Apple has released a free utility called Lion Recovery Disk Assistant that lets users repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical disc.
“The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you create Lion Recovery on an external drive that has all of the same capabilities as the built-in Lion Recovery: reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari,” Apple reveals in a technical note.
Users must have an existing Recovery HD at hand before proceeding with the creation of an external Lion Recovery using the Lion Recovery Assistant.
The steps are fairly easy. Users must first download the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant application, then insert an external drive, launch the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, select the desired destination, and complete the installation process by following the instructions displayed on screen.
Then, to access Lion Recovery, users must reboot the computer while holding down the Option key. Finally, users can then select Recovery HD from the Startup Manager.
An accompanying Support document outlines the procedure for employing Lion Recovery Disk Assistant on an even broader scale.
There, Apple cautions that the assistant utillity will erase all data on the external drive when creating the Recovery HD.
As such, “You should either backup your data before running the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, or create a new partition on the external drive,” the company says.
Also of importance, according to Apple, “If the computer shipped with Lion, the external recovery drive can only be used with the system that created it.”
The Mac maker posts one final note before offering up the utility download, saying “If the system was upgraded from Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard to Lion, the external recovery drive can be used with other systems that were upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion.”
· An existing Recovery HD
· An external USB hard drive or thumb drive with at least 1GB of free space
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