Currently Being ModeratedMay 6, 2013 1:23 PM (in response to macfrombrampton)
Does the recovery partition have a MD5 or SHA1 hash to confirm its validity?
The only way to get a recovery partition is by actually installing your copy of Mountain Lion. People with no internet or a very slow connection should perhaps think about going to an Apple Store to get them to download it. People with no internet or a very slow connection would also have trouble keeping their system updated in any previous OSXs because all downloads were released through Apple - Support - Downloads. They were also advertised via System Update in your System Preferences. If no internet connection, then no notification of updates. I really don't get your point on this detail.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 7, 2013 7:46 AM (in response to macfrombrampton)
If your night's sound sleep has been thoroughly messed up and you spend the wee hours of dawn staring at the ceiling cause your poor Mac has been deprived of its ML Installation Disk, allow me to put your mind at ease.
Starting with the supposition that you have full entitlement to the latest feline from Apple due to either having purchased it, or having purchased a Mac that came with it preinstalled, go to the App Store application, authenticate with the Apple ID used to attain said entitlement, and then navigate down to the Purchases link. ML should be offered to you with a Download or Install button. With a suitably speedy Internet connection, use the button to start a download of the ML installer, in the shape of an app called Install Mountain Lion that will appear in the Applications folder. This app is 4.5GB in size, so it WILL take awhile to download. Just download it, don't run it unless you want to it to redo the Mac and lose all your stuff.
While it downloads, visit the corner computer shop or rummage thru your USB thumbdrive collection to procure a blank drive of more than 4GB in size that you can dedicate wholly to this endeavour. Format in a single GUID partition and Mac OS Extended format using Disk Utility.
Once the complete Mountain Lion installer rests comfortably in the Mac's drive, download Lion DiskMaker ( http://liondiskmaker.com/ ) and run it. Follow the instructions. Once complete, you shall have a bootable, standalone ML install and repair drive functionally identical to the install media of yore.