Trying to get from Tiger 10.4.11 to Lion - Can I build a thumb drive from my MBA?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by jeffreyropp, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. jeffreyropp macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    My MBA is on Mountain Lion but was originally purchased with Lion. Is there any way I can build a thumb drive with Lion for the Mini?

    Thanks for the help!
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
  3. jeffreyropp thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    It's a 1.83Ghz Core 2 duo (2007 I think). It currently has 1GB RAM.
  4. surroundfan macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2005
    Melbourne, Australia
    Lion requires 2GB (and 4GB would be better). Once you've upgraded, you should be okay, but I'd recommend a clean install to avoid any compatibility issues. I upgraded a colleague's late 2006 MacBook from Tiger (running with 512MB of RAM :eek:) to Lion and it was not 100% smooth, with some programs having problems after being migrated.
  5. jeffreyropp thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2009
    I realize that I need to upgrade the RAM to 2GB (possibly to 4GB with 3GB actually addressable).

    My question is really about how to upgrade the OS. From what I've been reading the bootable thumb drive seems like the way to go.

    Since I have a MBA, I was hoping I could leverage it to create the thumb drive. Its currently on Mountain Lion (I know the mini will only support Lion) but I'm hoping there is a way to leverage it since it was originally bought with Lion itself.

    Thanks again for your thoughts and support!

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