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Making OS Lion Install Disk *after* Installation

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sp1992 Calculating status...
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Jul 27, 2011 7:16 AM

I installed OS Lion and I want to create a boot up disk only for OS Lion in case if anything goes wrong later and I checked online, but its all before the installation. Any idea how to create boot up disk after OS Lion installation? Thanks a lot.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), Mac OS Lion
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,440 points)
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    Jul 27, 2011 10:29 AM (in response to sp1992)

    Download it again and follow the instructions, or use a product such as Carbon Copy Cloner to duplicate the installed system.



  • KilKev Calculating status...
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    Jul 27, 2011 3:16 PM (in response to Niel)

    Thanks for this information. I saw a link which instructed to hold the Option key and click on the Purchases tab to redownload. This brings up the price again from an installed status. If I proceed to reinstall will I be charged again? Thanking you.

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,440 points)
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    Jul 27, 2011 3:18 PM (in response to KilKev)

    No, you won't.



  • Colin Robinson Level 6 Level 6 (8,290 points)
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    Jul 27, 2011 3:21 PM (in response to sp1992)

    Lion includes its own boot up disk on a hidden partition:


    Not quite the same as a separate disk but wasn't sure if you knew about that part of Lion.



    Colin R.

  • macdavey Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2011 10:00 AM (in response to sp1992)

    I need to create a disk so I can install Lion in all of my machines... MacBook Pro 17, two iMacs 2.4 gig... How can I do this since there is no option for a family pack for Lion?? I purchase Lion and downloaded it to my MacBook Pro. Should I just download it two more times on my iMacs?

  • woodmeister50 Level 4 Level 4 (3,690 points)
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    Nov 29, 2011 11:11 AM (in response to sp1992)

    Redownload the Lion installer app.  Do not run install.

    Copy the app to a USB thumb drive.  Then, on each of

    the machines you want to install Lion on, copy the installer

    to the Application folder and then launch the installer from



    I have used this procedure on my 4 macs without any



    FYI, from the Lion license for Mac App store purchase or

    USB media:


    B. License from Mac App Store or on Physical Media. If you obtained a license for the AppleSoftware from the Mac App Store or on Apple-branded physical media, then subject to theterms and conditions of this License and as permitted by the Mac App Store Usage Rules setforth in the App Store Terms and Conditions ( (“UsageRules”), you are granted a limited, non-transferable, non-exclusive license:


    to download, install, use and run for personal, non-commercial use, one (1) copy of theApple Software directly on each Apple-branded computer running Mac OS X Snow Leopardor Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server (“Mac Computer”) that you own or control;


    (ii) If you are a commercial enterprise or educational institution, to download, install, use andrun one (1) copy of the Apple Software for use either: (a) by a single individual on each of theMac Computer(s) that you own or control, or (b) by multiple individuals on a single shared MacComputer that you own or control. For example, a single employee may use the AppleSoftware on both the employee’s desktop Mac Computer and laptop Mac Computer, ormultiple students may serially use the Apple Software on a single Mac Computer located at aresource center or library; and


    (iii) to install, use and run up to two (2) additional copies or instances of the Apple Softwarewithin virtual operating system environments on each Mac Computer you own or control thatis already running the Apple Software.


    The grant set forth in Section 2B(iii) above does not permit you to use the virtualized copiesor instances of the Apple Software in connection with service bureau, time-sharing, terminalsharing or other similar types of services.


    Which can be found here:


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