11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 8:51 PM by Kappy
stephanmmjohn Level 1 Level 1

I just bought a macbook pro and it already has mountain lion on it (10.8.2). I am planning to install an SSD into the mac to get better proformance but I do not have a data transfer cable, plus I want to do a clean and fresh install anyways. I went to the app store and the mountain lion costs $19.99. Since I already have the update, is there a way I can get this free somewhere, preferably legally LOL.


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6

    Only available legally though MacAppStore.

     

    The one you have pre-installed belongs to that system.

     

    You buy it for other systems.

     

    Follow advice in this thread to save the purchased/downloaded ML to a thumb drive to save re-download: https://discussions.apple.com/message/16639520#16639520

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    What do you want to do, please? You can reinstall Mountain Lion on the computer using Internet Recovery. You don't have to purchase Mountain Lion.

  • stephanmmjohn Level 1 Level 1

    I am trying to install an ssd on to my new mac. so after i install the ssd I have to out mountain lion onto the ssd so i can boot up with the ssd. Did that make sense? and what is internet recovery?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    After you install the SSD what are you doing with the HDD you've removed?

     

    Restart the computer and at the chime press and hold down COMMAND-OPTION-R until the gray background appears with a spinning globe. This will begin the Internet Recovery. You will need to use Disk Utility to prep the new SSD by partitioning it using GUID and formatting it Mac OS X Extended, Journaled.

  • stephanmmjohn Level 1 Level 1

    I don't really know, I might have to put it in my old laptop because I apparently just broke the HDD this afternoon. So when I do the internet recovery, Will it load mountain lion onto my SSD, FREE? LOL

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    Internet Recovery should install Mountain Lion on the SSD without any charge. I assume you have registered the computer on Apple's site so they know it is tied to your Apple ID?

     

    How did you manage to break the HDD?

  • stephanmmjohn Level 1 Level 1

    Uhmm I don't know about all of that. I am fairly new to Mac os. I bought my macbook pro From Futureshop today, It was an open box, and the guy told me the previous 'owner' just opened it and nothing else. When I booted the MBP up, i did the regular setting up I suppose and gave me apple ID.

     

    Oh, because I was frustrated and I slammed my hand on the table but instead hit the laptop by accident, right where the HDD was. When I opened it up nothing worked, and when I restarted, it told me windows could not start up properly.

  • stephanmmjohn Level 1 Level 1

    anyone?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    You cannot download a standalone Mountain Lion installer for your computer. It's strictly an Internet Recovery system. It is downloaded from Apple and automatically installed.

     

    OS X (Lion/Mountain Lion)- About OS X Recovery

  • stephanmmjohn Level 1 Level 1

    I'm still not sure if this solves my problem. I haven't installed the SSD because I am not informed well enough and afraid.

     

    So lets say I install my ssd, How will I install mountain lion to my new SSD? After the SSD installation, Do I hold command-option-r while powering on to get into internet recovery, than install mountain lion?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10

    The instructions are in a previous post from me:

     

    Restart the computer and at the chime press and hold down COMMAND-OPTION-R until the gray background appears with a spinning globe. This will begin the Internet Recovery. You will need to use Disk Utility to prep the new SSD by partitioning it using GUID and formatting it Mac OS X Extended, Journaled.

     

    After this install Mountain Lion.

     

    This all takes some time because it is happening on the Internet. If you can connect using Ethernet I'd advise that because it's considerable faster than WiFi.