort.
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    Thanks for the assistance.

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    ^ Edit: here is the error. I checked the file size and it is indeed 25mb so the issue is that I do not have the full copy of the OS.

    I'm going to try their suggestion for getting the full copy.

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    From that, I would think you don't have the full installer, just a updater. Did you try the link to HS he gave, or that was in the article I posted? The full installer is a large application, I recall, something on the order of 4-5Gb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacInWin View Post
    From that, I would think you don't have the full installer, just a updater. Did you try the link to HS he gave, or that was in the article I posted? The full installer is a large application, I recall, something on the order of 4-5Gb.
    Yes thanks, I am downloading the file now. Will keep you updated.

    Hopfully this thread will help someone else in the future if it works.

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    OSXdaily,com has great advice on restoring MacBooks with usb, recovery mode, disk utility and other methods.
    they might answer questions you might find, that we cannot guess you need.
    these instructions are user friendly, step by step and saved my macbook air thought these years.
    you have a great laptop there, I'm sure you will get that running soon!

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    This is not working at all.

    I have downloaded the Install macOS High Sierra file (5.24gb), I run the DiskMaker X 7 for High Sierra program, confirm the disk. Select my drive (USB), enter my password. No process screen shows and after a few seconds my drive appears on desktop. Open the directory and it shows the same Install macOS High Sierra file but at 79.8 MB. No window is showing from DiskMaker X 7 for High Sierra. I thought maybe it's running but not showing the window but the file does not increase in size. So whatever happened has finished and it's not as it should be looking at videos on Youtube.

    I like to think of myself as a patient guy working on this for well over 10 hours now but I am getting close to calling it a day, there are so many hoops that shouldn't be there. The fact Apple don't provide the full version shows that they simple don't want anyone using it/and or old hardware. I understand from a business perspective but I doubt I'll be buying another Macbook again. I know what I'm seeing is an issue with the software that is not related to Apple but there should not be any reason to have to go through so many hoops just to install an old OS.

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