Today, Apple released Lion Recovery Disk Assistant software in order to better serve users who have a need to create recovery partitions on external drives. The software builds upon Apple's Recovery features within Mac OS X Lion by adding support for creating a Recovery Disk on external drives.
Apple's going the way of a disc-less life. We're okay with this, but just because there are no discs, doesn't mean your hardware and software won't fail. Things happen, people cry, and it usually results in resintalling OS X. Fortunately, Apple has included a Recovery HD partition on newer MacBook Airs and Mac minis. When you boot into this partition, you get the same features as booting into the Mac OS X Install DVD, but you also get other options to help get your Mac back in working order.
One of the biggest worries when Apple announced Lion would pounce onto our Macs without an actual disc was, well, that there was no disc. What if, what if, what if. Most of us have experienced at least one bad OS install in our lives, or at least a moment when you needed the original OS disc to make something work that was no longer working. Having that disc felt like a little shiny life preserver, a digital age security blanket.
It was bad enough Apple going to kill our collection of new OS box art, but to make us install without a safety net just seemed mean. Well, fear not, because Cupertino has your back.