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.

  • leopard or lion?
    – user6124
    Commented Jul 23, 2011 at 5:24
  • @bckbck, lion, sorry I got distract while writing the question, just fixed it. Commented Jul 23, 2011 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
    Commented Jul 23, 2011 at 7:10
  • Thanks for the answer, I figured as much but just wanted to sure. Commented Jul 23, 2011 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. Commented Jul 25, 2011 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? Commented Oct 20, 2011 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.


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