Question: Help, need iOS on new HDD but only have a PC atm
Long story short, I was given an iMac from a family member who upgraded. HOWEVER, they had the HDD removed because they needed it as a "backup" of the data.
Ok, I am pretty darn used to repairs. So I am going to put a new HDD in this iMac (2012/2013-ish) and I need to install iOS. The hardware part is easy.... the software is killing me!
Problem.... I am on Windows.... so I cant get to the iOS download (which website blocks because I am not on iOS when trying to access the page) to try to make a bootable USB or something. The hardware is capable of High Sierra, so figured let's install that, but I cant get to it.
Can you even make a bootable USB anymore? I see mixed threads.
So how do I get iOS into the blank HDD with no Mac to start from?
Suggestions, please! Any thoughts would be helpful! I want to get this Mac up and running!