I purchased a larger SSD from Other World Computing for my mid-2012 MacBook Air (OS X v10.10 Yosemite). I've successfully burned an image of my old drive to an external drive, but I'm now stuck.
If I install the new SSD into the Mac, Recovery Mode, Image 1, and the Disk Utility, Image 2, won't be available because they aren't installed on the on the new SSD; it's a blank drive.
I could boot to the external drive which contains a fully functional of OS X from my old SSD, and, once booted, access Disk Utility. I don't think, however, this will work since booting into an operating system which I'm about to image won't work.
Does Recovery Mode, possibly, live on a separate partition of the drive? Or not on the drive at all?
There are hundreds of links out there that recommend using Disk Utility for this process. There must be a work-around.