A How-To Guide for Burning Your Lion Install DVD
Article by George Norman
On 23 Jul 2011
Apart from the 250 new features, one change the Mac OS X 10.7 Lion brings to the table is the fact that you cannot purchase the operating system, the eighth major release of the Mac OS X operating system as a matter of fact, on a disc. What you have to do instead is purchase the operating system from the Mac App Store and it will be downloaded off the web.

But if you miss having Mac OS X on a disk, or if you simply want to have a physical copy of the operating system, you will be glad to find out that Lifehacker has made public the following instructions for burning your Lion install DVD:

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- Once you’re done downloading Lion from the Mac App Store, the operating system’s installer will show up in the Applications folder. What you have to do now is right click the installer -> select Show Package Contents -> go to Contents -> SharedSupport -> find InstallESD.dmg.
- Open Disk Utility and drag the aforementioned InstallESD.dmg onto the sidebar on the left hand side. Insert a DVD -> select the disk image in the sidebar -> click Burn.

With the Lion disk you will be able to install the operating system on a Mac, use Disk Utiltiy, recover from a Time Machine backup, and do everything else you could do with the old installation DVDs.

If you don’t want to download Lion from the Mac App Store at home, you can go to an Apple Store and download it there. Or, you could wait until later this August when Apple will make Lion available for purchase on a USB drive. But if money is tight, you may want to download the operating system as opposed to purchasing it on a USB drive. You see, getting Lion from the Mac App Store will set you back $29.99 while getting Lion on a USB drive will set you back $69.99.

Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, Lion, Mac App Store
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