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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)
Reply by Linc Davis on Jul 2, 2013 1:55 PM Helpful

The Recovery partition must reside on the boot drive. It takes up 650 MB and is created automatically when you install or reinstall OS X.

Reply by Linc Davis on Jul 2, 2013 7:17 PM Helpful

1. Boot into Recovery and select Install OS X. You'll need your Apple ID and password.

2. Not unless something goes wrong. You must back up all data, of course.

3. Because there's no easy way to do it and no point in making the effort.

4. Answered two posts ago.

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