Ordered new SSD HDD, how to get OSX on it

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PReck, Jun 29, 2012.

  1. PReck macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2012

    I've just ordered myself a new SSD Harddrive, however i am not quite sure how to get OSX installed on it. I bought my MBP Pro 15" in the beginning of 2012. There was no installation DVD with it.
    How do i get OSX onto it?

    Patrick :)
  2. simsaladimbamba, Jun 29, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012


    Nov 28, 2010
    No Mac coming with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has physical restore media included.

    OS X: About OS X Recovery

    If you want to make a bootable installation medium, you can follow these steps:

    MacBook, MacBook Pro: Replacing the Hard Disk Drive, transferring data to the new HDD

    the guide includes:
    • 0. Identify your MacBook or MacBook Pro
    • 1. Getting a new HDD
    • 2. Guides to replace the internal HDD with a newer one
    • 3. Transferring data from the old HDD to the new HDD
    • 4. Using the optical disk drive (ODD) slot for placing an SSD or HDD inside the MB/P (OPTIBAY)

  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Your Macbook has Lion Recovery built into the system firmware, so all you need to do is hold down command-r at startup with the new, blank drive installed and you will be taken to Lion Recovery. From there you can use Disk Utility to format the SSD drive, then you can install Lion. It will take some time as the Lion install gets downloaded from Apple's servers.

    You are mistaken. Lion Recovery Disk Assistant will only make a USB key with Lion Recovery on it, and OP already has that feature in firmware (EFI). Making another USB key with Lion Recovery would be redundant. Nothing about Lion Recovery Disk Assistant will make a Lion installer, it just makes a USB Lion Recovery key not a full Lion install.

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