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New 'Lion Recovery' Mode Lets You Repair or Reinstall Lion Without a Disc

New 'Lion Recovery' Mode Lets You Repair or Reinstall Lion Without a Disc

Posted July 20, 2011 at 4:27pm by iClarified
Mac OS X Lion creates a new 650MB recovery partition on your drive that enables 'Lion Recovery' to repair or reinstall Lion without a physical install disc.

The new Mac safety net.
Built right into OS X Lion, Lion Recovery lets you repair disks or reinstall OS X Lion without the need for a physical install disc. Since Lion Recovery is built into your Mac, it's always there when you need it. Even if you don't need it, it's good to know it's there. And you don't have to search through original packaging to find install DVDs to get your Mac back up and running.

Command-R to the rescue.
Just hold down Command-R during startup and Lion Recovery springs into action. It lets you choose from common utilities: You can run Disk Utility to check or repair your hard drive, erase your hard drive and reinstall a fresh copy of Lion, or restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup. You can even use Safari to get help from Apple Support online. And if Lion Recovery encounters problems, it will automatically connect to Apple over the Internet.

Internet Recovery.
If your Mac problem is a little less common - your hard drive has failed or you've installed a hard drive without OS X, for example - Internet Recovery takes over automatically. It downloads and starts Lion Recovery directly from Apple servers over a broadband Internet connection. And your Mac has access to the same Lion Recovery features online. Internet Recovery is built into every newly-released Mac starting with the Mac mini and MacBook Air.

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New 'Lion Recovery' Mode Lets You Repair or Reinstall Lion Without a Disc
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matrixmaniac - July 20, 2011 at 9:00pm
Annoying in case of a HDD/SSD issue and no/slow internet connection... unless of course this restore thing can be saved and used from an external drive or the install can be cast to a Mac in Target disk mode... Has anybody investigated if such options are available?
PunkyPurple - July 20, 2011 at 10:40pm
External HD restore is always possible. It was also mentioned in the article that you can restore from a time machine backup. Who doesn't have an image restore backup these days? It's the safest thing to have and protects you from losing your system/files.
Nobo1 - July 20, 2011 at 5:33pm
Will the latest MBP have these features??
PunkyPurple - July 20, 2011 at 10:42pm
Duh!!! Is your brain with you?
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