Restoring with Lion

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ash189, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. ash189 macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Hello, all.

    My father recently passed away, and he left me his computer. I currently own a 13” MacBook Pro, and my dad’s computer is a 15” MacBook Pro, both of which are recent releases and both run Lion. I would like to restore the hard drive on the 15” to factory settings, yet retain Lion. I read about the Recovery feature on Lion (holding Command+R during system restart to access Disc Utility). If I were to erase the hard drive on the 15” this way, would Lion stay on the drive?

    I want to use the 15” as a new computer, but still be able to access my files from my old computer’s Time Machine backup. Is it possible to browse and download files from another computer’s backup?

    So to be clear, my goals are to:
    -Restore the hard drive on the 15” to factory default yet retain the Lion OS.
    -Access the files from my 13” MBP’s backups while using the new 15” MBP.

    Any help would be awesome!
  2. Saberon macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2008
    Lion would stay on the drive because it's hidden in the recovery partition. You can wipe using Disk Utility and the recovery partition will clean install lion.

    Not sure about other part of your question.
  3. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Yes, you will be able to access the files manually on the time machine drive using finder, but you will not be able to use the "enter time machine" feature because the backups aren't for that specific machine.

    Just boot to the recover partition on the MacBook pro and use disk utility to erase the hard drive and then reinstall lion.
  4. ash189 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    In Disc Utility, should I “restore” or “erase” the hard drive? Both sound right to me...

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