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Apple starts offering Lion USB sticks in retail stores

updated 10:55 am EDT, Thu August 11, 2011

Apple delivers full Lion installs on USB

Apple as it promised before before has started shipping USB drives carrying Mac OS X Lion in its retail stores. The $70 drive, unlike the USB recovery sticks, includes a full copy of the OS for those who can't or prefer not to download the whole install itself. Apple isn't offering Lion Server or volume packs in the same terms.

The drive isn't vital for those comfortable with extracting the disk image from a Lion install before they upgrade but avoids a legal gray area and a dedicated, easily identified drive for the install.

Visitors to the online Apple Store will have the option of buying the USB drive soon.

by MacNN Staff



  1. eclux

    Joined: Dec 1969


    promised before before

    sounds like a lyric from a country ballad.

  1. Bobby

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Clean Install?

    I'm guessing the answer is no, but...

    Does anybody know if this will allow one to format a drive and do a clean Mac OS X Lion install? Or would it still require the base Snow Leopard install to be in place first???

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Legal Grey Area?

    What legal gray area?

    There's nothing "gray" about making an image from the Lion download. It's perfectly 100% legal.

  1. viktorob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Create your own...

    1.- Yes, youc an install it from ZERO, no previus snow leopard need it.
    2.- For those of you that already downloaded LION and save it in your HD, here is how to create your own stick installer.
    a. Right click on the LION installer and select "Show Package contents"
    b. Browse for the "Mac OS' folder and look for a file called "Installer.DMG"
    c. Open "Disk Utility (applications- utilities) and format your USB memory with "GUID Partition" Mac journaled, you need at least 4Gb (even that the installer is only 3.7Gb).
    d. Using the "Restore" option, select the source as your DMG file, and destination your USB disc
    e. Make sure you have a backup of everything, insert your USB drive, restart your computer, press the "Alt" key during the boot sound and select you USB as a boot drive and you are ready to go..

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