Resolved Faux Clean Install With Lion?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Whits, Jul 10, 2011.

  1. Whits, Jul 10, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011

    Whits macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2007
    Hey All,

    I just purchased a new hard drive yesterday, and was looking forward to a clean start with Lion. However, it's now sounding like there isn't a clean install option, and that it simply installs on top of SL.

    Unfortunately, I don't have my original SL install disk around... I do have a large external that I can time machine to and from.

    Any ideas or strategies for getting something close to a clean install without having the SL disk?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    I could do a clean install on one of my partitions via booting from the Lion installer cloned to an external HDD.
    You could do the same, but maybe just with a USB flash memory thumb drive.
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    copy the Lion installer on to a CD or a USB drive, or install Lion and boot from the restore partition. This is covered in many threads.
  4. Novecento macrumors member


    Jul 6, 2011
    You can do a clean install of Lion on an empty hard drive. No need to dig for your SL disc :D
  5. Whits thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2007

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