This same thing happened to me, "This item is temporarily unavailable. Try again later."
I must have tried 20 times, before I figured out that it was not the Apple servers. (had to google it)
However here are the differences:
1. I bought the MacBook Pro from a pawn shop, so I have NO clue as to the original owner or their Apple ID/password.
Image my surprise when I found this little tidbit of Apple ID horror!
2. I ONLY have ONE MacBook, not two, which is what EVERY response expects/assumes you to have.
A little explanation, I purchased this MacBook Pro and wanted to update to the new El Capitain OS 10.11 version,
but I did not have enough room on my HD for it, because the previous owner had a lot of trash, junk files, downloads, pictures, email, etc cluttering up space, which of course I didn't want, nor did I ever need. Likewise, I certainly didn't want his name referencing MY new laptop or pathways, directories, and so on etc, etc, etc.
SO I'm like, wipe that sucker clean.
WRONG MOVE... big mistake!!!
Which I'm sure most of you are well aware by now ...of that swift jump into Apple's h e l l h o l e!
After hours, days of research, trying this, trying that, figuring out dead-ends, frustrated, crying, yelling...like it really did any good! hmmmm
I came up with a way to re-install my previous OS without, let me say that again WITHOUT using an Apple login credentials,
so here it goes, are you ready?
This happens to be my FIRST Apple product ever, which I've never experienced their OS layout, so the learning curve was aggressive.
I've been a dedicated Windows user since 3.1, so IF I type (explain) something (terminology) "incorrectly" be understanding, ok?
So for those of you which like myself, have ONLY one Mac product and NO friends to help OR want to share my burden.
Firstly, Write this address down: http://getintopc.com/softwares/operating-systems/mac-os-x-mavericks-free-downloa d/
And NO you cannot download from your Windows computer onto a USB drive and then transfer it to your Mac.
WHY, because Windows uses FAT formatting while Mac uses Mac OS, they don't understand each other,
designed that way on purpose dont'cha know?
That is the web-address you will use to download the "Mavericks Installer.dmg", You will need this later for downloading.
You need TWO USB DRIVES, at least 8GB each (this is the secret) shhhh, don't tell...haha
Hopefully, you have two working USB ports.
IF not, just stop now, the rest is assumed and expected that you have two working USB ports on your Mac.
It was bad enough reading through all the previous posts, just to find out that I didn't have the correct Apple ID/password,
nor did I have an extra MacBook just conveniently laying around!
ON your Mac, you need to get into "Mac OS X Utilities", here's how:
HOLD down Command + Option + R while you push POWER (you can release Power only)
Keep holding others, until rotating EARTH shows up. (now you can release those other 3), This starts Internet Recovery.
This is when your Mac will attempt to connect to the internet, make sure you have either Wi-Fi or Ethernet connected,
Ethernet (hard-wired) is much faster than Wi-Fi for downloading needed files.
When "Mac OS X Utilities" finally shows up: (takes it's sweet time about it)
1. SELECT "Disk Utility"
2. Plug in one USB drive at a time, let Disk Utility recognize it, then plug in second USB drive, wait for recognition.
3.When BOTH are recognized by Disk Utility, (you'll see them appear in left-side pane)
SELECT 1st USB Drive (left-side pane), click on (will be highlighted):
SELECT "Partition" (within right-side pane)
SELECT "Partition Layout", then SELECT "1 Partition"
SELECT "Options", then SELECT "GUID Partition Table" (a must for USB drive to act as startup disk)
UNDER "Partition Information"
NAME: (I used MAC DMG, so I wouldn't get it confused with other USB drive)
FORMAT: Use "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)
SELECT "Apply", then SELECT "Partition" (this WILL format or wipe out all data on this USB drive)
***DO this same above procedures for Second USB, but name it MAC OS X ***
DO NOT REMOVE EITHER USB DRIVE
Got that so far, next:
CLOSE out (X) Disk Utility
Now, Select "Get Help Online" from "Mac OS X Utilities" menu (should be 3rd from top)
It will open up Safari browser, follow along this is very important.
On top Menu, Click on "Safari", then SELECT "Preferences"
Under "General" tab, scroll down to "Save downloaded files to:"
Click "Other", then SELECT "MAC DMG" under devices menu. Close that window.
You should have an open Safari window about "Recovery Information"
Within "Address Bar" type in web address: (same one you were suppose to write down above)
Type in and press enter.
SCROLL down to the "DOWNLOAD" button and click it.
It will open up a new browser window and then start downloading the "Mavericks Installer.dmg" package.
It is 5.95GB, so it will take some time to download. (Go goof around while it's downloading.)
WHEN it is finished downloading, close out Safari. (Safari>Quit Safari)
You should be back to the "Mac OS X Utilities" menu.
SELECT "Disk Utilities" once again.
CLICK on "MAC DMG" dropdown under USB drive heading (it will be highlighted)
SELECT "Restore" in right-side pane
Under Source: MAC DWG is entered
then SELECT MAC DMG in left-side pane, it should show -Getintopc.com-Mavericks Installer.dmg (in right-side pane)
* NOW your SOURCE should be: -Getintopc.com-Mavericks Installer.dmg
Next, CLICK & HOLD on 2nd USB drive drop-down MAC OS X, DRAG to "Destination" in right-side pane
RECAP: (right-side pane)
Source: -Getintopc.com-Mavericks Installer.dmg
Destination: MAC OS X
Now SELECT "Restore" (bottom right)
It will ask if you are sure you want to replace "MAC OS X" with "-Getintopc.com-Mavericks Installer.dmg?
It will verify and start copying the data over, takes about 35 minutes.
If all went well you should have 40,147 files @ 6.01GB
When it is finished, the 2nd USB drive will now be called: "OS X Base System"
Now, REMOVE (ONLY) the USB labeled MAC DWG
Close out (X) of "Disk Utility" (Command + Q)
Close out (X) of "Mac OS X Utilities" (Command + Q)
SELECT "Choose Startup Disk"
SELECT "OS X Base System Mac OS X,10.9)
CLICK on "Restart"
It will ASK again, CLICK on "Restart"
Spinning wheel will activate and "turn for a couple of minutes",
then your Mac will power off and "restart" showing Apple Logo (also for a couple of minutes),
It will then show OS X Installer Window.
Follow Prompts to install your new OS X
I went through Apple's **** Hole and back to bring you this step-by-step guide. (LOL)
Hope it helps.
The great part is that you now have a backup USB restore drive...yippee! (for future mistakes or other Macbooks...)
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