MacOS – How to download OS X El Capitan without Apple hardware

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I recently purchased a MacBook (Mid-2009), but the hard drive is empty, no OS X and etc. I want to download the Install OS X El Capitan.app and install it, but I don't have any other Mac hardware to do that with. What should I do?

  1. Go to Apple Store and purchase the install disc?
  2. My friend has iMac and ask him if he could download the installer and make the USB Installer?

Best Answer

There is no OS X El Capitan install disk. OS X is distributed through the App Store now.

Yes, ask your friend to create a bootable installer for OS X El Capitan. It should be a fairly straightforward process.

Once you have the drive, hold down the option key while restarting your Mac to boot from the installer USB.