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  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,615 points)

    I'm not sure of the process, but I believe you may have to "authenticate" or register it - I'd suggest calling Apple (take advantage of your warranty) and checking that issue since you may need that download more than once. I got a new MBP a couple of months ago; however, in my case, it was never a problem since I had purchased Lion previously, so it was already available for download (same with Mountain Lion). You need to make sure you can download it any time you need it. In the meantime, I agree with all the other suggestions; my personal preference is a bootable clone with CCC - I just had my hard drive replaced. I made a fresh up to date clone > the hard drive was replaced > I booted off the external clone, erased the emptty new hard drive (just for kicks), and then simply let CCC clone my entire system back. Booted into my internal and I was done.

  • sootshe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'll take your suggestion & talk to Apple about the OS.

     

    In the meantime I'll use the Recovery Disk Assistant procedure suggested by Chris & get things up & running by using your suggestion of the CCC.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,615 points)

    Just to avoid confusion: no recovery needed when using CCC.

     

    Actually, I just realized that since you want to do this with an MBP, there is an easy way:

     

    If you buy your new hard drive from OWC (macsales.com), they offer a kit (the new hard drive, an empty enclosure and a little tool kit). When you get the package, put the new hard drive in the enclosure, attach to Mac, use Disk Utility to properly format the drive (Mac OS Extended, Journaled  and GUID Partition scheme under Options). Then clone your internal to the new drive with CCC. Unmount new drive, unplug, turn off Mac and new drive. Open the new enclosure and take out the new drive. Open Mac and take out old drive > install new drive. Since it's already formatted and is cloned, you should be done. Put your old drive in the enclosure and you have an instantaneous backup.

     

    Your hidden recovery partition may disappear during all of that. No worries, once the dust has settled and you can download Lion, do so over the top of what you have - it'll restore the recovery partition.

  • sootshe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great idea.

     

    I've actually ordered an OWC60 Gig SSHD & an enclosure to fit the old HD in from Macsales, it should be here in about a week...(connection via Firewire).

     

    I understand the procedure you describe & this seems fairly straightforward.

     

    When I take the original HD & put it into the enclosure, if I was to format the drive,Mac OS Extended, Journaled  and GUID Partition scheme  (1).... will that erase everything on that drive, including the recovery partition? Will it erase the OS?

     

    I ask because I just want to end up with an external HD with only my music files on it & nothing else.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,520 points)

    sootshe wrote:

     

    When I take the original HD & put it into the enclosure, if I was to format the drive,Mac OS Extended, Journaled  and GUID Partition scheme  (1).... will that erase everything on that drive, including the recovery partition? Will it erase the OS?

    Yes and yes.

  • babowa Level 7 Level 7 (26,615 points)

    When I take the original HD & put it into the enclosure, if I was to format the drive,Mac OS Extended, Journaled  and GUID Partition scheme  (1).... will that erase everything on that drive, including the recovery partition? Will it erase the OS?

     

    As Chris said: Yes.

     

    Remember to do this only after you've done everything else and have tested your new drive to make sure everything is working as it should - if something were to happen, you'd still have your clone on your old drive just in case.

  • sootshe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

     

     

    when I put the new hard drive in, I want to install a fresh copy of Lion on my computer. This seems to be such a difficult thing to do, as no discs are provided from Apple.

     

    You need something to boot from.

    As I noted before, just download -> Recovery Disk Assistant and install it on an external drive.

    Replace the original internal drive.

    Hold Option and start teh computer then select the Recovery drive to boot from.

    Then simply install Mountain Lion.

     

    When booting from the Recovery drive, you have 4 options.

    1. Restore from a TM backup.
    2. Install new copy of Mac OS X
    3. Get Help
    4. Disk Utility

     

    Chris,

     

    I tried booting from the Recovery Disk Assistant to see what happens.

     

    I got the four options you describe above & stopped there, as I didn't want to wipe everything from my HD. (I haven't put the new SSHD in yet).

     

    I'm having trouble with - "Then simply install Lion"

     

    If I select option 3 "Install new copy of Mac OS X", will this automatically install a new copy of OS X on my computer?

     

    I'm having trouble getting my head around how it will do this.

     

    Does option 3 mean I have to have a copy of Lion to enable it to install it on my computer or is it on the USB stick I have previously created with Recovery Disk Assistant??

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