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Old Dec 30, 2011, 05:24 AM   #1
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How to reinstall OSX without installation disc?

So I've just got my new MacBook Pro.

I work in IT but all of my skills up to this point are with Windows.

Anyway, one thing that's bugging me is say that in a year or so I want to fit a bigger hard drive in the MBP.

Obviously the MBP doesn't come with restore discs - it uses a restore partition as far as I'm aware.

I will have a Time Machine backup, but how would you get the operating system all installed with a blank hard drive and just a Time Machine backup?
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Old Dec 30, 2011, 05:28 AM   #2
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You don't have any grey installations DVDs that came with the MBP?
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Old Dec 30, 2011, 05:31 AM   #3
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Are you using Lion? If so, try the Recovery Disk Assistant
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You don't have any grey installations DVDs that came with the MBP?
The newer systems don't come with disks any longer. Recovery Disk Assistant is the way to go.
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The newer systems don't come with disks any longer. Recovery Disk Assistant is the way to go.
I see. Is lion preinstall or you have download it from App store?
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I see. Is lion preinstall or you have download it from App store?
Regardless of whether it was purchased from the App Store or if it was shipped with Lion, the Recovery Disk Assistant is what's needed to reinstall said OS.
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I see. Is lion preinstall or you have download it from App store?

Comes installed.
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Cheers. All understood. I would just create the recovery thing on a spare USB stick if I was ever going to upgrade the hdd.
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