Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OS X Lion Internet Recovery

I just came across this page about Lion Recovery. I had read about the recovery partition earlier this morning in the excellent Ars Technica Lion review by John Siracusa, but new Macs have a feature called "Internet Recovery" that lets you automatically download a Lion recovery disk image from Apple's servers, even if you've wiped your hard drive:
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.
This is one of those things that makes using a Mac so friction free. A big thumbs up to Apple for this feature.

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