Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

Summary: So, you just downloaded nearly 4GB of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' install files from the Mac App store and are wondering if you can get this onto a DVD?

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So, you just downloaded nearly 4GB of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion' install files from the Mac App store and are wondering if you can get this onto a DVD?

You can - and it's qute easy!

NOTE: Do this AFTER downloading Lion and BEFORE installation as the download may be deleted following install!

  1. Open Finder and navigate to /Applications/Install Mac OS X Lion
  2. Right-click on the package and choose Show Package Contents
  3. Open the Contents folder
  4. Open SharedSupport and find InstallESD.dmg
  5. Right-click on InstallESD.dmg and paste (right-click and choose Paste Item) it to a convenient location (such as the Desktop)
  6. Fire up Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities)
  7. Click Burn, select InstallESD.dmg from your convenient location and click Burn
  8. Find a recordable DVD disc and pop it in the optical drive (yes, you need an optical drive to do this) and click Burn
  9. Wait ... wait ... wait ...
  10. Job done!

Not only does this give you a backup of the download (so you won't have to download it again), but it also gives you a handy way to install Lion onto another Mac you own. (Legally Apple allows you five installs to machines with the same Apple ID.)

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Operating Systems, Software

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  • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

    4GB??? OMG that is so bloated!!
    LoverockDavidson
    • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

      @LoverockDavidson LOL!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

    LoverockDavidson- Yep,stuffed to the core till the pips squick !
    morrig
  • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

    But am I the first person to discover that running Leopard does not mean you can run Lion? My Duo core MacBook, and two iMacs for the bin? What's that about Apple?
    peterdcox
    • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

      @peterdcox

      No, but you may be the last person to discover that. It specifically requires a Core2Duo or better. This is not news.
      msalzberg
    • This is fairly standard in the industry

      @peterdcox
      Companies all choose their own timelines for supporting older equipment. While Apple tends to stop supporting their hardware and software sooner than most others, nothing is forcing you to upgrade. Will your hardware suddenly stop working just because Lion came out?
      toddybottom
    • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

      @peterdcox
      I keep reading the sniping comments on ZDNet between the mac / anti-mac users, regarding the technical abilities of mac users. This page seems to settle the dispute: amazingly (imo), there's an article dedicated to explaining how to burn a DVD (don't remember seeing one for Windows or Linux users - though I could be mistaken). I guess you can be forgiven for not understanding, peterdcox.

      Never mind...shiny thing make it all better again as soon as you pay.
      bluebeard66
      • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

        @bluebeard66 Since you only seem to read headlines before writing your drivel, you apparently lost the point of the point of the article, which gave instructions on how to extract the disk image of the OS installer from the App store package download. Actually burning to DVD (or better yet, making a bootable Flash drive) was not discussed, because Adrian assumed that those of us reading would know how. Since I have several Macs in house (and am planning to test out Lion for my school's computers), I appreciate not having to download 4GB for each and every computer I own or manage.

        But don't let facts obscure your little childish rant.
        ssaha
  • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

    Great when can I install it on my PC?
    jatbains
    • Right now, if your PC is a Mac

      @jatbains Macs are PC's. You can get your dual boot going: OSX 10.7 and Win7
      HollywoodDog
    • You can't (legally)

      @jatbains
      Just like my cable provider gives me digital TV at a greatly reduced rate if I also purchase my telephone and Internet services through them, Apple gives you a huge discount on OS X as long as you bundle it with a Mac. If you want to purchase OS X at the regular, unsubsidized rate, you would have to buy Apple for how ever many hundreds of billions of dollars it is currently worth.
      toddybottom
      • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

        @toddybottom Once again, no clue what you are talking about. You can walk into Best Buy and purchase a full version copy of Snow Leopard today for $29. Lion isn't available but may become available. Even if it doesn't you purchase SL for $29.99 and the Lion upgrade for $29 and you have $$59.99 invested. How much does a copy of Win 7 cost, oh that's right it starts at $199.99.
        non-biased
      • Read the license on your copy of SL and Lion

        You are not legally allowed to install it on anything other than a Mac. That is what I wrote. OS X is a bundle deal with a Mac. If you want to buy a copy of OS X that you can legally install on anything other than a Mac, you would have to buy Apple for hundreds of billions of dollars. That is the unbundled cost of OS X.

        That $199 that you pay for Windows 7 is the standalone price allowing you to install the OS on any hardware, even Apple's. The bundled price of Windows is closer to $30.
        toddybottom
    • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

      @jatbains

      Apple is a hardware company . . . they don't sell standalone software. That's been the corner stone to both their successes and failures since day one. The design software around "known" hardware to ensure the best user experience possible. Their original OS was on a set of ROM chips.

      Microsoft didn't want to be in the hardware business (until XBox) opting instead to be the OS(es) loaded on as many systems as possible. That makes coding and consistency across platforms a challenge. The number of "unknowns" in the Windows world is truly mind-boggling. It's actually a testament to their commitment, skill, and resources that their user experience is as good as it is. I remember noting how quickly hey ditch the DEC Alpha processor the moment Compaq bought and agreed to the idea. That alone must have been cause for great celebration in Redmond, back in the day.
      Michael.Lunney@...
      • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

        @Michael.Lunney@... [i]Apple is a hardware company . . . they don't sell standalone software. [/i]
        Really, then why can you walk into Best Buy and purchase a copy of Snow Leopard?
        non-biased
  • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

    So I already did all of this. So if the image is not tied to the Mac App Store how does apple keep people from just using others Bootable DVD Lion disk?
    matt@...
    • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

      @matt@...
      They are a hardware company - they make it only run on newer hardware so you need to have recently purchased/or go out and get a 1200.00 or so Mac to run the 30.00 OS you were clever enough to rip off.
      Zippereye125
      • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

        @Zippereye125 Recent as in how long? Lion will run on systems over two years old so what is your point. Didn't Vista have issues running on systems that were a year or so old when it first came out?
        non-biased
  • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

    My MacBook doesn't have a DVD burner. Any hints as to how to get it burned from a Windows computer?
    msdamico@...
    • RE: Burning a bootable DVD copy of Mac OS X 10.7 'Lion'

      @msdamico@... Well, first you need to reflect on the wisdom of your initial purchase. :-) Once you've done that penance, you can either copy it to a PC and use burning software to burn it, or create an ISO image on your Mac first then copy that to a PC with a burner and burn the image. ImgBurn, InfraRecorder, and CDBurnerXP are all free burning programs you can use if the Windows computer doesn't have one.
      jgm@...