Let me jump right into the details
I got an Early 2011 13inch 2.7ghz Macbook Pro
500gb, 4gb ram
I bought it used from someone so I am not sure whether it came with OS X Lion or was subsequently upgraded to it.
It had the Lion recovery HD when I bought it and was able to do a clean install of Lion over wifi
I installed Windows 7 ultimate but something went wrong and I needed to delete & format the windows partition
I boot into OS X Lion recovery and using disk utility tried to deleted the windows & main OSX partion but kept getting the "couldn't unmount disk" error
I was able to delete the windows partion and format it into a journaled and reinstalled OSX Lion
Then I booted into OS X Lion, ran bootcamp and installed Windows 7. My original OS X Lion installation drive was inaccessable
In the process of installing Windows 7 I deleted the Lion recovery HD and the Main OS X Lion because I had the Snow Leopard CD 10.6.3
After installing Windows 7 ultimate I thought I would be able to boot the Snow Leopard cd and clean install everything after formatting the partion as 1 main journaled drive
However, I cannot boot the Snow Leopard cd (3 beeps on startup, I doubt its a ram issue) and now I do not have my Main OS X Lion or Lion Recovery HD
The main tools I got are USB thumb drives 8gb-2gb, 2TB external drive FAT or NTFS, SATA/IDE external drive connectors (proved useless as the MBP internal HDD has an apple symbol on it)
How do I do a clean install with only the Snow Leopard 10.6.3 cd available and nothing else?
I have been working on computer for over 20 years and I believe Im reasonably competent at using them. My mid-2009 15" had a similar problem but I was able to remove the HDD and using external SATA/IDE cables was able to format and repartion the drives on a windows pc. I was hoping the same concept was possible on my current early 2011 13' 2.7ghz Macbook Pro
I would like to make a bootable USB with Lion (not sure if i have to buy it or it is registered to the Macbook Pro serial number). Please provide links and I will go through all of them
I think Apple has taken a very decisive move by incorporating Windows operating systems and it makes it a lot easier to convince audiences why Apple makes the best products.