October 2013 – tecivo BLOG

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Month: October 2013

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks upgrade fail: OS X can’t be installed on the disk because a recovery system can’t be created.

The Mavericks upgrade didn’t go smoothly for me last week. Instead of an automated download and install I got an installation failure message

“Install Failed: OS X could not be installed on your computer. OS X can’t be installed on the disk because a recovery system can’t be created. Visit www.apple.com/support/no-recovery to learn more”

Looks like it’s to do with how Mavericks deals with Recovery Partition and for whatever reason my MacBook Pro wasn’t configured as the Mavericks installer expected.

Here’s what I had to do to fix it.

Note: If you want to give it a try, ensure that you have everything backed up beforehand – making changes to drive formats and partitions has the potential to go catastrophically wrong and I wouldn’t want you to lose any data.

1) Download Mavericks and make a boot USB.

Not absolutely necessary but considering Mavericks 5.29Gb size you may as well take the opportunity of creating a boot drive in case you need it.

See http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57608836-285/how-to-create-a-bootable-os-x-mavericks-usb-install-drive

i) Download the Mavericks update file – don’t reboot

ii) Format USB drive as Mac OS Extended (Journaled), leaving the name as ‘Untitled’

iii) Open Terminal and enter

sudo /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app/Contents/Resources/createinstallmedia --volume /Volumes/Untitled --applicationpath /Applications/Install\ OS\ X\ Mavericks.app –nointeraction

2) Remove your systems Recovery Partition and extend the Boot Partition

See http://derflounder.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/removing-and-rebuilding-a-malfunctioning-recover-hd-partition

i) Get the recover partition identifier. Open Terminal and enter:

diskutil list

ii) Remove the recovery partition. In Terminal enter following (using appropriate disk identifier from previous step):

Diskutil eraseVolume HFS+ ErasedDisk /dev/disk0s4

iii) Extend the boot partition. In Terminal enter following (using appropriate identifiers)

diskutil mergePartitions HFS+ MacHD disk0s3 disk0s4

3) Reboot your Mac from the USB drive and carry out the upgrade

Even then it wasn’t 100% flawless. The Mac booted to USB carried out upgrade ok but when complete it didn’t automatically reboot so needed a manual restart.

And when it finished Mavericks went through the process of creating a new user account rather than using what was already there and letting me logon to the saved profile. Fortunately I was able to log off and then on again using the previous account. (From which I could delete the new, unwanted one).


New AppSense consultancy contract to look forward to

So after ordering a new kitchen in the summer the delivery and installation is complete. Thankfully no major issues and the team did an excellent job. Can definitely recommend ‘Kitchen Fitters Direct’.

New electrics and lights, plastering, plumbing, fitting, tiling and decorating – all complete to a high standard over the course of three and a bit weeks.

Pretty stressful not having access to a kitchen sink for over a week, but other than that it was just like camping – though with a decent bed, a good nights sleep and a good shower to wake up to.

And to follow that, a new contract is in place – will be travelling to Knowsley just outside of Liverpool to work for the shopping channel, QVC. (‘Quality, Value, Convenience’ – I always thought it was ‘Quality, Value, Choice’).

I’ll be taking over from James Rankin looking after AppSense DesktopNow as new Windows 7 desktops and Citrix XenApp 6.5 servers are deployed with the objective of ensuring a smooth migration for users and a flexible technology solution for the company.

Not looking forward to the 250 mile drive to get there, but have found a nice local hotel so at least when there I won’t have a long commute in the mornings – definitely my style 😮

Fingers crossed the weather is kind this winter as getting stuck on the M6 doesn’t sound like my idea of fun. Won’t enjoy being away from the family, but at least with FaceTime it’ll be easy to keep in touch every day and a few nights during the week is a world away from a couple of months at a time we used to endure in the 90’s when I worked overseas most of the time.


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