Even Lion Recovery Assistant USB Must Download Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by powerbook911, Nov 1, 2011.

  1. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I keep trying to put OS X back onto a mid-2011 mini server I returning for another one. I'm just going to give up and return it without the OS because I can't get it installed on this thing.

    While still with the original copy of Lion and factory recovery partition, I created the USB Recovery Key.

    This boots fine and disk utility works great with this USB key.

    However, when I go to install OS X, it still has to try to do a several hour download which fails. What is the point of the key then?

    How do get a backup of the original shipment configuration besides Time Machine? I will have Time Machine backups, but in case I ever want to sell the machine, I want to be able to put it back factory fresh, and I understand I can't use the App Store download or anything to create a disk because it doesn't match up with the specific Lion that ships on the Airs & Minis of 2011.

    The decision to remove any disks and or USB key from the Airs and Minis was a strange move by Apple indeed. Just extra headaches, and I rarely have a negative thing to say about Apple.

    Thanks for any advice.
  2. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    If you have a fast network access, and you use a new HDD or SSD in your Mac mini, then the HDD/SSD has obviously no recovery partition, and you can use your fast connection together with the key to restore Lion on your machine.

    In such a case you can also create a machine specific USB installation disc, which contains the full installer for your Mid-2011 Mac mini. Search MacRumors via Google, thank you!
  3. johnhurley macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2011
    Here is a way to get the full installer ( will be at 10.7.2 ). Article notes macbook pro/air but works on other systems too.

    Not sure why so many people cannot locate this ( macworld hint ).

    Of course even this way has to download the full install ONCE but then it is saved onto a DVD and/or USB flash drive ( your choice ).

    If you cannot succeed in 1 full download somewhere well then ... this way won't work either.
  4. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Many thanks to both of you. Most of this I did know.

    What shocked me was why Apple puts out the USB Creation Tool, if it still must download from the Internet once it loads up?
  5. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    well the USB key is the same thing as the recovery partition the point of the USB key was for people who do not have that built in partition

    the usb key would allow you to download lion on a blank hard drive, without it you mac would sit there asking you "what am i suppose to do, you dont have anything on this hard drive"
  6. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Well except on the new Macs, you can go Command R. Therefore, the USB key is pretty pointless on a Mid 2011 or later Mac.

    However, I get your point otherwise, obviously the correct answer.

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