Lion Clean Install (w/backup)

andrewcroberts

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Jul 12, 2011
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Hi everyone. First post, let's hope it goes well.

Obviously looking forward to the Lion release that hopefully is on Thursday the 14th, and I tested the GM along with a lot of people.

I was hoping I could pick your collective brains.

Do you think it would be possible to make a second partition, copy all the stuff I want to keep from my existing Snow Leopard Drive to it, then perform a clean Lion install (the boot disc method), copy everything back and then remove the second partition and expand the Lion one?

I see no reason why not, but if anybody has a reason, I'd like to know.


Thanks,
Andrew :apple:
 

Patrick J

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Mar 12, 2009
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Hi everyone. First post, let's hope it goes well.

Obviously looking forward to the Lion release that hopefully is on Thursday the 14th, and I tested the GM along with a lot of people.

I was hoping I could pick your collective brains.

Do you think it would be possible to make a second partition, copy all the stuff I want to keep from my existing Snow Leopard Drive to it, then perform a clean Lion install (the boot disc method), copy everything back and then remove the second partition and expand the Lion one?

I see no reason why not, but if anybody has a reason, I'd like to know.


Thanks,
Andrew :apple:
I did this and for some reason Lion refused to be expanded.
 

jschmitt

macrumors member
Jul 8, 2011
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I could be wring about this (someone please correct me) but it was my understanding that for a partition to be deleted [lets say "Snow Leopard"] AND then its space recovered into another partition, the partition to be deleted needs to be AFTER the partition to be expanded [lets say "Lion"];

This works fine when you install Lion onto a blank disk and Lion's Recovery partition is installed after the base partition that Lion is installed onto; you have the ability to delete the recovery partition and then expand the base Lion partition to recoup the lost space.

I too have had issues expanding a partition with the space reclaimed from a deleted partition that appears in front of the partition that I want to expand.

John
 

andrewcroberts

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 12, 2011
10
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I could be wring about this (someone please correct me) but it was my understanding that for a partition to be deleted [lets say "Snow Leopard"] AND then its space recovered into another partition, the partition to be deleted needs to be AFTER the partition to be expanded [lets say "Lion"];

This works fine when you install Lion onto a blank disk and Lion's Recovery partition is installed after the base partition that Lion is installed onto; you have the ability to delete the recovery partition and then expand the base Lion partition to recoup the lost space.

I too have had issues expanding a partition with the space reclaimed from a deleted partition that appears in front of the partition that I want to expand.

John

In that case, it should work fine. I have the backup partition I made, after the main Macintosh HD. The Macintosh HD will be wiped and Lion installed on it, hopefully not touching the Backup partition. Since the backup is after the Macintosh HD, I should be able to delete the Backup partition and expand Lion (Macintosh HD) into it. Right?


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