How can I get Lion for Fresh Install

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BasilFawlty, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

    BasilFawlty

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    I just bout a new MBP with Lion. As you know it did not come with a Disk for the OS. So, how to I get Lion so I can install to an external drive (fresh install), so I can then swap drives in my MBP?
     
  2. sofasurfer macrumors member

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    Download Lion from the App store and then these sites will help you create a bootable USB drive.

    To make a bootable USB drive

    http://www.macworld.com/article/160124/2011/05/osxflashdrive.html

    and instructions on what to do with the Lion download

    http://www.macworld.com/article/161069/2011/07/make_a_bootable_lion_installer.html

    I followed these and my MBP now has Lion and I have a bootable USB Lion disc.
     
  3. praetorx macrumors regular

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    All MBPs that have Lion pre-installed come with a recovery partition you can use to perform a clean factory install of the OS.
    Hold the command+R keys while the MBP is starting to access the recovery environment.
     
  4. sofasurfer macrumors member

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    But the drive the OP has hasn't got Lion installed on it so no recovery partition.
     
  5. hotgrease macrumors regular

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    I believe you install the new drive and hold the option key on startup. Connect to a wireless network and then you can download the OS directly.
     
  6. Nameci macrumors 68000

    Nameci

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    Connect the drive to the mac, restart on the recovery partition and point the installer to your external drive.
     
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    This should be the easiest solution.
     
  8. Nameci macrumors 68000

    Nameci

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    sometimes you just have to think out of the box... if you are afraid to experiment you will never learn.
     
  9. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    umm ur answer would be in the instruction manual or could have used the searched bar
     

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