How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

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These are instructions on how to install macOS on a new hard drive without a USB install key or install CD. You will need a Wi-Fi connection in order to proceed.

Step One
One you've installed your new new hard drive, power on your Mac and immediately press and hold Command+Option+R until your device begins booting into Internet Recovery.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Two
When prompted, select your Wi-Fi network from the list of available networks and enter its access password.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Three
Choose Disk Utility from the Mac OS X Utilities screen.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Four
Select your new drive from the list of devices on the left.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Five
Choose the number of partitions you'd like for the device from the Partition layout dropdown, name the partition, and ensure its format is Mac OS Extended (Journaled). We'll create '1 Partition' with the name Macintosh SSD.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Six
Click the Options button and make sure GUID Partition Table is selected then click the OK button.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Seven
Click the Apply button then click the Partition button to confirm you want to partition the drive.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Eight
Select Quit Disk Utility from the Disk Utility menu at the top left corner of the display.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Nine
Choose Reinstall Mac OS X from the Mac OS X Utilities menu.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Ten
Click Continue to launch the installation wizard.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

You'll be notified that Apple will verify your eligibility to download and restore Mac OS X. Click Continue.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Eleven
Agree to the software licensing agreement.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Twelve
Select your new hard drive and click Install.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD

Step Thirteen
Your computer will now download Mac OS X and install it. Note that only the version of OS X your computer shipped with will be installed at this time. To get to the latest version of macOS you will update using the Mac App Store.
How to Install macOS on a New Hard Drive Without a USB Install Key or Install CD
Ok - February 23, 2017 at 10:51am
So much faster and better to make a sierra USB flash drive especially if stuck installing a old version like lion but guess if you have no other way it's odd that apple does not just install the latest with no longer charging for OS but a option is still better then no option.
Nitemare - February 23, 2017 at 1:59am
Mac users.. Haha.. As rare as Hillary Clinton voters
Facepalm - February 23, 2017 at 6:38am
Oh dear... You do realise she got the majority of votes right?
MacXmenos - February 23, 2017 at 1:08am
Wow !!! You guys discovered something...maybe not...
Jesus Christ - February 23, 2017 at 12:25am
It's just Command + R
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