Oct 20, 2010 The MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive contains installers for Mac OS X, iLife applications, and Apple Hardware Test. Some drives also contain an.
So I had this idea… What if we could replace the installer on your Macbook Air restore drive with the Lion installer?
I got pretty excited at the idea and started messing around. I was able to get it done and can present to you now: How to Hack your MacBook Air Software Reinstall Drive to install Lion!!!
First we’ll need to grab a few things:
- A Legally acquired Copy of Lion
- Apple Macbook Air Recovery Thumb Drive (Or else what’s the point?)
- Our Handy Dandy Zip File (Link)
- Windows Machine (Virtual or Physical)
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Once you’ve collected the above, it’s time to get started.
The first thing we need to do is unlock the USB drive. Apple has locked down the drive to prevent exactly what we’re trying to do here. Since they’ve gone to such lengths to do so, this is probably a good time to warn you that things can go wrong. If this is your only method of restoring your MackBook Air, you might want to consider not doing this.
Unzip the Zip file we linked above on your Mac, and you’ll find a folder called This Goes To Windows. You can drag that whole folder into your virtual machine, or get it to your Windows computer one way or another.
Plug your USB Drive into your Windows computer, or if you’re using a virtual copy, into your Mac, and tell your virtualization software of choice to point Windows at the drive.
Once Windows has finished its hardware install process, launch sm32Xtest.exe from the above folder. If it doesn’t detect the drive simply click Scan USB and it should show up in the next available Port. My virtual copy of Windows didn’t have any other USB devices so it showed on Port 1.
Highlight the port it was detected on, and click Start. The software will run through a quick testing and unlocking process and when it’s finished, you are done with Windows. You can shut it down as everything else will be performed on your Mac.
Open up Disk Utility and click on the USB Drive on the left hand pane. Once selected, you can go to the Partition tab on the right. This is where we will partition the drive to be bootable. Under Volume Scheme select 1 Partition. Then choose options. You want to make sure that GUID Partition Table is selected so that the drive will be bootable on a Mac.
Click OK, and now you can click Apply.
Once it is finished partitioning, click on the Restore tab. Drag your new partition (the item under the drive, not the drive itself) to the Destination field.
The Source field will be populated with your Lion DMG. Now, since Lion is distributed through the App Store, you’ll need to do a little digging to get at the dmg. Simple right click on the Install Mac OS X Lion application and click Show Package Contents.
The file we are looking for is under Contents / SharedSupport. You’ll notice a file in there called InstallESD.dmg. You can simply drag this file while holding option to copy it to your desktop or anywhere else you’d like to put it.
Once done copying, you can drag it to the Source field in Disk Utility, and you are ready to restore your drive! Click Restore and sit back!
Once the drive is finished restoring, you are pretty much ready to go. You can boot this drive by holding option during boot and selecting it when prompted, but you’ll notice your pretty MBA Stick icon is missing and replaced by a default USB drive icon. We’ve got you covered on this as well.
Inside the Zip we linked you to, is a file called USB Icon. Open this file in Preview and you’ll see 5 images. Hit Command+A to select them all and then Command+C to copy them.
Open up Finder and right click to Get Info on the new drive you created. In the top left corner, you’ll see the default icon. Highlight this icon by clicking on it and then hit Command+V to paste the new images.
You are all set now, and have a bootable Lion installer on your Macbook Air Key!!
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Easy to Use When it’s simple to
everything, you can do anything.
On a Mac, everything is designed to work just the way you expect it to — from operating it with simple, intuitive gestures to asking Siri to find a file to having your apps automatically update themselves. Whatever you set out to do on a Mac, there’s much less to learn and that much more to accomplish.
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Spotlight helps you quickly and effortlessly find what you want, like documents on your Mac, movie showtimes, and flight departure and arrival times. Just type a few keystrokes in the Spotlight search field and autocomplete immediately shows you relevant results.1
A simple two-finger swipe from the right edge of your trackpad brings up Notification Center — the same one you use on iPhone — where you can see all the alerts that have come in recently. It’s also where you’ll find your Today view, which you can customize with helpful widgets or handy information pinned from Siri searches.
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Continuity All your devices.
One seamless experience.
Your Mac works with your other Apple devices in ways no other computer can. If you get a call on your iPhone, you can take it on your Mac. And when friends text you — regardless of the phone they have — you can respond from your Mac, iPad, or iPhone, whichever is closest. When you copy text or an image from one device, you can paste it into another with standard copy and paste commands. And with Sidecar, you can extend your workspace by using your iPad as a second Mac display. You can even unlock your Mac with your Apple Watch. No password typing required.
Privacy and Security We believe your data belongs to you. Period.
Everything you do with your Mac is protected by strong privacy and security features. That’s because we build data security into everything we make, right from the start.
Privacy. You trust our products with your most personal information, and we believe that you should be in complete control of it. We respect your privacy by enacting strict policies that govern how all data is handled. And when you browse the web, Safari helps prevent data companies from tracking the sites you visit.
Security. We design Mac hardware and software with advanced technologies that work together to help you run apps safely, protect your data, and keep you safe on the web. The new Find My app helps you locate a missing Mac that’s lost or stolen — even if it’s offline or sleeping. And Gatekeeper makes it safer to download and install apps from the Mac App Store and the internet.
Built in Apps Apps as powerful and elegant as your Mac. Because they’re designed for it.
With every Mac, you get a collection of powerful apps. They’re the same apps you use on your iPhone or iPad, so they’ll feel instantly familiar. They all work with iCloud, so your schedule, contacts, and notes are always up to date everywhere. And because they’re native apps — not web apps in a browser — they take full advantage of the power of your Mac to deliver the fastest possible performance and more robust features.
Media. Experience music, TV, and podcasts in three all-new Mac apps. Get all the news that matters from sources you trust, all in one place.4 Track the market and customize your watchlist. Peruse the best book titles from your desktop. And find the latest apps and extensions for your Mac, right on your Mac.
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iCloud All your stuff on your Mac.
And everywhere else you want it.
Every Apple app uses iCloud — it’s the magic behind the seamless experience you have with all your Apple devices. So you always have your photos, videos, documents, email, notes, contacts, calendars, and more on whatever device you’re using. And any file you store in iCloud Drive can be shared with friends, family, and colleagues just by sending them a link. iCloud Drive also lets you access files from your Mac on your iPhone or iPad. It’s all done automatically. Just like that.5
Accessibility We make sure that everyone is able to use a Mac.
macOS comes standard with a wide range of assistive technologies that help people with disabilities experience what the Mac has to offer, providing many features you won’t find in other operating systems. Voice Control lets users control their Mac, iPad, and iPhone entirely with their voice. And features such as VoiceOver, Accessibility Keyboard, FaceTime,6 and Text to Speech help everyone get more out of Mac.
Technology Advanced to the core.
macOS features powerful core technologies engineered for the most important functions of your Mac. Thanks to Mac Catalyst, you can now enjoy your favorite iPad apps on your Mac. With SwiftUI, developers have a simple way to build better apps across all Apple platforms with less code. Create ML gives developers a faster and easier way to build machine learning into apps. And support for virtual and augmented reality lets developers create immersive worlds for you to step into.
Compatibility Need to work with Windows?
Mac does that, too.
With macOS, it’s easy to transfer your files, photos, and other data from a Windows PC to your Mac. Work with popular file types such as JPEG, MP3, and PDF, as well as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. And, of course, you can run Microsoft Office natively on a Mac. If you want, you can even run Windows on your Mac.7