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    Can you reinstall osx lion into an upgraded hard drive. Once I upgrade my hard drive into a much larger one and use the older hard drive to boot up the system. Is it possible for me to reinstall lion using the lion recovery tools. Would I be able to install lion on the new hard drive this way. As much as possible I don't want to clone my old hard drive.
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    Default Re: OSX Lion installation

    you can also use the migration assistant to transfer applications, users, settings.
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    Default Re: OSX Lion installation

    I believe you can restore a Time Machine backup to the new hdd using the Recovery volume.

    1. Install the new hdd
    2. Install old hdd on a usb case and connect to the Mac
    3. Boot into the Recovery HD volume by pressing option key after tone. Choose Recovery HD.
    4. Use Disk Utility to format the new hdd Mac OS Journaled. In Partition Options, choose GUID partition scheme NOT mbr.
    5. Exit DU and Restore Time Machine backup unto the new hdd.

    I believe that will work without a Lion installer.
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    That will work, except Recovery Volume won't be in the new hdd. Needs to have Recovery Volume on a flash drive handy.

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    Default Re: OSX Lion installation

    Step 2 or create Recovery volume on a usb stick:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/dl1433
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    Agree on the latter since step 2 might not be possible later on if the user decides to repartition the old hdd and use it for other purposes other than boot drive.

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    Default Re: OSX Lion installation

    Good point. I don't think restoration will put a Recovery HD volume on the new drive. Yes, the poster should create a Recovery HD volume on a usb stick to assist in the future.
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