I have an iMac. It originally came with Snow Leopard installed. I upgraded to Lion but later realized I wanted a clean install, so I installed Lion to an external drive and then restore it onto the iMac HDD. I used Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC) to do that, but it turned out that CCC won’t copy the hidden Recovery HD partition…
Install Lion in VMware Fusion 4. This is quite easy, you just choose the Lion installer app instead of a disk image when setting up a new VM.
disk0s3 (recovery partition) to a file in the VM, then copy it to the host. This is accomplished using dd.
Restore the recovery clone to the host
disk0s3 (note: the GPT layout must match). The following GPT is for my 1 TB drive.
Set the “Media Name” of the recovery partition to “Recovery HD” to make it fully compatible with OS X. This can either be done using the
gpt tool or
parted from a Linux live CD. I used the latter.
To change it using
gpt (note, you have to do it from an OS X installer/recovery environment that runs off a different drive than the drive you’re modifying):
gpt label -i 3 -l "Recovery HD" disk0.
name 2 'Recovery HD' (not sure if it’s 2 or 3, verify using
If you’re interested in doing this yourself, I recommend you read these two blog posts that helped me along the way:
His instructions don’t take the media name into account, which makes certain tools like the Apple Recovery Disk Assistant fail. That’s what I solved today, hope it helps someone out there! :)