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dills84 Level 1 Level 1

As the title says, I just bought my macbook pro. I'd like to reinstall Lion. However its not showing as "installed" in my app store? So How can I reinstall it?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
Reply by Linc Davis on May 2, 2012 10:30 AM Helpful

Boot from Internet Recovery and install. That should create the recovery partition. You won't need to restore from TM unless something goes wrong.

 

Also, you should be aware that using a third-party NAS as a Time Machine backup destination is unsupported by Apple and may be dangerous.

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  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10
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    It won't show as "purchased" in the Mac App store. Read here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 Level 8
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    What you see in the Mac App Store is the installer for OS X Lion. Since you never "installed" it, because it came with your machine, that's why it's not showing as installed. Rest assured, you have Lion if you have version 10.7.x.

  • dills84 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, My problem is that  I put in a new hard drive. and now my icloud is saying I cant activated "find my mac" because I have no recovery partition.

     

    So I was expecting a simple way to remedy this without wiping my entire machine.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10
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    There is no easy way to re-create the recovery partition. Well, there is, but it means purchasing Lion on a USB stick from Apple...US $69. Do you still have your old drive? If so, follow the directions here:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10
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    You should be able to netboot from Apple's servers to reinstall Lion. Hold down the key combination option-R at startup.

     

    You need an always-on Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection to the Internet to use Recovery. It won’t work with USB or PPPoE modems, or with networks that require any kind of authentication other than a WPA or WPA2 Personal password.

     

    Alternatively, if you have either a bootable backup or a Time Machine backup on an external drive (not a Time Capsule), boot from it into Recovery by holding down the option key at startup.

  • dills84 Level 1 Level 1

    I've done all this, When I replace the hard drive I booted from internet recovery, and restored from a time machine backup.

     

    So why would icloud be telling me I dont have a recovery?!

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10
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    Did you install a Boot Camp partition, or do anything unsupported such as installing Linux?

  • dills84 Level 1 Level 1

    No, but i did install a virtual machine with windows 8 within OSX using VMware. does that count?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10
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    No. Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:

     

    Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

     

    In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

     

    If you’re running Mac OS X 10.7 or later, open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the page that opens.

     

    Drag or copy — do not type — the following line into the Terminal window, then press return:

     

    diskutil list

     

    Post any lines of output that appear below what you entered — the text, please, not a screenshot.

  • dills84 Level 1 Level 1

    This is the output i get... looks like im missing recovery eh? the 209.7MB partition is just the boot manager right?

     

    /dev/disk0

       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER

       0:      GUID_partition_scheme                        *750.2 GB   disk0

       1:                        EFI                         209.7 MB   disk0s1

       2:                  Apple_HFS Macintosh HD            749.8 GB   disk0s2

    /dev/disk1

       #:                       TYPE NAME                    SIZE       IDENTIFIER

       0:     FDisk_partition_scheme                        *8.2 GB     disk1

       1:                 DOS_FAT_32 EOS_DIGITAL             8.2 GB     disk1s1

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10
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    iPhone

    dills84 wrote:

    restored from a time machine backup.

     

     

    The Time Machine drive...how was that formatted? If not GUID, then Time Machine will not copy the hidden recovery partition & thus won't restore such.

  • dills84 Level 1 Level 1

    My timemachine backup came from my synology diskstation server. I use it to back up everything, runs well. But I'm unsure what the format is. I beleive its EXT of some type.

     

    So if I'm missing the recovery can I just command+option+r into internet recovery and have it restore itself? Or do I need to wipe out the whole thing and start from scratch?

     

    Whats weird is that I RESTORED the time machine back up from Lion Recovery! I'm confused as to why its gone now?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10
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    Yes, the recovery partition is missing. The rest looks normal. Did you see any error messages when installing Lion?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10
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    If you installed Lion by restoring from a backup on a NAS, then you didn't fully install it. Boot from Internet Recovery and install again.

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