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I am having trouble installing Lion on a partitioned hard drive.  Help?

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I am having trouble installing Lion on a partitioned hard drive


I have three internal HD's   The first I am running the system on 10.6.8 (which is up to date) , the second I do most of my work on  and the third I have partitioned into two and I am trying to install Lion on one of the patitions.


But Lion has decided it will only go on the first HD.


Lion story.png

Above is the one I want to put it on, but it's not available and I can't change the partition scheme.  None of the things the directions state are usable??


What might I be doing wrong?




Dan Page

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)

    Find a drive to do a clean install and then you can


    Use Setup Assistant

    Clone the system (and Lion Recovery) where you want


    This article is for single drives and boot camp partition but same applies


    Lion needs to find free space for the recovery partition so try shrinking the volume you intended to use.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)

    Make a Lion DVD as mentioned on several sites or on a flash memory card.


    You can install Lion wherever you like but it is always best to start off with a bare drive initialized with the OS.


    And it cannot be part of an array.


    Also, this way you have a clean Lion OS you can clone for backup and then use Setup Assistant to import your files, and ready to go - leave the OLD OS as backup incase Lion and your software/hardware has an issue - a month or if you need/want to dual boot or something. ie, you need Lion for your iPod etc and iOS but do your work on SL.


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