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Is it possible to take a Lion install burned by the method outlined in this question and preform a clean install with it?

I just want to make sure that if I buy Lion from the App Store in the near future that when the mood strikes me I will be able to reformat and install Lion without some previous install of Snow Leopard.

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leopard or lion? –  user6124 Jul 23 '11 at 5:24
    
@bckbck, lion, sorry I got distract while writing the question, just fixed it. –  James McMahon Jul 23 '11 at 5:31

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Yes, it is possible. It is bootable, and will be able to do a complete clean install (with you having to format the hard disk first).

Also, if you have installed Lion already, you would be able to do a reinstall by holding ⌥ Option on bootup and selecting Recovery HD. Wait for it to load, and you will be able to see an option for reinstalling.

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But note that the Recovery HD reinstall will download Lion from Apple again -- the recovery partition isn't big enough to contain a complete install of Lion. –  Mike Scott Jul 23 '11 at 7:10
    
Thanks for the answer, I figured as much but just wanted to sure. –  James McMahon Jul 23 '11 at 13:07
    
Just to note - I did a clean install on my mid-2007 Macbook and it worked perfectly. There was one issue - it inexplicably failed mid-install and restarted to a circle with a slash through it. Subsequent installation attempts failed, until I reset the PRAM. –  Magnakai Jul 25 '11 at 14:03
    
Will doing a re-install using the Recovery HD perform a clean install (IE: throw away user files + settings)? If not, what is the recommended way to do this? –  Aron Rotteveel Oct 20 '11 at 10:15

Yes - Apple have published a very nice how to install lion that goes over the steps to install it internally as well as on a second drive.

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

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