How to install osx on a brand new HDD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kramerica2, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. kramerica2 macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    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.
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  3. cosmicjoke macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2011
    Portland, OR
    If it's an '11 mbp you could also hold down Command R at boot to start up an internet recovery...
  4. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    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?
  5. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
  6. Summez macrumors member


    Mar 20, 2011
    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:)
  7. rikscha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2010
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9B176 Safari/7534.48.3)

    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
  8. /user/me macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    You wouldn't be if you're installing from a blank hard drive....
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    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.
  10. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2009
    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:
    it's for newer mac mini and macbook air, and not MBPs..

    Thanks again everyone.

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