4 Replies Latest reply: May 23, 2013 2:08 PM by zenagian
zenagian Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi everyone,

I want to apologize in advance if this question is silly and/or stupid (and for my poor English) but I have always been a windows user so at the moment I'm a little confused; today i received my first mac computer, everything is fine, the machine seems perfect an I already love it, but I was quite surprised by the fact that I didn't receive any recovery DVD with the computer.


What if a year from now i will be forced to restore the original condition? I've read about os xrecovery unit, so my question is: will it be enough to hold cmd+R to start the recovery of the machine or I'm missin something and I need to do something now to be able to do so when the time comes?


some more details:

the imac is the 2012  27 base model (md095ll)

os x 10.8.3


Thank you very much

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (90,810 points)

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities


    Since the launch of OS X Lion, Macs come with OS X Recovery > http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4718 It allows you to reinstall OS X and do other tasks.


    To reinstall OS X, hold Command and R keys while your computer is starting. Also, open App Store > Purchases, and check that Mountain Lion is there. If it's there, you can download it and create a DVD or USB drive with the Mountain Lion installer using Lion Diskmaker > http://liondiskmaker.com Note that OS X Recovery downloads OS X from the App Store each time you have to reinstall Mac OS X

  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (265,785 points)

    If you're connected to the Internet, the recovery partition is enough. If you want, you can create a recovery drive.



  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (244,910 points)

    There is no recovery DVD. Everything is done via the Recovery HD, an invisible partition on the hard drive, or by Internet Recovery:


    OS X (Lion/Mountain Lion)- About OS X Recovery

    Computers that can be upgraded to use OS X Internet Recovery


    Boot to the Recovery HD:


    Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button.

    The Recovery HD can be used to perform disk repairs using Disk Utility. It is also used if you wish to make a clone of your hard drive. Additionally, you can re-install OS X or you can erase the OS X volume in order to re-install Mountain Lion from scratch.


    You can use it to restore from a Time Machine backup, reset a lost admin password, and repair permissions of your Home folder.


    The suggestion from Niel only creates a copy of your Recovery HD on another hard drive or USB flash drive for use if the Recovery HD on your computer's drive is corrupted or you need to replace the hard drive.


    It is also possible to create a bootable USB flash drive to fully install a version of OS X, but there is a slightly compllicated part needed to capture a copy of Mountain Lion for your model. If you are interested I would be happy to provide those instructions.

  • zenagian Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thank you very much, this is what i needed to know