What to do with the ML download file? Recovery USB?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by BadboyHouse, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. BadboyHouse macrumors 6502

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    Once the ML file has downloaded (presumably to the Applications folder), after obviously installing it what's the best thing to do with the file in terms of system recovery?

    I have a 16GB memory stick which I want to use for system recovery.

    What's the recommended procedure in terms of creating full system recovery?

    Is it best to use the Recovery Assistant app the same as in Lion or would you recommend copying the DMG file to the memory stick instead??

    I basically want to be covered from all angles - i.e. having to do a full system restore due to problems AND if/when I choose to install a new hard drive.

    Thanks
     
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  3. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    You need to make the disc before you upgrade. It will automatically delete it.
     
  4. BadboyHouse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    There must be a recovery option after installing ML??

    I presume it's the built in method the same as Lion?

    What about those that want to create a recovery USB after installing?
     
  5. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    If you're asking what I think you're asking - you can open up the contents of the Mountain Lion installer, extract the disk image, then burn that image to a recovery USB from which to boot from at a later date, or use on a machine with no network connectivity.

    AFAIIK, the ML install creates a special recovery partition on the system disk that can be used to reinstall or perform diagnostics.
     
  6. BadboyHouse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm fine with that. I'd like to think think that Apple will release a Recovery Assistant that works with Mountain Lion though.
     
  7. iPhoneApple macrumors 6502

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    Lion Diskmaker can put ML on USB or DVD with a few clicks.
     
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    You can use Carbon Copy Cloner (30 day free trial) to make yourself a Recovery HD. Start the app then hit command-2 to bring up Disk Center and you will see the option there.

    The best thing though is just make a full installer on a 8GB or larger USB key. If you have the install image, just use this free app to make the USB key.
     
  9. elistan macrumors 6502a

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    They do. I just found:
    http://www.apple.com/osx/recovery/
    http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433
     
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    Ah... given that is still version one from 2011, it looks like that tool just copies whatever version Recovery HD you have on your drive to the USB key, whether it is Lion or Mountain Lion. In the description is mentioned Mountain Lion, so I think that is what is going on.
     
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  13. parkds macrumors regular

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    Or, even easier, download and run the free program Lion DiskMaker that was just updated for Mountain Lion. It does a great job; it is fast, easy, and elegant. Was in the process of making my own USB ML bootdrive when I stumbled upon the program. Worth a try!
     
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    Glad I could help, mate.
     

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