Copy of OS with new IMACS

Discussion in 'iMac' started by NVRENUF!, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    NVRENUF!

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Location:
    PERTH, Australia
    #1
    How is the new imac's coming shipped with copy of the os ?
    being there is no optical drive ! Are they coming with a USB copy bootable of the OS ?
    what happens when you need to format and Re-Install?

    or does it come with a disc and the expectation of using a external optical drive.
     
  2. macrumors 68040

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2009
    #2
    If it's like other recent macs, then it comes with a recovery partition on the hard drive as well as a firmware level internet recovery option.

    The internet recovery option downloads the OS via the internet and installs it in case you replace the drive or otherwise lose the recovery partition.
     
  3. macrumors regular

    iLondoner

    #3
    If it's like my MacBook Air, the recovery partition doesn't include the OS, just a bootstrapping program that loads itself then uses the Internet to contact Apple and download the entire operating system plus all the in-built applications in one gigantic sdownload.
     
  4. macrumors G5

    Macman45

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2011
    Location:
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    #4
    Internet recovery is the way Apple go now. Disk creator will allow you to download a copy of OSX and create a bootable USB drive in order to speed up the re-installation if required.

    No physical disks have been supplied since SL, with Apple electing at first to sell USB drives for Lion, and now electing to go down the Internet / Cloud route.
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #5
  6. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2012
    #6
    Is there a way to directly redownload Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store (on machines 10.8 is preinstalled) rather than pfaff about with the restore Partition?
     
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    NVRENUF!

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Location:
    PERTH, Australia
    #7
    internet is all well and good but annoying when you want a fast install. and have multipul machines to do .

    :/
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #8
    For that you use the Recovery Disk Assistant linked to in my last post.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors regular

    NVRENUF!

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Location:
    PERTH, Australia
    #9
    Cool this will work installing fresh new SSD ?

    just need copy of osx ? on a usb or disc via usb cd drive yeah >?
     
  10. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #10
    Yes, this will work for installing Mac OS X on any kind of storage device.

    And using a 4 GB USB flash memory thumb drive should suffice.
     
  11. macrumors P6

    Weaselboy

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    #11
    No it won't. The Recovery Disk Assistant just uses a 1GB thumb drive to create the Recovery HD partition on a bootable USB key. Once booted from that USB key, the entire 4.7GB OS still must be downloaded from Apple's servers.

    ----------

    If your machine came with Mountain Lion, you did not buy it from the app store, so it will not be available there for you to download free. What you can do though is use this process to grab the installer from Apple's servers. Then use an 8GB USB key and this free app to make a full installer.

    If your machine came with a previous OS and you bought Mountain Lion from the App Store, you could redownload and us the same free app to make that installer in to a USB key.
     
  12. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #12
    Thanks for the correction, thought Apple would provide a better solution, since even Microsoft can do that, but then again, Apple is becoming less and less what it once was, which is good for some, and bad for some.

    Anyway, as a correction:
    Make An OS X Lion Boot Disc
    How to create a bootable, backup Mountain Lion install disk

    I will edit my snippet to reflect the changes, thanks again.
     
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Razorhog

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2006
    Location:
    Arkansas
    #13
    Good statement. I'm a little in both camps, but it seems that a large percentage of the people in the former are share holders.
     
  14. macrumors 603

    blueroom

    Joined:
    Feb 15, 2009
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    #14
  15. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2012
    #15
    Thanks Weaselboy

    I'd read elsewhere that if I machine comes pre-installed with iLife you can log into the App Store and the presence of iLife will be detected and the apps register as purchased. I wondered if something similar would happen for the pre-installed OS. This would make downloading it way easier.

    First thing I'm doing is reinstalling the OS to wipe iLife (but would be useful to have them available later if I choose) and repartition the drive via creating an install partition on an external disk through the ML installer.
     
  16. macrumors P6

    Weaselboy

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2005
    #16
    On a new machine, once you "accept" the iLife apps under your AppleID, they will be shown on any machine you reinstall. Just look in the App Store under purchases with that same AppleID and they will be there.
     
  17. thread starter macrumors regular

    NVRENUF!

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Location:
    PERTH, Australia
    #17
    What I am wondering is how
    once i get the new 27inch rock up, and i swap out hdd for SSD
    how do i get OS back on there.

    I have purchased ML from app store for my current one.
     
  18. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #18
    Either you clone it via CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper! or you look at post #11 again.
     
  19. thread starter macrumors regular

    NVRENUF!

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2012
    Location:
    PERTH, Australia
    #19
    Great thanks.

    anyone know where it downloads after purchase from app store?
    so i can move it to a usb ?
     
  20. macrumors demi-god

    mmomega

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2009
    Location:
    DFW, TX
    #20
    Anytime you download and app from the app store it goes into the applications folder. OS X is no different.
    Just open your Applications folder in Finder once it downloads and you will see it. Copy it to wherever you like then force quit the OS X installer.

    Right Click on the "Install Mountain Lion OS X" app,
    Show package contents
    Contents
    Open Shared Support Folder
    Copy the "InstallESD.dmg" file to somewhere safe.

    You can now remove the Install Mountain Lion OS X app for good.

    Download Lion Diskmaker from the internet
    insert at least an 8GB USB drive, open the Lion Diskmaker app
    it will guide you what to do next
    Once it is done you will have a fully bootable Mountain Lion install USB drive.
     

Share This Page