No, my late 2011 didn't ship with any install disc either - everything's going on via the Internet now.
Even if your old HD has Lion on it, your new 2012, as you've found, isn't going to boot from that machine-specific version of Lion and neither will an Lion install USB flash drive. The only thing that I can recommend at this time is that you buy an enclosure or such from OWC and try to recover data, at least, from your old hard drive.
I'd wait for someone to jump in here to tell you if you could actually use it and do some kind of 'clone' onto your new HD so that you can recover your apps and the like but, as far as I know, there's nothing that would do that without trying to replace the system files, too (but I could be wrong about that - there may be some recovery sort of app that would do just that...). You might want to check out the websites of Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper, etc.
I don't know of any other way - now, buy a external back-up drive and use Time Machine back-ups so that if you get into this situation again, you'll be able to recover!
I could still make Time Machine back-ups by booting up from old HD on old borrowed 2011 Mac and running Time Machine.
Does that mean I can use Time Machine to restore everything except the old system and still keep the new system on my new Mac, but retore apps, fonts, codecs, preferences, etc?
PS: I'm not familiar with this forum, but I notice I can award points to people who help, how do I send you 5 points for helping me?
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Clinton thanks for your help, I'd give you points in appreciation but I just found out;
I'd only see the option to mark solved/helpful if I'm the starter of the thread. So, If I ask a question in the midst of a thread, I will not be able to give somebody points for answering it.
But thanks again anyhoo.
I have a few Macs and am doing some isolation testing.
From iMac 20" intel unit, I can't boot to a USB2 external cloned image, but I can boot to an external if it's connected to the Firewire 400 connection.
From MBP RD 15" I do not have a Firewire port to test, but same issue with USB2 or 3 external drives.
Will look to purchase a Thunderbolt external drive encloser so I can install the cloned 3.5" External SATA drive I created the clone image with.
I don't think we have the ability to boot to an external USB on OSX 10.8.
Hi, geomoe, everyone.
I'm having a similar problem with the new MacBook Pro Retina 15" late 2013. You can find the explicit problem here:
I'll try to follow your lead by cloning my new MBP running Mavericks 10.9.1 How did you get the system that was running on the source MBP to CCC clone itself (while running) in bootable form onto the USB Flash Drive?
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