Please take this post as is with a pinch of salt, as this is merely a recap of my experience and by no means a blueprint or a guide to install OS X. If it is, then maybe I got lucky. ; )
“error code: -4430”
This wasn’t a good sign, which I received by hitting Opt+Cmd+R after restart while trying to rectify my reformatting issues, as it meant that the Apple servers weren’t communicating with my iMac, whose HardDisk I had earlier erased/formatted to kickstart a fresh new OS X installation. Or it could be that my iMac was the one having trouble communicating.
Nevertheless a quick online contact to Apple Support, a lengthy phone call, an 8GB thumbdrive, and the issues was settled. Here’s how:
(Note: You must have already purchased and redeemed a valid OS X Lion License via Apple’s app store. In my case, I was able to download Maverick this way. Aaaaaaaand assuming you’ve yet to reformat your Mac’s harddisk, unlike me. Thankfully I had another iMac to solve my case.)
Step 1: Download OS X Maverick Installer via Apple’s app store. This takes a while as it’s a 5.3GB download. It will download into your applications folder.
Step 2: Reformat the 8GB thumbdrive. Plug in the thumbdrive and choose extended journaled when reformatting. Leave the thumbdrive plugged in and don’t rename the thumbdrive.
Step 3: Create OS X Maverick Installer. Go to http://tinyurl.com/makeosxinstaller (will take you to a page with even more instructions) and scroll about halfway down the page to this headline “Option 1: Use createinstallmedia” and follow the instructions on using the Terminal to create your installer. This takes more than a while, so go brew some coffee while you’re at it — or if you’re me, whip out your iPad and tap Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Such an awesome game.
Step 4: Reformat your iMac’s HardDisk. Restart your iMac. When you hear the iMac kicking to life, hold down Opt+R, and it will take you to a screen where you have 4 options to select from, and select Disk Utility. Then select your harddisk, and reformat it, choosing extended journalled as your formatting option. Once done, quit Disk Utility and restart your iMac.
Step 5: Install OS X Maverick. When you hear the iMac kicking to life, hold down Opt, and wait until you’re able to select the thumbdrive with your OS X Maverick installer that’ you’ve painstakingly created earlier that should still be plugged in. If you can do this, then you’re on your way to a spanking new OS X installation and your coffee should be warm enough to gulp it down.
So there you go 5 easy steps to nirvana.
Or something like that.
It took me nearly 3 hours. Pffft.