Despite Apple’s best efforts, you can make a bootable install disk of Mac OS X Lion… but it’s not for the faint-hearted, or those who aren’t tech inclined.
Luckily, there’s an even easier way to make a bootable OS X Lion disk now. It’s called Lion DiskMaker, and it turns making your own installable Lion USB key drive into a one-click affair.
The program’s in French, but don’t let that stop you. It’s as easy as downloading the installer, unzipping it, dragging the Lion DiskMaker to your Applications file, plugging in a 4GB or larger USB key or SD card and running the app.
As long as your Lion installer is in the Applications folder — which is where it goes by default when you download it under Snow Leopard — Lion DiskMaker will then format your key appropriately and make the key bootable with Lion.
Pretty great. Let’s hope for an English translation down the line, though.