2011 MBA / Lion / Recovery USB - Query!

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  1. gazzrenn macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys / gals

    I'm sure there are other threads on this, I've done a bit of searching but can't find an answer to my specific question.

    My 2011 MBA will ship with Lion, as I understand it - if i want to do a clean reinstall of Lion - I have to do the internet recovery.

    This is fine, but I prefer to have install media. I would like a bootable full install USB drive to install Lion from - without the need for internet. I understand I may have to run through the internet recovery at least once in order to get the installer downloaded, but can it then be transferred to USB?

    Since I own a license to Lion, I should be able to create this from either the machine its self, or the internet recovery.

    I should not have to purchase Lion in the Mac App Store again - which I understand on the 2011 MBA's you can't actually do anyway!

    Thanks in advance,
    Gazz
     
  2. gazzrenn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow, I asked one of /those/ questions that nobody wants to answer.

    *backs out of the room*
     
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    I can't answer because I don't know, but I am very interested in learning, so I'll just be right here to the side lurking.... :apple:
     
  4. vitzr macrumors 68030

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  5. Dufus Del Dia macrumors newbie

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    Have you seen this?
    http://www.cultofmac.com/use-lion-r...make-a-usb-recovery-drive-video-how-to/108280


     
  6. gazzrenn thread starter macrumors 6502

    gazzrenn

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    I had not seen that. So thank you :)

    That obviously does rely on you having the recovery partition on your drive already. Do the new 2011 MBA's come with said partition I wonder?

    Ha! No worries :)

    You may be able to answer this though ^
     
  7. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Nope, unfortunately not. There is a recovery partition but my understanding is that it allows you to reinstall Lion by downloading it from the Internet, not from a local copy.
     
  8. gazzrenn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahh, I see.. so that's back to the original question.

    Without re-purchasing Lion, how do we do it? I feel a trip to my local Apple Store coming on.... or I could just wait for mine to be delivered :(
     
  9. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    I've seen people having success with calling Apple and telling them you've wiped your hard drive and have unstable Internet. They've been sending out recovery USBs free for this.
     
  10. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    Hmmmm, I also read that the Lion build that comes with the MBA's is different than what you get at the store. I wonder I those USB's have the correct build?
     
  11. gazzrenn thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I found this over on the official Apple Forum

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/16021354#16021354


     

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