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10.7: Create your own Recovery HD
Authored by: ceej on Jul 29, '11 02:42:32AM

Dan Frakes's Macworld article, "How to make a bootable Lion install disc or drive"
tells you exactly how to do this, including how to re-download the Lion installer from the App store.

(You guys read Macworld, right? ;-)

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10.7: Create your own Recovery HD
Authored by: Wizard69 on Jul 31, '11 12:00:44PM

MacWorld? Never heard of it.

In any event I agree with the sentiment expressed above about simply creating a bootable drive as a backup / repair tool. Yeah it takes a bit of space but it also allows you to install your favorite maintenance apps (MacVim anyone) and keep them uptodate. In fact you can keep the whole backup drive up to date by booting from it time to time.

Depending upon the size of this back up USB key you can also put critical apps on it. I'm all for recovery drives but for individual users I think a bootable bailout drive is a better solution. It can keep you going until you can properly repair the drive. Considering how cheap USB dongle drives are becoming it shouldn't be a problem.

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