Apple Releases Lion Recovery Disk Assistant
Apple today introduced the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant
app that is designed to make the process of creating a bootable Mac OS X Lion disk a much easier task. Currently, it is possible to create a bootable drive using nothing more than the Lion installation app, however, the process is less than straightforward. Apple has now simplified the process with the release of this new app.
According to Apple, “The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you create Lion Recovery on an external drive that has all of the same capabilities as the built-in Lion Recovery: reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari.”
If you’d rather not go to all the trouble of creating your own recovery disk, then you can pick one up from the Apple Store for $69 later this month. However, Apple’s USB drive will cost you an extra $39 above Lion’s standard download price of $29.99 and is not likely to be rewritable. Doing a quick price check on Amazon shows that you can pick up a 32GB USB drive for about $40.
An important FYI from Apple states, “When the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant completes, the new partition will not be visible in the Finder or Disk Utility. To access Lion Recovery, reboot the computer while holding the Option key. Select Recovery HD from the Startup Manager.” Hopefully, Apple will incorporate this feature into the standard Lion installation program at some point in the future.