I think I deleted my lion installer image on my Air

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ohokay, May 12, 2012.

  1. ohokay macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    I decided to buy my wife a late 2011 13" MBA. To save a few hundred bucks, I went the Craigslist route.
    I figured, "Hey, I'm good with computers..."
    So we pick it up from this girl who very obviously was ready to get rid if it, possibly an ex-boyfriends... (or girlfriends, no judgement)
    She had what I'm pretty positive were illegal copies of CS5, Microsoft Office, and Windows 7 running in bootcamp, and as she was ready to get rid of it she didn't wipe anything.
    I decided I wanted my wife to have a clean experience, so I attempted to wipe it myself.
    I launched the disk utility after rebooting with cmd+r and did exactly what I remember doing when I wiped my 2008 MBP running lion.
    First, I erased the bootcamp partition, then I erased the other two hard drives.
    Now, when I try to launch Lion installer, it acts like its installing for about 20 minutes, then I get the missing folder icon, the one With the circle and the line running through it.
    I've tried to see if there's anyway I can recover the install image, but when I looked for it, terminal said all of my disks were empty.
    How badly did I screw this thing up. I've also got a early 2011 MBP, is there any way to use it to hand over a fresh lion installer to the Air?
    I've already set up a Genius Bar Appointment for Monday, but I'd rather be able to fix it myself.
    Little help?
  2. blevins321 macrumors 68030

    Dec 24, 2010
    Winnipeg, MB
    On my phone so I can't link, but search for Lion Internet Recovery. It'll let you boot from the Internet and redownload the recovery partition, then redownload Lion from there :)
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Did your MBP come with Lion? If it did, you can follow this procedure to grab a copy of Lion and put in on a USB key then use that to install Lion on the MBA.

    If you got Lion on your MBP from the app store it is even easier. Just option-click the purchases tab in the App store app and redownload Lion and make a USB key following this procedure.
  4. ohokay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Well, thats the thing...
    neither of these options work for me.
    When I try to do internet recovery, lion begins to install, but about 10 minutes in I get the icon of the circle with a line through it. Lion never installs that way.
    Also, I tried the method of capturing the installer and moving it to a key, but when I type in the first line in the terminal, it shows me that all my disks are empty.
    I think I did something bad to this machine.
    Hopefully the genius bar can help me...
    also, I think the keyboard is shot on this machine. the "P" doesn't work.
    If I bought Apple care now, I could get the keyboard replaced, right?
  5. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The original warranty is one year and would cover the keyboard, so if you have a late 2011 you should still be covered even without Applecare under the original warranty.

    Applecare is an extra cost to extend the original warranty beyond the standard one year.

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