Best way to install lion on blank mba ssd

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  1. cis4life, Aug 12, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2011

    cis4life macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008

    I purchased a larger HD for my MBA 11'. It will be here today. I have the new MBA 2011 with lion installed, but of course i'll be removing that one (128) and placing in the new 256 ssd. So the SSD will be blank.

    Will I be able to simply use the OTA install of lion onto the HD? I will have a time machine of my current hd. But didn't know if something special was on the original HD's to allow the OTA install of lion

    What would you do?
  2. DeuceDeuce macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2007
    San Dimas, CA
    I would use Carbon Copy Cloner
  3. cis4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    I can try that,

    But would the OTA install for lion work on a blank SSD, or is something special on those ssd drives coming from apple that allows this?
  4. vkuber macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2010
    Can't you just Command+R on start-up and then use the online install/recovery from Apple's server to download Lion, etc?
  5. mmendoza27 macrumors 6502

    Oct 18, 2007
    That's exactly what I did. Make sure to open the App Store to register your Mac and get your free iLife downloads first.
  6. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2011
    anyone have a video how to change the SSD on the new MBA?? (I have the 13 inches)

    And where to buy the SSD
  7. cis4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008

    Thats exactly what I wanted to know.

    I bought mine off ebay from a user who was saleing his 256 ssd from a 2011 mba (he bought the higher owc ssd)

    But you can buy and watch how to install a mba ssd from...

  8. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
  9. cis4life thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    I paid 440 for my ssd. a bit more if i would of had it custom from apple. But the mba was a gift from my wife. So It had everything, i just needed a larger ssd.
  10. vkuber macrumors regular


    Feb 8, 2010
    What do you by free iLife downloads? I see some updates for iPhoto, iMovie, etc in my App store. Am I missing something here? Just picked up my MBA last night and can't find were to register it on the App store as well. I am back to a MAC after a long time so I am kind of learning on the go again.
  11. Spacemarine macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    The Internet recovery works only with the new 2011 MBA models. I tried it on mine: Removed all partitions with a bootable Ubuntu-USB-Stick and then pressed CMD+R at the next startup. Everythig was downloaded from the internet over WIFI.

    As this is a firmware feature, it only works with the new models, starting with the new 2011 MBA.

    Note: I never had to enter my Apple-ID or register in the Appstore. The preinstalled Lion is purely bound to the Hardware-ID.
  12. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
  13. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Assuming you have logged into App Store - as soon as it offers you those updates then the iLife is allocated to your account.

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