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Mac reinstall OS this item is temporarily unavailable

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I wanted to reset my iMac so I went into recovery and wiped the disk but when I tried to reinstall the OS it says this item is temporarily unavailable. I'm using the original Apple ID and I tried going to get help online and signing into icloud and I still get the error. 

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Try these steps:

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Hold down Command-Option/Alt-R and press the Power button. (On some Mac keyboards the Option key will be named Alt).
  3. Hold down those keys until you a spinning globe and the message "Starting Internet Recovery. This may take a while".
  4. The message will be replaced with a progress bar. Wait for it to fill. Expect it to take a while...
  5. Wait for the MacOS Utilities screen to appear.
  6. Click Reinstall macOS and follow the installation process.


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What year is your iMac? If it has a Fusion drive you you may need to re-combine the drive before install. It's been awhile since I've had an iMac so I'm going off some fuzzy memory.

Apple 15-in Macbook Pro 2018 - i7 8750H, 2.2GHz,  6-Core | 32GB RAM | 512 GB SSD | Radeon Pro 555x.

Intel Hades Canyon NUC - i7 8809G, 3.10 GHz | 32 GB RAM | 512 GB + 1TB Samsung 970 EVO | Radeon Vega GH | MSI Silent Armor 1060-6GB in Sonnet eGPU. 

Intel Skull Canyon NUC - i7 6770HQ | 2.6 GHz | 16GB RAM | 512 GB 960 EVO

Razer Blade Stealth early 2018 | i7 8550OU 1.8GHz | 16GB RAM | 512 GB SSD

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