Where did the SL installer go?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by frenetic, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. frenetic macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2004
    Hi everybody,

    I have one question: where did the SL installer go? In the previous OS, there was a file called "install mac os x Lion" in the applications folder. In Snow Lion it is actually still there, but I cannot seem to find something like "install mac os x Snow Lion". Has it been taken out so I need to download a new one if I want to install it again, or on a new computer? Or am I overlooking something?
  2. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I'm guessing you mean mountain lion.

    After installing it it just disappears.

    That's how it works now.

    If you need to reinstall it you do it from the recovery partition.
  3. blacksurfer macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2011
    Peoples.....before you install back up to an 8gb usb drive. Forget the DVD backup as it won't work on single layer 4.7 DVD.
  4. frenetic thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2004
    Of course. sorry, not very awake yet. And way too many obscure cat names :)

    So if I understand correctly: after having it installed I cannot put it on a separate USB? Kind of a bummer, especially when in countries with flakey internet connections.
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    you can redownload it at any time from the MAS under your purchased items, but its best to back it up before you install because it does disappear after installation.
  6. eagandale4114 macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2011
    If you have a failure you can use the recovery partition on your mac. If you have a catastrophic failure internet recovery will redownload the cat.
  7. jason2811 macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2006
  8. frenetic thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2004
    Thanks, I have just downloaded the ML installer and will make a back up of it on a USB stick, as Jason2811 recommends. I really prefer not to have to depend on an internet connection. Thanks for the tips, everybody!
  9. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Partly true... if Mountain Lion has been installed it will make a new Mountain Lion Recovery HD, and booting from that will DL and install Mountain Lion. But if the whole drive dies and there is no Recovery HD, an Internet Recovery is going to get you Lion and not Mountain Lion.

    See this.

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