doing a fresh install of Lion without the disk?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by beedoola, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. beedoola macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012
    I bought my MBP used with no disks. When I installed my new SDD, I just used CCC to clone the OS and content.

    I maybe want to do a fresh install to reorient my system.

    How can I obtain Lion install? To clarify; I'm not asking for aid to get a cracked copy, rather, I want to know if I as a MBP owner; who currently has Lion on their computer, has the ability to get another legit disk.

    Like, can I contact Apple and say; "Hey, Apple. I don't have a Lion OSX disk but I have a MBP with Lion on it. Help me out"

    Ehhh? :apple::eek:
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  3. beedoola thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2012
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It depends. What year is your system? If it is a newer model that came with Lion or Mountain Lion, you can just do a command-r boot to the recovery partition, format Macintosh HD with Disk Utility and then reinstall the OS directly downloaded from Apple's servers. The install authorization for the default OS that came with the machine is linked to the serial number, so you won't need a AppleID or password.

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