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Need a Recovery HD for Find my Mac?

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I've seen some similar topics on this website regarding this issue, but I have a small twist that I have not seen addressed in other topics.


I own an Early 2011 15" MacBook Pro originally came with 4 GB DDR3 RAM and 500 GB HDD. Recently, I upgraded my system by adding more RAM (16 GB now) and replacing the optical drive with a 240 GB SSD. After the modifications, I cloned my entire HDD to the SSD—everything except my home folder which contained media files such as documents and videos. Now my operating system and applications are on the SSD. I subsequently deleted everything from the HDD except the home folder.


This setup has been working fine so far. There is only one issue.


I noticed that Find My Mac is greyed out in the iCloud preferences on my system. After investigating, I realized I needed a recovery partition in order to enable it.


My question is this.


What is the best course of action?


Should I simply create a new partition on my HDD (say, 20 GB)? I don't want to use my SSD because I will be downloading applications in the future and I want all the space possible with the money I invested for the pricy SSD. I realized when I was doing the cloning that I would lose the Recovery HD, but I didn't really care because I have a backup of my entire system on an external 1 TB hard drive via Time Machine.


I would appreciate some advice on the best course of action.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
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