Can't erase my hard drive recovery utility

Hello everyone,

Huge disappointment a few hours ago. My system would not start. Rebooted from OS X Recovery and scanned with utility disk to find out there was a mistake not repairable in the hard disk which told me that I should restore with time machine. Fortunately, I had my backed up system and that's what I was doing. After the process, I found that my data was back, I have not all apps! No safari, no itunes, no store apple to re - install applications, nothing... Maybe I should have stopped here and ask for help, but given that my data has been backed up, I thought it wouldn't hurt to try the other option in the OS X Recovery: reinstall OS X.

So I tried to reinstall OS X. It took a few hours, and when the system was finally restarted to complete the installation, it prompted a message saying that OS X could not be installed (don't remember why).

Now, when I try to start the computer, it automatically goes to the recovery, and practically I can't do anything... I can't use time machine because the hard drive to the mac does not present as an option to install the system. It won't let me delete the partition that the system created to install the OS X either (about 1.3 GB)... the options for 'clear' are grayed out.

I tried to erase everything, but I'm not power, and it seems that there is not much I can do, given all the options appear to be available... What a physical error in the hard drive? It was working perfectly before this happened, and the laptop has not left the office in between.

The system is a MacBook Pro from 2012 (originally with the Mountain Lion and now ran on Yosemite). The hard drive is a semiconductor.

All the miraculous solutions are welcome!

Thank you!

Should be explained a little more disciplined, please.

For example: the system created to install the OS X is (about 1.3 GB) is not clear: 1.3 GB is much too small to install OSX on it, then of course, you can't go. And you cannot use the RecoveryPartition for anything other than repair or reinstall the disk 'real '. The Partition Recovery itself not even 1 GB by a long shot...

Since you have the TM backup, what you can do is:

in the recovery partition, open DiskUtility, select the disk (not the partition, but the disk with the name 'complicated': DiskUtility should give the size (128GB, 56 GB or other): then in DiskUtility choose tab partition, then the partition: 1 partition, OS X Extended (journaled), (Advanced :) button) GUID Partition table.

a when you're done, exit DiskUtility, select install OSX then TM, or install it directly from TM.

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