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Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive


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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

with Christopher Breen

Video: Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and no truer words were spoken when speaking of preventing the bad thing from happening to your Mac. While I hate to be the voice of gloom and doom, the bad thing will eventually happen. A hard drive will die, a rambunctious pet will knock your laptop off a counter, or you will spill a fizzy libation into the guts of your computer. Now, while you can't prevent the bad thing from happening, you can be prepared so that when it does you have some recourse.
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training
6h 4m Beginner Sep 13, 2011

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In this course, Macworld senior editor Christopher Breen provides a comprehensive overview of Mac OS X Lion, complete with insider tips for getting the most out of the operating system. The course shows how to configure system preferences, personalize the interface, and master gestures, as well as achieve fluency with applications such as Mail, iCal, and Preview. The course also includes tutorials on browsing the web with Safari, automating complex tasks with Automator, sharing over a network, and performing maintenance operations using the disk utility, along with timesaving techniques for using the Mac efficiently.

Topics include:
  • Migrating to Lion
  • Launching and working with applications
  • Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
  • Using Text-to-Speech
  • Searching with Spotlight
  • Backing up with Time Machine
  • Configuring wireless Bluetooth input devices
  • Staying current with Software Update
  • Understanding the Dashboard widgets
  • Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules in Mail
  • Playing and recording media with QuickTime
  • Video chatting with FaceTime
  • Monitoring system performance
  • Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
  • Screen sharing with a remote computer
  • Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
  • Troubleshooting techniques
Subjects:
Business Operating Systems Computer Skills (Mac)
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive

As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and no truer words were spoken when speaking of preventing the bad thing from happening to your Mac. While I hate to be the voice of gloom and doom, the bad thing will eventually happen. A hard drive will die, a rambunctious pet will knock your laptop off a counter, or you will spill a fizzy libation into the guts of your computer. Now, while you can't prevent the bad thing from happening, you can be prepared so that when it does you have some recourse.

The primary thing to keep in mind is that you must backup your data. Use Time Machine, make an additional backup, store your backups offline, upload the most important files to an online backup server. It doesn't matter how you do it, but you must have a backup. That way when the bad thing happens, you don't lose your precious data. Some of which, your photos for example, you can never ever recover. Now, let's talk about some recovery tools. First of all, we are going to go Safari. Disk Assistant creates a tiny version of the Mac OS along with Disk Utility and some other helpful tools.

You install this on a USB drive and then you can use it to boot your Mac and run Disk First Aid, or if necessary install a new copy of Lion on your Mac, if you're connected to the Internet. So to do that, I click on Download and it downloads. Go back to the Finder, go to the Downloads folder, and here it is. So we double-click to open the disk image and I'll drag the Utility to the Desktop so that we can see it.

Now I run the utility. I'll agree to the license agreement. And then it asks for a USB stick. So I'll insert a 1 gigabyte stick into my computer, and here it is. I select it and click on Continue. I enter my password, click OK, and now it sets about building my recovery disk, and this takes several minutes.

Now I have the recovery tools on my bootable flash drive. Now, in the future if I can't access the Recovery HD Partition that's installed along with Lion on my startup drive and to boot from this drive, just insert the Flash drive into your Mac, restart your Mac, hold down the Option key, and in the startup window select this drive to boot from. So quit this, I can throw this tool away, and we'll throw this installer away. I can inject that USB stick.

Now, this is a fine tool if you have an Internet connection and you can download another copy of Lion. But what if you don't have that connection or the connection you have is really slow or metered? In this case you want to have a complete installer on another drive. So I'll be showing you how to make that. The first thing you need is a copy of the Lion installer that's on your Mac. If you didn't heed my earlier advice to keep a copy of this installer, you're going to need to download another copy from the App Store, but there is a trick to it, and I'll show you that trick now.

So from the Apple menu I choose App Store. Featured. Now I'll click on Purchases and I've purchased a copy of Lion, so it should be available here. But look what happens. Here is Lion and it tells me that it's installed, and indeed it is, because I'm running Lion on this Mac. Well, how do I get another copy of the installer if it tells me it's installed? Here's the trick. Go back to Featured, hold down the Option key, and keep holding Option until the page fully loads.

If you don't wait for to it fully load, this trick won't work. Note what happens. It now shows me that I can install a copy of Lion and that's because I held down the Option key when I clicked on Purchases. At this point all I have to do is click on the Install button and then the nearly 4 gigabyte file will download to my Mac. I'm not going to do that now, because it's going to take an awfully long time. I just wanted to show you how this trick is done. So I'll quit the App Store and we'll move on.

So now we want to create a full installer. So how do I do that? Let's find that copy of Lion that I have on my hard drive. I've actually hidden one away in the Documents folder. I had to compress a copy, because if I didn't the App Store would have seen my installer on there, and even with the Option key held down would not allow me to download another copy. So I'll grab this and I'll move it to the Desktop, and we will proceed with the technique. Now, I am going to take an 8 gigabyte flash drive and I am going to plug that into my Mac. Now, 1 gigabyte flash drive was fine for the Recovery Assistant, but for a full installation I need an 8 gigabyte or larger hard drive.

Now, note that this drive must be formatted in the GUID format, which I showed you how to do when I discussed Disk Utility. We go to the Lion installer and I am going to Control+Click on it and choose Show Package Contents. Now I'm going to follow this path, Contents/SharedSupport, and we're looking for this InstallESD.dmg file. I'll move this down to the bottom here. And now I'll launch Disk Utility.

So I'll select my flash drive and click on Restore. I then select the InstallESD.dmg file and I am going to move that to the Source field. I'll then take my Flash drive and move it to the destination field. To finish the procedure all I have to do is click on Restore. So what's happened? This InstallESD.dmg file is the full installer for Lion. So what I'm doing is asking to take the source from this disk image file and copy it completely to my flash drive.

When I do that and I want to reinstall Lion without downloading it again, all I have to do is insert the Flash drive, restart my Mac while holding down the Option key, and then selecting that flash drive to boot from. When I do that, up comes the usual Recovery Options. One of which is to Reinstall Lion. When I select that, it will install from this flash drive rather than downloading the Lion installer. Now, you can also burn this installer to a DVD. And to do that, first insert a blank DVD disk, select your image, and then click on the Burn button.

You'd be prompted to insert a DVD, and when the DVD is mounted, simply click on the Burn button to burn that DVD. We won't do that now, instead I'll quit out of Disk Utility and we will eject the flash drive. Here's one last tip. Go to alsoft.com and purchase a copy of DiskWarrior. DiskWarrior is $100 disk repair and recovery utility. Now, I know $100 sounds like a lot of money for a utility, but believe me, if it saves your data just once, it's completely worth it.

It can repair low-level directory damage that Apple's First Aid can't touch. If your Mac's hard drive is deeply corrupted, there's a good chance that DiskWarrior can cure its ills. And if it can't, it has the ability to recover your data from the drive. So absolutely worth having. Remove the installer. And that's about it. The preventive measures you can take to prepare for disaster.

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