Cannot redownload Mountain Lion after SSD installation.
I installed an empty Samsung 830 SSD and 16GB of Kingston Ram into a Mac mini late 2012 i7 2,3. I never booted the original configuration which my have been a mistake.
I could not install Mountain Lion (ML) from a USB installer, even after the SSD had been initialized and formatted. I had to put the original HDD into an external enclosure, boot from it and then clone ML from the external drive to the installed SSD. This works woth both Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) and SuperDuper. CCC lets you create a recovery partition in addition to the ML partition.
However, when I try to re-download ML from the Mac App Store (honestly purchased) on the Mac mini late 2012, I get an incompatibility message. Also, the system still does not accept the ML USB installer.
Apparently, the Mac mini is not recognized by the Mac App store after the hardware changes (SSD + Ram).
What can I do to get the Mac app store to recognize my Mac mini?
Hey! same thing happen to me with my new Mac mini, I even tried downloading it before the upgrade, and got a same message (not compatible)
Also couldn't boot via USB, what I did do was booted via recovery HD & reinstall ML over the Internet, it works. I'm using it with no problems, But I still can't download ML, I same error massage.
Hope this helps, cheers.
Mac mini 2012 2.3GHz i7, intel 128ssd 520 series, 16gb ram G.Skill,