Lion Install Error "recovery system cannot be created"

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  1. emetibgub macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    I've been racking my brain for days over this and pouring over discussion forums all over the net and cannot seem to find a solution.

    After launching the Lion installer via OS X 10.6.8, my system reboots. At around when the installer says 30 minutes are remaining, the installation errors out, complaining that the "recovery system cannot be created". My only option at this time is to reboot.

    I've repaired disk permissions, I've run "repair disk" in Disk Utility using the installed Disk Utility as well as DU that is included on the Snow Leopard installation disk. I'm not using boot camp or anything like that and my drive has a single partition with 76 GB+ of free space. Not using RAID. Everything looks good on paper.

    My system is an iMac Intel Core 2 Duo with 4 GB of RAM.

    Any ideas?
  2. niksimpsons macrumors member


    May 12, 2011
  3. emetibgub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011

    That link was definitely more helpful than some of the other articles people have been sending to me.

    I tried to go the partition route, but for some reason the operation failed.

    I decided to attempt a Lion install again afterwards anyway, but once again it failed, but now my whole system was hosed and could not revert back to Snow Leopard.

    I did a restore from time machine. Once that completed, I attempted to install Lion again, and ta da! it works now.

    What a pain.
  4. niksimpsons macrumors member


    May 12, 2011
    Dude have you taken backup? The same scene was happened with my friend last week and unfortunately he lost his data during this all pain. But he got lesson that it is always more than 100% necessary to take backup even if you are master in Mac before going for such tasks. He need to spent more in buying Mac data recovery software by Stellar. So, please take care take and cross check backup before trying again.
  5. emetibgub thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011
    Mos def

    Time Machine - Don't leave home without it!

    BTW: I wound up having to do a clean install after all. Residual startup files were causing Lion to hang. Reformatted and reinstalled. Used Migration Assistant to copy my user directory back over from time machine and now I'm golden.

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