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Clean install Mac OS X Lion on new SSD

I have it installed in my Macbook Air, and I wanna get portable distributive.

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marked as duplicate by Daniel Beck, 8088, Spiff, Diogo, Joe Taylor Jul 23 '12 at 13:38

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Actually I think Yura is looking for a "portable distribution" of Lion. Something like what would come on a thumb drive. The article you are quoting only works for other Macs that are 2011 or newer (came with Lion preinstalled). The idea of a portable distro is to have one for use if the system didn't come preinstalled with Lion (I believe). –  Everett Jul 23 '12 at 6:46
It's pretty hard to tell what's really being asked here. –  Spiff Jul 23 '12 at 8:25

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I believe this is what you are looking for: http://osxdaily.com/2011/07/08/make-a-bootable-mac-os-x-10-7-lion-installer-from-a-usb-flash-drive/

You can also use Carbon Copy Cloner to make an exact copy of your internal hard disk, and boot from it externally.

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I was also going to recommend cloning. It is the best solution if you have already installed it. –  ichathan Jul 23 '12 at 8:06

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