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    Lion to Mountain Lion

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    Lion to Mountain Lion
    My MacBook Pro is a few months old and had Lion pre installed

    As I have been getting to grips with the Mac and Lion after many many years with PC's, I have a query regarding upgrading the operating system.

    I have, a couple of times, reverted to formating the drive at boot and re installling Lion.
    This has been trouble free. I did this just to see how it worked.

    However, my question is, If, when I purchase Mountain Lion, will that overwrite the recovery partition therefor, Lion would no longer be available for re installation ?

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    Lion to Mountain Lion
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    That's a reasonable question. It's only the second time OSX has been available as a download and in-place install so there's no precedence set.

    You create yourself a Lion install DVD and/or USB stick so that, for whatever reason, you have a way back.

    Here's a link to one of many guides out there:
    http://lifehacker.com/5823096/how-to...or-flash-drive
    External hard disk acquisition addict - but admitting the problem is the first step to a robust backup

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    Lion to Mountain Lion

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    i got mine through the app store so whenever i go into the app store i hold option whilst clicking on the purchases tab and i can then reinstall lion through a recovery mode. That is if you got it in the app store. if not the suggestion above is even better. but some options for you
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    Lion to Mountain Lion
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    That was my point..... There's no saying that option will or won't be available once Mountain Lion has been installed. So a hard copy will definitely give you the choice.
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    Lion to Mountain Lion

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    When looking at purchases in the app store, Lion is not listed
    Is it possible to make a DVD from the recovert partiton ?

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    Lion to Mountain Lion

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    probably because it came preinstalled, i was just saying if you purchased it in the app store that option "may" be available to you. As mrplow points out that it may not be available in mountain lion, but if it is then it certainly is an option.
    13" Macbook Pro intel core i5
    Iphone 4S.
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    Lion to Mountain Lion
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    Sorry skipped the new mac info, it can still be done. Info here:
    Create a bootable Lion install drive for newer Macs | Macworld
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    Lion to Mountain Lion

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    That looks like the answer
    I will give this a go sometime later and post my experience

    One question first though.
    I use a 1Tb drive for TimeMachine and the only other drive I have is a Windows drive
    Is it possible to use that to store the first part of the procedure before making the Pen drive boot disk

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    Lion to Mountain Lion

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    OOPS
    Forget the question.
    I see it has to be Mac formatted and I will now use a 32Gb pen drive for the procedure

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    Lion to Mountain Lion

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    Well that was trouble free.
    I followed the link you gave.
    I now have Lion on a bootable pen drive

    Thanks for that

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    Lion to Mountain Lion
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    Glad it worked for you. Thanks for posting back.
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