In the past, when I've cloned drives, I've used CCC to simply clone the partition over to a new drive. I created a GUID Partition Scheme single partition and let CCC copy everything over to it. It worked fine. I did this several times to upgrade from HDD to SSD. I'm thinking of doing this on my daughter's macbook so she can get longer battery life. (SSD uses 1/4 watt to 2 watts). I'm thinking that if I do the same thing for Lion, I'll get the Lion partition brought over just fine but the recovery partition would not get copied to the new drive. Any ideas on how to clone everything over to a new drive so I'd still have the recovery partition? For Snow Leopard and older it went something like this: Format new drive with 1 partition HFS+ / GUID partition scheme Use CCC to copy old drive to new drive Boot holding option to test new drive Any idea what step(s) I might insert to get the "recovery partition" brought over to a new hard drive?