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06-07-2011, 03:10 PM #1
How To Make a OS X Lion Boot Disk
The first question that popped into my head after it was revealed that Lion would be a download only upgrade was "what if I need a boot disk?"
I've had too many hard drives crash, and had to reinstall too many operating systems to do without a physical boot disk. Plus I've never been one to tote around an external bootable hard drive. Thankfully creating a Lion boot disk is quite painless.
Egg Freckles posted the following instructions earlier today.
- Purchase and download Lion from the Mac App Store on any Lion compatible Mac running Snow Leopard.
- Right click on “Mac OS X Lion” installer and choose the option to “Show Package Contents.”
- Inside the Contents folder that appears you will find a SharedSupport folder and inside the SharedSupport folder you will find the “InstallESD.dmg.” This is the Lion boot disc image we have all been waiting for.
- Copy “InstallESD.dmg” to another folder like the Desktop.
- Launch Disk Utility and click the burn button.
- Select the copied “InstallESD.dmg” as the image to burn, insert a standard sized 4.7 GB DVD, and wait for your new Lion Boot Disc to come out toasty hot.
Now you know how to make your very own OS X Lion boot disk once Lion is available. You will be able install it on any of your Lion compatible Mac's like you did before the digital download revolution. And for the Macbook Air or Mac Mini server, which lack an optical drive, users can utilize Disk Utility's Restore function to image the Lion boot disc onto an external drive to perform a clean install.
Unless you've got an early build of Lion, bookmark these instructions, copy them, or store them away in your photographic memory for future use when Lion is available next month.
Source: Egg Freckles
06-07-2011, 03:46 PM #2
Thanks for the info.Just copied for future reference.
06-07-2011, 03:57 PM #3
06-07-2011, 04:13 PM #4
What is the best way to run lion mac in windows 7 operation system. and sorry if my post not in the right section
06-07-2011, 05:04 PM #5
So it looks like there will be hackintoshes with Lion on them after all
06-07-2011, 05:32 PM #6
This is some great info !!
Thank you !!
06-07-2011, 05:39 PM #7
06-07-2011, 06:41 PM #8
Kudos to Egg Freckles for the great info and thanks to Phillip Swanson for sharing!
06-07-2011, 07:49 PM #9
Evernoted for future use. Thanks!
06-07-2011, 08:42 PM #10
was wondering about this, thank you. screen dumped for future references
06-07-2011, 09:52 PM #11
That's cool. Great information, I was wondering if this would be possible. Now I would just like Lion to come out now already lol.
06-07-2011, 11:02 PM #12
Almost tempted to try this on my hackintosh.. Though I think I will just wait for my new imac to arrive instead
06-07-2011, 11:10 PM #13
Are we going to be able clean and install lion ?
06-07-2011, 11:14 PM #14
can help me please. i want to that is it compatible with macbook pro 13 , intelcore 2 duo , mc374. can anbody plz tell me
06-07-2011, 11:17 PM #15
06-08-2011, 01:57 AM #16
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06-08-2011, 07:04 AM #17
Not to make this sound or come across trolling, as i can see were some will want a bootable disc, but.
Lion as Apple state's in the features article on the webpage,
Built into Lion
OS X Lion includes a built-in restore partition, allowing you to repair or reinstall OS X without the need for discs.
Browse the web with Safari
Recovery mode now includes the Safari web browser, so you can check your email or browse the Apple Support site.
Reinstall OS X
OS X can be reinstalled on your Mac from recovery mode.
Restore from a Time Machine backup
Use recovery mode to restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup.
Last edited by W1L5ON; 06-08-2011 at 07:06 AM.
06-08-2011, 07:24 AM #18
I hope apple will sell a install disk it's going to take forever to download 4.7 GB
06-08-2011, 02:09 PM #19
For the hackintoshers...Isnt Lion 64bit only? I run a dell mini10v and would like to go to Lion but I recall someone saying on mydellmini that lion is only 64bit...am I wrong?
I would really hate to have to download this over my 3G aircard as I get capped at 5GB/mo.
FAIL for not selling discs.
Last edited by Turb02; 06-08-2011 at 02:12 PM.
06-08-2011, 08:12 PM #20
thanks for the tutorial