I recently had to reformat and re-install Snow Leopard from the original installation disks on my daughter's MBP (15" early 2011). I completed that installation after a complete reformat and updated OSX up tp 10.6.8. I then went to her App Store account to upgrade to Mavericks (which she previously installed and ran successfully on the same MBP). After downloading the 5+GB installer, the Mavericks installation failed and greeted me with the following message:
- "Install Failed: OS X could not be installed on your computer. OS X can't be installed on the disk because a recovery system can't be created. Visit www.apple.com/support/no-recovery to learn more"
When I go to www.apple.com/support/no-recovery it redirects to http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4649. Eventually further down in the article I get pointed to http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3926 for my specific failure message.
Here is the problem though. The fix in TS3926 has to do with installing Lion and BootCamp. I do not have BootCamp or Lion installed. I reformatted the hard drive to a single partition of MacIntosh HD with Mac OS Extended (Journaled) file system. I have looked at many posts and many recommend that I start back over and do once again exactly what I did. Format the drive, Install from disks, update OSX to 10.6.8 and then Install Mavericks. Nothing seems to directly address the situation I have or perhaps I haven't searched for the right thing.
I must not have a recovery partition since when I boot into Recovery the MBP goes directly to Internet Recovery. I am more of a WIndows person myslef so some of the OSX methods don't make sense to me and perhaps I have mis-read something. I would appreciate it if someone can point me in the right direction with some clear instructions on what to do next. I don't want tp go back through the same multi-hour process I have been through only to end up at the same place again.
Thanks for all your help.