Apple - OS X Lion Recovery - Introducing Lion Recovery Command-R to the rescue.
Originally Posted by dr_Jezz
From a consumer point of view, is this Apple suggesting that I shouldn't buy CDs any more because now I won't be able to rip them to itunes and I should download my music from them instead? Does no one like the convenience of clean installs from disk? Perhaps everyone is just going to pile system on top of old system from now on as Apple seems to be directing. I guess I'm just finally old fashioned
Just hold down Command-R during startup and Lion Recovery springs into action. It lets you choose from common utilities: You can run Disk Utility to check or repair your hard drive, erase your hard drive and reinstall a fresh copy of Lion, or restore your Mac from a Time Machine backup. You can even use Safari to get help from Apple Support online. And if Lion Recovery encounters problems, it will automatically connect to Apple over the Internet.
Basically, the OS install is now built in to the computer. Any mac can boot to a USB stick as well. I have Lion and Snow Leopard installs on a single USB stick, along with combo updates and drivers. The original MB Air actually came with a USB stick with the OS, iLife, etc. installs on it.
And you can always purchase a USB optical
drive if you want to burn CDs and DVDs. They can be had for under $50.
I think the new paradigm in computer hardware is modular. You can have your audio interface, hard drives, Optical
drive, 27" display, keyboard, trackpad, etc. on your desk, and it's a single thunderbolt cable to hook it up to your laptop...or iPad...or even at some point, your iPhone....