My 2011 Macbook Pro hard drive is on its way out, so I've gone out to buy a new SSD. I'm aware of how to install the new drive and what-not, but I'm wondering how I'd go about installing ML to it in my situation. I have no internet connection available to me at the moment (except work, where I am now), so I cannot re-download the 4gb ML install, and I don't feel like forking out money for an 'official USB key'. I also can no longer boot into the OS X partition on my HDD (Tried repairing it etc. No luck), but luckily I can still grab my files from that partition in Bootcamp, so I'll end up just throwing that drive into an enclosure. I have noticed however that when holding the option key while the system boots, I can still get to the backup/recovery utility etc. There is an option in there to do a fresh install of ML to the drive.... 1) Would I be able to put my SSD into an external enclosure and use that utility to do a clean install to my SSD, WITHOUT losing the files on my HDD. 2) When you click through to do a fresh install, does it end up asking you for a disc or the 'official USB key', or does the HDD hold the install files somewhere in a hiddden partition and install it from there? :/ Any help would be great. Thanks guys! EDIT: If this has already been answered elsewhere, sorry! I havent found an answer anywhere though.