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dills84 Level 1 (0 points)

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)
  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

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


  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    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 (0 points)

    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 (94,210 points)

    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:


  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,897 points)

    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 (0 points)

    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 (192,897 points)

    Did you install a Boot Camp partition, or do anything unsupported such as installing Linux?

  • dills84 Level 1 (0 points)

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

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,897 points)

    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 (0 points)

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



       #:                       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


       #:                       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 (94,210 points)

    dills84 wrote:

    restored from a time machine backup.



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

  • dills84 Level 1 (0 points)

    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 (192,897 points)

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

  • Linc Davis Level 10 (192,897 points)

    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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