Apple Releases Utility to Create Lion Recovery USB Key

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    Apple today released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, a utility that lets users create a Lion recovery partition on an external drive or USB key. Lion Recovery lets users "repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical disc."

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    Lion Recovery Disk Assistant can be downloaded from Apple's support website.

    Apple's knowledge base article about the utility notes that the partition it creates has all the same capabilities as the Lion Recovery that is installed during a Lion installation. However, this partition could be used in the event a user can't start their computer from the Recovery partition or if the hard drive is replaced.
    The document has two final notes:
    We had previously reported that in order to do a clean install of Lion, Snow Leopard would need to be installed first. With this recovery partition creator, there is now an official path to perform a clean install without Snow Leopard. Also, this would seem to make the unofficial Lion boot disk creator unnecessary.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Utility to Create Lion Recovery USB Key
     
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    I all ready made a cd for os x lion. but the re install is also in your recovery hd.
     
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    I'm happy and impressed that Apple released this utility.
    The utility's notes don't appear to be complete, though: if it can be used on a new hard drive, why does it matter what type of Lion install you're creating it from?

    I've dropped it in my Utilities folder for good measure.
     
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    Thanks Apple.

    But, it would have been nice for this to have been announced prior to all the whining that occurred about the lack of physical media options.
     
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    no idea, but the interesting thing is that if you press option while starting your mac and choose recovery hd (which is built in lion, not the one you create with this tool) and then choose something like "reinstall lion" or "restore my mac" or something like that, it asks you for apple id. at least it did with GM, not sure if it does so now.
     
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    This is great.
    At first I was really against *not* having Lion on a disk, but it appears they've hit every angle. (redownloadable Lion, new EFI feature in Macs to download Lion with HDD, Recovery tool, HDD partition, USB keys ...)
     
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    they did it because of all the whining i guess, lol.
     
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    The OS install disks that came with Macs running previous versions of OS X have the same limitations as the recovery partition in Macs that come with Lion.

    The OEM and retail versions of OS X are different somehow.
     
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    Funny, that's EXACTLY what I've been saying for months that apple should do.

    Really, was that so hard? I don't get why it wasn't just ready in time for release, but announced well ahead of time.
     
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    Yeah? All that hassle and they could have just released it on DVD in the first place (alongside the App Store) :rolleyes:
     
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    Snap.

    Does anyone know the minimum size the USB drive needs to be? I'm guessing 8GB but can anyone confirm?
     
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    I would tend to disagree - every time you'd need to install you'd have to redownload the almost 4 GB, correct?

    It would have been much nicer if this utility would let you select either making a stand-alone USB/DVD or if you just wanted to have the recovery disk. I would love to not have to use my internet connection every time I replace the HD (had to do it last weekend for my fiance's computer, and doing it this week for my new SSD).
     
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    Now how do you make a Lion Install Disk (containing the full ~3.74GB of Lion)???

    This is a recovery partition disk, NOT a full Lion install disk.

    I get the idea that in order to perform a Lion clean install, you would need a dedicated internet connection to re-download the full 3.74GB of Lion. I would like to be able to make a DVD install or USB install of the Lion installer.
     
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    Steve is not a god
     
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    AWESOME!

    Now if only the official Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool would work as well as this (for Boot Camp purposes). Every time I've tried to use it, the utility would give me an error saying the .iso is bad, despite having downloaded it off MSDNAA. Maybe I can finally ditch my optical drive for good.
     
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    I don't think its 34 GB. I think the installer is around 4GB and the recovery installer was able to copy what it needed to copy onto a 4GB flash drive.
     
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    Most likely.

    No download necessary. It uses the recovery partition to create the USB recovery image.

    EDIT: Unless the recovery image is not a full installer, which is possible.
     
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    Amen to that, this is a step in the right direction but it would still be much better to also have the option to include the install file on the recovery disk.

    Can someone confirm that this is just a boot recovery and it requires downloading the whole 4 gigs again?
     
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    Lion is only 4 GB not 34 GB. That would be gigantic! It's been covered but here's the link to a utility that can do what you want. http://www.macrumors.com/2011/07/18/make-an-os-x-lion-boot-disc/
     
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    There's not a lot of "somehow" here.

    Recovery disks that come with Macs only have the drivers for that mac.

    Retail Disks have the drivers for every mac that can upgrade to that OS as of the point release when the disk was made.

    Thus, it's usually best to make a recovery drive off the retail version.

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    The recovery partition does the download for you. In the support article, it states that you need a minimum of 1 GB of space on the drive, indicating that it isn't a full install, same way the current recovery partition is. When you select install mac os x it goes out and grabs the file from apple's servers and then copies those onto the disk, then procedes with the install. In order for this to work you have to be hooked up to the internet.
     

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