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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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?