a feature of OS X Lion (10.7) that allows the user boot into a partition that includes tools to repair, reinstall, or restore a Lion install

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How to make a bootable (encrypted) copy in an external drive from a FileVault 2 encrypted boot partition

I configured my MacbookPro (Retina) as follows: /dev/disk0 (GUID partition scheme) EFI 200 MiB Apple CoreStorage 128 GiB <- FileVault 2 encrypted Apple Boot 650 MiB <- ...
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Folder with question mark when booting including recovery partition on MacBook Pro 2010

I have an old MacBook Pro (2010) whose hard drive was long dead. I recently had to replace the hard drive in my 2012 MacBook Pro; it wasn't dead yet, but had a bad block. I use the laptop for work, so ...
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Format SSD and restore TM backup

My SSD stopped mounting by itself on boot. So I booted into Single User mode, ran /sbin/mount/ -uw / and exit and it got mounted and I could boot from the SSD. However, after booting all I see is the ...
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How to create Recovery HD on mavericks?

I have new macbook pro. I format whole drive to one partition and restore my backup (time machine). Now i have no "Recovery HD" partition. How can i create it?
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Disk problems and reinstalling Mavericks!

This started after I installed a BootCamp Windows 8.1 partition. That partition ran out of space so I decided to not heed any warnings and tried to format my Macintosh HD into free space, 10G of free ...
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Recovery HD tries to delete itself

My configuration of Mavericks-Ubuntu-Windows has gone nuts, so I deleted the windows partition and rebooted to Recovery HD to try and reformat the whole HD. Recovery HD at first appeared in disk ...
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Does encrypting Time Machine erase the recovery partition?

I have prepared my external hard drive to be used for Time Machine backup by erasing and creating a new working recovery partition on it. I am ready to start the first backup, which I want to be ...
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How to create a 10.6.8 recovery CD (not clone of the OS or install environment)

Upon Google searching people seem to equate "recovery CD" with full installation. I have seen methods such as using Disk Utility with the Mac HD as the source and a DVD as the destination. This ...
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Mounting SMB network share from Mavericks recovery mode

I would like to be able back up my macbook on a weekly basis doing the following: boot into recovery mode mount a windows SMB network share use disk utility to save a disk image to the network share ...
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How do I keep the Recovery HD and EFI partitions from automatically mounting on my MacBook Air?

I've set Finder preferences on my MacBook Air running OS X 10.9.1 to show everything on my desktop: I've noticed that storage partitions called Recovery HD and EFI appear there: What are they? ...
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Mavericks - Restore Damaged Recovery HD Partition without Reinstalling OS X

Recently, I tried to boot into the Recovery HD partition in order to perform some basic verify/repair operations using Disk Utility, only to find that my Recovery HD partition will not boot. Instead, ...
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Apple recovery partition possibly creating problems in Ubuntu

Before reading, it may help to know I have a 13" Macbook Pro (model 7,1. Mid-2010). Recently, the HFS+ filesystem on my OSX became corrupt and after many trials and errors, it was clear I was going ...
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Deleting imovie 10.0.1 events

I have added videos from other hard drives and my HD camcorder, but my 1 TB drive is almost full. I have backed up all events to a 4 TB drive through Time Machine to a Seagate external drive. My ...
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Fusion Drive, Bootcamp and FileVault - with working Recovery HD?

since I experimented a lot on this issue without coming to a solution, I hope someone else could help me with it. I've got currently running a setup with those partitions: Fusion Drive ...
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Can't download Mountain Lion from app store on a Mac already running Mountain Lion?

I am trying to download and/or acquire an operating system installer for my newly purchased Mac. My objective is to put this onto some form of removable media (USB ideally) such that in the event that ...
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How to restore a missing Recovery HD partition

I bought a second hand Macbook Pro which came with OSX Lion installed, when I wanted to clean it I found out that it had no Recovery HD partition. I confirmed this through the Disk Utility (enabled ...
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Made DIY fusion drive… now recovery partition won't boot

diskutil list shows what I am fairly certain is the correct layout. The recovery partition is "outside" the core storage logical volume group on the rotational disk: % diskutil list /dev/disk0 ...
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Ethernet (LAN) connection not working within the Mac Mini Recovery HD

my Ethernet (LAN) connection works fine in the Mac Mini. However it doesn't work once I boot into the Recovery HD. Any ideas on why it would work in normal partition but not in Recovery partition?
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Can I switch in a new storage drive without again downloading the Mountain Lion installer?

I have a time machine backup of my early 2011 macbook pro OSX system with mountain lion, I want to remove it's hard disk and replace it with SSD, I have a spare memory key, is there a way to restore ...
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How can I create a new Recovery Partition on EXTERNAL disk?

I want to enable encryption on an external FireWire disk. The disk has been formatted a while ago (2+ years), and when choosing "encrypt volume" from the Finder context menu, Mountain Lion refuses ...
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Repair or recover drive from recovery mode

My main HDD is failing to boot. (Neither Normal, Safe mode nor Single User). I can only boot from Recovery Mode or DVD. The scenario was the following: Computer was asleep (lid down). Lifted the ...
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Can't boot to newly created Recovery Partiton

I am using DeployStudio to distribute my Mac images and when I create a new image the recovery partiton seems to be deleted on the new Retinas. I have followed this in the past, ...
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How can I back up my iMac from the Recovery Partition?

Things in my iMac are failing, most notably the hard drive. I can only reliably boot to the Recovery Partition. Booting to the regular system, either normally or in Safe Mode, does not work, and ...
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How to recover accidentally deleted data?

My data has been deleted accidentally don't know how it got deleted. Yesterday when I left office the folders where at proper place and when today morning I opened my Mac OS Lion 10.7.4. I found ...
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Why is the Mountain Lion Installer unable to complete due to recovery partition problems?

I just bought the Mountain Lion upgrade, but it's unable to complete. When I select my harddrive it says: Some features of OS X Mountain Lion are not supported for the disk “kollaps”. ...
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Why is the Recovery HD mounted when running Software Update?

I have installed HardwareGrowler, which displays a notification every time something is being mounted/ejected, connected/disconnected, etc. It tells me that at the start of when Software Update the ...
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Why can I boot into the recovery partition without entering a password even though I have FileVault 2 with full-disk-encryption enabled?

Apple has released this support document for FileVault 2 in Lion which says: FileVault 2 uses full disk, XTS-AES 128 encryption to help keep your data secure. With FileVault 2 you can encrypt the ...