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Re-using your Macbook Air 10.6 recovery USB drive
Authored by: lar3ry on Aug 29, '11 08:29:57AM

Well, if you blow away the recovery partition on your USB stick, you have no "emergency" solution if something goes awry with your main storage. I suggest you use Disk Utility to repartition the newly cracked USB stick to 1GB/7GB, and then use Apple's Recovery Disk Assistant to turn the 1GB partition into a recovery partition. That way, you still have the ability to boot from it in case something goes horribly wrong with your main drive, and also have 7GB of "free" media for portability.

Interesting side-bit: I recently (20-Aug) purchased the new i7 Mac Mini that came with Lion Server. In the box was no media whatever--no optical disk, which I figured wouldn't be there, nor any USB stick. Apple's App Store shows Lion as installed, and if I double-option-click the product name, I get the ability to purchase it for $29.99. It's not listed as one of my purchases.

Instead, I went to WalMart, got an $8 4G USB stick, and repartitioned it using my suggestion in the first paragraph. I now have a Lion Server backup, plus 3GB for portable documents. If anything happens to the main drive, I can either give the whole unit to AppleCare to replace, or if I want to do it myself (outside of warranty), I now have the backup recovery partition.

I'm surprised Apple includes a USB stick with the notebooks, but not the minis. But then again, the mini IS supposed to be a bare-bones system (with a blazin' 2Ghz i7 processor!). Also, I might have purchased within the one or two day window before Apple released their "Lion on a Stick."

-- lar3ry

Edited on Aug 29, '11 08:32:11AM by lar3ry



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Re-using your Macbook Air 10.6 recovery USB drive
Authored by: leamanc on Aug 29, '11 08:54:41AM

I just got two new 13" Airs and two new 15" MacBook Pros with Lion, and no USB stick was included with any of them. So don't be surprised that it's not included with the mini...it's not included with the laptops either!



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Re-using your Macbook Air 10.6 recovery USB drive
Authored by: mr_kitty on Aug 29, '11 09:28:53AM

ALL new Macs ship without recovery media.

The 10.7 install creates a hidden recovery partition on your system drive that you can boot from, reinstall or repair your system with.

If your computer did not come with Lion pre-installed and the system media (hard disk drive / solid state drive) has to be replaced, you need to boot from something 10.6.6 or later, redownload the 10.7 installer and rebuild.

If your computer came with Lion pre-installed and the system media (hard disk drive / solid state drive) has to be replaced, your computer will boot to a minimal system and redownload the Lion installer from Apple's servers and rebuild.

This has been discussed previously on this forum; this hint is written assuming you are familiar with this info.



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