Apple released on Monday a new tool that will help mac users restore their data if their machine’s hard drive was to fail completely. The new tool builds a physical Lion recovery disk on a USB flash drive or external drives.
The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant is available for free online, and its easy process is a safe and practical alternative in case one’s hard drive was to crash. Although this kind of tool already exists through “do-it-yourself” techniques found for more tech-savvy Mac users, this is the first time Apple provides it as its own utility.
Apple’s knowledge base article that announced the release of the new tool shares:
“[Users can] reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari. This drive can be used in the event you cannot start your computer with the built-in Recovery HD, or you have replaced the hard drive with a new one that does not have Mac OS X installed.”
To use the recovery disk, Lion owners must reboot the Mac while holding down the Option key while the flash drive is plugged into a USB port or the external USB drive is connected to the computer. Apple now provides a recovery tool that is easy to use, with clear instructions, which will familiarize new Mac users with how to recover from an always-painful hard drive crash.