Mountain Lion fresh install with new HDD

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by kingping14, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    I'm planning to get a new HDD for my MBP (15" late 2011) later on in the year, probably close to when ML gets released. My question is when I install a fresh new HDD the MBP will automatically download OSX, if I purchase ML on app store how can I make it automatically download ML instead of Lion?
  2. macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    How can OS X install a fresh copy of OS X on your new HDD if your new HDD has no version of OS X installed?

    So, no. Your MBP will not magically install a copy of OS X on it.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    The LionDiskMaker works on Mountain Lion. You would need to at least buy and download 10.8 from the Mac AppStore then create an 8GB USB that boots into the install.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    if you plug in a new hdd and the MBP detects that there is no OSX on it then it will automatically download a fresh copy of OSX, my question is how can you make it download ML instead of Lion.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Atlanta, GA
    You can't. That is called Lion Internet Recovery, and it is basically online version of the restore discs. My laptop that shipped with Snow Leopard does not magically download Lion. You will have to restore to Lion then purchase Mountain Lion. But the product isn't even released yet. Whine when there is solid evidence one way or the other.
  6. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    I suspect that if you have paid for Mountain Lion, the Internet Recovery option will install Mountain Lion.

    The key here is what is paid for. You can do Internet Recovery on Macs that came with Snow Leopard as long as you've paid for and installed Lion. So Internet Recovery should work for Mountain Lion (as long as it is paid for) even if the system originally came with Lion.
  7. macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    It does? Oh, well then sorry about semi-attitude in my original reply.

    But as far as ML instead of Lion I'm assuming you'll have to at least wait until ML is out to have your question answered.
  8. macrumors 65816


    May 17, 2008
    I am getting a new HDD too.
    Do you gain much by creating a fresh install of lion?

    either way I will have to install Snow Leoopard then again install Lion right?
  9. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I remember a few months ago, a friend did a restore via Internet Recovery. If I remember correctly, he could enter his Apple ID during the setup and choose to download Lion (that he had bought, the machine was shipped with SL). I was quite drunk at the time, but I think that he could actually choose it before the OS was installed...

    Either way, it's not really an issue right now though, is it? And things might change before you will have to use it. So... I mean... Don't look for answers to a problem you don't have, relax and take it easy instead :)
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    You are correct sir.
  11. macrumors regular

    Apr 25, 2012
    I have two MacMinis and Two MBA's. I am guessing I will only need to buy ML one time right? This was the case when I upgraded Lion where I bought Lion through my Apple ID as required and I could download it for all my Macs.

    Also based on the above comments, wouldn't it be the best idea to do a fresh install with ML through Internet Recovery when it comes out instead of downloading it through the App store? I am planning to try this with my Macs that have Internet Recovery (2011 Macs onwards). Why spend so long downloading the thing just to install it over the old OS when you can do a fresh install right??

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