MacMost Now 826: Creating a Recovery Disk

While today's Macs have a recovery disk partition on the internal hard drive that makes it easy to recover from problems, it can also be useful to have an external recovery disk. It is very easy to create one using Apple's Recovery Disk Assistant for Lion and Mountain Lion. it could come in handy if your hard drive is damaged or you need to swap it out for a new one.



You can download the Recovery Disk Assistant at http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1433.

Comments: 14 Responses to “MacMost Now 826: Creating a Recovery Disk”

    Mike
    6 years ago

    After I highlight the correct thumb drive it asks for a password. Password for what, the thumb drive (which doesn’t have one) or the computer? I tried entering the computer password and it did not work. I tried leaving the password blank and it did not work.

    Thanks,

    Mike

      6 years ago

      What is it asking for exactly? I would imagine it would be your admin password, assuming that your user account is an admin. Is it?

    Kenneth P.
    6 years ago

    I loved this episode since my HD died a few months ago. I was lucky to have my weekly TimeMachine backups. But somehow, the Time Machine restore did not recreate recovery partition on the new HD, I was not be able to reboot with Cmd+R. Today I followed your instruction, but the Recovery Disk Assistant refused to work since it could not find a functioning recovery HD (I did plug in my TimeMachines backup external HD, but did not help)

    Kit M
    6 years ago

    Get video! Is it possible to also add utilities such as DiskWarrior, and TechTool Pro to the drive (obviously a bigger drive) or is there a better way to do this?
    I’ve been frustrated trying to create a boot USB drive for my late 2012 MacMini with 10.8.2.

    Thanks,

    Kit

      6 years ago

      No, I don’t think you can. But Disk Utility is already on there. It used to be that tools like TechTool Pro could make their own boot disks for diagnostic tests and repairs. So check their docs. I haven’t needed to use either for many many years.

        Arthur Carter
        6 years ago

        I too would like to include DiskWarrior and TechTool Pro on a startup Flash drive because Apple’s Disk Utility doesn’t come close to matching the power of these two exceptional “Fix-it” utilities. My travel solution is to take a small 500GB USB Western Digital pocket drive with me. It has an exact clone of my Macbook Pro hard drive and allows me to run DiskWarrior (my all time favorite fix-it tool) on any drive.

    Mike Sanders
    6 years ago

    Hi Gary
    Always enjoy your videos tried this today but ML recovery disk needs 1.36gb so I could not use 1gb drive.

    Patty
    6 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    How can I tell if I have the partition needed to run this utility?

    Thanks,
    Patty

      6 years ago

      Try booting into the restore partition. I mention how in the beginning of the video.

    Haarlson
    6 years ago

    Hi Gary, many thanks for this. Your podcasts are an excellent resource.
    Regarding creating a recovery disk on a USB I’ve read elsewhere that you cannot create a USB recovery disk IF File Vault is enabled — it is necessary to disable File Vault before creating an emergency USB drive. Is this the case? What’s your take on this? Thanks.

      6 years ago

      Not sure. I guess it could be a security feature. If you are using File Vault, try it and see. You either can or can not, so…

        Haarlson
        6 years ago

        Thanks for your prompt response. And, just to let you know, i ordered your book on Pages today from the Book Depository. looking forward to working through it. Regards

    Joe G.
    6 years ago

    I’m getting a problem.

    “Lion Recovery could not be created
    The Recovery HD on this computer is damaged or not present. Recovery Disk Assistant requires a functioning Lion Recovery HD to create an external Lion Recovery.”

    Any thoughts?

      6 years ago

      You most likely do not have a recovery partition on your Mac. Some older Mac models won’t have them. Others won’t have them for various reasons such as the way the Lion/MLion upgrade happened. You won’t be able to create a recovery disk.

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