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MBA 13' Install New HDD and lion


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Hi,
i am a hardware technician of mobile phones.never use a Apple computer in my life.but i do repairing apple phones(hardware).
just now recently i brought a Macbook air 13" used one from a friend. it was leopard operating system and 80gb hdd.

now i need to install a new 500gb hard disk to it and install lion operating system same like factory setting.

i have lion bootable flash disk too.

and i need a help from you guys how to install a new HDD(i prefer 500gb, if its not possible then please advice me with one is perfect maximux size)

and install lion to macbook air same like factory.

simply i can take this one to any apple center or computer shop. but i like to do it my self.

i need a clear step by step detail.
how to fix a new hdd.and format then install lion.

waiting for your valuable reply.
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this may help, I do not know the max gb you can hold for this mba, google it.
I believe this is the earlier edition of mba, would you consider ssd ? this will be expensive.
if you go with standard hd, use the new drive as an external drive, then use ccc carbon copy clone free software download, to get the clone from internal drive then you are in business, being a tech you can close
your eyes and make it happen.
MacBook Air Models A1237 and A1304 Hard Drive Replacement - iFixit
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Hi YCL1688,
thanks for the reply.the link you are mention here. its not a problem to me i can fix.

but i just need to know after fix new HDD. what i have to do how to format
how to create partition on mac
how to create a start up partition and finally how to install LION.

by the way i have no any idea about SSD.

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do not worry about partition, get hold of an enclosure it turns your new hard drive into external drive using usb port. Make sure you have to format the new drive to journaled.
1. you have to upgrade leopard to snow leopard, then to lion in your mba, one cat to another.
2. use the ccc software copy internal drive to external drive,
3. boot from external drive, if everything is ok
4. exchange external to internal, out with old in with new.
SSD will let your mba run faster, and using less power.
Standard drive still will be good.
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Hi YCL

Thank you very much for your fast reply. so first i have to download and install ccc software software to My MBA.

actually i have already install Lion to my MBA on same HDD. but while installing unfortunately i have format HDD in MBA. now its working perfect but no recovery partition on my MBA also GB is not en enough for me.
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and other thing before i install LION my MBA's secondary click (right click) was two finger click on apps or word. after install lion that function was disabled now if i need to click right click i have to press option key and click. so i need to check it too.

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from what I know your mba is running LIon and do not worry about the secondary right click, fix it by open apple menu (apple symbol) upper right screen, then choose system preference set mouse or mouse pad (depends on what you are using) to get the right click business done.
As for recovery partition worry about that later, since you want to have a new HD install,
using external drive to ccc clone to your new drive, and pop in your external drive, after making sure your external drive can be booted up. Let us take one step at a time.
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