11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 11, 2012 11:20 AM by Shootist007
bonofromncr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

when mountain lion will release this year if I upgrade my Lion OS to new Apple's new Mac OS what will happen to recovery HD partition? They said my Lion OS will be gone and everything will be Mountain Lion. I bought this Macbook pro late 2011 and its running Lion OS with recovery HD.


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  • 1. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Yes if you kupgrade to a newer OS X version the Lion Recovery HD will be gone and replaced with a Recovery HD for the newer version.

     

    So I suggest you use the Recovery HD and download OS X Lion and create your own Lion Install USB thumb drive.

     

    10.7: How to get a full Lion install disc for a new MacBook Air or Pro - Mac OS X Hints

     

     

    Then use LionDiskMaker to create that thumb drive.

     

    Serial Serveur » Lion DiskMaker (US)

  • 2. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    bonofromncr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thats it I can backup my Lion OS HD recovery to a thumb drive so I can install it if i wanted to put back my Lion OS or install it to an authorized machine.

  • 3. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    Yes you can make a USB of the Recovery HD, that is NOT what I linked to. To do that you use the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant program.

     

    OS X Lion: About Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

     

    What I am suggesting is to Download the Complete Lion install files and create a USB thumb drive of them so you never have to Download Lion again.

     

     

    With Apple Lion will be available after Mountain Lion comes out for X period of time (read that years more then likely) but at some point it will no longer be available directly from Apple, as a dwonlaod or in any other form. So having physical media of that OS is the way to go.

     

    I still have DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.11 on floppy disk.

  • 4. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    bonofromncr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    1GB thumbdrive is enough or more?

  • 5. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,655 points)

    You need a minimum 4GB flash drive to install the Lion OS installer using Lion DiskMaker.

     

    Simply download the Install Lion app from the App Store. You may have to pay $30 for it, but it's worth the peace of mind. After download you'll have an app in your Applications folder named "Install Mac OS X Lion.app".

     

    Have a minimum 4GB USB flash/thumb drive available. Use Lion DiskMaker to make an install drive (you can also make a DVD, if you wish, but it's MUCH slower to boot).

     

    Bob's your Uncle!

     

    Clinton

  • 6. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,470 points)

    I have my doubts that the fullblown universal Lion installer fits into 4GB. Did the classical "get your Lion installer by using Recovery onto a blank partition and stop during the reboot" trick to save the model-specific InstallESD.dmg image for a Late 2011 15" MBP, and this is what was on the partition waiting to do the Lion install  thing: 

     

    Lion Reinstaller.jpg

    The "4GB" sticks I have come out at around 3.8GB when in GUID/HFS+ format.

  • 7. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    clintonfrombirmingham Level 7 Level 7 (28,655 points)

    4GB are the minimum recommended by the developer of Lion DiskMaker. It leaves a few things out, as I understand (AdditionalSpeechVoices.pkg, for one). I have mine on a 16GB flash drive because that's what I had handy.

     

    See here - and visit the developer's website for more info.

     

    Regards,

     

    Clinton

  • 8. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    bonofromncr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I already download the recovey disk asistant from apple. I should have a 4GB flash drive ready for that. If it suceed can I install it to other macbook pro who are earlier OS ex. Tiger or Leopard? Will it create a new Recovery HD for that?

     

    By the time Mountain Lion released I would give it away my Lion OS installer whose hardware met the requirements.

  • 9. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    bonofromncr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    By the way how long will Lion OS have available updates after the release of Mountain Lion? How long will apple support Lion OS updates?

  • 10. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    bonofromncr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This would come out the same on my Late 2011 13' Macbook Pro.

  • 11. Re: Lion OS upgrade to Mountain Lion.
    Shootist007 Level 6 Level 6 (16,640 points)

    bonofromncr wrote:

     

    I already download the recovey disk asistant from apple. I should have a 4GB flash drive ready for that. If it suceed can I install it to other macbook pro who are earlier OS ex. Tiger or Leopard? Will it create a new Recovery HD for that?

     

    By the time Mountain Lion released I would give it away my Lion OS installer whose hardware met the requirements.

    OK maybe I'm not being clear enough.

    The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant program is for ONLY making a USB thumb drive of the RECOVERY HD partition from your Mac. It is NOT the FULL Lion install files. To make a USB thumb of the Recovery HD all you need is a 1GB thumb drive.

     

    The other links I posted is for getting then saving and then making a USB thumb drive of the REAL Lion install files. For that you need at least a 4GB thumb drive, but I always use a 8GB USB thumb drive (I have never tried it on a 4GB thumb).

     

    No if your Mac came with Lion Preinstalled you can NOT use that to upgrade any other Mac computer. For that you MUST BUY it from the Mac App Store, for $29, and then with that you may install it on all Mac computers you personally own.

     

    The version of Lion that comes Pre-Install on newer Mac computers is TIED to that Mac computer by its serial number.

    The version you buy and download for the Mac App store is TIED to YOUR Apple ID.

     

    And never shall the 2 be equal. Although you could use the one you buy and downloaded from the Mac App store to install Lion to a New Mac that originally came with Lion Pre-Installed. That is if you wanted to do that.

     

    I hope that clears some of this up. If not I am sorry but I do not know any other way to explain it.