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Thanks! I think I got what I needed. So essentially, the whole disk1 is nothing but a mounted realization of the disk image stored in Recovery HD. It only exists if and when Recovery mode is run. Only the Recovery HD disk0 partition is actually taking up physical disk space. I suppose I could merge this partition with my Macintosh HD partition if I really wanted to get the space back, but of course Recovery mode would not be available then.
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I have done this but this approach does not erase these other logical disks. In fact, you can see Mac OS X Base System in Disk Utility (under Recovery mode of course) but Disk Utility won't let you erase it. I'm wondering if it forms some sort of "core" of Mac OS X Lion to use during the recovery process since when doing an Internet Recovery it says "downloading additional components".
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