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How can I reinstall Mountain Lion on new hard drive?

936 Views 31 Replies Latest reply: Oct 5, 2013 2:53 PM by Csound1 RSS
  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)

    Not very 'broad'band then. Tough luck, post back tomorrow if you need help.


    Good luck.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)

    enigmatix wrote:


    I'm in a Catch 22 with my new hard drive and am fed up with the whole Apple makes it easy crap.


    Installed a new hard drive and extra RAM as old one (2008) was failing.


    Can't reload my recently purchased OS X (Mountain Lion) because it's not on a disc. Can't obtain it from Mac App store as my disc-loaded OS X 10.6.3 ( Snow Leopard) can't access Purchases.


    Can't download and install  OS X 10.6.8 until I've loaded 10.6.7 .....until I've loaded 10.6.6 ....until I've loaded 10.6.5


    Have downloaded 10.6.5 and it's f******* disappeared without installing ( and it took 3 hrs to down load). All that remains of about 1Gb download is a 20kb disc image.


    I've tried to reinstall my OS X updates from TIme Machine but can't find out how to do it.


    And to add insult to injury none of my Time Machine applications or files will load altho they seem to exist in Mac Back Up


    I'm tempted to throw in the towel, sell my iphone and ipad and just go back to Microsoft. I'd waste less time

    You can go from 10.6.3 directly to 10.6.8, download the combo update as I previously suggested, install it and you wil be at 10.6.8.


    There is no need to go through each version individually.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)

    The file is 1.09GB, your download failed.


    Did you download the Combo update from the link I provided for the purpose, yes or no?

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)

    Post back when the download completes.


    FYI: you downloaded a supplemental update for 10.6.8. Not an update from 10.6.3 (or any other version) to 10.6.8.


    So it was kosher, but you chose the wrong download.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)  is not the right link. You need the Combo, not an incremental update.


    You need:

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)

    Can you go to and tell me what speeds you are getting on the internet?

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,885 points)

    Do you live near an Apple Store?


    If you have the App Store on the computer you are typing on and Mountain Lion shows in the Purchases, try printing that out and see if Apple will give you the OS on a USB stick.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)

    enigmatix wrote:


    You might find this hard to believe but my wireless "broadband" speed is 0.65 Mbps. I could probably increase it by a few % if I used a wired connection.

    Ouch, that's hardly any better than a good dialup modem, it is in fact dreadful. And it does not bode well for a 4+GB downoad of Mountain Lion.


    Go to an Apple Store and use their network.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)

    Make a copy of the installer and save it to a USB drive this time, just in case.


    Forget the Store, I was thinking of carrying it there, but it's an iMac


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