How to install osx on a brand new HDD?

kramerica2

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Sep 15, 2009
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Hey,
I guess it's been covered here before, but I couldn't really find it.
I want to replace my current macbook's HDD with a SSD. I also want to take the opportunity and start a fresh OSX installation (I've accumulated too much junk over the years). I'm not worried about the hardware part, only about the software.
After booting with the new drive, what will happen? How would I be able to install Lion on the new blank un-formatted drive?

Thanks a lot.
 

kramerica2

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Sep 15, 2009
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Thanks guys,
it's a 13" MPB.
How do I boot lion off a USB drive?
I bought my MPB with snow leopard, and bought lion from the app store. Is there any way to make a bootable USB drive that would be a lion installation disk?
 

Summez

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Mar 20, 2011
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You should still be able to download lion again go to the purchases section click on lion and when the page appears click on the download button. Lion will start downloading into applications folder.Hope this helps:)
 

rikscha

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kramerica2 said:
Thanks guys,
it's a 13" MPB.
How do I boot lion off a USB drive?
I bought my MPB with snow leopard, and bought lion from the app store. Is there any way to make a bootable USB drive that would be a lion installation disk?
Right a MBP 13", now we know exactly which model you have...

With the latest models (~2yrs old) they give you the option to install Lion without the need for a usb sticks or cd
 

/user/me

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Feb 28, 2011
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Thanks, tersono.
I'm well aware of that method, but it only works if you're still running SL. I'm on lion already so I can't download the lion installation app.
You wouldn't be if you're installing from a blank hard drive....
 

heisenberg123

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Oct 31, 2010
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either do the internet recovery or install SL from your disc than download lion(make a usb flash while you still have the install file) than either wipe SL and use the usb flash to install Lion or just put lion over the clean copy of SL.
 

kramerica2

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Sep 15, 2009
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My MBP is 7,1 (mid-2010 13").
the lion recovery assistant app would probably do the trick.

BTW, where can I find out if my mac would work with internet recovery? according to:
http://www.apple.com/macosx/recovery/
it's for newer mac mini and macbook air, and not MBPs..

Thanks again everyone.