Anyone know how you install OSX ML onto a blank SSD in a Macbook pro?

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  1. pandamonia macrumors 6502a

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    As above?

    i have no install DVD and no idea how im supposed to get my OS onto the SSD?

    any ideas?
     
  2. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. eron macrumors 6502

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    Find an OS.

    I have no eggs, how do I cook scrambled eggs?
     
  4. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So i have no DVD for my OS and no operating system since my SSD died and now i have a blank new on in there.

    No way to download the OS since its on iTunes and i cant get into itunes since i have no OS.

    Soooo how does this work?
     
  5. biohead macrumors 6502

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    Internet recovery?

    It'd help if you told people what model you had.
     
  6. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    15" Pro with a DVD drive.

    Is there a way to download ML from Apple without an OS and install it?

    Right now i am seeing a major flaw in digital distribution of operating systems
     
  7. biohead macrumors 6502

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    What year? 2011 models and later provide an "Internet Recovery" method. Put a blank SSD/HDD in and it should automatically boot up.

    Basically, if it shipped by default with Lion or Mountain Lion, it'll have internet recovery on it. If it came with Snow Leopard, you'll need to dig out your restore discs.

    http://www.apple.com/osx/recovery/
     
  8. eron macrumors 6502

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    So you have a MBP with cd-rom, but your previous hdd died, and you have no backup, and no install-disc.

    Are you on a windows machine now, or some tablet?
    Download a Mac OS image somewhere and burn it to a disc, and continue from there.

    If not, find a friend to help you.
    If not, go into a Apple Store/Mac friendly store, and they will help you out.
    If not, some kind soul might send you their old Mac OS install disc.
     
  9. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Install your original OS, and then update all the way to Mountain Lion. That's what Apple would want you to do anyways, and not much else you can do without Internet Recovery. Maybe have a friend do this for you? Hell find anyone with a Mac!

    Or go to an Apple Store.

    Where do you live OP? What are your exact computer specs? Maybe one of us can help you if we had more information.
     
  10. eron macrumors 6502

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    Cool! Nice to know. :D
     
  11. boomhower macrumors 68000

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    I used internet recovery on mine. It works very very well, a little slow but it worked.
     
  12. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i had purchased ML on iTunes before the SSD had died.

    For some reason it wont let me do internet recovery? Says error occurred?

    Does this work on SL Macbook Pro's?
     
  13. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Do you have an external HDD/SSD enclosure where you can connect through USB?

    If you do, format the SSD to Mac OS Journaled (Extended).
    Then if you have any HDD with a ML installed, go into recovery mode by pressing option when you boot.
     
  14. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How exactly do you install ML on an external drive from a windows machine?

    Also how do you get ML? Pirate bay?
     
  15. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Use the original restore discs that came with your computer to install 10.6.x

    Update to 10.6.8 using software update.

    Download 10.8.1 from the Mac App Store.

    Install.

    Next time back up your data and prepare for things like this. Apple offers a utility to create a bootable USB drive that would have helped you here. Unfortunately, you have to use it on a computer running OSX 10.7 or 10.8.
     
  16. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Basically internet recovery is crap.

    i have 3 errors here in a log file that i found.

    Unknown 283 - Couldnt find app store version
    Can not connect to var/run/systemkeychaincheck.socket: no such file or directory
    Error! Untrusted Cert Title

    Great.
     
  17. eron macrumors 6502

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    Good luck.

    I heard from my friend that there are numerous search engines to choose from.
     
  18. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    And you think i haven't tried to google this?
     
  19. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have managed to find my Snow Leapard DVD. Amazingly it was still in the box.

    Im loving this digital revolution that jobs was talking about.

    Im now doing the Apple version of installing Windows XP to get back to Windows 7.

    Oh by the way if this ever happens on a Retina or an Air - Your screwed.
     
  20. AndersBrohus macrumors regular

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    Hmmm Then you still have the internet recovery ;)

    And Snow Leopard is Apple's Version of Vista :) He said that they had a home edition that costs XX$ and a Pro edition that costs XX$ Then an Ultimate edition that costs XX$ So its vista :)
     
  21. themumu macrumors 6502a

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    I think if this - SSD dying - happened on a Retina or Air (after warranty runs out) - you'd be screwed more for the fact that the replacement SSD is not just a regular off the shelf item, but a custom one that will cost significantly more.

    As for having nowhere to stick a DVD to install an OS - it's the least of my worries in case a storage disk dies. OSes are a dime a dozen, the biggest concern is having your personal data safe so you can restore it. That's why before going all digital with software distribution Apple made easy automated backups an integrated part of the OS with Time Machine (which came with Leopard almost 5 years ago).
     
  22. alphaod macrumors Core

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    That's why I always keep a USB drive with the OS installer handy.
     
  23. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    If you backed up using Time Machine (which I seriously hope everyone does!) you can just plug it in to the computer with the empty drive, and boot off of it. You will be able to restore from the time machine backup.
     
  24. pandamonia thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My Desktop PC backs up my stuff to a 1TB recovery partition.

    My Macbook used to have a Time machine HDD i used to back up. It started to make funny noises and then one day stopped working. Then the price of HDD went up due to that flooding thing so i didnt buy a new one. Then i forgot about it and this happened.

    i think its called Sods Law
     

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