Good news for those that want a hard copy of Lion in the event of catastrophe – Apple have decided to issue a Lion Recovery Disk Assistant which allows you to create a backup partition of Lion on any external hard drive. All you need is a USB stick or external drive with at least 1GB of space on it.
The tool will allow users that suffer total hard drive failure to recover their system. Currently, Lion creates a recovery partition on your hard drive when you install it but that’s not much use to you if your entire hard drive fails.
The new Lion Recovery Disk Assistant will allow you to reinstall Lion, repair the hard drive using Disk Utility, restore Lion from Time Machine or just browse the web with Safari. Note however that it does not create a Lion recovery USB stick/DVD – it simply creates a partition onto which you can redownload Lion from the Apple store and restore Lion to your system.
To use it, simply download Lion Recovery Disk Assistant, connect an external drive or USB stick to your Mac, launch the assistant, select the drive where you would like to install, and follow the on screen instructions. Voila, you’ve got a hard copy of Lion to restore it from in case of hard drive failure.
Note that when the process is complete, the new partition will not be visible in Finder or Disk Utility. To access Lion Recovery, reboot the computer while holding the Option key and then select Recovery HD from the Startup Manager.