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Apple posts tool to make Lion Recovery USB drives

updated 07:25 pm EDT, Mon August 8, 2011

Apple posts Lion Recovery Disk Assistant

Apple late Monday put up a new tool to help Lion users make their own restore tools. Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets users replicate the Lion Recovery tool from the system drive on a USB flash drive or external hard drive. The option gives users a way to re-download Lion, run Disk Utility, or revive a system from a Time Machine backup even if the regular backup partition is lost or users start with a fresh drive.

The external recovery drive doesn't amount to a complete install of Lion and can't be used to install Lion without having an iTunes ID associated with a Lion purchase. As on the usual system drive, the resulting restore partition is invisible outside of the recovery mode.

Creating a recovery disk requires existing Lion Recovery drive. The USB drive needs at least 1GB of free space but doesn't have any requirements for speed.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. vintagegeek

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2007


    Told You So!

    Everyone who's ever had to deal with MS-Windows and Restore Partitions told the world and Apple this whole partition thing would be a mess...and lo and behold every day the threads get longer and the variety of problems with different Apple machines, and versions of Lion illustrate what a disaster its become. Put a USB Stick or DVD in the box Apple.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: No it hasn't

    Where's this "mess" you are referring to?

    The mess is the segment of currently selling Macs that don't support the recovery partition, which means a whole segment that have no way to restore directly to Lion. That's the mess.

    Make a restore drive with this tool. Done.

    Right, which is why the original poster was saying Apple needed to do this. Are you even paying attention?

    If you are worried about not being able to download the full installer when you need it, keep a backup of your computer and restore from that.

    Since most people with problems either have no backup or Time Machine backups, which is not restorable from scratch.

    And one really has to wonder why in the world, if Apple is going to waste 500MB of disk space for a restore partition, did they just not chew up a measly 6 GB and keep a copy of the install disk on that?

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