I got my second hand Macbook Pro Mid 2009 today with the plan of upgrading the HDD with an SSD. I couldn't mount my SSD just yet because the Drive Caddy (for my optical disk drive slot) was still shipping so I decided to do a fresh, clean install of El Capitan on the hard drive and just clone it afterwards. I successfully installed El Capitan and I decided to erase everything on the drive because I wanted to get rid of every 3rd party applications and do a reinstall. It wont let me reinstall via the internet so I had a bootable USB via Windows through Transmac.
Now what I did was:
- Format the USB for Mac
- Restored with an El Capitan .dmg
- Use Windows Diskpart to format the drive then restored with an El Capitan .dmg
and what I'd always end up with is a gray screen with circle with a slash. Any help will be highly appreciated since I'm running out of options.