Backing up Mac OS Lion

Discussion in 'iMac' started by detroitreds, Dec 7, 2011.

  1. detroitreds macrumors newbie

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    I just purchased a new iMac, which comes with Lion. Where would I go to download it for backup?
     
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    Mine came with: iMac, single wire power supply, Wireless keyboard, Wireless Trackpad, and a little welcome book and some stickers. No discs, no product keys...
     
  4. detroitreds thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure what's standard with previous OS, but I see iPhoto, Garage Band, iMovie, Photo Booth. Launch Pad I think is new with Lion OS (like iPod OS screen scroll)...and a bunch of other, but I think those would be the ones for purchase.

    Regarding the link your provided, I had found it. But since I didn't purchase the OS (came pre-loaded in iMac), I don't see in the purchased Apps. Since this is my first ever Mac, other than Time Machine (which I haven't looked at much yet), I would not know how to restore the OS. I obviously need to learn a lot more, but I'm not getting how I'm supposed to install an OS to a brand new HD lets say, without a hard copy OS.
     
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    Hmmm... I would have to look for that information. I am sure someone here can get you the info.

    Nowadays you can do a network install of Lion. I don't know if you can get a dmg that way, or if it is only during initial boot up. I haven't' read up on that since I don't have to worry about. I bought Lion when it came out and have since made a DVD.
    I would hope there is someway to do it in your situation.
     
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    Sorry double-post...


    Apple also offers a Thumb Drive of Lion, though you shouldn't have to buy that. THere has to be a way to make a thumb drive or DVD of the image yourself...
     
  7. jeboles, Dec 7, 2011
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    Press Command and R at the same time when starting the machine. If drive is completely blank, it will ask to connect to a wireless network and pull the bits.
     
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    Your machine has recovery code built in. If you want to reinstall, you do not need physical media... just a reasonable internet connection. The download is 4GB. If you have a lousy internet connection, then you may want to get the USB thumb drive, but if your network connection is good, I would just not worry about it.

    /Jim
     

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