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How To Video: Create your own Mac OS X Lion recovery disk

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How To Video: Create your own Mac OS X Lion recovery disk

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We'll show you how to use Apple's recently released Recovery Assistant, which lets you create a recovery disk for Mac OS X Lion on a thumbdrive.

Hey guys, Brian Tong here with cnet.com on Mac OS X Lion users might be happy with how easy it is to download the Lion through the App Store but there's no need to purchase and install our disk from Apple for 69 bucks. And there's been no way to create a physical recovery disk until now. Apple has made their own Lion Recovery Disk Assistant that's available to download for free at the link you see here. You'll be able to create your own physical recovery disk. It's just over a Meg and requires you have Lion running with a recovery hard drive partition, which is set up by default. Now first top answer, a USB thumb stick or external disk drive with least 1 Gig of storage to your computer running Lion. Run the Lion Recovery Assistant, and it will create the recovery disk for you in a few minutes on that drive. So from now on, you'll have a Lion Recovery Disk. And if you need to restore your computer in the future, first plug in your disk drive, then power up you Mac. On Start Up, hold the Option key and a screen will appear that allows you just like which drive you want to boot off from. So there you have it. I'm Brian Tong for cnet.com with your Recovery Disk How-To that will save you from potential headaches and more importantly, save you some money. Use it wisely.

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