12 Replies Latest reply: Aug 23, 2012 9:07 PM by mac.heretic
GEE_OTTO Level 1 (0 points)

Hello all!!

 

I recently picked up a used MacBook (Uni-body Aluminum 2009 MacBook running Lion). The laptop was running Lion, I then wiped the machine (to clear all personal data from pervious owner). I booted, held option to access the recovery HDD. Upon booting into the disk i wanted to reinstall the OS. I dont have the disks that come with all MacBooks to reinstall the factory OS. So i have bought Mountain Lion for my other laptop (2011 Macbook). Is there a way to either: Make a disk of the downloaded version of Mountain Lion or downloan a copy straight to the laptop I am attempting to resotre???

 

 

Under my account I never bought Lion only had Snow Leopard and Mountain Lion, I suspect this is the issue which is why I wanted to explore the option of making a bootable disk with the newer OS on it to restore the other laptop. My apple ID is associated with Mountain Lion.


MacBook, OS X Mountain Lion, Have Lion resotre w/ Mnt Lion
  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 (10,275 points)

    if you already purchased Mountain Lion - then it's legal for you to install it in your macbook.

     

    You can create a Mountain Lion USB installer.

     

    Click here on how to create on so you can install it in your 2009 Macbook.

     

    You'll need a 8GB USB Thumb Drive to create a bootable installer.

     

    Good luck..

  • mac.heretic Level 1 (105 points)

    Hello GEE_OTTO, welcome to & thanks for using the Apple Discussions,

     

    I'm not sure I understand fully so I'm going to write what I understand your situation to be:

    You wrote "MacBook (Uni-body Aluminum 2009 MacBook..)" - the aluminium MacBook was late 2008 (MacBook 5,1) or do you mean 13" the MacBook Pro late 2009 (MacBook Pro 5,5)?

     

    In either case as I understand it you perfeormed an OS recovery using the Lion Recovery System. This downloaded & reinstalled OS 10.7.x on your system. If that's the case & you've purchased OS 10.8 Mountain Lion off the Mac AppStore then you should be able to download and install that.

     

    If my above understanding is correct & you can perform a Mountain Lion install I'd encourage you to go ahead. Once you do the installater partition should be updated to the Mountain Lion Recovery System. See this support article for more on the Lion & Mountain Lion Recovery System:

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

     

    This article also will show you some info on how to install a bootable copy of 10.8 to an external device (like a USB drive). That may not be exactly what you're looking for so if you'd like to use a USB device like the Recovery System (which is to purely install 10.8) check out Lion DiskMaker which automates a majority of the process:

    http://blog.gete.net/lion-diskmaker-us/

     

    Let us know how this works out for you, GEE_OTTO!

  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 (10,275 points)

    mac.heretic wrote:

     

    You wrote "MacBook (Uni-body Aluminum 2009 MacBook..)" - the aluminium MacBook was late 2008 (MacBook 5,1) or do you mean 13" the MacBook Pro late 2009 (MacBook Pro 5,5)?

     

     

    Macbook Uni was offered in 2008 - 5.1 and in 2009 - 6.1....

     

    You are however, right - it could also be a late 2009 Macbook Pro....

  • mac.heretic Level 1 (105 points)

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  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 (10,275 points)

    You are correct - my mistake...cheers..

  • mac.heretic Level 1 (105 points)

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  • Bimmer 7 Series Level 6 (10,275 points)

    just edited it....cheers..

     

    i can accept when i've made a mistake - it's all good...

  • GEE_OTTO Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you to all that have replied it is very helpful.

     

     

     

    So I downloaded ML and will save that to a 16GB thumb drive. Upon the next boot i will plug the drive in and I imagine it will show up as an option to reinstall an OS from when in the recovery partition ???

  • mac.heretic Level 1 (105 points)

    My first link will install the entire OS to the USB drive, so if you boot from there you'll be in a fully operating Mountain Lion environment.

     

    The second link (to Lion DiskMaker) may be more of what you're looking for which is to create a recovery partition on the USB drive that you can use to reimage the system should your HDD fail & you not be able to load the Mountain Lion Recovery System.

  • GEE_OTTO Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry about that I overlooked the links you provided earlier. That is exactly what I was curious about when performing this operation.

  • GEE_OTTO Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a TON man your links helped me my new (to me) MackBook is now installing Mountain Lion. I am shocked at how simple it was to get it up and running. THANKS!

  • mac.heretic Level 1 (105 points)

    Noo problem Gee, glad to help. That's why we're here.