Customer Reviews: Apple Mac OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive
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on August 23, 2012
As a previous reviewer mentioned, if you call Apple directly at 1-800-692-7753 they will sell you a license for a digital download for just $19.99

This is much lower than the $249 that this person is charging for their service. I'm honestly thinking of making my own flash drive with Lion on it and selling it for a fraction of the $249 that the OP listed this for.

If you really need it on a flash drive, then just perform an internet search on how to create a bootable flash drive for OS X Lion

I have purchased this software from Apple today by calling them directly. I have now downloaded the file and I am running Lion on my 2007 MacBook
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on September 11, 2014
not what was pictured, it is not the official apple usb flash drive, it is a SanDisk usb flash drive that someone installed lion on. it works but i was expecting the apple branded flash drive.
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on February 18, 2015
Several people have noted that you can buy this directly from Apple. That was true in 2012, but is no longer true.If you want Lion, this is a reasonable way and inexpensive way to get it.

This will load, although it will not lead to a bootable system on all computers; for example on my Power Mac 2010 two dual core Xenons.

One warning: these flash drives do not contain Lion; what they do is generate a download which then installs the system. In short: you must have a working connection to the internet.
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on September 2, 2012
I, too, have an older computer (Mac Pro 1,1 from 2006) that won't take Mountain Lion 10.8, and I hadn't yet upgraded from 10.6 to 10.7.

Like other commenters noted, I called 1800MYAPPLE, today (2012.08.02, Labor Day weekend, on a Sunday, woo!) and they asked what I needed, what computer it was for, my email.
Gave my credit card, it was super easy. (Actually, it was the smoothest phone order I've ever done. No wonder Apple is winning it.)

Supposedly in the next hour I'll get an email from Apple with download info.
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on February 27, 2014
I had Leopard (10.5.8) and Lion (10.7.5) coexisting on two partitions on the same hard drive. Suddenly Leopard stopped mounting USB Flash Drives which had worked just half an hour before. I thought it was Leopard WebKit because I had just installed the updated WebKit framework systemwide. This worked fine when just Leopard was on the hard drive. I uninstalled the updated WebKit frameworks. No luck. Then I copied and pasted my backup original WebKit frameworks over the top of what was in the Frameworks folder. (Note to Noobs: Never poke around in Mac OS X system files.) Still no luck. I was baffled. I booted into Lion and tried the same flash drive. Wouldn't mount. I tried other flash drives. Wouldn't mount. I booted back into Leopard. No USB flash drives would mount. After repartitioning my hard drive to one partition again and restoring Leopard (10.5.8) from a recent Time Machine backup, USB flash drives mount again. My iMac is a white Intel iMac from late 2006 which has Dual Core 2 Processors running at 2.16 ghz. It has the X1600 graphics card and 4 GB of RAM, of which only 3 GB is recognized. If you have this machine, Snow Leopard is the end of line for you. This machine will not run Windows 7 via Bootcamp according to Apple. The latest Windows it will run is Vista. Snow Leopard broke DVD Player and iDVD for me, so I am stuck at 10.5.8 on this machine. No current web browsers available for 10.5.8 except the dangerous Leopard WebKit and iCab if you install the WebKit frameworks system-wide. Good luck! Don't buy Lion for a white Intel iMac from late 2006. Waste of money.
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on February 8, 2013
Because Apple discontinued selling Lion (since releasing Mountain Lion last summer) I was worried I would be unable to get a copy. The flashdrive came quickly in the mail, and the installation went smoothly. Very satisfied and would recommend for someone who wants a well-working, legal copy of Lion (not Mountain Lion as to not break my applications...just yet).
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on May 4, 2015
Worked perfectly an saved my daughters MacBook (early 2009 Model) For some reason the restore software that came with the Mac Book kept giving the error that this version of iOS can't be installed on this machine. This USB Drive as pictured with iOS Lion had the Mac Book up and running in about 45 minutes. I paid a little more purchasing from Amazon but I'm a Prime member so I had it in 2 days and received the as pictured Official Apple white USB thumb drive in new sealed packaging well worth the extra money. Also want to add that I was able to upgrade and install Yosemite 10.3 after installing all the available updates to Lion all available for free from the Apple App Store including the upgrade the upgrade to Yosemite.
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on February 8, 2014
What can I say, it wasn't the most perfect OS, many problems and complaints but it is a must have on USB for upgrading Mac minis that don't have a disc drive. I was planing on upgrading my Mac minis hard drives to ssd and didn't have a external disc drive and really have no need for one as I don't use the Mac for anything else than streaming HD movies.

So it was indeed a great convienence having this USB drive which allowed me to install this onto my Mac mini server late 2009.

I used it for a week and had none of the problems other people spoke of, I then upgraded to mavericks and still no problems at all. Previously I installed mavericks upgrading from snow lepord and many problems came with that such as lag when restarting the mini. But since installing lion and them upgrading to mavericks no lag at all...

Hope this helps in some way
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on January 8, 2016
The Apple Mac OS X Lion Thumb Drive was incredible simple to use. Plug in and follow the prompts.

They process was simple, easy, and no-hassle at all.

I would recommend this to anyone who need to update their software, and I will be looking for Thumb Drives for additional updates in the future.
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on June 17, 2015
It was great to have something that would boot. I had a set of disk that did not allow me to boot my machine. So I had no choice but
order something that would do it. It did what it was suppose to, and I got my machine back up and running...
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