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 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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Reclaim hard drive space from deleted partition and reclaim Apple bootloader

I had my system dual-booted with Ubuntu 14.04. However, I found myself not using it enough to warrant the storage space. I deleted the ubuntu partition and the ubuntu swap partition. However, am now ...
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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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How to prevent storing the WiFi password on the recovery partition?

I always wondered how my Mac could connect to the internet when the recovery partition is booted and my main system partition is locked (filevault2). Some googling revealed today (e.g. here, here, ...
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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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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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How can I tell what version of Recovery HD OS is running while I'm booted to the recovery software?

How can I tell the version of OS X (and the build) that runs on Recovery HD while I'm running in that mode? The Apple menu has no "About" menu that shows that information when you're running normally. ...