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tal1971 Level 2 Level 2 (245 points)
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Feb 1, 2013 12:16 PM

I received my new iMac just over 1 week ago.

 

I've been reading that there is supposed to be a Recovery partition shown when you hold down Option key. But when I do this there is only the Macintosh HD shown?

 

Is there no recovery partition now on the new iMac's or is there something not right with my OS?

 

Thanks in advance

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), iPad (3rd Gen) 32GB iPhone 5 32GB
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:18 PM (in response to tal1971)

    I have read that Late 2012 iMacs don't include a Recovery HD on the hard drive, so you can only access to Internet Recovery. However, if you press Command and R keys while your Mac is starting, it should be fine.

     

    If you want a Recovery HD, you can try reinstalling OS X, so it should be created. Press Command and R keys while your Mac is starting and reinstall OS X

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,195 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:24 PM (in response to tal1971)

    If you are holding down the option key when you start to get to the Recovery Disk I've found it can be a bit hit and miss. For me, there doesn't seem to be an optimum moment to hold the key down to get to the startup manager.

     

    Another way you can check you have the Recovery HD is to try and boot into it by restarting and holding down Command+R. It should take you to a screen with four choices. After checking it out restart as normal from the Apple menu.

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,195 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:44 PM (in response to tal1971)

    Well that's good news - that is the Recovery HD, so you do have it on your Mac.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:44 PM (in response to tal1971)

    That's Recovery. Do you see a globe while Recovery is charging? If you don't see it, your Mac is starting into Recovery HD, but your iMac doesn't show it when you press the Option key because of an unknown reason

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to tal1971)

    To access to Internet Recover, press Command, Option and R keys while your Mac is starting. Then, your iMac should ask you for a network, so choose it and your Recovery HD will be downloaded from Apple instead of starting from the Recovery created on the HD

  • Paul_31 Level 6 Level 6 (12,195 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:48 PM (in response to tal1971)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 12:53 PM (in response to tal1971)

    While Internet Recovery is starting, your iMac will ask you to choose a Wi-Fi network to connect to and then, you will see a world and a loading bar below

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 1:29 PM (in response to tal1971)

    In that case, everything is correct. You have a Recovery HD that starts when you press Command and R keys while your Mac is starting, and you can use Internet Recovery when you press Command, Option and R keys while your Mac is starting. Don't worry about it and enjoy the iMac

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