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I downloaded Mountain Lion from App Store and installed it.

I have not set Time Machine and I installed Mountain Lion one hour ago (since posting this question).

The dmg file is not in Applications folder anymore.

How to recover Mountain Lion's dmg file after installation?

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After Mountain Lion is installed, your Mac auto-deletes "Installer Mountain Lion.app". So before installs or upgrades like that, you must make a backup (compress it and move file compressed to anywhere, where you put storage data).

And now, you need to download "Installer Mountain Lion.app" again from the App Store.

  • No way to recover deleted file? – AHHP Aug 2 '12 at 7:54
  • As long as time machine is not configurated to backup aplication foler, no, it is not possible. – Daniil Ryzhkov Aug 2 '12 at 8:08
  • even via recovery apps? – AHHP Aug 2 '12 at 9:14
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    You could theoretically use a data recovery application to get it back, but quite a bit easier to just redownload from the app store. – jmlumpkin Aug 2 '12 at 12:42
  • where exactly is the file located when downloaded from Mac app store? – carbonr Oct 23 '13 at 8:13
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If you open the app store, you'll see the purchase button next to Mountain Lion now says "Download", or you can find it in the purchases section. You have to re-download it but at least you don't have to pay for it again ;-)

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Yere if you download the app its invisably stored into your MacBook

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  • can you explain where on the MacBook the original download is stored? – Graham Miln Mar 22 '13 at 12:46

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