View Full Version : I think I deleted my lion installer image on my Air

May 12, 2012, 09:43 AM
I decided to buy my wife a late 2011 13" MBA. To save a few hundred bucks, I went the Craigslist route.
I figured, "Hey, I'm good with computers..."
So we pick it up from this girl who very obviously was ready to get rid if it, possibly an ex-boyfriends... (or girlfriends, no judgement)
She had what I'm pretty positive were illegal copies of CS5, Microsoft Office, and Windows 7 running in bootcamp, and as she was ready to get rid of it she didn't wipe anything.
I decided I wanted my wife to have a clean experience, so I attempted to wipe it myself.
I launched the disk utility after rebooting with cmd+r and did exactly what I remember doing when I wiped my 2008 MBP running lion.
First, I erased the bootcamp partition, then I erased the other two hard drives.
Now, when I try to launch Lion installer, it acts like its installing for about 20 minutes, then I get the missing folder icon, the one With the circle and the line running through it.
I've tried to see if there's anyway I can recover the install image, but when I looked for it, terminal said all of my disks were empty.
How badly did I screw this thing up. I've also got a early 2011 MBP, is there any way to use it to hand over a fresh lion installer to the Air?
I've already set up a Genius Bar Appointment for Monday, but I'd rather be able to fix it myself.
Little help?

May 12, 2012, 09:48 AM
On my phone so I can't link, but search for Lion Internet Recovery. It'll let you boot from the Internet and redownload the recovery partition, then redownload Lion from there :-)

May 12, 2012, 01:59 PM
Did your MBP come with Lion? If it did, you can follow this procedure (http://hints.macworld.com/article.php?story=20110831105634716&query=lion+usb) to grab a copy of Lion and put in on a USB key then use that to install Lion on the MBA.

If you got Lion on your MBP from the app store it is even easier. Just option-click the purchases tab in the App store app and redownload Lion and make a USB key following this (http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/08/make-a-bootable-mac-os-x-10-7-lion-installer-from-a-usb-flash-drive/) procedure.

May 13, 2012, 01:20 PM
Well, thats the thing...
neither of these options work for me.
When I try to do internet recovery, lion begins to install, but about 10 minutes in I get the icon of the circle with a line through it. Lion never installs that way.
Also, I tried the method of capturing the installer and moving it to a key, but when I type in the first line in the terminal, it shows me that all my disks are empty.
I think I did something bad to this machine.
Hopefully the genius bar can help me...
also, I think the keyboard is shot on this machine. the "P" doesn't work.
If I bought Apple care now, I could get the keyboard replaced, right?

May 13, 2012, 08:37 PM
If I bought Apple care now, I could get the keyboard replaced, right?

The original warranty is one year and would cover the keyboard, so if you have a late 2011 you should still be covered even without Applecare under the original warranty.

Applecare is an extra cost to extend the original warranty beyond the standard one year.