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Old Jul 25th, 2012, 11:36 AM   #31
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Has anyone made a USB installer of Mountain Lion following those instructions and then actually tried installing from it?

I made a USB stick of Lion following instructions on the net which I thought were credible.
Never needed to use it since my last download from the Apple store worked for Lion, but when I tried to use my Lion Install stick later, it turned out to be useless.
I have done the disc route, and has worked perfectly with Lion. Not done the USB drive as I like to keep it and blank dvd's are dirt cheap.
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Smooth installation. I'm impressed.
Isn't a "smooth installation" what you expected?
Why are you impressed?
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Has anyone made a USB installer of Mountain Lion following those instructions and then actually tried installing from it?

I made a USB stick of Lion following instructions on the net which I thought were credible.
Never needed to use it since my last download from the Apple store worked for Lion, but when I tried to use my Lion Install stick later, it turned out to be useless.
I made the USB stick installer and it is currently installing. So far no issues.
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I have done the disc route, and has worked perfectly with Lion. Not done the USB drive as I like to keep it and blank dvd's are dirt cheap.
I need to go the USB route because the Air has no DVD drive and I'm still debating if I really need an external one.
I also think USB sticks are more reliable longer term than a burned DVD and at less than $8.00 for an 8 GB stick, I can afford it.
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I made the USB stick installer and it is currently installing. So far no issues.
Which instructions did you use to make the USB stick?

Wonderings or the link A Pratt posted - they are a little bit different although theoretically they both should work.
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Which instructions did you use to make the USB stick?

Wonderings or the link A Pratt posted - they are a little bit different although theoretically they both should work.
I pulled mine from an Apple support page, have not done it, but it all seemed to make sense.
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Which instructions did you use to make the USB stick?

Wonderings or the link A Pratt posted - they are a little bit different although theoretically they both should work.
I used the ones Wonderings posted.

Started at 9:40 and now only 13 minutes left.

The fans are running full tilt on my MBP with a 480 GB SSD though.
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Install was incredibly fast. 15 minutes and I was up and running. USB stick worked as advertised, zero issues. I guess the SSD is the reason for the quick install.
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Me too install is done just restarted and upgrading my mail data base right now, tossed a few apps in an incompatible folder most I don't care for but SugarSync was one I will have to check if they have an update as that could really hurt me as I rely on that app/service every day, I guess that is why I did the install on my MBP and not my iMac that I use all day every day for work.
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Why can't you just copy the Mtn. Lion Installer over to the 8gb Thumb Drive?
Why do you need to erase the Thumb Drive 2 times?
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Make Your Own Mountain/Lion Installer

1. After downloading Mountain/Lion you must first save the Install Mac OS X Mountain/Lion application. After Mountain/Lion downloads DO NOT click on the Install button. Go to your Applications folder and make a copy of the Mountain/Lion installer. Move the copy into your Downloads folder. Now you can click on the Install button. You must do this because the installer deletes itself automatically when it finishes installing.

2. Get a USB flash drive that is at least 8 GBs. Prep this flash drive as follows:

Open Disk Utility in your Utilities folder.
After DU loads select your flash drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.
Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.
Select the volume you just created (this is the sub-entry under the drive entry) from the left side list. Click on the Erase tab in the DU main window.
Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, check the button for Zero Data and click on OK to return to the Erase window.
Click on the Erase button. The format process can take up to an hour depending upon the flash drive size.

3. Locate the saved Mountain/Lion installer in your Downloads folder. CTRL- or RIGHT-click on the installer and select Show Package Contents from the contextual menu. Double-click on the Contents folder to open it. Double-click on the SharedSupport folder. In this folder you will see a disc image named InstallESD.dmg.

4. Plug in your freshly prepared USB flash drive. You are going to clone the content of the InstallESD.dmg disc image to the flash drive as follows:
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