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how do I create a recovery partition?

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v22tweek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 17, 2011 7:03 PM

I would like to utilize the "Find my Mac" option in iCloud but I must have a recovery partition in order to do so. My guess is I will have to make a backup to my Time Capsule, erase the drive and create a second partition for the recovery partition and then do a restore to the primary partition. I'm hoping there is a way to do this without having to go through the wait of a full system recovery. Last one due to hard drive failure took about 18 hours over the 10/100 connection with the time capsule. A Gigabit Time Capsule would be awesome.

 

Thanks to anyone who may have a alternate not so painful solution.

 

V22Tweek

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,075 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 7:06 PM (in response to v22tweek)

    A Recovery HD is configured automatically when installing Lion. Why do you think you don't have one? You can test to see by restarting the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and "R" keys until the Recovery HD's main menu appears.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 7:31 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Kappy ... not to be"out of line" posting in this discussion, but another poster fragmented a disk badly ("hdd partitions are messed up", under BootCamp) who needs some help cloning-back Lion partition.  I tried to help, but I will not advise about Lion.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,075 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 7:32 PM (in response to steve359)

    Can you provide the link to the topic, Steve?

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 8:02 PM (in response to Kappy)

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/16424489#16424489

     

    He just needs more help than I can give, ashamed as I am

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,075 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 8:12 PM (in response to v22tweek)

    Well, I'm not sure I'm quite clear. But the problem is that you restored Lion from your TM backup to a newly partitioned drive. So, there was no Recovery HD to restore. In order to have it done correctly you need to erase the startup drive, install Snow Leopard, then re-download and install Lion. This will provide the Lion system on the hard drive and also create the Recovery HD partition.

     

    Now, you can create an emergency Recovery HD partition of your own using the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant 1.0. Now, the catch here is that this utility only installs the Recovery HD onto a USB drive and you must already have a Recovery HD partition on your startup drive. So you may be caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place; namely, you will need to do a Snow Leopard then Lion installation.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,135 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 8:23 PM (in response to v22tweek)

    Mac OS X Disk Utility LIES to you. It claims it sees no recovery partition, when Third-party Utilities clearly show it is there.

     

    Manually partitioning may not help. If you see Recovery HD when restarting with Option key, your recovery Partition is present and working.

     

    On a new MacBook Pro:

    Partition table took the first 40 blocks (same as Snow Leopard)

    EFI System took the first about 209 MB (same as Snow Leopard)

    Mac OS X HFS+ Volume took about 500 MB

    Mac OS X Boot [Recovery HD] took the LAST about 650MB on the drive.

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  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,075 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 8:22 PM (in response to steve359)

    Steve,

     

    I left him a post, but I don't know if it will truly solve his problem. He really needed to start over from the beginning from what I could tell.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,075 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 8:26 PM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)

    "Mac OS X Disk Utility LIES to you. It claims it sees no recovery partition, when Third-party Utilities clearly show it is there."

     

    This is a little misleading. DU doesn't lie to you. The partition is hidden. It's quite simple to apply a change that makes DU show its Debug menu that lets you display even hidden partitons.

     

    The OP said, "If I hold the Option key to get a boot menu only my primary drive shows up ... " It seems reasonable to assume the Recovery HD partition is no longer present or has been corrupted.

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,135 points)
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    Oct 17, 2011 9:07 PM (in response to Kappy)

    Thank you Kappy, for the tip about the Disk Utility's debug menu. I am much happier being able to see those Hidden partitions when I want to.

    Beige G3, G4/867, G4/dual 1.25 MDD, MacPro'09 w cheap SSD, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, and 9.2, 10.5 and Server - LW IIg, LW 4/600, ATalk ImageWriter L

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