xMove 1.1 Update: Installation With the Retail OS X Lion USB Thumb Drive

Since the 10.7 Lion USB Thumb Drive became available, we've been inundated with requests for a method of using it for direct Lion installation. To this end, we've made a special new version of xMove. xMove now has 2 options- one for the traditional App Store method, and a new option that allows the USB Thumb Drive to be used to create the Installer partition.

xMove Guide for USB Thumb Drive 

      1. Boot into existing Snow Leopard installation
      2. Insert USB Thumb Drive
      3. Run xMove - targeting blank partition or drive
      4. Reboot and choose Installer
      5. Install Lion
Unfortunately, it is proving exceedingly difficult to boot the USB Thumb Drive directly. Because of the layout changes of the media in comparison to Snow Leopard, it's a multi-stage installation process necessitating changes to the bootloader. We are still actively testing and working on a method that will not require access to Snow Leopard 10.6 to install Lion, but there is no ETA for this as of yet. Until then, we recommend xMove + MultiBeast for retail installation.

Thanks for hanging in there and good luck!

-tonymacx86 & MacMan

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