Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 9:12 AM (in response to discocisco)
About OS X Recovery - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718.
No, you just need to boot into Recovery mode.
- restart holding down the option key
- on the resulting window, select “Recovery HD”
- you will be asked to choose a language
- this will boot to the “Mac OS X Utilities” screen
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 9:52 AM (in response to KarenSelena)
Thanks for trying to help, KarenSelena.
I've tried starting up just holding the option key and the option+r as the article indicates and I still don't get this Recovery mode window that you mention. I'll keep trying, but I've done it like 15 times.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 9:56 AM (in response to discocisco)
Are you sure you are currently running 10.7 OS? Both 10.7 and 10.8 have this recovery mode option, however previous versions of the OS don't.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 10:16 AM (in response to KarenSelena)
I am certain that I am running 10.7.5. I wonder if the fact that I was upgrading from a previous version rather than having this machine ship with 10.7 has something to do with it.
I have literally tried 20 times. If this machine could run 10.8, I would just go get 10.8...
What's annoying is that if I run a system profile, I can see that there is a Recover HD stored on the drive that is about 650 MB and the content is Apple_Boot. But none of those keys are starting up the recovery mode. I'm going to go back into disk utility to see if I can find more out.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 10:35 AM (in response to discocisco)
option key and the option+r
That needs to be Command-R.
It needs to be held down immediately at Startup. (not in an already-running system)
And it needs to be on a keyboard Directly connected to a USB on the chassis, not through a display or any other Hub.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to discocisco)
I have a MacPro 1,1 which was working just beautifully until a few days ago when my email was hacked and I am certain that something is going on with the machine. It crawls with operations it used to breeze through. I've installed virus protection software and it says nothing is wrong, but I just want a clean install. I know something is wrong.
Whatever is going on isn't malware. E-mail accounts get hacked all the time, and it doesn't require anything from your computer to do that. The timing is undoubtedly purely coincidence, especially if you have done a scan with decent anti-virus software. Which software did you install?
Regarding fixes, you may find something that will help without requiring a clean reinstall in my Mac Performance Guide.
If nothing there helps and you want to do a clean reinstall, as Grant points out, you've got to use a properly-connected keyboard. Grant didn't mention Bluetooth keyboards, but note that I've heard mixed reviews on how they work for this purpose as well.
If you are using a directly-connected keyboard as specified by Grant and holding down the option key by itself, starting as soon as you hear the startup chime, does not result in some kind of recovery disk showing up as an option to boot from, then something is wrong with your recovery partition. In that case, what you'll need to do is erase the hard drive and reinstall Snow Leopard, while booted from a Snow Leopard disk, then update to 10.6.8 to get the App Store, then re-download Lion and install that.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 10:58 AM (in response to thomas_r.)
Good points, Thomas.
One other issue users encounter with holding the Option key alone...
... this routine is all in ROM. Nothing is needed from ANY drive to draw the initial screen.
But the entire procedure seems like it unfolds in slow motion. It takes several minutes to show all the Icons for all the potentially-bootable Volumes.
You must be very patient.Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 7:34 PM (in response to discocisco)
I'm embarassed to say that the problem was that the keyboard was connected to my cinema display. Ugh. Anyway, everyone. Thanks for the help. I would have chucked a perfectly good 7-year-old workhorse out the window if it wasn't for you guys. Thanks to everyone who pitched in to help.