Clean install OS X Catalina on iMac 27" using usb flash drive


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Hi, am looking for a way to install macOS Catalina on a client's iMac. So far I've downloaded dmg packages for mountain lion, mojave and several catalina packages but I can't get it to work. I've used transmac and balenaEtcher to prepare my flash drives (2 thumb sticks) and am really frustrated. Any insights into where I might be getting it wrong are welcome.
I am using a pc to download the OS packages and also to prepare the flash disks.
Internet recovery keeps on timing out.
Thank you in advance.


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I don't have a lot of experience fixing Macs but I have run into that 'Timing Out' problem and on 2 occasions it turned out the be the drive cable that needed to be replaced.