I purchased and downloaded Lion yesterday. As always when there's a major release, I like to keep things clean as I have a huge tendency to fiddle with the system once installed and that might render future updates instable, so I'm going the full reformat-then-install route.
Well, so I "burned" InstallESD.dmg onto a reliable 8Gb USB thumb drive with Disc Utility. I just reformated and reinstalled my mid-2009 17" MacBook Pro, from which I'm writing this right now. Flawless install, nothing to say.
Then the problem arises : I've got two other machines, a 2008 white (plastic) 13" MacBook, and a 2008 MacPro. When I boot them from the USB drive by holding Alt, the kernel starts then halts with a "no go" sign. Booting the USB installer drive into Verbose mode tells me that's it's "still waiting for root device", whichever USB port I use on the MacBook or the Mac Pro.
I am just looking to get Lion installed several clean / erased macs while avoiding another download of the Lion package each time I start an install.
What should I do?
- Try another USB drive.
- Burn the .dmg to an optical disc? (haven't touched one in... well... ages).
- Reinstall a fresh Snow Leopard on them, then perform the latest Software Updates, then install Lion the "official" way?
Thanks for any tips.