3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 7, 2011 1:06 PM by keg55
johanfromscania Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

MacBookPro 2010.


I purchased Lion from Appstore and installed it, no problems.

Then I decided to make a fresh install on the MBP so I used Command-R to wipe the drive and reinstall Lion. No problems.

Then I realized I forgot to backup my iPhone and I finally decided to enter Time Machine, reinstall a backup, and restore the iPhone.

Worked like a charm. Now I got yesterdays backup from Time Machine installed, the iPhone is back fully loaded with apps.


Time to do the wipe and reinstall Lion again, and then install every software from start again.


Now Command-R does not work! I tried numerous time pressing CMD-R but it just takes me to the login screen.


What to do?


In disk utilities there is no longer a recovery HD. And nothing happens when I option-click on "installed" in Appstore.

The recover HD seems to be gone.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (62,210 points)

    If you didn't retain a copy of Lion's installer or can't find it on your TM backup, launch the App Store app, OPTION-click on Purchased tab, and Lion should indicate INSTALL.

  • johanfromscania Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well as I said; I tried that but nothing happened.


    I finally sorted my issue though. I got so fed up so I used my old OSX-CD, with Snow Leopard, to boot and enter Disc Utility. From that view I erased the HDD. I rebooted, ejected the CD and then all of the sudden the recovery page (Lion) showed up... Then I could re-install Lion from the recovery-partition that up until now had been invisible.


    So it worked at the end, but this trick I found wasnt described anywhere.

  • keg55 Level 5 Level 5 (7,090 points)

    Next time you lose you Recovery HD, use this link (Step 3) to recreate it. This will work for Lion 10.7.2. and later. You will need the Lion Recovery Update file with the instructions. I have used this several times without issue.