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Jun 20, 2011 @ 12:42am / admin

Steve says ‘Sorry, no’ installing Lion without 10.6 on new drives

This is the third email I’ve seen from Steve since WWDC.  It looks like Steve must have sat through some discussion meetings since the emails he has replied to clarify items such as the discontinuation of MobileMe and the App Store installation of Mac OS X Lion.

Emails From Steve reader Andreas Dantz was kind enough to write in about a recent email he received from Steve.

With the removal of any physical media installation method for Lion, Andreas wondered how a clean installation would work if he bought a new hard drive.  Would he need to first install Snow Leopard and then upgrade Lion on top of that?  Or would there perhaps be an alternative to this?

Andreas wrote:

Dear Mr. Jobs,

I just wanted to know if there will be a way to install Lion on a new HDD/SSD without previously installing 10.6?


Andreas Dantz

Steve’s straightforward reply:

Sorry, no.

Sent from my iPhone

So just in case you thought there may be an alternative physical media installation method.  Sorry, no, Apple was serious when they said that Lion would only be available through the App Store.  This is pretty interesting since it means that Steve must have sat through the meetings where they discussed the implications of this move to a download only upgrade.

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  1. Henz / Jun 21 2011

    How about installing it on ssd as external hd first then do the swap after installation?

  2. Nav / Jun 22 2011

    I burned the image of the Lion DP 4 to a DVD. I then booted from that DVD, erased my 2 partition hard drive, installed Lion DP 4, then used Migration Assistant to pull over all my files from a previous Time Machine Snow Leopard backup. Everything worked swimmingly.

  3. Mick Russom / Jul 22 2011

    Power crazy loon.

    user experience is starting to go into the toilet, especially for power users.


  4. jesse dziedzic / Oct 20 2011

    Could be your best piece on the net!!!

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