Install OS X Lion on new hdd.

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Abercombie, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    Today I replaced the hard drive on my MacBook Pro (2008) 200GB 5600 RPM to a brand new one with 500GB and 7200 RPM.

    Anyway, I don't know how to continue from this point. I have a DVD disc with Lion burned on it, the problem is that I didn't burn the InstallESD.dmg file directly on it, instaed I burned the whole "Install Mac OS X Lion.app" package, so now when I'm trying to boot up the MacBook Pro from the DVD disc (by pressing option key) I see nothing - no hard drives and no CDs.

    What sholud I do now? Going to a friend house and trying burn the InstallESD.dmg file only, or trying other methods? (Maybe install Snow Leopard or something like that).
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    You could install Snow Leopard and upgrade from there to Lion.
     
  3. macrumors 6502

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    Re-install your old hard drive if it is still operational and un-erased, burn the install DVD again but correctly and go for it!
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately, my old hard drive isn't operating any more. I have another MacBook Pro at home but it will be avilable to me only tomorrow and I can't wait!

    By the way, if I will burn only the InstallESD.dmg file, the Lion installation should work on blank hdd?
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Your going to need to go to your friends house and burn the Lion DMG to a DVD.

    http://lifehacker.com/5823096

    You CANNOT just copy the DMG over. It needs to be restored onto a DVD or USB Drive.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the same problems.

    I'll use this solution: Install Snow Leopard with the DVD, upgrade to Lion and then recover my Time Machine backup from an external HD. I think it'll work.
     

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