Name the drive anything I want. This volume will have the name of the device you set in the previous step. In the Source area click the Image… button. A screen will appear asking you which volume you would like to boot the system from. Technically, the Mountain Lion installer can be used on an infinite number of Macs once you have it; you just need to make a bootable disk or drive. When I check my startup disks from preferences I can see the usb drive so I select it and click restart. Update: Apple appears to have recently made this process easier: If you previously purchased Lion from the Mac App Store, the button next to Lion in the Store should simply say Download—click it to re-download the installer.
This could possible work with SuperDuper but didn't try. I don't know why someone told you that. And, of course, depending on your particular Mac model--I'm looking at you, MacBook Air and recent Mac mini--you may not have an optical drive. Confirm the dialog ensuring that you want to erase the device and all information on it before this point. If you have any space left over on your flash drive, you can add a few of your favorite applications and files, to customize a new installation. This volume will have the name of the device you set in the previous step. You can use a larger drive if you wish, but more important than the size of the flash drive is its speed.
Click the Partition button to continue. Use the arrow keys to select the bootable flash drive you created, and then press return or enter. Highlight the partition by clicking on it in the space it is shown below the Volume Scheme drop-down and then click on Options underneath it. As long as you have saved your data somewhere to pull it back in to the new install sounds like you did that on the server , you will be good to go. Copy this file on your Mac book desktop. Select your flash drive and you should be ready to rock.
You could set up NetBooting to send an image file for the computer to boot up from over the network. My apologies for being unclear. Image via Simply download the app and in a few clicks and about 30 minutes your disk will be finished. Does that make any sense? Note: If you purchased Lion for another Mac, so you have a version of the Lion installer from the Mac App Store, you can use. At this point, you will be enabled with the Install option not Installed. Use , which has a 15-day trial period and works flawlessly.
Select Okay and then, to confirm that you're aware the volume will be erased, click the Erase then create the disk button. Lion DiscMaker makes it easy to create a bootable thumb drive. Would you like to answer one of these instead? The trick is to interrupt that process--safely--so you can grab the installer data and keep it. Now go to the restore tab on the right pane and just drag and drop the BaseSystem. Make sure the drive is empty and that there is only one partition. If you do not find this file you will have to download it again.
The problem for newer Macs When Lion debuted, I from the Mac App Store version of Lion. I'm not quite clear on what you are trying to do. If you've already installed Lion—so it's too late to move the installer—you've may find that the Mac App Store claims that Lion is already installed and prevents you from downloading it again. This is a simple but slightly time-consuming process. You may now name the device in the Name textbox.
Yes that can be an issue. Click the Restore tab at the top right. If this doesn't work, restart and hold down Command+Option+R, which should force your Mac into Lion Internet Recovery. Creating Your Bootable Drive Lion DiscMaker makes this part of the process a snap. Make sure you just move folder contents. To create a bootable hard drive or flash drive 1. A warning will pop-up asking if you are sure you want to partition the media.
Your are right on track there. Image via Before You Start The obvious first step here is to. Follow to properly format the drive. Select the drive onto which you want to install Lion. This should make it appear in the Source box on the right. For example, if you want to on multiple Macs, a bootable installer drive can be more convenient than downloading or copying the entire Lion installer to each computer. This will allow the Mac boot from the drive.
Creating Your Bootable Drive Lion DiscMaker makes this part of the process a snap. Then, it proposes to build a bootable install disk and make it look as nice as possible. Those simpler instructions will create a drive that works with all current Lion-compatible Macs. Update: When this article was originally published, the Mac App Store version of Lion would not boot any Macs released in mid-2011 or later, as those models shipped with a newer version of Lion preinstalled. A warning will pop-up asking if you are sure you want to partition the media.
Click the Partition button to continue. Click Restore and confirm the dialog informing you the volume will be erased. This will help you to recover and reinstall the operating system in case a system crashes or if there is any other event of misfortune. Thanks to reader Jameel Morrison for confirming this procedure and for prodding me to finally write this article. Once the process is complete, you can quit Disk Utility.