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Create Acer Aspire One recovery USB drive on a Mac Other Hardware
Acer's Aspire One netbook laptop comes without an optical drive. It does comes with a DVD, though, that lets you either install Linpus Linux OS to the netbook by connecting an external USB optical drive to it, or create a recovery USB drive using the DVD in other computer (a Mac, in this case).

In order to use the DVD, you are supposed to boot from it, but Macs will not recognize it as bootable media.

I used VMWare Fusion to create an "Other Linux 2.6.x kernel" virtual machine, inserted the DVD, and the VM automatically booted from the DVD without having to leave my Mac OS X environment.

The wizard that comes up does not recognize the SATA drive in my Macbook (understandably, since the Acer Aspire One comes with no HDD). It will consider, conversely, the first USB flash drive it finds to be the local HDD, and any subsequent USB flash drives to be just that: external USB flash drives.

So, if you want to be able to create a recovery drive using an external USB flash drive, you need to have two flash drives connected to your Mac, or else it will not list any as an option.

[kirkmc adds: This is one of those hints that, while not directly Mac-related, may help someone out there. Needless to say, I haven't tested this one. I've got a MacBook Air, and I can use Remote Disc if I need to reinstall the OS.]
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Create Acer Aspire One recovery USB drive on a Mac
Authored by: MrMcTosh on Sep 04, '08 07:18:16AM

Re-booting your (Intel)Mac whilst holding down the 'C' key will force the Mac to boot from it's DVD drive. The Acer Aspire One installation DVD will boot, and will allow you to create a USB restore image. Be aware that if you're using a Macbook/pro you'll need to plug in an external mouse as the trackpad isn't recognised by the version of Linux used for the installation DVD



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Create Acer Aspire One recovery USB drive on a Mac
Authored by: homa2001 on May 17, '09 04:26:58PM

Sweet idea. I used my Paralles VM that I already had setup to run XP, and just booted it off the CD. I did not need to plug in two USB sticks, it saw it from the first try.



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