How to reinstall OSX without installation disc?

Discussion in 'OS X' started by BadboyHouse, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    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?
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    You don't have any grey installations DVDs that came with the MBP?
     
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    BreakGuy

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  4. Guest

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    The newer systems don't come with disks any longer. Recovery Disk Assistant is the way to go.
     
  5. macrumors regular

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    I see. Is lion preinstall or you have download it from App store?
     
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    BreakGuy

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    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.
     
  7. Guest

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    Comes installed.
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502

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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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